Evanston traffic stop yields loaded gun, body armor, face shield

Evanston police recovered a mask, some body armor and a gun during a traffic stop July 17, in which a 26-year-old Chicago man was charged with numerous weapon offenses and a drug offense.

The incident occurred about 6:20 p.m. when an Evanston police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 2400 block of Church Street, said Cmdr. Jay Parrot, the department’s spokesperson.

While the officer was talking with the driver, he determined there was probable cause to search the vehicle, Parrott said.

The officer found a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, along with a face mask, body armor and a small amount of marijuana, Parrott said.

The driver, Steven L. Hamann, of 1416 Lunt Ave., Chicago, was charged with five counts of aggravated unlawful use of weapon, for possession ballistic armor with a firearm unlawfully, a Class X felony, Parrott said.

He was charged with other firearms offenses, including having no valid Firearm Owner Identification card, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police have not linked Hamann to any other offenses at this point, said Parrott. He said anytime a mask and body armor is found in such cases it raises concerns as to the individual’s motivation.

Hamann is scheduled to appear in Skokie’s 2nd District Circuit Court on the charges Aug. 8.

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