Waukegan police have arrested a 17-year-old from Chicago early Wednesday morning after officers found him in possession of a loaded gun.
At 2:00 a.m. officers from the Waukegan Police Department were at the Woodland Village Apartment Complex in the 2400 block of Dugdale Road conducting pro-active police patrols, Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles said.
While on location the officers observed a vehicle in front of one of the apartment buildings of the complex which was parked illegally. Officers approached the vehicle to conduct a field investigation and found that the vehicle contained multiple people.
“One of those occupants identified himself as a juvenile. The juvenile was placed into custody for curfew. A search of the juvenile, based off the arrest, revealed that he was in possession of a loaded firearm (.38 caliber revolver),” Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles said in a statement.
Police said that the juvenile is being identified as a 17-year-old male that lives in Chicago. The teen came to Waukegan with friends to see a person who lived at the apartment complex, Chief Walles said.
Officials said that the teen has been charged with a curfew violation, obstruction, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The suspect was turned over to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center in Vernon Hills, police said.