A convicted felon from Chicago faces multiple charges after he brought a stolen shotgun onto a Metra train Friday in Elburn.
According to an Elburn Police Department news release, officers were dispatched at around 10:12 a.m. Friday (Nov. 29, 2019) to a report of a suspicious subject with a gun at the Metra station located in the 400 block of East Railroad Street.
The conductor said he called police because he saw the barrel of a shotgun sticking out of the end of a large bag the man was carrying.
The conductor told police that the man — later identified as 29-year-old Michael T. Johnson of Chicago — did not threaten anyone with the gun, and the conductor was able to get the subject to put the bag in a luggage area on request while the police were notified.
“The conductors on scene related they were concerned the subject may have additional guns on him,” the news release said.
Elburn police took Johnson off the train and into custody without incident.
The Kane County States Attorney’s Office approved the felony charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon/Possession By a Convicted Felon.
Additionally, Johnson was charged with No Valid FOID Card.
Elburn police said the shotgun Johnson had in his possession had been stolen from a relative’s house without their knowledge. That theft occurred in another jurisdiction, and the victim refused to pursue charges for that theft.
The charges are not proof of guilt. Johnson is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Elburn Police Department news release