The United States Attorney in Chicago has announced that his office will prosecute three gun charges which have occurred since the Minnesota death of George Floyd.
The men include Joseph Hammond of Chicago.
Part of the press release follows:
…agents approached Hammond near the 6800 block of South Sangamon Street in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood while investigating a report of a man holding a gun and a toddler, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
As the agents approached in a vehicle, Hammond pointed the gun at one of the agents’ faces and told them to “keep moving,” the complaint states. Hammond then picked up the toddler and ran from the area.
The agents pursued Hammond and later arrested him nearby, the complaint states. Neither the toddler nor the agents were injured.
Hammond, 33, is charged with one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Hammond was previously convicted of criminal felonies, including firearm offenses and attempted murder, and was not lawfully allowed to possess a firearm.
The other two are Kevin Tunstall, 29, of Oak Forest, and Johnnie Lee, 32, of Chicago.
The U.S. Attorney’s press release explains the charges:
…charged with one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Tunstall and Lee were previously convicted of criminal felonies and were not lawfully allowed to possess a firearm. Initial court appearances in U.S. District Court in Chicago have not yet been scheduled…
Tunstall and Lee were arrested separately this past weekend by Chicago Police officers.
Tunstall was arrested early Saturday morning near the 600 block of South State Street after officers observed him in possession of a loaded semiautomatic handgun while seated in a vehicle, according to the charges.
Lee was arrested late Sunday night after a vehicle he was driving crashed into a Chicago Police car near the 3200 block of North Southport Avenue, the charges allege.
He was taken into custody while in possession of a loaded handgun.
A city of Chicago curfew took effect at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, and Lee was arrested nearly two hours later.