A man is facing a felony weapon charge after getting a package delivered to his Bridgeport home containing two switches that turn handguns into fully automatic weapons.
Javeon Burton Allen, 22, is charged with one count of unlawful use of a machine gun or automatic weapon, according to a statement from the Cook County sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s police were contacted by Homeland Security Investigations about a package containing the switches addressed to a “John Wick” at Burton Allen’s home in the 3100 block of South Green Street, the sheriff’s office said.
Chicago police, sheriff’s deputies and agents from HIS and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service executed a search warrant at the home at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday after the package was delivered, the sheriff’s office said. Burton Allen ran out the back door as officers approached the home but was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.
While searching the home, investigators found the package empty inside, the sheriff’s office said. They recovered both switches, as well as a Taurus handgun with multiple magazines and ammunition.
Authorities said Burton Allen has a valid FOID card.
Judge Susana L. Ortiz set Burton Allen’s bail at $1,000 during a hearing Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, according to Cook County court records. His next court date was set for July 2.
A Calumet City man was charged after allegedly receiving a delivery of similar switches in April.