$150K Bail For Carrying Assault Rifle At Belmont CTA Station

A 29-year-old gang member accused of carrying a loaded AK-47 assault rifle at the Belmont Red Line station on Saturday morning has been ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Watkins | Chicago Police Dept

Jordan Watkins was arrested around 6:30 a.m. yesterday after a witness reported seeing a man with a large gun on the southbound platform. Arriving officers found Watkins with the Kalashnikov strapped around his neck, a police source said.

He is charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and one felony count of being an armed habitual criminal.

A police source said that Watkins had been shot recently and that detectives wanted to talk to him about a shooting that took place in the 800 block of North Springfield in Humboldt Park on Thursday. He has not been charged in that incident.
Watkins was sentenced to six years in prison for armed robbery and one year for narcotics in 2013. He has been free on parole since last August.

Before that, he was sentenced to 2-1/2 years for narcotics in 2008 and three years for possession of a stolen motor vehicle in 2007. Prosecutors said today that he is a member of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang.

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