A man is facing gun charges in connection with a SWAT incident that lasted more than five hours Tuesday night at an Old Town apartment building.
Trevon Garland, 18, is accused of exiting a stolen car containing two loaded AK-47 rifles and entering a high-rise at 1140 N. Wells St., prompting the hours-long lockdown, according to police.
Around 3:43 p.m., Illinois State Police troopers spotted four males riding in a white Infiniti that had been reported stolen by Chicago police near the intersection of 47th and Federal Streets.
According to police, the Infiniti was tracked to 1140 N. Wells St., where witnesses said four males wearing ski masks exited the vehicle and entered the apartment building.
According to the police report, state troopers secured the vehicle after discovering two AK-47 rifles in “plain view” on the backseat floorboard. One of the guns had a serial number that had been partially defaced. Both guns were loaded with one round in the chamber and more ammunition in the magazine.
At 4:21 p.m., Chicago police, SWAT, and Illinois State Police formed a perimeter around the high-rise. Garland was apprehended shortly after in the lobby of a building one block south of the high-rise.
Garland was charged with two felonies for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, one felony for having a firearm with a defaced serial number, and one misdemeanor for criminal trespass to a vehicle.
Two other suspects were arrested at the scene and face charges.
During the ordeal, residents said they were terrified and received little information from authorities.
According to FOX 32, the group may have known someone in the building, which is how they were able to get past security.