River North: Shots Fired, Felon Facing Gun Charge Thanks To Tough CHA Guard

Semione Robinson (inset) was seen leaving the area of gunfire, police said. | CPD; Google

A convicted felon is facing gun charges after a Chicago Housing Authority security guard detained him following a “shots fired” incident in River North on Friday morning.

Police say the guard saw Semione Robinson walking away from the area where shots were fired around 9:40 a.m. in the 800 block of North Cambridge. Robinson pushed the guard, a struggle ensued, and the guard used pepper spray to gain control of the situation, according to police. The guard allegedly recovered a loaded handgun from Robinson and held him until police arrived.

Robinson is a documented gang member with a felony narcotics conviction, police said. He lists a home address in the Garfield Park neighborhood, but police records show that he has been arrested several times in River North.

Prosecutors charged Robinson with felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and misdemeanor battery. Robinson’s bail was set at $50,000 by Judge Stephanie Miller. He will be required to go onto electronic monitoring if he posts bail.

Federal agents determined that the gun Robinson was allegedly carrying was reported stolen in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 2011, according to court records. Robinson is a “documented Gangster Disciple,” according to police.

Police officers who responded to the call of shots fired said they found shell casings behind a home near where Robinson was detained. Several other people who were allegedly involved in the incident fled the scene in a Hyundai SUV, police said.

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