The Cook County State’s Attorney denied felony charges against any of 4 men, including one Oak Lawn resident, who parked in front of a home in Oak Lawn with a gun and drugs in a car in which they had failed to properly transfer its title.
The police were patrolling in the area of Southwest Highway and 95th Street on Monday July 30th when the officer observed a strange license plate on the vehicle and decided to follow the car. The driver of the car traveled westbound on 97th Street then northbound on Moody Avenue before parking in the 9500 block.
The officer pulled behind the car but didn’t activate his lights. When the officer approached the car, he claimed that he smelled burnt cannabis as the driver rolled down the window. The car had Arizona license plates and the driver produced a title to the car that had not been properly transferred yet.
The driver claimed that the four men had parked in front of the residence because one of the men lived there but that man claimed he didn’t have his identification. He later told another officer that he didn’t live at the residence but another friend, not in the car, did live at the address. The four men were asked to exit the car and they did so without incident.
The officer alleged that he saw the butt of a handgun under the driver seat. He reached inside the car to remove a Smith and Wesson handgun with a fully loaded magazine of hollow point rounds with an empty chamber, according to the officer.
Two of the men allegedly provided statements to the police implicating Ingram as the owner of the gun. According to the men, when the office initially pulled behind the car, Ingram told the other occupants he had a gun and removed it from his waistband. According to the men, he then placed it between his legs but they lost sight of it. Ingram denied knowledge of the gun according to the police.
None of the men in the car had a valid FOID Card or a concealed carry license. The police contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on two occasions that night asking for approval to charge Ingram with a felony gun charge. In both instances, the Cook County State’s Attorney denied the request.
Ingram, a 25 year old black male with a Chicago address, was charged with one count of misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon and a Cook County Ordinance ticket for Possession of Cannabis under 30 grams. The other men were not charged.