Chicago — Two men on electronic monitoring for separate felony gun cases live-streamed themselves driving around Chicago while brandishing a gun, prosecutors said as they announced new gun charges against both men.
Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Keonte Henson, 23, and Myron Westley, 22, held without bail during a court hearing Tuesday afternoon. She noted “the brazenness of advertising this act to the entire world.”
Westley was on electronic monitoring for a pending unlawful possession of a machine gun charge after being allegedly caught with an automatic weapon during a “large group” disturbance in the Loop last spring.
Henson was placed on an ankle monitor while awaiting trial for an unlawful use of a weapon case filed against him in July.
On Monday morning, sheriff’s office representatives went to Westley’s home for a routine “compliance check,” prosecutor Sarah Dale-Schmidt said. As they left, the sheriff’s team saw Henson arriving at Westley’s home.
A little while later, law enforcement saw Westley and Henson riding around in a car as they live-streamed on Westley’s personal Instagram account, Dale-Schmidt said.
The video allegedly showed Henson driving and holding an ammunition magazine up to the camera and saying there were about 17 bullets in it. Seated in the passenger seat, Westley held up a pistol with a drum magazine attached, Dale-Schmidt said.
Police pulled the men over shortly after their live stream ended. Cops found a loaded handgun in the driver’s door panel and took the pair into custody.
Westley’s attorney said he left his house on Monday because he had a job interview.