COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A University of Illinois at Chicago student was arrested on gun charges Monday after he allegedly pointed a Glock at four of his fellow students.
The four students, working a security patrol at the time of the incident, told police that Zachary Mutter, 25, pulled out a gun and pointed it at them, according to the police report. But the man did not appear to mean them harm.
Mutter came up to the group, on security patrol at the time in the 1500 block of West Polk Street, and said he needed help, the report states. He said "there was a black man trying to attack him."
The students saw no one in the vicinity who might be threatening the man.
Mutter then allegedly walked to a car parked a few feet away and got a black semi-automatic gun.
"The offender pointed the firearm in the direction of a black male who was standing ... on the opposite side of the street," the police report states. "The victims watched the offender point the firearm's barrel in the direction of all of them in an attempt to aim at the black male."
The students called for backup and joined UIC police to canvas the area, according to the report. One of the students saw Mutter and said, "That's him."
When police patted Mutter down, he "spontaneously" told them, "The gun is at my house," the report states. At his apartment in the 900 block of South Ashland Avenue, Mutter led police to his nightstand, where they found a Glock loaded with 15 live rounds.
Charged with four counts of reckless conduct and aggravated unauthorized use of a weapon, Mutter's bond was set at $30,000 Tuesday.
Bill Burton, a spokesman from UIC, confirmed that UIC police officers responded to an emergency alert from a student patrol and made an arrest.
Burton on Tuesday could not confirm the students' names or employment statuses.