Nine guns were recovered, three people were arrested and more than a half dozen others were cited early Sunday morning when police officers broke up an illegal night club on the West Side.
The warehouse, unbeknownst to the owners, had been transformed into an elaborate lounge with $5 drinks, pulsating music, crowd control stanchions, velvet ropes, rugs and industrial spot lights beaming down on a party advertisement, authorities said today.
As patrons waited to join the 300 revelers packed in the building, Dwayne Troupe, 22, and Ambrosio Silva, 28, allegedly patted them down. Both men were wearing soft body armor and had handguns, police said.
Officers with the department's Mobile Strike Force also recovered a gun from 28-year-old Zenobia Mills when they searched the building, in the 4400 block of Fifth Avenue, police said.
All three Chicago residents were charged with felony weapons violations.
Others were cited performing as a disk jockey without a license and serving alcohol without a license.
Bernard Harrison, 26, of Oakbrook Terrace, allegedly organized the party and was cited for numerous violations, including operating a public place of amusement without a license.
The owners had leased the space for storage and an office and had no idea of the raucous activities inside, their attorney, George Hodges, said.
Police had been called to the scene at least once before for similar complaints, Hodges said.
“Whoever was allowed in there had no right to be there,” he said.
from the Trib