3-time felon found with gun in River North drug “hot spot,” police say

Levonta Nesbitt was arrested at a narcotics “hot spot” in the1100 block of North Clark. | CPD; Google

A twice-convicted robbery offender who’s on parole has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal after police say they found him with a handgun during a narcotics operation in River North.

Cops were dispersing loiterers from a narcotics hot spot in the 1100 block of North Clark Street on the afternoon of Dec. 18th when they came in contact with 25-year-old Levonta Nesbitt.

While completing paperwork related to the dispersal, police discovered an arrest warrant had been issued for Nesbitt because he failed to appear in court on charges of having a stolen Divvy bike this summer.

When police detained Nesbitt for the warrant, he announced, “I have a gun on me,” police said. An officer allegedly recovered a 9-millimeter handgun from Nesbitt’s jacket pocket.

Officers quoted Nesbitt as saying, “I had a gun on me because people are trying to kill me.” He went on to say that he “won” the gun in a dice game, police said.

Nesbitt has two previous forcible felonies, according to state records: armed robbery with a firearm in 2010 and robbery in 2014. He was paroled in April after serving half of a three-year sentence for aggravated fleeing that caused bodily injury.

Prosecutors charged him with Class X felony armed habitual criminal. Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him held without bail.
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