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Taking the weapons out for a stroll: Woman caught pushing firearms in a baby stroller

A Chicago woman was arrested on Monday after police caught her allegedly pushing weapons in a baby stroller.

The Chicago Tribune reports that police saw Yarisma Martinez, 18, in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood at around 2:15 a.m.  This area is located on the near southwest side of the city.

She aroused the suspicion of police who were monitoring cameras in the area because there was gunfire there earlier in the evening.  In their surveillance, they noticed two women enter a house nearby.  One was carrying a backpack and the other a bag.

A few minutes later, the same women left the house pushing a stroller.  The officers in the area were instructed to “conduct an investigatory stop” to see what they were up to.  They stopped the women about a block away from where they were initially observed.

On approach, officers asked if there were any weapons in the covered stroller.  When one of them responded yes, they discovered the following:

  • a Mossberg Model 472 30-30 rifle with two rounds and a spent shell casing wrapped in blankets
  • a Smith & Wesson 9 mm with 15 live rounds
  • an extra magazine with 15 rounds
  • an extra magazine and a box of 9 mm ammunition in a diaper bag on the stroller’s seat

 

The Back of the Yards neighborhood has been the scene of increased violence, the most recent being a young man shot late Monday. According to the Chicago Sun Times, an 18-year-old was shot in the left shoulder and right side about 11:40 p.m. in the 5200 block of South Peoria.

Martinez, who lives in the 4500 block of South Hermitage, is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. She will appear in bond court today.

[Feature Photo: Chicago PD]