Chicago cops caught a 19-year-old man carrying three guns on a Blue Line train less than a month after he was placed on “first-time weapon offender probation” for another felony gun case, prosecutors say. Cops say he told them he found the guns and was simply carrying them home.
If Devon Brown successfully completes the probation program he started on January 18, Judge Michael Hood will dismiss the charge, and Brown could get the matter expunged from his record. The fresh start in life that Brown would enjoy by keeping his nose clean now appears to be in jeopardy.
CTA employees summoned police to the Kedzie Blue Line station, 520 South Kedzie, around noon last Tuesday because they saw a man with a gun on a train. A CTA supervisor directed the officers to the first car of a train that was sitting in the station, and cops found Brown in the car, matching the gunman’s description, according to their report.
The officers started by patting Brown down. That revealed an unloaded handgun tucked away in a satchel draped across his chest, the report said. As they were securing that gun, the officers found another gun, this one loaded, in Brown’s waistband, according to the report.
After placing Brown in custody, the officers found another satchel draped across his chest. They said that one contained an unloaded ghost gun.
Brown told officers that the guns weren’t his and that he found the satchels containing the firearms near 16th and Cicero, and he was simply taking them home, the arrest report said.
Prosecutors said the officers also found two half-pills of ecstasy and a rock of suspected crack cocaine in Brown’s pants pocket. That’s particularly problematic for Brown because prosecutors opted to charge him with Class X armed violence, one of the state’s most serious felonies, based on the allegation that he possessed narcotics and a firearm at the same time.
In addition to armed violence, he is charged with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of possessing a controlled substance. Judge Susana Ortiz detained him as a safety threat and for violating probation.