On Friday night, a man convicted of six previous crimes is accused of boarding a CTA bus while carrying a long gun. Around 9:30 p.m., police in Chicago received a report of a person boarding a bus while carrying a long rifle.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Bagnowski claimed they stopped the bus in the 3200 block of West Chicago and located a passenger who matched the description of the individual who allegedly possessed a firearm.
Shortly after beginning their conversation with 42-year-old Jose Mora, police noticed that he was toting a blue bag that seemed to hold a firearm. Bagnowski claimed the weapon inside the bag had a 6-inch barrel and was made by Mossberg International. Police say they also found a loaded extended ammo magazine in the backpack.
Mora has to pay a $15,000 bail deposit to go home
Mora has two prior convictions for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, one in 2004 and another in 2013. Because of Mora’s history, prosecutors are considering charging him as a Class X armed habitual criminal rather than with the lesser offense of unauthorized weapon use by a felon.
According to an assistant public defender, Mora has been married for 19 years and has four kids. The attorney claimed that his client was employed full-time in a restaurant kitchen. Mora was released after posting a $15,000 bond, as ordered by Judge Mary Marubio.