Man charged with having loaded gun while on bail for Loop carjacking

Savion Canty (inset) was on bail awaiting trial for an armed carjacking near this Loop parking lot. | CPD; Google

A West Side man is charged with possessing a loaded handgun in a car recently while free on bail as he awaits trial for a 2017 armed carjacking in the Loop.

CWBChicago first told you about Savion Canty after prosecutors charged him for his alleged role in an armed carjacking of a Hilton Chicago Hotel employee in April 2017.

In bond court for the carjacking, a pretrial analysis recommended that Canty be placed under “maximum conditions” if the judge decided to release him on bail.

Instead, Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him held without bail. Less than a week later, Canty appeared before now-retired Judge Marvin Luckman, who earned the nickname “Let ‘em Go Luckman” due to his defendant-friendly rulings.

Luckman reduced Canty’s bail and allowed him to go home the same day by posting a $2,000 bond.

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Now, prosecutors have charged Canty with having a handgun in a car during a traffic stop in West Garfield Park.

Police said Canty, 21, was in the back seat of a vehicle that fled the scene of an accident. When they removed Canty from the back seat, officers allegedly found a loaded handgun with an extended ammunition magazine under the back of the driver’s seat at Canty’s feet.

Canty is now facing a new charge of felony unlawful use of a weapon in a vehicle. Judge David Navarro set bail in the new case at $10,000, which would require a $1,000 deposit to go free. However, Navarro also ordered Canty held without bail for violating the terms of his bail bond in the carjacking case.

Canty is due back in court on Mar. 23.

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