More charges filed against man accused of falsely reporting gunman at N. Side college

Michael Gallo’s mugshots from his arrests on Nov. 8 (left) and Nov. 21. | CPD

Remember the guy who allegedly called 911 with false reports of his neighbor having a gun on the Chamberlain University and DeVry campus this month? Well, he’s now charged with filing four more false reports against the same man since authorities released him from jail.

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Police arrested 51-year-old Michael Gallo on Nov. 8 after investigators determined that he falsely reported a man with a gun on the schools’ shared campus at 3300 North Campbell in the North Center neighborhood, according to a CPD statement.

Detectives also connected Gallo to a similarly false report at the schools on Oct. 30, according to prosecutors. In both cases, Gallo allegedly identified the non-existent gunman as a neighbor who lives near him on the 1800 block of North Halsted in Lincoln Park.

The schools went on lockdown as a precaution following the reports.

After prosecutors charged Gallo with two felony counts of disorderly conduct-false report, he quickly got back to work filing false police reports against the same man, according to new allegations laid out in CPD and court records.

On Nov 13, Gallo allegedly told police that the man threatened him with a handgun on the 800 block of West Willow. He then filed false reports of criminal damage to property against the neighbor on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, according to prosecutors.

Incredibly, as 19th District (Town Hall) cops drove to arrest Gallo for those three cases on Nov. 21, they learned that he was standing inside the 18th (Near North) district station filing yet another false report against the neighbor, officers said in arrest paperwork.

Police took him into custody minutes later at the Near North station, 1160 North Larrabee.

Prosecutors filed four new misdemeanor counts of filing a false report to a public safety agency as well as a violation of his previous bail bond.

Judge David Navarro released him on his own recognizance.

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