After his car was stolen in the Loop, a delivery driver falsely claimed his 6-year-old was in the vehicle to speed up CPD response, prosecutors say

After waiting an hour for Chicago police to show up after his car was in the Loop this week, a delivery driver allegedly expedited the CPD response by calling 911 with a new story: His 6-year-old daughter was in the car, too.

That turned out to be a lie and, worse, police found a handgun in his waistband when they arrested him for making a false report, prosecutors said.

Dimitri Brown was arrested near the intersection of Lake Street and Garland Court in the Loop. | CPD; Google

Dimitri Brown, 28, called 911 around 8 p.m. Monday because his Kia Optima was not where he left it while making a delivery. He waited near the 200 block of North Garland for an hour, but police never showed up, according to prosecutors.

So, he allegedly called 911 again with a spicier story. This time, prosecutors say, Brown reported that his 6-year-old daughter was in the car when the thieves stole it. He told officers she had braids and beads in her hair and she was wearing a Minnie Mouse shirt, pink shorts, and pink Crocs, according to police radio traffic monitored by Spot News.

Police began tracking the stolen car by following the GPS location of a tablet that was inside the vehicle, prosecutors said. But the thieves tossed the device out of the car before cops could catch them.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Brown, investigators were talking with his mother and wife. They told police that the 6-year-old was at home with them, safe and sound, prosecutors alleged.

Cops arrested Brown for making a false report. As they patted him down, they allegedly found a loaded handgun in the side of his waistband. While Brown is licensed to own firearms in Illinois, he does not have a concealed carry permit, prosecutors said.

Public defender Patrick Shine said Brown is a Foxtrot delivery driver who has two kids, the 6-year-old and a 2-year-old.

Prosecutors charged Brown with making a false report and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Judge Barbara Dawkins said he could go home by paying a $300 deposit toward his bail.

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