Man faces weapon charge

Man faces weapon charge

URBANA — A Chicago man who police say was carrying a loaded gun in Rantoul is due back in court next month after being criminally charged Monday.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said Erskin Howard, 29, also known as Earskin Howard, was arrested Friday afternoon in the village by detectives who had stopped him because he looked like a man for whom they had an arrest warrant.

Bouse said detectives came in contact with Howard in the 500 block of South Maplewood Drive and asked him for identification. He refused to provide it so he was searched and police found a loaded 9 mm gun in his waistband.

Bouse said Howard did not have a firearm owner's identification card or a concealed carry permit. Officers later learned, after getting a match to his fingerprints, that he had given them a false name.

He was charged Monday with unlawful possession of weapon by a felon and obstructing justice.

Due to prior burglary and drug-related convictions, Howard is not allowed to possess a weapon.

Howard is being held in jail on $100,000 bond and is due back in court Sept. 9.

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