27 arrested, 3 guns seized during Cinco de Mayo parade mayhem: Chicago police

Chicago police say they arrested 27 people and recovered three handguns in connection with the Little Village Cinco de Mayo parade, which officials canceled on Sunday due to “gang violence.”

Despite the weapon recoveries, a CPD spokesperson said no gun-related charges were filed. Only one of the arrestees faces a felony charge.

Tensions began to rise in the hours leading up to the scheduled noon start time, with officers reporting several bursts of gunfire in the neighborhood throughout the midday.

There were also reports of multiple calls of people with firearms, people throwing rocks at cars, and gang confrontations in the streets. A sometimes graphic video compilation shared on Twitter shows a man who was apparently beaten in the neighborhood and the sound of gunfire near the California Pink Line station.

A tamer video posted to the Citizen App yesterday (below) showed a crowd of men displaying gang gestures as police tried to contain the group near Rockwell and Cermak. At least eight of the arrests stemmed from the confrontations seen in the Citizen video, according to arrest reports reviewed by CWBChicago.

One report said officers had responded to “multiple calls of over 200 gangbangers present with guns” and “rival gang members in the presence of uniformed Chicago police officers were firing shots.”

Juan Carrillo, 20, of Bourbonnais, is charged with the only felony of the day—aggravated battery of a peace officer—and misdemeanor reckless conduct. Prosecutors said he punched a Chicago police officer in the throat near the intersection of Rockwell and Cermak around 12:49 p.m.

In Carrillo’s arrest report, police said he disobeyed orders to disperse by flashing gang signs and yelling “King love,” a reference to the Latin King street gang, at a group of rival Satan Disciples gang members. Judge David Kelly released him from custody on Monday afternoon.

Maywood resident Jorge Vargas, 30, faces charges of misdemeanor reckless conduct and misdemeanor assault. According to his arrest report, Vargas threw rocks at passing cars and “squared his stance” when police told him to back up. Judge Kelly released him on Monday, too.

Brandon Mora, 20, of Chicago, “was with a huge group of Latin King members that were causing a massive disruption prior to [the] parade,” officers wrote in his arrest report. The police arrested him after he allegedly refused to disperse.

Mora denied being a gang member, according to the arrest report, but allegedly said, “King love,” when he saw a Satan Disciple at the police station who was also under arrest. He’s charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and resisting.

Judge Kelly released him on Monday, even though he is on pretrial release for allegedly possessing a stolen motor vehicle. That case stems from an April 2 incident where police said he was driving a stolen Dodge Charger with four passengers, and everyone in the car was wearing black face masks and gloves.

A CPD spokesperson said 22 other people were each charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct in connection with Sunday’s parade. One person was charged with disorderly conduct, and another was cited for disorderly conduct.

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