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Evanston Teen Arrested on Gun Charges

The arrest comes during EPD’s increased patrols after two shootings earlier this week in the area.

Gary L. Spearman, courtesy of the Evanston Police Department
Gary L. Spearman, courtesy of the Evanston Police Department

A 19-year-old Evanston man is facing gun charges after police say he tried to hide a loaded weapon during a traffic stop Wednesday. The arrest comes as Evanston police are stepping up patrols after two people were shot within 24 hours of each other earlier this week.

Gary L. Spearman, of the 1800 block of Church Street, was in a car that was stopped by officers around 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of Emerson Street. Police say officers saw him reach down and attempt to hide something. A search of the vehicle found a loaded, .32 caliber semi-automatic weapon under a seat.

Spearman was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, as well as possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card and possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card, both misdemeanors. He’s due in court July 22.

Police said the arrest is a result of the presence of extra officers on the streets after shootings Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.

“Persons illegally carrying firearms will be targeted by police along with strict enforcement to ensure that community safety is the number one priority of the department,” the department said in a press release.

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Leroy July 10, 2014 at 08:34 PM
he will be roaming the halls of ETHS this fall, heck he might even be in summer school right now.
IgnorantA July 11, 2014 at 03:58 PM
during a traffic stop huh? right... don't get me wrong, glad to have this gun / banger off the street, but, lets call it for what it is \ was... police profiling an African American teen in light of the shootings that happened just a few hours prior.
el debarge July 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM
No. Let's call it what it really is.....outstanding police work!
Leroy July 11, 2014 at 07:58 PM
I'm against profiling but Gary is not heading in the right direction. Shocked they only found a gun. That's encouraging.

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