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Owner of gun has 42 arrests, five convictions

Rashaad L. Byrd 27 200 block Highpoint Romeoville charged connectiwith 7-year-old bringing gun Gifford Elementary School Elgin.

Rashaad L. Byrd, 27, of the 200 block Highpoint, Romeoville, charged in connection with a 7-year-old bringing a gun to Gifford Elementary School in Elgin.

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Updated: January 16, 2014 6:41AM



ELGIN — Bail was set Friday at $250,000 for Rashaad L. Byrd, 27, of the 200 block of Highpoint Drive in Romeoville. Byrd is accused of possessing the 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun that a 7-year-old Elgin student brought, loaded, to Harriet Gifford Elementary School in Elgin Thursday morning.

Byrd has been charged with Class 3 felony counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a weapon with no Firearm Owners Identification/not eligible, and a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment.

According to court documents, Byrd was living in an apartment on the 1100 block of Fleetwood Drive when the child took his gun to school in a backpack. That incident led to a soft lockdown at the school when Elgin police and two K-9s to search the school for additional weapons. None were found.

Byrd told Kane County Judge Christine Downs Friday that he has been dividing his time between the Romeoville address and an Elgin location, living there with his mother and the mother of his children.

Elgin police reports Friday indicated Byrd told police he had found the gun and brought it to the Elgin apartment on Monday.

He had left the unsecured, loaded gun in a dresser drawer, where the 7-year-old found the gun and took it to school.

According to the Kane County State’s Attorney, Byrd has 42 previous arrests in Illinois, and five convictions, including felony possession of illegal drugs and aggravated battery to a police officer in 2005.

That led to a three-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections, of which Byrd served 18 months.

His next court date is set for 9 a.m. on Dec. 20 in Room 319 of the Kane County Judicial Center.



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