Police: Evanston man facing charges following discovery of sawed-off shotgun

An Evanston man on Tuesday is facing felony weapons charges after an officer found him carrying a loaded sawed-off shotgun in a backpack Monday, authorities said Tuesday.

Hari H. Lele, 20, of the 1200 block of Forest Avenue in Evanston, was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and felony no firearm owner’s identification card after his arrest in the 900 block of Greenleaf Street shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, police said.

They said a patrol officer saw Lele walking in the 900 block of Greenleaf Street with a green backpack that appeared to have an object inside which was stretching the bag’s material. The officer reportedly knew Lele through previous contacts and had information that Lele was involved in ongoing narcotic sales in the area, police said. They said that when Lele saw the officer, he started to walk in the opposite direction.

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