On bond for burglary, man faces new charges for allegedly running around the Loop with a gun in his hand

Tyshaun Grant | CPD

If you want to get people’s attention, run around downtown Chicago with a gun in your hand. They’ll notice, even it’s 4 a.m., apparently.

Just ask Tyshaun Grant. He’s charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after a string of ordinary people allegedly saw him scurrying through the Loop while openly toting a 45-caliber handgun early on September 8.

It all started around 4:15 a.m. when a pizza delivery guy returned to his car on the 100 block of North LaSalle and allegedly found Grant, 21, leaning into the front passenger side of his delivery car.

The 41-year-old driver confronted Grant who allegedly threatened him with a gun and then ran away. But, Grant kept drawing attention to himself because he was openly carrying the gun in his hand as he ran around the area, according to prosecutors.

Officers who responded to the pizza delivery driver’s 911 call were flagged down by people who saw a man running with a gun near State and Lake, then on a nearby CTA platform, then at a 7-Eleven.

When cops eventually spotted Grant, he was allegedly running with a gun near Clark and Wacker. They arrested him as he walked out of a nearby courtyard, prosecutors said. The gun was found hidden in a shrub.

According to prosecutors, surveillance videos showed Grant in various locations with the gun in his hand. One video allegedly shows him carrying a gun into the courtyard, but walking out empty-handed as police moved in.

He was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon in 2019 and has a burglary case pending in the suburbs. Now, he’s charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Judge Arthur Willis set bail at $100,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post a 10% deposit. Willis also ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of bond in the burglary case.

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