A 14-year-old boy was arrested after he dropped a silver and black handgun while crossing North Michigan Avenue.
As two police officers watched near Chicago Avenue, the boy bent down and picked up the gun from the median and tucked it into his waistband late Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The officers arrested him and he was cited in a juvenile petition with unlawful use of a weapon, police said. He also was cited with unlawful possession of a weapon, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.
After the boy spent the night at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, he appeared before Juvenile Court Judge Stuart Lubin, who found probable cause and ordered the boy be held in detention until his trial, scheduled for June 25, Simonton said.
The boy's mother, reached by telephone at her Austin home, said authorities were "wrong" for having cited him and indicated they were not interested in listening to her son's side of the story.
"My son's side of the story doesn't count," she said. "They're going to make it whatever they want."
After being asked if her son had a gun, she said: "I'm not at liberty to say, you'll have to discuss that with his lawyer," and hung up.Copyright © 2015, RedEye