Woman arrested over gun in purse

Woman arrested over gun in purse

URBANA — An Urbana woman who said she possessed a weapon to protect herself from an abusive man was charged Thursday with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Urbana police arrested Ashley Hines, 20, who listed an address in the 900 block of Lierman Avenue, about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Sgt. Dan Morgan said an officer on patrol in the 1000 block of South Lierman Avenue saw a man and woman next to a vehicle apparently arguing and struggling over the woman's purse.

As the officer got out of the squad car, the man yelled, "She's got a gun in the purse," Morgan said.

"The officer then snags the purse, puts both of them in handcuffs, searches the purse, and found a handgun in the purse," Morgan said.

Morgan said the woman, identified as Hines, told the officer she carried the gun for protection from the man she was arguing with when the officer saw them.

Morgan said the officer ran a check on the gun and found it had been reported stolen from Sangamon County in 2005. Morgan said Hines did not say where she got the gun.

The man with whom she was arguing was not arrested.

Judge Chase Leonhard allowed Hines to be released on her own recognizance and ordered her to be back in court Sept. 25.

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ronaldo wrote on August 02, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Stolen gun AND concealing and carrying in regressive Illinois?  You're doing it wrong.

Garrett_Girl wrote on August 02, 2012 at 10:08 pm

"The man with whom she was arguing was not arrested" 

Domestic violence is something that no one will ever completely understand, but this woman felt threatened enough from this man to carry a gun which should have been a sign to the arresting officer.  Yes, she was in the wrong with being in possesion of a stolen weapon, however, the story says that he walked up on an argument between the two of them and let the man go.  Hopefully the next story we read is not about the man killing the next woman that was carrying a gun to protect herself that he got the gun away from.  

From the hard lessons I learned in life, domestic violence is not a one time thing!!!

alabaster jones 71 wrote on August 02, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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So, you're saying the cops should have arrested this guy for domestic violence?  Why?  Because they were having a verbal argument and struggling over a purse?  If he was arrested and charged with domestic violence due to that situation, why wouldn't she be charged with domestic violence too?

Maybe she was in fact abused by this guy and did need the gun for protection.  Maybe she's lying to avoid prosecution.  Why are you so sure it's one rather than the other?

rsp wrote on August 02, 2012 at 11:08 pm

The fact that he was trying to take her purse away during a fight suggests the case needed further investigation. He should have been given at least a notice to appear. He may have been the original source of the gun but they have just created a hostile witness to it's theft if she does know anything. She won't share that information because they have told her by their actions that they don't care if she was abused or it doesn't matter. 

alabaster jones 71 wrote on August 04, 2012 at 5:08 am
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I'm just playing devil's advocate, I'm not saying they shouldn't have investigated that aspect of it further.  But maybe they did, or currently are, and for whatever reason it was not mentioned in the article.  I think it's fair to say that we don't have the entire story here.

Lawless wrote on August 03, 2012 at 12:08 am






rsp wrote on August 03, 2012 at 7:08 am

Your caps lock key is stuck in case you hadn't noticed.

sberanek wrote on August 03, 2012 at 7:08 am

The gun was stolen so no amount of conceal and carry permits would have made this situation better.  The gun would still have been illegally in her possession.  

billbtri5 wrote on August 03, 2012 at 8:08 am

well she must of had a FOID Card as she wasn't charged with that.....

jdmac44 wrote on August 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

The point is, how many other women out there feel unsafe to leave their house because someone out there may be a threat to them?  It's not a perfect example, but it demonstrates that there is a problem that is not exclusive to this woman.  Did she have any prior convictions?  If not she could have obtained a gun legally.  That is not the case in terms of being able to obtain a permit to carry concealed.  Even California issues permits to people who've specifically been threatened, it's not even an option in Illinois.

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 03, 2012 at 11:08 am

She "could" have obtained a gun legally, maybe; but the one she had was a "stolen gun".  She had the gun "concealed"; and it was "carried" in her purse.  Your really reaching to defend gun rights if your advocating the right to have a concealed, stolen gun in someone's possession.  Your assuming that all women who are victims of abuse are not criminals.