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Burbank Police were called to the Play N Trade video game store, 7784 S. Cicero Ave., Burbank, around 3:50 p.m., Friday, May 27, after three men allegedly took Xbox controllers from a display rack and left without paying.
While responding to the call, an officer saw a Ford Taurus matching the description of the suspects‘ car, near 78th Street and LaCrosse Avenue and attempted to stop the vehicle.
According to police, the Taurus accelerated at a fast rate of speed toward the officer. In an attempt to get around police, the Taurus drove off the roadway — striking the rear of the police vehicle as it fled the scene.
A short time later, police spotted the Taurus headed east on 79th Street and stopped the vehicle. While waiting for backup, an officer observed the passenger make a “furtive movement” as if hiding something beneath his seat, reports said.
Officers identified the driver as Johnny Hughes, 21, of the 9700 block of S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, and the passenger as David A. Williams, 18, of the 9700 block of S. Ellis Ave., Chicago. The third reported suspect was not in the vehicle.
Police said a search of the suspects' car revealed six Xbox controllers, a loaded .32 caliber revolver hidden under the passenger seat, and a bag containing four rounds of .32 caliber ammunition in the center console.
Hughes allegedly told police that he, “Lil Moe” [David Williams], and the third suspect known to him as “Tone Tone,” went to Play N Trade to steal Xbox controllers to sell on the street. Hughes said that when they ran from the store, Tone Tone did not return to the car and he and Williams left without him. Hughes also stated that he did not mean to strike the officer’s squad car as he fled, reports said.
Police said Hughes denied having knowledge of the gun, but told them that the bag of ammunition was his and “he was giving it to Tone Tone because he was looking for some bullets,” according to police documents.
Williams allegedly made statements to police admitting to stealing a video game controller from the store but said he did not know there was a gun under his seat. Williams said that he only knew the third suspect as “Lord.”
Hughes was charged with retail theft, aggravated fleeing and eluding, criminal damage to government-supported property, and unlawful possession of firearm ammunition. He was also issued citations for operating a vehicle without a valid drivers license and operating an uninsured vehicle.
Williams was charged with retail theft, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of firearm ammunition.
Both men made their initial appearance at a Sunday morning bond hearing in the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2600 S. California Ave., Chicago.
Hughes remains in custody at Cook County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. Hughes’ next court date is June 24 in Bridgeview.
Williams was given a $100,000 I-bond and was released on electronic monitoring. Williams is due in court June 3 in Bridgeview.
Police are still searching for the third suspect.