2 migrants face felony gun charges, 1 claims he found the weapon on a beach

Carlos Gonzalez-Montero and Wilbert Herrera-Fuenmayor (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Two Venezuelan migrants are facing felony gun charges after they were arrested in separate incidents this month.

Most recently, Carlos Gonzalez-Montero, 35, was arrested Friday morning outside the shelter at 2641 South Calumet. Chicago police officers responded to the shelter around 11:30 a.m. after the facility’s security guard reported seeing a man with a gun.

The guard directed the cops to Gonzalez-Montero, saying he saw Gonzalez-Montero holding a firearm and placing it inside a vehicle outside the shelter, Assistant State’s Attorney Jake Mallory said.

CPD officers went to the car, which was registered to Gonzalez-Montero, and saw a loaded 9-millimeter handgun in plain view, according to Mallory.

Upon the cop’s discovery of the firearm, Gonzalez-Montero blurted out that he “found it at the beach,” Mallory said.

Judge Shauna Boliker released Gonzalez-Montero to await trial. He is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis.

According to CPD records, Gonzalez-Montero has been arrested twice this year at the “Salt Shed” shelter, 1310 North Elston. On June 24, he was charged with two counts of assault, which are still pending. Prosecutors dropped a prohibited transaction charge he picked up on February 7.

In a separate case, Chicago police arrested Wilbert Herrera-Fuenmayor, 32, after they allegedly found a gun in his car after responding to two ShotSpotter alerts.

On June 13, officers responded to a ShotSpotter at 54th and Morgan, followed quickly by another at 55th and Racine, according to Herrera-Fuenmayor’s arrest report.

The report said police pulled over Herrera-Fuenmayor because his Jeep Cherokee’s taillights were out. Moments later, officers in a CPD surveillance center informed the cops that video showed the Jeep fleeing from both ShotSpotter locations.

The report said that Herrera-Fuenmayor and his passenger tried to flee, but both were detained. The officers said they found a handgun in the Jeep’s driver’s door. It was hot to the touch, and its striker was cocked, suggesting it had been recently fired, according to the officers. There was no ammunition in the weapon.

Judge Antara Rivera released Herrera-Fuenmayor to await trial on a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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