EAST CHICAGO | A 23-year-old man is facing federal gun charges after he was arrested Friday by the Region STOP Team, police said.
Chauncey L. Hackett Jr., of East Chicago, was charged in federal court Monday with possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, according to court records.
Highland police officers, who are part of the Region STOP Team, at 1 p.m. Friday were patrolling the Harbor neighborhood when they spotted a vehicle in the middle of the 3500 block of Block Avenue obstructing traffic, according to complaint filed in federal court.
Officers noted Hackett looked shocked to see the officers approaching him, according to the complaint.
Hackett, who was already standing outside of the car, began to walk backwards and then began running into a park after police ordered him to stand in front of the car, according to the complaint.
Officers saw Hackett drop a gun as he ran through the park, according to court records. He eventually was arrested by the officers.
According to the complaint, Hackett was previously convicted of obstruction of justice.
In an unrelated incident, the Region STOP Team arrested Ramiro Cabello III, 45, of East Chicago, on Feb. 24 after police received anonymous tips about suspicious activity at his house on the 3900 block of Parrish Avenue, according to a news release.
Cabello allowed officers to search his house where they found 340 grams of marijuana and 1,140 bootleg DVD movies, police said.
According to the news release, the team has recently focused its efforts on the city's Harbor neighborhood following the shooting deaths of two teens.
Garrion Glover, 17, of East Chicago, was gunned down Feb. 10 in the 3500 block of Guthrie Street, officials said. Less than 3 miles away, Jeremiah Rivera, 16, of East Chicago, was found shot to death on Feb. 17 near the intersection of Riley Road and Indianapolis Boulevard, officials said.