By Bob Uphues
Brookfield police continue to investigate whether a man they arrested June 22 on weapons charges is connected to an incident two days earlier, where at least eight gunshots were fired on Brookfield's south end.
Amien J. Issa, 19, whom police described as a member of the 12th Street Players street gang, was taken into custody at his residence in an apartment building in the 4500 block of Park Avenue at 9:50 a.m.
He was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon and several misdemeanor offenses, including two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, obstructing a police officer and driving on a suspended license.
Police reported finding a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five hollow-point cartridges, one of which was spent, inside the center console of a Chevy Tahoe that Issa was driving about 1 a.m. on June 21.
An officer was conducting surveillance on the area in the wake of an incident on June 19 around 4:30 a.m. Brookfield police received a 911 call from a woman living in that vicinity after hearing what sounded like 4-5 gunshots.
Later police learned the shots were also heard by a McCook police officer, who drove toward the sound of the shots and observed a white SUV fleeing the area at a high rate of speed eastbound on Plainfield Road near Prairie Avenue.
The McCook officer pursued the vehicle during a chase where speeds approached 70 mph, according to police. The chase ended in the 7100 block of 40th Street in Stickney when the SUV crashed. The driver escaped on foot and no weapons were found in the SUV.
According to Brookfield police, the man they believe was driving the white SUV was also tied to the 12th Street Players street gang.
About 8 a.m. that morning, police interviewed a subject who had collected six shell casings from the middle of the street and parkway near the southwest corner of Park and Gerritsen avenues after hearing the gunshots.
Police reported recovering two more shell casings, one on the parkway and one in the street in the same area. All were 9 mm Luger ammunition. Police also reported that a stop sign on the southwest corner of the intersection appeared to have been struck by a bullet.
In addition, police on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. received a call from a resident of the 8900 block of Plainfield Road who reported finding a bullet slug lying next to his vehicle outside an apartment building.
In the wake of the incident, police began surveillance near Park and Gerritsen. Around 1 a.m. on June 21, an officer reported seeing two vehicles, a green Honda Civic and a black Chevy Tahoe, drive through the stop sign at Gerritsen and Elm avenues and turn into the driveway of the building on the southeast corner of Park and Gerritsen.
When the police officer ordered all of vehicles' occupants to remain there, only the occupants of the Honda did as instructed. The driver of the Tahoe, later identified as Issa, and the passenger, an 18-year-old woman, went inside the apartment building and refused to come out.
Police then told the two who went inside they would be charged with obstruction and that the Chevy Tahoe would be towed. The woman eventually came outside to talk to police. She was charged with obstruction and with consumption of alcohol by a minor. The driver of the Honda was cited for a number of traffic offenses.
After towing the Tahoe, police searched it and reported finding the loaded handgun. They arrested Issa the following morning.
He was also arrested in North Riverside in March and charged with DUI and felony drug offenses. According to a spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, that case is still ongoing, but a judge had ordered him to undergo electronic monitoring on March 16.