Two men arrested by Gang Task Force; loaded gun & drugs involved

by Tina Johansson

While arresting two men in a Waukegan traffic stop earlier this month, the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force recovered a loaded handgun and drugs.


The two passengers riding in the vehicle that were arrested are Edurawdo L. Hawthorne, 29, of the 300 block of McKinley Avenue in Waukegan; and Javon Roy, 23, of the same address were arrested in the stop June 6 near 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The driver was not identified by officials.

According to authorities, Hawthorne provided a false name to detectives during the stop.  Upon learning his true identity, detectives discovered he had an active arrest warrant from the State of Kentucky for three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and a parole violation.  Additionally, Hawthorne had two active arrest warrants from Waukegan for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, identity theft, forgery, obstructing a peace officer, and unlawful possession of cannabis.

During his arrest, Hawthorne was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and 16 individually


packaged bags of crack cocaine. He was charged with eight felonies including: possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (class 1 felony); unlawful use of a weapon by a felon (class 2 felony); unlawful possession of a controlled substance (class 4 felony); unlawful use of a weapon-no FOID card (class 4 felony); unlawful use of a weapon-no concealed carry permit (class 4 felony); aggravated unlawful use of a weapon – while in violation of the controlled substances act (class 4 felony); fugitive from justice (class 4 felony); obstructing justice (class 4 felony).

According to authorities, Roy refused to exit the vehicle upon the request. Detectives opened the vehicle door and placed him into custody, charging him with obstructing a peace officer (class A misdemeanor). He was released pending a return court date of July 18.

Hawthorne is being held at the Lake County Jail on $250,000 bond on the charges. He is due in court on June 27.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran reminds the public that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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