A 16-year-old Aurora boy is facing an aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charge after patrol officers found a stolen gun inside an SUV, according to the Aurora Police Department.
Two officers patrolling the area of Jackson Street and Second Avenue just after 3 a.m. Sunday heard gunshots nearby and headed south on Jackson Street to investigate, police said Tuesday in a post on the department's Facebook page.
The officers saw a black SUV speeding east on Fourth Avenue and pursued it, according to police. The SUV stopped in the 1200 block of Gates Avenue after striking a stop sign at Gates Street and Melrose Avenue, and a 19-year-old man and 16-year-old boy ran from the vehicle but were both caught almost immediately, police said.
A search of the SUV revealed a loaded, .45-caliber handgun in plain view on the floor, which came back as having been reported stolen in an Aurora home burglary earlier this year, police said. According to police, officers were able to tie the gun to the 16-year-old, and he was charged and taken to the Kane County Youth Home.
The 17-year-old driver of the SUV was charged with two felony counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding, along with several traffic citations, and released to a parent, police said.
The 19-year-old who ran and an additional 15-year-old passenger who stayed in the SUV after it stopped were released without being charged, according to police, but police said further charges have not been ruled out pending the outcome of forensic testing.