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Gang Members Flash Signs at Hooter's Patrons, Cops Say

Witness said men were flashing gang signs in middle of the street, holding what appeared to be handgun, police say.

A man who was dining at Hooter’s called police when he observed five men flashing gang signs and possibly a handgun around 5:35 p.m. Sept. 16, Oak Lawn police said.

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Police responded to the 4700 block of West 92nd Street for a report of an armed subject. Dispatch advised that a man in a silver Dodge Charger was seen with what appeared to be a black handgun, reports said.

The man was in the car with four other male passengers when the officer pulled up on the scene. The officer held the men at gunpoint until other police officers arrived.

The alleged gang members were detained and searched by police. Police also searched the car but did not find a weapon.

The Hooters patron said he was inside the restaurant when he observed the five men in the middle of the street flashing gang signs at passing cars and other patrons, reports said. Police said one of the men appeared to be holding a black handgun.

Fearing for his own safety and the Hooters’ patrons, the man called police.

At the Oak Lawn police station, police said the five men admitted to being members of Satan's Disciples. The five were charged with disorderly conduct.

Police photographed the men and entered them into the Oak Lawn gang file.

Charged with disorderly conduct are:

  • John Meda, 22, of the 7200 block of South Troy Avenue, Chicago
  • Carmen Meda-Garcia, 19, of the 7200 block of South Troy Avenue, Chicago
  • Armando Urbana, 22, of the 3900 block of West 70th Place, Chicago
  • Victor M. Cerezo, Jr., 24, of the 7700 block of South Luna Avenue, Burbank
  • Paulo Hernandez, 25, of the 2400 block of West 61st Avenue, Chicago

All five are due back in court on Nov. 14 at the Bridgeview Court House.

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james eichorst September 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
The gang life,gettig ARRESTED,selling drugs(ya your kids are going to love you),acting tuff(I DID SAY ACTING).Why don't you try and do something for your life,because Bubba going to love you in that cell.GET A LIFE.
Pat F September 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hooters AGAIN!!! They need a lot of security there just to deter these gang members from making it a meeting place.. Hooter's corporate better find a way to stop these occurrences to protect their customers and employees!!!
MM September 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM
If it wasn't Hooters it would be another business. Kick the gangbangers OUT of Oak Lawn, PLEASE!!
J September 22, 2012 at 01:35 AM
All but one from Chicago. Go back & do your crap in Chicago & stay out of Oak Lawn
Concerned September 25, 2012 at 03:38 PM
The gangs are coming into all the suburbs to recruit. It's not any businesses fault when they show up, they go where they please. If we close up any possible hang out, Oak Lawn would become a ghost town. It's bad enough we don't have attractions for the teenagers to do things in town(roller rink, miniature golf). Yes, we have the O.L. Pavilion to go in the evenings, but that too is crowded from out of towners and our own kids don't want to go there. Let the police stake out the local places and keep arresting them and hopefully they will find another town to invade. Our kids just need to make the right choices and say "NO!".
Justice October 07, 2012 at 08:00 AM
It was all a misunderstanding!!!! They had no illegal weapons, only one was a satan disciple! And they never flashed gang signs!!! Proves how law enforcement is a joke in oak lawn!! The men are now fighting this so called "disorderly conduct" and possibly sueing!!
U.N. Owen December 15, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Justice, you are obviously an idiot and cannot read, so let me explain a few things to you. 1st, the article clearly states that all 5 admitted to being gang members! 2nd, what if there was a gun and this man had not called police?! Would he have used it if he did have it??? My guess is this punk was TRYING to ACT cool and was making it look like he had a gun to intimidate bystanders. 3rd they have no grounds to sue, the police have EVERY RIGHT to assume a man with a potential weapon could be dangerous and acted accordingly in my eyes and in the eye of any reasonable judge. 4th how do you know they wern't flashing gang signs? Were you at the scene or do you know them or are you one of them?
U.N. Owen December 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Sadly they've pretty much overrun Burbank with their gangs but lets not let them in oak lawn! and if they do get in, well fight them off! Well show them not to mess with our community!

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