Cops seize rifle, handgun at Lincoln Park Airbnb party: Chicago police report

Chicago police recovered a rifle and a pistol while clearing out a party crowd inside a short-term rental home in Lincoln Park over the weekend, officials said. 

The owner of a home in the 2700 block of North Ashland called police around 1 a.m. Sunday to help with a party inside their rental unit. A CPD report said the owner only allows three people to occupy the unit, and the lease agreement prohibits alcohol and parties.

But the owner saw “dozens” of people entering the unit with bottles of alcohol, so they called in police to disperse the crowd, according to the report, which said the rental was arranged through Airbnb.

After getting the owner’s front door passcode, officers entered the unit and discovered “several individuals… engaged in party like behavior,” the report stated.

Ashanti McGhee and Jakhary Tyler (Chicago Police Department)

One of the first things they saw, according to a separate arrest report, was Jakhary Tyler holding an AR-style rifle with an 8-inch barrel and two 30-round ammunition magazines. Tyler, 21, went into a bedroom and “discarded” the weapon onto a bed, the report said.

The cops arrested him and called in backup units.

One of those units, knowing that a firearm had been recovered, asked another attendee, 21-year-old Ashanti McGhee, if she would consent to a pat-down search, officers said in her arrest report. McGhee admitted that she had a gun, and the cops recovered a loaded 9-millimeter pistol and laser sight from her front pocket, the report stated.

Tyler, of Crown Point, is charged with unlawful use of a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches, a felony, and misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a license. Judge Ankur Srivastava rejected a prosecution request to keep him in custody. Instead, according to court records, Srivastava ordered Tyler to go on electronic monitoring within Cook County.

McGhee, of Merrillville, is charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a license. Judge Barbara Dawkins released her to await trial.

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