SWAT response, gun allegation ends with a ticket

Cityfront Place Apartments, 400 North McClurg, as seen from Wacker Drive. | Google

It was an intriguing story with a tony hi-rise going on lock-down as CPD’s SWAT team shuffled around outside. But, when it was all said and done, an Uptown man received nothing more than a ticket after police said someone walked into a Streeterville restaurant with a rifle and “large amount of ammunition” Tuesday afternoon.

Around 12:15, a man walked into the restaurant on the 400 block of North McClurg and ordered food while carrying the rifle and ammo, Officer Michelle Tannehill, a CPD spokesperson said. The man went on to say he was a “special investigator for a law enforcement agency,” according to Tannehill.

Several hours later, cops encircled the Cityfront Place Apartments, 400 North McClurg, as complex managers sent an email stating that the lobby was “unavailable” and advising residents to “please stay in your apartment, or if you are not at the building do not enter at this time due to an emergency.”

SWAT team officers were seen grouped outside the building around 5:15 p.m.

According to police records, officers conducted a consensual search of an apartment in the building and recovered a firearm.

Police took a man into custody — but Tannehill said he is licensed to own firearms in Illinois and he has a concealed carry license. In the end, the man received nothing more than a ticket, according to police.

Ivan Sternick, 60, of Uptown was cited for an ordinance violation of possessing assault weapons. Chicago police said they could not release a mugshot for Sternick because he is not charged with a felony.

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