Parolee charged with having gun in Uptown “narcotics hotspot,” police say

Anthony Hawkins | CPD

A man who’s on parole for narcotics and identity theft is back in custody after police allegedly found him with a handgun in an Uptown “narcotics hotspot.”

Officers assigned to monitor CPD’s surveillance camera network in the 20th (Lincoln) District saw Anthony Hawkins engaged in suspected narcotics transactions on the 5000 block of North Winthrop around 6 p.m. on Sunday, police said. The officers reportedly recognized Hawkins on the camera feed and knew that he had an active warrant out for his arrest.

Patrol units were dispatched to the scene and officers detained Hawkins a few minutes later. Police recovered a handgun from Hawkins and also arrested a woman who was with him for allegedly carrying cocaine.

Prosecutors charged Hawkins with felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon on parole and misdemeanor resisting police. He is due in bond court this afternoon. Police did not release any further information about the woman who was arrested with Hawkins.

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State records show that Hawkins, 34, was sentenced to three concurrent four-year prison sentences in 2017 for two narcotics charges and identity theft during the commission of a felony. He was paroled less than a year later on Oct. 18, 2018.

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