Surveillance video shows Jordan Watkins allegedly carrying an AK-47 on the CTA’s Belmont platform in 2017.

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Man Gets 6 Years For Bringing AK-47 To Belmont CTA Platform

July 19, 2019 - 6:54 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A man has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for strapping a rifle to his chest and attempting to sneak it onto a North Side CTA platform.

Jordan Watkins, 31, was on parole on July 29, 2017 when he brought a loaded rifle on the Belmont station’s platform at 945 W. Belmont Ave., the U.S. attorney’s office of the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.

Chicago police said he was carrying an AK-47.

Surveillance video shows Jordan Watkins allegedly carrying an AK-47 on the CTA’s Belmont platform in 2017.
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Watkins was also carrying a messenger bag with two 30-round magazines, one of which had four rounds, prosecutors said.

Someone called 911 to report a man who “had a gun on him and like a really big clip,” prosecutors said. Police responded at 6:23 a.m. and arrested Watkins on the southbound platform.

He pleaded guilty last year to a federal charge of illegal gun possession by a felon, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood on Wednesday sentenced Watkins to 6 years and 4 months in federal prison.

Watkins, who lives in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, was on parole for 2013 convictions of armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. He was released from prison in August 2016.

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