Elburn police responded about 10:12 a.m. Friday November 29, 2019 to a report that an adult male boarded a Metra train with a shotgun.
Elburn police were called to the Metra station on the UP-West line after a conductor reported seeing the barrel of a shotgun sticking out of a large bag that the male adult was carrying. No threats were reported, and the conductor was able to convince the male adult to put the bag in a luggage area while police were called. The gun was not loaded, and no ammunition discovered.
Michael T. Johnson, 29, of the block of 3500 North Marshfield in Chicago, was charged with unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon and failure to have a valid firearm owners identification (FOID) card, according to Elburn Police Department.
Elburn police say Michael T. Johnson took the gun from a relative’s house, in rural Whiteside County. The relative initially refused to pursue theft charges.
Whiteside County is bounded to the west by the Mississippi River, and is due west of Kane County with DeKalb County and Lee County in between the two counties. Elburn is the last stop or western termini of the Metra UP-West Line. Initially there was no information regarding where Johnson boarded the Metra train.
Johnson is being held in the Kane County jail, with bail set at $200,000. His next court date is December 5, 2019.
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