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Evanston Man Acquitted of Murder Arrested with Loaded Gun

John Bamberg Jr. was found not guilty of murder in 2012. Police said they arrested him Sunday with a loaded revolver that had been reported stolen.

Courtesy of the Evanston Police Department
Courtesy of the Evanston Police Department

An Evanston man who was acquitted of murder charges in late 2012 was arrested this weekend after police said they found him with a loaded revolver during a traffic stop.

John Bamberg Jr., 31, was found not guilty by a judge in late 2012 for the shooting death of Marcus Davis in Evanston in 2003.

On Sunday, police said he was in a car that officers pulled over in a traffic stop at 9:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Dodge Ave. Police said that during the stop they found a loaded .357 magnum revolver that had been reported stolen in Chicago.

Bamberg was charged with aggravated firearm possession without a valid FOID, unlawful use of weapon by a felon, unlawful use of weapon in vehicle, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, all felonies, and possession of firearm ammunition without a valid FOID, a misdemeanor.

He appeared at a bond hearing Tuesday and bond was set at $50,000 in addition to electronic home monitoring if bond is posted, police said. His next court date is March 24.

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Jordan S. Zoot February 28, 2014 at 09:29 PM
@Jackie Brown....an excellent post....wouldn't be great to see the frustration, disgust, and concern over a lack of action turned into action. If family members, neighbors, and the rest of the community would just capture that feeling and say enough is enough. It seems that there is a larger community that wants to get on with normal lives....raising kids, going to school, church, and just engaging with each other without fear of the crime and violence inflicted by a small number of individuals. If everyone would personally commit to engaging and sharing the information that law enforcement needs to remove these individuals from the community for a sufficient period of time it could change. Community involvement should cause these individuals to curtail the rough stuff and understand that the silence that lets them continue is over, and engagement by the community would also force the authorities to be more accountable and do a better job. This thread is very different from most of what appears here in that it clear that everyone has had enough. Its a good place for a real change to begin.
Tantor February 28, 2014 at 09:32 PM
One major reason for our crime problem, whereby citizens of all ethnicities are terrorized by a growing and ever bolder urban underclass is the possibility, mind you, only a possibility, that the political system in Cook and Illinois may be corrupt and that such corruption may, but only may, extend to the judicial system. See this http://chicagofbi.wordpress.com/
Jordan S. Zoot March 01, 2014 at 12:00 AM
There was an interesting article in the Trib today...an individual who was a felon was sentenced for possession of a firearm...that wasn't even stolen..[the one found in the car in this article was stolen] and the offender was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison....that certainly isn't a slap on the wrist. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/joliet_romeoville/chi-romeoville-man-sentenced-after-student-brings-handgun-to-class-20140228,0,2106323.story
Jordan S. Zoot March 01, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Tantor....let me begin with a compliment..most of the time your references link to relevant and credible articles that highlight a problem that we both agree on. However, after spending some time reading the site from the link you provided above, I need to offer my view that the writer has an agenda...actually call it a vendetta going and while there may be some credible statements in the piece I don't accept much of what is presented...granted that is merely my view.
Jackie Brown March 01, 2014 at 01:22 AM
Just that smug look on this individual face, when facing murder charges makes me want to slap his ass. I am a Mother, African American, a single parent for over 25 years and I did not raise any gangsters. I raised a lawyer, a doctor, a military person and every kid that entered my home unwanted by the world I helped them to accomplish success. Then when I was finished educating mine and helping educating others, I went back to college for my degree. This shit embarrasses me, for families to turn dumb ass ruthless, blood thirsty murderous kids loose in the world and sit back and defend their carnage upon society. What normal family lives this way, wondering who is next to be murdered...then sues the city when informants relate them to the murders. I bet they live walking distance from each other, maybe attend school together. Evanston is a small community. So everyone stays armed,watching their back all the time. Who is a enemy who's not ! This is sickness is beyond imagination ! I read the post by @Local Resident, fighting in the courts, additional security in court...What point is trying to be proven, that one family has more weapon gun power or ghetto street creds than the other ? I bet EPD and the community will be happy when you finally knock each other off and stop spending tax payers money on your bullshit in courts. But keep it among yourselves stop causing a risk to your community and innocent people.

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