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Burbank police received a 911 call around 7:22 p.m. on Oct. 19 in reference to an armed subject in the Kohl’s parking lot at 7608 S. LaCrosse Avenue.
The caller told police he was walking to his car when he noticed a heavy-set man drop a pair of black Nike shoes on the ground. When the man bent over to put the shoes on, the caller spotted a black handgun tucked into his waistband, police said.
The witness gave police a detailed physical description of the man and the Jeep Cherokee he was driving.
Burbank police pulled the man over as the Jeep was making a turn onto Cicero Avenue. As officers approached the vehicle, the man allegedly said “I have a gun on me,” reports indicate.
Police identified the man as Jaser Abdelkarim, 41, of the 5900 block of S. Kedvale Ave., Chicago.
Police searched the vehicle and found a 9mm Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun beneath the drivers seat, reports said. The firearm was said to be loaded with a round in the chamber and 14 rounds in the magazine.
According police reports, Abdelkarim told police he entered Kohl’s without his weapon. After exiting the store, he walked to the rear of the Jeep and retrieved his gun from inside a bag, placing it into his waistband. After changing shoes, he entered the Jeep and placed the gun under the front seat.
Reports indicate the incident was captured on a City of Burbank surveillance camera located in the Kohl’s parking lot.
“Jaser related he kept a loaded firearm underneath the front seat because he was going to the Hyde Park neighborhood in the City of Chicago and wanted to have the handgun near him for protection,” the report said.
Police determined Abdelkarim possessed a valid FOID card but did not possess a valid Illinois Concealed Carry License.
After speaking with an Assistant Cook County States Attorney, police charged Abdelkarim with one count of felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Abdelkarim was released on a $25,000 I-bond after a court hearing on Oct. 20. Cook County Judge Peter Felice also ordered Abdelkarim to check in weekly with pre-trial services while his case was pending. His next court date is Nov. 16.