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Man charged after loaded guns seized from gathering at Gold Coast hotel

Others in the room were dispersed and were not issued citations, police said.

A man was arrested and several others were dispersed after police found three guns March 23, 2020, at a gathering in a Gold Coast hotel room in the 200 block of East Walton Place.
A man was arrested and several others were dispersed after police found three guns March 23, 2020, at a gathering in a Gold Coast hotel room in the 200 block of East Walton Place.
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Chicago police seized three guns and arrested a man after they were called to a gathering of about 10 people Monday at a hotel in the Gold Coast.

James Beecham, 28, faces two felony counts of aggravated unauthorized use of a loaded weapon and one felony count of unauthorized use of a weapon by a felon, according to Chicago police.

Authorities were called at 2:27 a.m. for reports of a disturbance in a hotel room in the 200 block of East Walton Place, according to Chicago police. The caller also reported a person with a gun.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago is located at 201 E. Walton.

Officers found three handguns in the room and took Beecham into custody, police said.

Others in the room were dispersed and were not issued citations, police said.

Beecham, of Lawndale, was convicted of burglary in 2017 and 2011, and convicted of illegal gun possession in 2015, according to court records.

Beecham was released on bail after appearing in court Tuesday. He is due back in court April 20.

Police were called to break up two house parties Saturday in Noble Square and Austin in the wake of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” order to combat the spread of COVID-19.

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