Three people — two 19-year-olds and a 17-year-old, all from Berwyn — face weapons charges after police responded to a fight in progress near the skate park in Ehlert Park in Brookfield on May 9 at about 1:55 p.m.
A firefighter working at the main fire station close to the skate park called police to report the incident, and a witness directed responding officers to a silver Honda at the corner of Congress Park and Prairie avenues that might have been involved.
Police stopped the vehicle and an officer reported smelling the odor of cannabis coming from inside the car. The driver, one of the 19-year-olds, gave police consent to search the Honda.
While conducting the search, police reported seeing a blue plastic glove sticking out from under the rear passenger seat. An officer lifted the cushion, reportedly revealing a .38-caliber Colt revolver loaded with four rounds, one of them positioned to be fired. A blue plastic glove was wrapped around the gun handle, according to police.
Police arrested the driver and two passengers of the silver Honda. Both 19-year-olds were charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The 17-year-old was charged as a juvenile with felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a gang member and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Brookfield police sought felony charges against the 19-year-olds, but the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office declined to charge them with a felony. Brookfield police were able to charge the juvenile with a felony without seeking approval from the state’s attorney.
According to police, the two victims, 19- and 20-year-old males of Brookfield, refused to press charges against their alleged attackers, claimed not to know them and told police they would not be able to identify them.
The victims told police that they were in the park minding their own business when a group of about five subjects came up to them and started fighting with them.
It’s the second incident at Ehlert Park in the past year involving alleged offenders with access to a gun. In July 2015, a 22-year-old man was shot in the back during an incident near the skate park.
The victim in that incident was seriously injured, but later recovered.