A Chicago man faces two felony gun charges after cops ran the license plate on his car — RUN THIS — and determined it was fake.
Police who responded to a call of 10 men displaying gang signs on the 5300 block of South Talman last Saturday evening spotted a car bearing the suspicious “RUN THIS” license plate.
“Officers did run it,” Assistant State’s Attorney Annalee McGlone said, “and learned that it was not registered.”
When police approached the car, they spotted Luis Giron, 19, sitting alone in the passenger seat, McGlone continued. Giron almost fully reclined the seat as if to place something on the back seat, she said.
Cops looked in the back seat and spotted two handguns — one pistol with an extended magazine and another with a laser sight, according to McGlone.
Prosecutors charged Giron with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and displaying a false registration.
Putting a fake license plate on your car that encourages cops to run it is “not exactly a Lex Luthor level of nefariousness,” Judge Charles Beach said after hearing the allegations.
He set bail for Giron, who has no convictions on his record, at $20,000. Giron must post 10% of that to go home. Then, he’ll have to stay in the house from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Beach said.
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