Man Arrested at Evanston Tot-Lot with Loaded Gun

The Chicago man is currently on parole for a weapons offense.

Brandon Ira Willie Henry, courtesy of the Evanston Police Department
Brandon Ira Willie Henry, courtesy of the Evanston Police Department

A Chicago man is facing weapons charges after Evanston police say he was at a tot-lot after hours with a loaded handgun.

Police were called to the park in the 600 block of Mulford Street at 11:15 p.m. Monday night for a report of people in the park after hours, police said. They found a man and woman there.

When police patted-down the man, they found a loaded .40 caliber handgun in his waistband, according to a press release.

Police are identifying him as Brandon Ira Willie Henry, 29, of the 7400 block of North Wolcott Ave. in Chicago. He’s been charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a felony; possession of a firearm without a valid FOID and possession of firearm ammunition without a valid FOID, both misdemeanors. He was also cited for being in a park after hours.

He is currently on probation for a 2012 conviction for a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections website. He’s due in court July 8

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Tantor June 25, 2014 at 09:55 PM
It is the same story all the time. These youth are arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm. Then the Democratic judges let them out on parole (like this guy and the previous one some days ago, and so on and on) or send them to a Youth Rehab. Then they shoot somebody. Then the Democratic politicians, who have bodyguards, and even carry guns themselves (like Diane Feinstein when she was a California politician) blame "all those guns" and use the shooting to try to keep the law abiding, like the great Otis McDonald, from having firearms. And many of us fall for this.
Jordan S. Zoot June 26, 2014 at 09:23 AM
There is something else that gets illegal firearms out of the hands of prohibited persons and off the street. Its called "stop and frisk"....and for everyone that doesn't like it due to the profiling issue ask yourself this...EPD has grabbed four illegal firearms in the hands of prohibited persons in four days.....how many illegal firearms are out there on the street in Evanston, and how many more could be confiscated with more aggressive enforcement. Rather than continuing to carp about more gun control laws....which aren't going to happen without push back...lets see the laws we have enforced and that includes getting the Feds to run the prohibited person firearm prosecutions.
Neisha July 07, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Zoot, I must correct your calculation regarding the number of illegal guns EPD has confiscated within the last four days from "prohibited persons." Including the five that were removed from your home during a raid by the combined efforts of the EPD, ATF, and CC Sheriffs, the correct total would be NINE. Such a great job of weapon confiscation with the use of "aggressive enforcement" by our local, state, and federal policing agencies. Wouldn't you agree ?
Jackie Brown July 07, 2014 at 04:12 PM
"Along with the weapons and ammo, authorities also recovered firearm-related items and equipment, the release added." What other equipment was recovered zoot ? I am sure it was all illegal.
Local Resident July 08, 2014 at 03:24 PM
Yeah jordan, don't you have your own wall of shame threading here on the Patch with your mug shot posted ? You have a ton of supporters rallying for you to go to the prison.


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