A South Side homeowner about to be evicted from his home as a result of a foreclosure showed up for a Monday court hearing with a loaded handgun, authorities said.
As he came into the Daley Center for the hearing, he placed his briefcase on a screening machine as he passed through a metal detector. A deputy noticed the outline of a weapon in the briefcase as it went through, authorities said.
Pridgeon claimed he'd forgotten the .45 caliber handgun, loaded with one bullet in the chamber and seven more in the clip, was there.
The 48-year-old was ordered held on $100,000 bond during a court appearance Tuesday. A preliminary hearing on the gun charge was scheduled for Aug. 30.