Man on probation for one gun case and on bail for another gun case had a gun at Roosevelt CTA station, prosecutors say

A man who’s on probation for illegal gun possession and on bond for a pending charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm was arrested at the Roosevelt Red Line station after police found yet another gun in his waistband and $500 worth of crack in his shoe, prosecutors said.

Kenny Crowder, 33, is charged with a fresh count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a controlled substance.

Kenny Crowder in a 2020 mug shot and the gun and crack cocaine that police said they found in his possession on March 27, 2021. | CPD

CTA workers called 911 shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday to report seeing a couple of men throwing up gang signs at the Roosevelt station’s Orange Line platform, according to dispatch records. One of the men had a gun, the callers said.

Officers in the downtown police district’s surveillance room pulled up video feeds from the train station and helped cops locate Crowder, who allegedly matched the suspect’s description, on the Red Line platform.

Police found a stolen 45-caliber handgun in his waistband and a bag containing 10 grams of crack inside his left shoe, prosecutors said.

Judge John Lyke set bail at $250,000 and ordered Crowder to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit bond. But Lyke also ordered Crowder held without bail for violating the terms of bond in another pending gun case.

Those charges stem from an incident on August 4, 2020, when police went to a “person with a gun” call in the Englewood neighborhood.

According to prosecutors, responding officers saw Crowder wearing clothes and driving a car that matched descriptions provided by 911 callers. They pulled him over.

As cops walked up to his car, officers allegedly saw him reach into the rear seat. They found the back seat pulled forward with an opening between it and the trunk, prosecutors said. When they looked into the opening, cops allegedly found a loaded 38-caliber handgun.

At the time of the August incident, Crowder was on probation after he pleaded guilty to yet another felony gun case, according to court records.

He was briefly held without bail for violating the terms of probation in August, but he later got out of jail by posting a $10,000 deposit, records show.

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