Police confiscated a trove of weapons including nunchucks, brass knuckles, a butterfly knife and a stun gun from a man who claimed falsely to be a Cook County sheriff’s deputy, authorities said.
Officers responding to a call of shots fired at Madison Street and Leclaire Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood early Saturday morning encountered Alan Estrada, 49, wearing body armor and a duty belt that held a loaded handgun, according to a police report. He told police was an off-duty deputy working security at a club nearby, but officers determined he had a prior felony conviction and did not work for the county, police said. Officers found a small amount of crack cocaine in his wallet, according to the report.
Estrada, of the 100 block of West 111th Place, was charged with various offenses, including unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, impersonating an officer and cocaine possession. On Sunday, Cook County Judge James Brown ordered him held on $75,000 bond.
When police confronted Estrada about his claim of being an officer, he said he worked for a private security company and was about to get hired by Cook County, according to the police report. He was carrying another man’s Firearm Owners Identification Card, police said.