Mount Prospect police responded about 8:46 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 to a report of shots fired in the block of 1500 S Canford Cliffs Road Mount Prospect, IL. Police received a report that witnesses saw two male subjects running through the parking lot and getting into a silver colored vehicle immediately after the gun shots were heard. The witnesses reported the silver vehicle fled the parking lot northbound on Busse Road. Responding officers located a silver vehicle matching the description, given by witnesses, in the immediate area and stopped the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle were interviewed and they were determined to be involved in the incident.
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During the course of the investigation, officers were able to determine two of the occupants of the vehicle, Juan Ibarra and Ivan Avila, unlawfully and recklessly discharged a firearm into the air in the 1500 block of Canford Cliffs Road with the intention to intimidate rival gang members in the area. Officers recovered the firearm used by Ibarra and Avila. At this time, there have been no injuries or damage to property reported as a result of this incident.
“The officers did an outstanding job responding to this call of shots fired. The coordinated efforts of the patrol officers and investigators in this incident and several other incidents involving firearms recently have led to the successful arrest of several known gang members.”
— Tim Janowick, Mount Prospect Police Chief
Ibarra and Avila both were subsequently charged and taken to a bond hearing at the Circuit Court of Cook County on January 25, 2015. Juan Ibarra’s bond was set at $40,000.00 “D” and Ivan Avila’s bond was set at $20,000.00 “D”.
Mount Prospect police remind the public that criminal charges are not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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