Lakeview: Bike-riding, gun-toting felon threatened to shoot man who got in his way, prosecutors say

Anthony McKenna was arrested in this parking lot after allegedly threatening a man nearby.  | CPD; Google

A convicted felon displayed a handgun and threatened to shoot another man for being in his way near Boystown on Wednesday evening, police said. Charges have been filed.

Uptown resident Anthony McKenna was riding a bike in the 3800 block of North Broadway around 7:55 p.m. when he threatened to batter the victim if the man failed to move, police said. McKenna then got off of his bike, displayed a handgun in his waistband, and threatened to shoot the victim, according to a CPD report.

The victim flagged down a passing police officer to report the incident and then rode around in a squad car looking for the man who threatened him.

McKenna, 37, was arrested a short time later in the parking lot of Jewel-Osco, 3531 North Broadway. A handgun was recovered from a trash can that McKenna used outside the store, police said.

Prosecutors charged McKenna with being a felon in possession of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is due in bond court on Friday.

In 2016, McKenna posted a graphic photo to Facebook showing injuries to his left leg moments after he was shot. Friends and family members posted responses that urged McKenna to change his ways.

“That’s your wake-up call! Get the f*ck out,” one advised. “You’re too good of a man to surround yourself with this sh*t! Feel better & thank God you’re alive!”

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