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Police: Joliet man, teen caught with stolen gun

Omar Galan-Reyes, 26, of Joliet
Omar Galan-Reyes, 26, of Joliet

A Joliet man and a 17-year-old were arrested on probable cause of firearm-related charges after officers responded to a report of shots fired, police said.

About 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers went to Hunter Avenue and Allen Street after receiving a report of shots fired, Joliet police said.

As the officers approached several people near a vehicle in the 400 block of Hunter Avenue, police said that Omar Galan-Reyes, 26, of the 300 block of Hunter Avenue, and a 17-year-old male took off running.

After a short foot pursuit, both were apprehended in a nearby backyard, police said. A firearm was found near both of them, police said.

The recovered firearm had been reported stolen, police said, and Galan-Reyes and the teen were taken to the Joliet Police Department for booking.

About 1:30 a.m., Galan-Reyes was booked into the Will County jail on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, no firearm owner identification card, unlawful possession of ammunition and obstructing a peace officer.

The teen was taken to River Valley Juvenile Detention Center on probable cause of the same charges.

No formal charges appeared to have been filed against Galan-Reyes in court as of Thursday afternoon.

On July 28, 2016, Galan-Reyes pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer while a charge of aggravated battery on a police officer was dropped.

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