Felons Caught With a Firearm After Facebook Live Broadcast From Gun Range: Cops
Police in Illinois arrested two felons for possession of firearms last week after they allegedly broadcast themselves on on Facebook Live using the weapons illegally at a gun range.
An investigator with the Evanston Police Department Intelligence Unit was monitoring the social media of a man they've identified as a gang member as part of what they call part of their routine course of duty when a Facebook Live stream caught his attention.
In the video, the investigators say they were able to observe a parolee felon at a shooting range with other subjects firing a handgun, which is against the law in Illinois due to his conviction/parole status.
"Being that the information was so fresh, the investigator contacted the Winthrop Harbor Police Department who immediately responded to the shooting range and located the individual as well as a second convicted felon that he was with, that also has ties to Evanston and was also shooting," the police statement said.
Based on their investigation, Winthrop Harbor Police took both individuals into custody.
Demarcus Curtis and Nicholas Mayfield, both 25, were charged by the Winthrop Harbor Police Department with one count each of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon by a Felon.