Monday Gunday: A look at how the courts are handling Chicago’s gun cases

Reginald Tyus is accused of possessing a handgun outside of Water Tower Place. | CPD; Wiki Commons

People walking on the Magnificent Mile late on August 3rd called 911 to report seeing a man with a gun tucked into his waistband near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue.

Police stopped a 20-year-old man named Reginald Tyus outside of Water Tower Place because he matched the witnesses’ description of the gunman. During a pat-down search, police found a 9-millimeter handgun in Tyus’ right pants pocket and a loaded extended ammunition magazine in his left pants pocket, according to prosecutors. Police said Tyus “admitted” to carrying the gun for protection.

Prosecutors charged Tyus with felony aggravated unlawful use of an unloaded weapon, misdemeanor possession of ammunition, and felony possession of ecstasy. Judge David Navarro set his bail at $5,000, allowing him to go home by paying a $500 deposit.

Police say they stopped Dwayne Hutcherson because he looks like a gunman who opened fire outside this Uptown firehouse. Hutcherson was carrying a firearm when cops arrested him, according to prosecutors. | CPD; Google

Dwayne Hutcherson, 25, is charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon after police say they found him carrying a handgun in the 4500 block of North Magnolia last Sunday afternoon. Police stopped Hutcherson because he looks like the man who was seen on surveillance video firing six or seven shots at a car near the fire station at 1212 West Wilson on August 2nd, according to a police report.

Arresting officers felt a bulky object in Hutcherson’s backpack that turned out to be a loaded 40-caliber handgun, prosecutors said. Hutcherson was charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon. State records show that Hutcherson was convicted of receiving-possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2016.  Judge Sophia Atcherson set his bail at $40,000, allowing him to go home by posting a $4,000 deposit.

A bouncer at Boss Bar allegedly disarmed Emmanuel Rice during a disturbance on July 29th. | CPD; Google

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Emmanuel Rice got into a dispute with management at the Boss Bar in River North around 3:30 a.m on July 29th. He allegedly battered a 47-year-old manager at the tavern, 418 North Clark, prompting security to intervene. At one point, Rice reportedly yelled, “What the f*** do you want to do? We can take care of this right here,” as he reached into his front right pocket.

Two witnesses told police that they could see the butt of a handgun in the pocket Rice was reaching into. The security guard grabbed Rice’s right hand and began fighting to get control of the gun, according to a police report. Police say the bouncer eventually succeeded in disarming Rice of a loaded 22-caliber handgun before officers arrived.

Prosecutors charged Rice with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and misdemeanor battery. Judge Navarro ordered him held without bail.

Left to right: De La Cruz; Hunley; and Word | Chicago Police Dept

• Police in River North were waved down in the 200 block of West Hubbard early on July 13th by a passer-by who reported that one of two men who were fighting nearby had a gun. The officers approached the arguing men and one of them, Aaron De La Cruz, started running from the area while holding his waistband, police said. Officers quickly caught up with 31-year-old De La Cruz and found him in possession of a loaded 22-caliber handgun, according to a criminal complaint. Prosecutors charged De La Cruz with one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon without a Firearm Owners ID card. Judge Mary Marubio set bail at $75,000. De La Cruz went free by posting a $7,500 deposit.

• Gerald Hunley, 22, was arrested in the Near North neighborhood on July 17th because officers recognized him as the man who was seen on surveillance video firing a gun at people in the 800 block of North Cambridge on June 9th, according to prosecutors. Hunley, who was already a registered gun offender due to a previous weapons conviction, was charged with Class X felony aggravated discharge of a firearm. Judge Marvin Luckman set his bail at $100,000. Hunley was set free to await trial after a friend posted a $10,000 bond.

• In Lincoln Park, prosecutors say 29-year-old Darius Word came out of a home int he 2600 block of North Hoyne with a shotgun around 4:30 p.m. on August 4th. Wood racked the gun and pointed it at a woman and other people in the area, according to court complaints. Wood is charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and failure to register as a gun offender. Judge Navarro set bail at $1,500. Wood went free by posting a $150 deposit.

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