RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Police Department charged two men for separate weapon felonies on March 3.
The first arrest came as a result of a traffic stop at 8:37 a.m. at 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue for a vehicle with an expired license plate registration. After running the driver's information, the officer found out the driver did not have vehicle insurance.
When the officer, who also smelled marijuana inside the vehicle, asked the driver to step out, a bag of a "green leafy substance" fell to the driver's seat, according to a news release.
During preparation for a inventory search, the officer found a loaded .38 caliber Taurus handgun. The gun, loaded with five rounds, was lying loosely in the trunk.
Vicodin was also found in the search. The driver did not have a current prescription for the Vicodin and stated he'd been using it.
Bryant F. Salmeron, 24, of the 4200 block of Prescott Avenue, in Lyons, was charged March 3 with aggravated felony unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of ammunition without a FOID card, possession of marijuana and related traffic offenses.
The weapon found in Salmeron's case was reported stolen in a 2009 Maywood burglary. The Maywood Police Department is following up with their victim on possible charges related to the burglary.
In the second case, a patrol officer witnessed the driver of a tan Buick talking on his cell phone while driving at 4:02 p.m. at Harlem Avenue and Shenstone Road, according to the release. After failing to provide a valid license and giving false information, the driver was put under arrest.
While preparing for a tow, the officer found a .25 caliber Tanfoglio Giuseppe attached to the rear pocket of a passenger seat. The small semi-automatic handgun was loaded with three rounds.
Robert L. Woolridge, 21, of the 5800 block of West Lake Street, Chicago, was charged with aggravated felony unlawful use of a weapon and obstruction of justice.
Both guns, taken as evidence, were sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab. At the crime lab, the guns will be tested against unsolved cases where firearms were discharged.