Prosecutors say a convicted felon who allegedly left his loaded gun behind in his hotel room in Waukegan was arrested after he went to the hotel manager and demanded the gun back.
Jadario Jackson, 26, of Waukegan, was charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, a Class 3 felony.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Francis DeRosa said Jackson was staying at TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 404 Lakehurst Road in Waukegan, on November 13.
Jackson rented two rooms and checked out of one of them that day.
A cleaning crew was in the room that Jackson checked out of and found a handgun under a coach, DeRosa said.
The crew alerted a hotel manager, who retrieved the weapon. The gun had an extended magazine inserted.
DeRosa said the manager took a photograph of the Glock 19 handgun and cleared a round from the chamber.
The manager contacted Jackson and the man denied ownership of it, at which time the manager called the police.
Jackson checked out of his second room and went to the lobby where he demanded the gun back from the manager, DeRosa said.
DeRosa said Jackson began causing a scene and the manager, who was hesitant to hand over the gun, reluctantly gave it to Jackson.
The manager was seen on video surveillance handing what appeared to be a weapon wrapped in a towel to Jackson, DeRosa said.
Jackson is a convicted felon and does not have a Firearm Owner’s Identification card or concealed carry license.
An arrest warrant was issued for Jackson on December 14 and investigators went to the Courtyard by Marriott, 3800 Northpoint Boulevard in Waukegan, to arrest the man around 3:15 p.m. on December 18.
85 grams of suspected fentanyl pills were found in a hotel room with Jackson and a woman, DeRosa said. Jackson admitted the pills were his.
A loaded Glock 19 handgun was found in a diaper bag, DeRosa said. The woman told officers that it belonged to Jackson.
During a detention hearing last week, Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted a petition to detain Jackson in jail pending trial.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on January 25 for a status of preliminary hearing.