Christian Reyes, 27, of Chicago, (inset) was arrested after allegedly bringing a loaded gun into Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry on August 23, 2023. | Background Photo: Centegra Health

Officials say a Chicago man was arrested after he brought a loaded gun and ammunition in a backpack into Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry.

The McHenry Police Department responded around 6:37 p.m. on August 23 to Northwestern Medicine Hospital, 4201 Medical Center Drive in McHenry.

McHenry Police Department Public Affairs Officer Michael Spohn said officers met with security staff after they found a handgun.

The gun was in a backpack allegedly belonging to Christian Reyes, 27, of Chicago.

The gun, a Davis Industries Model P-32, had a loaded magazine inserted, according to court records.

A box of ammunition was also found in the backpack, Spohn said. 39 rounds of .32 caliber ammunition were found, court records show.

A grand jury indictment said Reyes has a revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card and no concealed carry license.

Spohn said Reyes was a patient being treated at the hospital at the time of the incident.

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Officers arrested Reyes later the same day and he was initially only charged with unlawful possession of a firearm with a FOID and illegal possession of ammunition, both Class A misdemeanors.

A grand jury late last month upgraded the charges to felonies due to Reyes’ revoked FOID card.

Reyes is now facing charges of possession of a firearm with a revoked FOID, three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and one count of illegal possession of ammunition.

Reyes was released on bond following his initial arrest but has since been taken into custody again following his new charges.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition to detain Reyes pending trial, calling him a real and present threat to the safety of the community.

During a court hearing Tuesday, McHenry County Judge James Cowlin granted the petition to detain Reyes in the McHenry County Jail.

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A status of trial hearing is scheduled for December 5.