Man caught with gun during curfew sweep

Staff report


Officers taking part in the city’s first curfew sweep Tuesday and early Wednesday found a man with a loaded handgun.

Lamar Knox, 26, of Pasadena Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly on two counts of possession of drugs, one of them a first-degree felony; improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle; and misdemeanor traffic and marijuana charges.

Judge Kobly set his bond at $80,000.

Reports said Knox was pulled over in his own driveway about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday by an officer who was part of the city’s first curfew sweep. An officer working the sweep saw a car that Knox was driving fail to stop at a stop sign.

When police went to talk to Knox, they saw a bag of suspected marijuana on the front seat and asked him to step out of the car. When he got up, reports said, there was the handle of a handgun sticking up from under the driver’s seat.

The gun was a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun that had 10 rounds in the magazine. Officers also found a bag of suspected crack cocaine and a painkiller, reports said.

Assistant Prosecutor Kathy Thompson told Judge Kobly that Knox has a second-degree felony conviction as a juvenile for being a former member of the South Side Soldiers street gang.

During the sweep, Capt. Kevin Mercer said officers came into contact with six juveniles, all of whom were very close or in some cases across the street from their homes after the curfew time of 11 p.m. Mercer said the juveniles were allowed to go home since they were so close rather than be cited.

There will be more curfew sweeps throughout the summer.

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