Parolee held on weapons charge in Arlington Heights
A Westchester man on parole for weapons violations was ordered held without bail on new gun charges after Arlington Heights police saw him running from a hotel and arrested him, authorities said.
Antonio Woods, 37, is charged with being an armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a peace officer. If convicted of the most serious charge, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
Officers were at a motel on the 0-100 block of Algonquin Road in what Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Vijay Sharma described as a "high crime area" when they saw Woods and an unidentified co-offender run across the street to a gas station.
From the way Woods was holding his waistband, officers suspected he was carrying a gun, Sharma said. Officers later recovered a .22 caliber firearm from him, Sharma said.
Woods was sentenced to eight years in prison after a conviction for a 2013 charge of unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated battery with a firearm. He also has three convictions for possessing a controlled substance, for which he received prison sentences, Sharma said.
Woods next appears in court on Nov. 23.