A judge called a man the “poster child for dangerousness” and ordered him detained pre-trial after the man was arrested for possessing a gun in Waukegan while on probation for a gun charge.
Juliano A. Ramirez, 20, of Park City, was charged with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and criminal trespass to vehicle.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Vukovich said during a detention hearing that the Waukegan Police Department conducted a traffic stop on November 9.
The suspect vehicle had no lights on and did not stop at a stop sign.
Four occupants fled from the vehicle and a police perimeter was set up, Vukovich said. Ramirez and a second person were detained.
Police found a gun on the floorboard of the vehicle and a second gun was found in the possession of the second detained suspect, who was hiding in a trash can.
Ramirez admitted to possessing the gun found in the car, Vukovich said. He does not have a Firearm Owner’s Identification card or a concealed carry license.
Ramirez was also on probation at the time for a prior aggravated unlawful use of a weapon case in Lake County.
Court records show Ramirez was arrested for illegally possessing a loaded gun in Waukegan on January 23, 2022. He was released from custody after posting bond.
While out on bond, Ramirez was arrested again on April 14, 2022, for illegally possessing a loaded gun in Waukegan.
The charges in the first case were dismissed in early 2023 after Ramirez pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony, in the second case.
As part of the plea, Ramirez was accepted into the first-time weapon offender program where if he completed probation successfully the conviction would not be entered on his record.
Vukovich argued there were no set of release conditions to ensure the community’s safety and asked Ramirez be detained pending trial in the latest case.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the request and remanded Ramirez to the Lake County Jail.
“Him at this age, being arrested three times for gun charges… he’s kind of the poster child for dangerousness,” the judge said before making his ruling.
A case management hearing is scheduled for February 1.