Police: Aurora man arrested after loaded gun, meth found in car

  • Jesus M. Perez faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

    Jesus M. Perez faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

 
 
Updated 3/26/2020 4:51 PM

A 34-year-old Aurora man has been arrested and charged with armed violence and other felonies after police say they found him in his car with a loaded gun and methamphetamine early Wednesday.

Jesus M. Perez, of the 700 block of Talma Street, also is charged with possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner's Identification card, possession of meth and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to Kane County prosecutors and court records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

According to prosecutors, an Aurora police officer saw Perez sleeping about 2 a.m. in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle that had its engine running in an alley on the 700 block of Talma.

The officer knocked on the window, and Perez woke up and opened the car door, allowing the officer to see four bullets in the driver's-side door, prosecutors said.

The officer ordered Perez to put his hands up, but he refused, prosecutors said. A struggle ensued and the officer pulled Perez from the car and arrested him. Officers found Perez in possession of a loaded gun and methampethamine, and more bullets were in the car, prosecutors said.

He also was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and possession of ammunition without a FOID card, according to prosecutors and court records.

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Perez was banned from possessing a gun because of a 2019 domestic battery conviction.

He was free on bail at the time of his most recent arrest on two pending cases: an April 2019 arrest on charges of felony aggravated domestic battery and a July 2019 arrest on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.

The drug charge carries a top sentence of four years in prison and the felony domestic battery charges carries a top sentence of seven years in prison. Both cases are eligible for probation.

Perez is held at the Kane County jail on $150,000 bail, meaning he must post $15,000 to be released while the case is pending.

He is next due in court May 1. He faces a sentencing ranging from six to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most severe charge of armed violence.

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