Parolee, AWOL from electronic monitoring, busted with another gun at River North video shoot, cops say

Brandon Milton in 2014 | CPD

A paroled felon who went AWOL while on electronic monitoring for a pending gun case was arrested with an automatic-fire handgun Wednesday night after police found a group of people shooting a music video under the Ontario feeder ramp, prosecutors said.

Cops went to an address in the 600 block of North Kingsbury around 11:45 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing a large group of people trading property between vehicles under the expressway ramp. When officers arrived, they saw about 20 people filming a music video.

As police moved in, two cars sped away and 27-year-old Brandon Milton ran from the scene on foot, according to prosecutors. Cops ran after Milton, who repeatedly grabbed his waistband while running, an indication that he might be concealing a handgun, an assistant state’s attorney alleged during his bond court hearing Thursday.

When Milton and the cops reached the 400 block of West Ontario, a witness intervened and tackled Milton, allowing police to take him into custody.

That may not have been the wisest decision the helpful citizen ever made.

Prosecutors said a gun with an automatic-fire switch, and an extended ammunition magazine fell to the ground as police tried to take Milton into custody. Automatic-fire switches are illegal devices that convert standard handguns, which require the trigger to be pulled once for each shot, into mini-machine guns.

Cook County authorities have been looking for Milton since he escaped from electronic monitoring in August. He had been placed on house arrest after he posted $3,000 to get out of jail while awaiting trial for being a felon in possession of a weapon in the suburbs, prosecutors said.

Illinois Department of Corrections records show Milton was paroled in June after serving six years of an 11-year sentence that he received for armed robbery in 2014.

On Thursday, prosecutors charged him with escape, Class X unlawful use of a weapon, and felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of bond in the suburban gun case. She set bail at $250,000 on the escape charge and another $250,000 on the new gun case.

Authorities will also hold him without bail while state officials consider revocation of his parole.

Here’s a video that shows how post-production auto-fire switches turn semi-automatic handguns into auto-fire weapons.

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