Reputed Gang Members Arrested On Gun Charges

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (STMW) – A police stop for loud music turned into a chase and the arrest of two reputed gang members and the recovery of a gun.

The Waukegan Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Unit stopped a vehicle Tuesday just before 3 p.m. at Washington Street and Edison Court, and when the vehicle stopped, the front seat passenger got out, dropped a gun, picked it up and began to run. The driver also ran, police said.

Police chased the 16-year-old with the gun, who threw the weapon and then jumped over a fence in the 100 block of Edison Court. When he went over the fence, he cut his hand on some barbed wire and he went into a home.

He told residents in the home in the 1000 block of North Jackson Street that he had just been stabbed and that was why his hand was bleeding. The residents immediately left the house and were met by officers outside.

They surrounded the house and the 16-year-old was taken into custody, police said. They also recovered the .38-caliber handgun and a bag of ammunition.

“I am very happy that we got another gun off of the streets,” Police Chief Dan Greathouse said Friday.

The driver was identified as Bernard Hodges, 18, of the 2100 block of Ash Street, Waukegan, and he was taken into custody on Wednesday. He was on parole for a 2011 shooting, police said.

Hodges was charged with unlawful use of a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, defacing a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, fleeing and eluding police, and loud music, police said.

He is being held in Lake County Jail in lieu of $100,000. He is a known gang member.

The 16-year-old, also a known gang member, was charged in a juvenile petition with unlawful use of a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, defacing a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, no firearm owner’s identification card and criminal trespass to residence, police said.

The juvenile told gang unit officers Hodges handed him the handgun and told him to run from the traffic stop. He was transferred to the juvenile detention center in Vernon Hills.

The defacing of the handgun charges resulted from having the serial number of the gun scraped off.

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  • zatso

    Honor Students?

    When are we going to wake up?




  • non

    Why should the 16 year old be charged as a juvenile? A 16 year old knows better. Charge him as an adult!

    • Jim

      With the state of the black homie problem what it is, the laws should be adjusted to accomodate this kind of ghetto trash!!!



      • LYNDIA

        Was that ghetto trash that killed those 3 kids in Ohio a few weeks ago? Did not this family say HE WAS A WONDERFUL KID?

  • WetNurse

    I wonder if the Chief was as happy about getting the criminals off of the street as he was about getting the gun off of the street? I’ll have to venture a guess and say no. The SA will most likely reduce the charges only to allow a liberal judge to let these gems of society out on unsupervised supervision.

    I figure the 18yo will be out in time to vote.

  • Memph Skony

    I wonder where he got the gun from…Most likey from someone who has viking in their bloodline. Yes he was wrong for having the gun and should be thrown under the jail before he does something stupid which most likey he was on his way to do but lets be real the gunrunner who sold the gun wasnt black and he should be in jail as well

  • ra

    this igga is fine I want to b his baby’s moma

  • THEE Yard Ape

    I believe a majority of you already know my feelings on this !!!

    • leprechaun for a day

      I don’t. Could you elaborate? LOL

  • David

    can hear it now when they interview mama “my boy is a good boy, he never bees in trouble, he always in by 9, neva cuases me any trouble, he had no daddy i raised dem boy all my self

  • observer

    when you make a baby it is the parents responsibilty to raise that child properly
    which means hard work,I`m affraid many baby makers don`t want to invest the time or effort as a result people like Mr Hodges appear.No Parental guidance
    equals so many of a certain community in gangs and trouble,waste of a life.

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