Time for our weekly installment of Monday Gunday, the feature in which we share the circumstances of some recent gun-related arrests and the bail conditions handed to the accused by Cook County Judges:
• Cops were called to a bar in the 2600 block of North Clark around 8 p.m. on February 4 after an employee reported seeing a customer holding a handgun on his lap. Officers approached 36-year-old David Rhodus as he sat on a bar stool and allegedly found a 9-millimeter pistol loaded with 21 live rounds protruding from his right pants leg. Police said Rhodus claimed to have a Firearms Owner Identification Card [FOID] but did not have a concealed carry license.
Rhodus, of the 2800 block of North Pine Grove, has no prior arrests in Cook County. He is charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a firearm. Judge David Navarro ordered him held in lieu of a $4,000 deposit bond. Rhodus went free by paying a $400 deposit.
• Around 8:45 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, officers responded to the Uptown Target store after security reported seeing a man using stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards. When cops arrived the suspect, David Phipps, took off running, police said. He jumped into his car and tried to drive away, cops said, but they blocked his car in and took him into custody.
Police said a search of Phipps’ car turned up a 9-millimeter handgun and a box of ammunition. Stolen credit cards and prepaid gift cards were allegedly recovered from his person.
The 20-year-old Hazel Crest man is charged with misdemeanor possession of ammunition without a FOID, felony identity theft of two or more persons, two felony counts of unlawful possession of a credit card, and burglary.
Judge Sophia Atcherson released him on a recognizance bond.
• When cops pulled 24-year-old Angel Garcia over in the 6100 block of North Hoyne on February 1, they were planning to issue a ticket and let him go. That changed after they asked him if he had any weapons in the car. “Yeah,” he allegedly said, “on me.”
Police searched Garcia and found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun tucked in his waistband, they say. Asked where he got the gun, Garcia reportedly said that he “bought the gun on an app called ‘Legit Hustle.’” All he had to do was meet a man in the park, show him an FOID card, and hand over $600, Garcia allegedly told cops.
Garcia does not have a concealed carry license. Police say he’s been a self-admitted member of the Latin Kings street gang since age 16 and he has multiple gang tattoos. Prosecutors charged him with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him released on a recognizance bond with a curfew from 7p.m. to 7 a.m.
• Police responding to a call of shots fired near Western and Foster early on February 11 pulled over a minivan that matched the description of a vehicle that was seen leaving the area of the alleged shooting.
An Uber driver was behind the wheel and 22-year-old Daniel Lancheros was in the back seat. After getting the two men out of the minivan, police confirmed that the driver had picked Lancheros up for an Uber ride by looking at his app. Then, they searched the van.
In the back seat near where Lancheros was sitting, they found a loaded silver handgun with three live rounds, according to a police report.
Lancheros is a self-admitted member of the Latin Kings street gang, according to police. CPD records show that he scores 354 out of a possible 500 on the police department’s Strategic Subject’s List which “purports to identify which Chicagoans are most likely to be involved in violence, either as a victim or perpetrator.”
Judge David Navarro ordered him held on a $10,000 deposit bond. Lancheros later went free after posting 10% of that amount.