ELBURN – A Chicago man has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon after a Metra conductor observed a shotgun sticking out a large bag he had been carrying after getting on a train at the Metra station in Elburn.
Michael T. Johnson, 29, of Chicago, has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon/possession by a convicted felon. Additionally he was charged with not having a valid firearm owners identification card. He is being held in the Kane County Jail.
The shotgun the subject had in his possession had be stolen from a relative's house without their knowledge, according to a news release from the Elburn Police Department. That theft occurred in another jurisdiction and the victim refused to pursue charges there for that theft, the release stated.
At approximately 10:12 a.m. Friday, Elburn police officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious subject/subject with a gun at the Metra station located in the 400 block of East Railroad Street, the release stated. Upon their arrival, they met with the conductor who related a man had gotten on the train and the conductor observed the barrel of a shotgun sticking out of the end of a large bag he was carrying.
Johnson did not threaten anyone with the gun and the conductor was able to get him to put the bag in a luggage area on request while the police were notified, the release stated. The conductors on the scene related they were concerned the subject may have additional guns on him, according to the release.
Elburn police arrived and took Johnson into custody without incident, the release stated.