Lakeview: After cops find car linked to looting, driver faces gun charge, prosecutors say

Daveion Matthews | CPD

A Chicago man is facing Class X felony charges after an incident that began when a CPD squad car’s license plate reader detected a vehicle that’s been associated with last summer’s looting.

Prosecutors said police were on patrol in the 4100 block of North Paulina around 2:24 a.m. Saturday when their license plate reader alerted them to the car. Investigators determined the vehicle was used during looting incidents, and it had been flagged for impound should police come across it, according to the state.

As officers approached the car, its driver – the only occupant – got out and tried to enter the front door of a nearby home. But the door was apparently locked and the man went through a side gate into the back yard.

At the same time, a resident came out and told police that his garage door’s burglar alarm had just been activated. Cops investigated and found Daveion Matthews, 24, hiding under the back porch, prosecutors said.

Police allegedly found a loaded handgun in the car’s glove compartment.

Prosecutors said Matthews has prior convictions for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in 2015 and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2017. He is now charged with Class X armed habitual criminal, criminal damage to property, and criminal trespass to land.

Judge Susana Ortiz set Matthews’ bail at $5,000 and said he would be required to go onto electronic monitoring after posting a $500 deposit bond.

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