Uptown: Cracking down on gunfire spike, cops make arrests

Tanden O. Daniel | CPD

Chicago police have made two recent arrests as they try to tamp down a spike in gunfire around the Uptown neighborhood following a double-shooting in the 1000 block of West Argyle on March 19th.

Around 8 p.m. on April 17th, police saw a black Jeep SUV that matched the description of a vehicle used in a recent shooting operating without a license plate in the 4400 block of North Clarendon, a police spokesman said. Officers pulled the SUV over and reportedly found two handguns inside.

Tanden O. Daniel, 25, was taken into custody and charged with two felony counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and four felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Judge David Navarro set bail at $5,000. Daniel subsequently went free to await trial by posting a $500 deposit bond.

Court records show that Daniel was charged with several felonies, including being a felon in possession of a weapon after police alleged that he was seen running near a “shots fired” call and dumping a gun on Lawrence Avenue in March 2014. He was found not guilty of all charges in a bench trial conducted by Judge James Obbish one year later.

Josue Vazquez | CPD

• Police responded last Tuesday afternoon to a call of three “gang bangers” flashing guns and harassing people near Sunnyside and Racine, where several “shots fired” incidents had recently been reported. Officers said they saw 19-year-old Josue Vazquez “speaking with a known Black P Stone” who has “multiple” weapons arrests.

Vazquez ran from the scene when officers approached, sprinted through area streets, and caused a responding squad car to crash, police alleged in their report. He was eventually taken into custody. Police said they found a loaded ammunition magazine and three loose bullets as they retraced the steps of the foot pursuit. Vazquez admitted that the magazine and ammunition were his, police said.

Prosecutors charged Vazquez with felony obstruction of police; two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct; misdemeanor possession of ammunition without a firearm owner ID card; and possession of a deadly weapon for allegedly carrying a pocketknife with a blade longer than city law allows.

Judge Susana Ortiz released Vazquez on a recognizance bond.

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