Man on bail for one gun case, on federal parole for another, brandished a pistol at Boystown grocery store: prosecutors

Darrius Hayden and the Jewel-Osco in Boystown (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — A man on pretrial release for a pending state gun charge and on federal parole for another gun case wielded a pistol in the parking lot of a Boystown grocery store, prosecutors say. Judge Charles Beach detained Darrius Hayden, 31, during a court hearing on March 15.

Chicago police initially responded to the Jewel-Osco at 3531 North Broadway after a 911 caller reported that a man pointed a gun at him in the parking lot around 4:08 p.m. last Thursday.

As officers headed toward the grocery store, a cop in the Town Hall (19th) District’s surveillance camera operations room reported that a man matching the suspect’s description was walking in the 700 block of West Addison with a gun on his hip, prosecutors alleged.

Patrol officers stopped Hayden and found a loaded handgun tucked in the right side of his waistband, prosecutors said in a detention petition. Hayden told the cops that he found the gun inside the Jewel men’s room, according to his CPD arrest report.

Hayden, who was convicted of attempted burglary and illegal use of a weapon in 2010, is currently on federal parole for transporting firearms, the petition said.

He is also on pretrial release for a May 2022 gun case that is still pending. In that matter, Chicago cops said they pulled Hayden over for using a phone while driving and found a loaded handgun inside a backpack on his passenger floorboard.

The 2022 arrest report says Hayden told officers that he was driving for DoorDash and that he kept the gun for “protection.”

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