Oak Lawn Detectives made a couple of weapons arrests after stopping a car on Cicero Avenue on April 14th for seat belt violations.
The police alleged that the driver Donte Jones and the passenger, Lawrence Lee, were not wearing seat belts while driving at approximately 97th and Cicero at about 7 p.m.
When the detectives stopped the car, they found that Jones had a suspended license according to charges filed. Both Jones and Lee were asked if they had any weapons and Jones said “no” according to the police.
The police described Lee as “nervous” and he allegedly didn’t respond to the question regarding any weapons. During a search of Lee, the police claim that they found a handgun in his right front coat pocket. Lee allegedly admitted he had a gun after the police felt the heavy object. The detectives alleged that the gun was a Taurus G2 9MM gun.
Lee claimed that he has a valid license to carry the gun in Indiana. However, Oak Lawn remains part of the great State of Illinois. Lee allegedly admitted to the police that he is aware that the license to carry in Indiana does not allow him to carry the gun in Illinois. According to the police, Lee said he wished that Illinois would honor Indiana concealed carry permits because Indiana honors Illinois residents’ permits. Lee allegedly told the police he carries the gun because he is afraid of gun violence in Chicago.
Lee, a 24 year old black male from Indiana, apparently had a good story. When the police requested approval from the Cook County State’s Attorney for a felony charge for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, the State’s Attorney’s office refused. Instead, Lee was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon and given a ticket for not wearing a seat belt.
Jones was taken into custody for driving on a suspended license. During a search of Jones the detectives claim that a loaded firearm was recovered from his waistband. The gun was a .380 SIG Sauer according to the police.
Jones, according to the police, said he has a valid FOID card but hasn’t had time to get a concealed carry permit to carry the firearm. He also allegedly admitted that he knew he couldn’t carry the gun without a concealed carry permit.
Jones, a 24 year old black male from Calumet City, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and driving on suspended license.