CHICAGO — Isais Olmo had a stroke of good luck this summer when prosecutors dropped the gun possession case he was facing. But he had some particularly bad luck a couple of weeks ago when cops found him shot on a Humboldt Park street with a loaded firearm under his body. He’s fighting a fresh gun case as a result.
Back on April 3, Chicago cops responding to calls of suspicious people in the 1500 block of North Campbell saw Olmo and another man matching the descriptions given by witnesses, a CPD report said.
Olmo and the other man walked away while holding their waistbands as the police approached, the report said. They both entered a nearby residence as the cops were just a few steps away.
According to the cops’ case report, they were “greeted” by a resident of the home who “invited” them to come inside. The officers saw Olmo and the other man at the top of the stairs and detained them. But, the report said, the cops noticed that the pair’s pockets, which appeared to have something in them before, were empty.
At the top of the stairs where Olmo and the other man were seen, police allegedly found two loaded handguns lying on top of a laundry basket.
The woman who let them in told the police that “she recently placed the laundry basket there, and it should not contain any firearms,” the report said.
Olmo, 19, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon. But prosecutors dropped the case on July 21.
Fast forward to the evening of September 19. Chicago police officers patrolling the 1400 block of North Artesian—one block from where Olmo was arrested in April—heard gunfire and were quickly flagged down by witnesses who reported that a man had been shot in the 1500 block of Artesian.
The officers found Olmo lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his back. As the cops helped him roll onto his side, they discovered a loaded handgun with an extended magazine lying under Olmo’s body, according to a CPD report documenting the incident.
According to a CPD media statement, Olmo told police he was outside “when he heard shots, then felt pain.” An ambulance transported him to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
While he was still hospitalized, prosecutors charged him with a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon. Judge Maryam Ahmad released him from custody during a detention hearing two days later.