Migrant carried Taser ‘because there is a lot of crazy people’ in downtown Chicago: report

CHICAGO — In this week’s “New Neighbor Update,” we’ll meet a Venezuelan migrant who allegedly told police he carried a Taser because there are “a lot of crazy people” in the Loop and a man who allegedly told police he had a gun to protect himself from Venezuelans.

First up is Henrry Delgado Morio, a 34-year-old Venezuelan who Chicago police arrested for allegedly possessing a Taser at the Harold Washington Library L station. Cops first approached him around 3 p.m. on March 19 to see if he had a license to sell sodas ($1) and containers of food ($6) on CTA property. He did not, although he explored that possibility, only to learn that the license costs $120, according to his arrest report.

During a pat-down search, police said, officers discovered he had a purple Taser. Morio explained he had the device “because there is a lot of crazy people in the immediate area,” the report said.

According to the report, he later explained, “I heard people were getting stabbed around here. I didn’t know it was illegal to carry a Taser.” In fact, Morio lives at the Standard Club shelter, and another migrant was stabbed outside the facility on the day before he got arrested.

Henrry Delgado Morio, left, and Ricardo Alba Mejia (Chicago Police Department)

He is charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and obstruction of identification.

And then there is Ricardo Alba-Mejia, a 28-year-old Colombian native arrested by police on March 22 after a man told police he had a weapon and made a threatening gun-like gesture with his finger.

Cops allegedly found a loaded .25-caliber handgun in Alba-Mejia’s pants pocket. According to his arrest report, he told the officers he bought the gun less than a month earlier and “used it for protection from the Venezuelans.”

He faces charges of misdemeanor assault and felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Bally’s lite

Some of our newest Chicagoans have set up dice games outside two of the city’s major shelters, according to separate CPD reports.

Police arrested three men and a woman on March 21 after seeing them “wagering an unknown amount of green paper [United States currency]” on the roll of dice outside the shelter at 1308 North Elston, across from the Salt Shed.

“We didn’t know it was illegal,” the woman allegedly told the officers. “We play all the time.”

On March 13, Chicago cops arrested three male migrants for operating a dice game outside the Standard Club shelter, located at 320 South Plymouth.

Cruzin’

Two migrants are facing charges after police said they were caught traveling in a stolen Chevy Cruze on March 20.

Officers pulled over Jesus Herrea Velasquez, 20, for a traffic stop in the 2300 block of East 79th Street and learned that he did not have a license or insurance, according to his arrest report. They also discovered that the car was reported stolen on February 12, the report said.

While Velasquez allegedly told officers that the car belonged to his boss, Oscar, he could not explain where he worked, the report said. The vehicle belonged to a woman who told the police she still had the car’s keys.

Velasquez is charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and driving-related charges.

His front-seat passenger, 23-year-old Charlie Gonzalez Rodriguez, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing to a vehicle. It’s his fourth arrest since October, according to court records.

Employees at Nordstrom, 55 East Grand, accused him of stealing a $249 pair of pants, leading to his first arrest on October 14. The case was dropped on November 11.

Walmart, located at 3320 South Cicero, accused him of shoplifting clothing, pepper spray, and jewelry, leading to his arrest again on November 27. According to court records, he pleaded guilty in exchange for a sentence of time served.

On December 11, Chicago police arrested him after they allegedly saw him trying to sell merchandise in the Loop that had been shoplifted from a nearby Burlington. Prosecutors dropped the case on January 19.

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