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Police: Elgin man tried to hide gun during traffic stop

Bryant J. Mancilla | Elgin police

An Elgin man is facing weapons charges after police allegedly saw him trying to hide a handgun during a traffic stop early Monday in the northwest suburb.

Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 2:42 a.m. in the 400 block of South MacLean Boulevard, according to a statement from Elgin police.

As they approached the vehicle, the officers saw 19-year-old backseat passenger Bryant J. Mancilla trying to hide an object, police said. Officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun in the backseat.

He was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm without a FOID card, police said.

Mancilla, who lives in the 1200 block of North Lyle Avenue in Elgin, was ordered held at the Kane County Adult Justice Center on a $150,000 bond on Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.