COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Little Village gang member is being held on $20,000 bail after he admitted to police he was hiding a loaded gun in his buttocks, authorities said.
"I'm gonna be real with you, I have a gun in my a--," Marco Alvarado, 20, told police after he was pulled over early Thursday, according to court records.
Alvarado, who has "Kreepy" tattooed on his shoulder, wasn't lying, police said.
They found a loaded .22-caliber gun exactly where he claimed. Alvarado admitted he had just fired it three times into the air, according to a police report.
Cops at the time were looking for whoever fired the gunshots in the air in the 4300 block of North Pulaski road just after midnight.
Witnesses told police a man in a black car fired two shots during an quarrel with a group of men.
Police spotted a matching car in a nearby parking lot in the 4300 block of North Keystone Avenue. When they approached, they found Alvarado and another man in the car with their seats fully reclined, attempting to hide from view, according to prosecutors and court documents.
Police also found two open cans of beer in the car.
When officers asked Alvarado to put his hands up, he instead put them behind his back and "continued to sway left and right in a rapid fashion," according to a police report.
Police asked Alvarado and the other man to step out of the car and then searched the car for a gun, but they did not find one. After an officer told Alvarado he would be arrested for not having a license, he admitted to hiding the weapon, delivering his "I'm gonna be real with you" quote, according to court records.
Police found the .22 caliber blue steel revolver with two live rounds placed "between his buttocks," according to a police report. The serial number on the revolver was defaced, prosecutors said.
Later, Alvarado, who police said is a member of the Latin Kings street gang, allegedly admitted to firing the revolver three times into the air but said he only did so to protect his friend whom he saw getting "jumped" by other men.
Alvarado was charged with four counts of possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, prosecutors said in bond court Thursday.
He was ordered held on $20,000 bail Thursday by Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan.