Four felons charged with battering cops at Airbnb party where police recovered 25 guns

L to R: Lamont Clay; James Holmes; Alexander Raeland; and Martrell Williams | CPD

Update July 5, 2021 — Lamont Clay and Martrell Williams have received sentences of one-year probation each from Judge Diana Kenworthy. Clay pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor resisting, which was reduced from felony aggravated battery of a police officer. Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor resisting, both of which were reduced from felony aggravated battery of a police officer.


Chicago police say they recovered 25 weapons from an Airbnb party in Wicker Park where up to 150 people were present for the filming of a gun-filled rap video that was live-streamed online early Saturday.

Five people were arrested. But not one person has been charged with possessing any of the firearms.

Instead, prosecutors charged four convicted felons with battering police.

Police said officers recovered these firearms from the loft party. | CPD

“Dozens of individuals” were seen on a social media live stream “displaying multiple guns” in an Airbnb loft at 1257 North Milwaukee just after 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a CPD statement and details in an arrest report. Between 100 and 150 people were inside the second floor unit, police said.

Party-goers discarded more than two dozen firearms, fought with arriving officers, and fled to the street and alley, police said.

Cops conducted a search of the building, recovering 24 handguns and a semiautomatic short barrel rifle.

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Four men, all felons according to CPD, are facing charges:

James Holmes, 25, of the Austin neighborhood is charged with felony aggravated battery of a police officer and three misdemeanor counts of resisting police.

Lamont Clay, 27, of North Lawndale is charged with felony resisting police and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Martrell Williams, 22, of the Near West Side and 41-year-old Alexander Raeland of the New City neighborhood are each charged with felony aggravated battery of a police officer.

Judge John Lyke on Sunday afternoon released Clay, Williams, and Raeland on their own recognizance and ordered them to go on electronic home monitoring. Lyke set bail for Holmes at $5,000, which requires payment of a $500 deposit bond to go home.

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