Cops seize 2 handguns at “car party” in the Loop

Mariah Henderson | CPD

Update February 22, 2021: Prosecutors dropped the charges against Mariah Henderson.

Police recovered two loaded handguns when they interrupted an early morning car party in the Loop Thursday, prosecutors said.

A wave of shootings and other violent crime swept through the area along Wacker Drive in late July and early August that police sources connected with people having parties out of cars and in nearby hotel rooms.

So, with the Loop on overnight lockdown this morning due to Monday’s looting, police were curious when they saw a parked car blasting music surrounded by people smoking pot in a loading zone at 68 East Wacker Place around 1:15 a.m.

Cops said Mariah Henderson of Flint, Michigan, was sitting in the rental car’s front passenger seat when they arrived. Henderson, 18, allegedly told police she rented the vehicle and said she was the driver. 

Police also saw a loaded handgun sitting in the rear passenger seat door panel, according to prosecutors. And a member of the party allegedly told police the gun belonged to Henderson. She denied that.

Another loaded handgun was found in the vehicle, too. The witness told police that the second gun belonged to a man who was outside the rental car.

Prosecutors charged Henderson with felony unlawful use of a weapon for the gun that was allegedly found in the door panel. No one is charged with possessing the second gun.

Judge Mary Marubio set Henderson’s bail at $5,000 and gave her permission to return to Michigan after she posts a $500 deposit bond.

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