JOLIET – Two men, including a known gang member on parole, were charged Sunday after police found a loaded gun in their car.
Joliet Police Department Deputy Chief Ed Gregory said shortly after 5 p.m. police saw a red Volkswagen near Jefferson Street and Larkin Avenue and stopped the vehicle on Larkin Avenue close to Interstate 80.
"The vehicle description had been given out for officer safety because of possible involvement in a shooting at Juniper and Fairview," Gregory noted.
A canine unit was called to the scene and indicated there were drugs in the car, according to Gregory. Officers found seven ecstasy pills, he said, and a Diamondback handgun with 14 rounds of ammunition and a cleaning kit.
The car was occupied by Jeffrey I. Faint, 21, of the 600 block of Elmwood Avenue in Joliet, Terrence T. Williams, 21, of the 1100 block of Magnolia Avenue in Joliet, a 22-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl.
"After conducting interviews, detectives learned Faint and Williams had both had the gun between them," Gregory said.
The woman, who owns the car, and the girl were released without being charged.
Williams was charged with drug possession and unlawful use of a weapon. Faint was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a street gang member and drug possession.
According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Faint is on parole for aggravated discharge of a firearm. Nine days after being paroled in April from the Illinois River Correctional Center, Faint was shot twice in the back and three times in his left arm while he was standing with a group of people in the 1500 block of Fairmont Avenue, according to Joliet police.
In July 2011, Faint was on a three-day furlough from juvenile detention for his father's funeral when he shot a 19-year-old man in a drive-by shooting at Fourth and Wilson avenues in Joliet, according to Herald-News records.