A Chicago man convicted of armed robbery and other weapons-related offenses in 2010 is back in Cook County Jail after being arrested by Brookfield police on April 25 for possessing loaded handgun.
Steven Brown, 27, awaits a May 13 court date at the Maybrook courthouse, is being held on $250,000 bond. He’s charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
In August 2010, Brown was convicted of armed robbery, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon, among other charges. He was sentenced to six years in prison and was paroled Jan. 17, 2014.
Police arrested Brown at around 4:30 a.m. on April 25 after a Brookfield officer observed what he believed to be suspicious activity outside a residence in the 3500 block of Oak Avenue where police have received numerous complaints of drug activity.
The officer observed a gray Ford Taurus turn the corner from Oak Avenue onto Lincoln Avenue without signaling. The driver was Brown, according to police. As the car sat idling on Lincoln Avenue, a subject later identified as a 27-year-old Maywood man walked up to the Taurus and leaned into the passenger window to talk to Brown.
About five minutes later, two people exited the house, got into a tan SUV parked in the driveway and pulled in front of the Taurus.
At that time, according to the police report, the officer approached the vehicles. Brown reportedly got out of the Taurus and began to quickly walk away. The police officer reportedly told Brown he was conducting a traffic stop and asked Brown to stop, but Brown reportedly continued to walk away. When the police officer reached Brown and attempted to stop him, Brown reportedly began struggling with the officer, trying to break free.
At the same time, the Maywood man started to approach the officer, who ordered him to stop and place his hands on top of the Taurus.
Meanwhile, the van reversed back into the driveway and the two occupants walked quickly back into the house, police said.
As additional officers arrived, Brown was restrained and police also learned that his driver’s license was suspended. Brown was arrested for that offense and police search his vehicle prior to having it towed.
Under the driver’s seat they reported finding a loaded Desert Eagle .44 Magnum handgun, with the hammer cocked. Police said there were four rounds in the gun’s magazine.
At about 8:40 a.m., police returned to the scene and reported finding a brass .25-caliber shell casing behind the house where the traffic stop had been made. In addition, police recovered four more .25-caliber shell casings in and near the alley behind the house.
Police also recovered one unspent .44-caliber round on the ground between two vehicles parked behind the home.
While police did not receive any calls of shots fired that morning, one witness said he heard what sounded like fireworks in the alley at about 3:50 a.m.
The Maywood man was held for questioning but later released without being charged, according to police.