Uber passenger fell asleep with a machine gun on his lap: prosecutors

Depaul Jenkins (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A Chicago man who recently completed parole for a felony gun case is already back in jail after allegedly falling asleep in an Uber with a machine gun on his lap. Judge Antara Rivera detained Depaul Jenkins, 24, at the state’s request.

Jenkins fell asleep in the back seat of the Uber driver’s Hyundai Sonata around 5:30 a.m. on May 19, officials said. The driver started to wake Jenkins up but decided to call the police instead when he noticed a gun on Jenkins’ lap.

Officers found Jenkins asleep in the back seat of the car in the 2100 block of East 71st Street with a firearm lying between his feet next to Jenkins’ phone, officials said. One of the officers retrieved the gun and eventually awakened Jenkins after making “several attempts,” according to a CPD report. Jenkins allegedly admitted that the gun was his.

Police said Jenkins declined medical attention, and the Uber driver was never threatened or harmed. 

The gun was a .40-caliber Glock with an extended magazine and a switch that could make it fire rounds automatically, police said.

Judge Rivera offered several reasons for detaining Jenkins, including the fact that he was discharged from parole in April for possessing a stolen firearm and that he was “observed in possession of a machine gun while in an UBER.”

He is charged with unlawful possession of a machine gun.

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