CHICAGO (STMW) — A Pilsen man sent text messages of himself dressed in military armor and holding a shotgun to a former co-worker in west suburban Oak Park, according to police.

Nicholas Claxton, 23, of the 1700 block of West 17th Street, is charged with one count each of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and cyber stalking, and also with a probation violation, according to Chicago Police.

Claxton was fired July 23 from an Oak Park restaurant job, but sent a text message to a former co-worker five days later, police said. It showed him wearing night vision goggles and ballistic armor while holding a shotgun, police said. He also sent a photo of a stash of ammunition and body armor panels for a ballistic vest.

The co-worker immediately filed a report with Oak Park police, who learned that Claxton lived on the Southwest Side, where he was arrested by Chicago Police at his home on Aug. 4.

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Nicholas Claxton, 23, allegedly sent a threatening photo to a former co-worker showing him dressed in paramilitary gear and holding a shotgun. (Chicago Police)

Monroe District officers found a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun loaded with buckshot, with a sawed-off stock and sling to make it concealable, police said. They also found a military grade ballistic vest with steel plates, night vision goggles, a 12-gauge signal gun and gun cleaning kit.

Claxton was expected to appear in bond court in Chicago on Monday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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