By Devin Rose
River Forest detectives, who were working on a gang suppression mission last Friday, found a loaded gun in the waistband of a 25-year-old Elmhurst man they recognized from a previous arrest.
Michael Robertson was a passenger in a northbound car in the 100 block of South Harlem Avenue in Oak Park, according to statements from River Forest police and the West Suburban Directed Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force.
Police stopped the car on March 16 around 1:30 p.m. because of erratic driving and because they recognized Robertson, who was arrested in August after he spit on a Metra conductor in River Forest. In that incident, he was charged with aggravated battery and pleaded guilty in September.
Robertson made gestures toward his waistband after police told him not to do so, and he refused to answer when asked whether he had a weapon. Officers conducted a pat-down and discovered a loaded .40-caliber Springfield Armory XD pistol with 16 rounds of ammunition and a switchblade, police said.
WEDGE Chairman and Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said the area had been saturated with officers because River Forest had information that there had been gang activity in the area. Robertson wasn't a target, but WEDGE officers happened to come across him on one of their six operational days this month, Weitzel said.
Robertson, a self-admitted Maniac Latin Disciple gang member, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony. He is currently being held in Cook County Jail on $100,000 bail.