Cops: Paroled gun offender, bank robber had pistol and body armor at Airbnb party

Duron Pauls was arrested after a brief foot chase in the 200 block of West Chicago, police said. | CPD; Google

A convicted bank robber and armed felon who is on state parole was wearing body armor and had a gun in his waistband when he ran from police who were called to an Airbnb party in River North on Sunday, prosecutors said.

The owner of the rental unit called police to the 200 block of West Chicago around 5 a.m. on June 30th to help him clear out a “crazy party.” Police say 24-year-old Duron Pauls ran out the back door as officers arrived. Cops said they saw him place a handgun in his waistband as he ran from the scene. He was detained after a brief foot chase and police say they recovered a gun from Pauls, who was wearing a bulletproof vest.

Prosecutors charged Pauls with one count of felony armed habitual criminal. He has been ordered held without bail.

Pauls plead guilty to being of being a felon in possession of a weapon in Nov. 2016 after a motorist said Pauls flashed a handgun at him from another vehicle on I-57 near 111th Street. Judge Neil Linehan sentenced Pauls to 54 months in prison, but he was released after serving half of that time.

At the time of the highway incident, Pauls was on federal supervised release after being convicted of robbing a bank in Dyer, Indiana, on Dec. 23, 2013. He wasn’t supposed to have a handgun under the terms of his federal supervised release agreement.

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