COPS: Man Had Gun, Ski Mask, Surgical Gloves on Mag Mile

Police say Jecorrey Duncan had an unusual assortment of supplies in his backpack. | CPD; Google

It all started so simply.

Cops working the Mag Mile around 12:30 a.m. on July 8 stopped a group of men outside the Drake Hotel at 961 North Michigan after seeing one of the guys toss a plastic bottle at a passing vehicle, according to court records.

As officers approached the group, Jecorrey Duncan Jr broke away from the rest and tried to hide his backpack behind a nearby flower planter, cops said.

Thinking that was odd, an officer asked Duncan if he had anything in the bag that he shouldn’t have.

His answer, reportedly captured on the officer’s body camera: “I have a gun!”

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Not only did cops retrieve a 9-millimeter handgun with five live rounds from Duncan’s backpack, but they also pulled out a black ski mask, dark clothing, and a Ziploc bag stuffed with surgical gloves, officers said.

Duncan, of Garfield Park, is charged with one count of felony unlawful use of a weapon by a person under 21.

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