DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced today that bond has been set for a Cook County man accused of illegally possessing a loaded firearm with an extended magazine and approximately 43 grams of methamphetamine. Brian Miller, 31, of Evanston, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh denied bond. In all, Miller has been charged with one count of Armed Habitual Criminal (Class X Felony), one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 3 Felony), one count of Possession of Methamphetamine (Class 1 Felony) and two counts of Misdemeanor Resisting a Police Officer.
On July 11, 2022, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Lombard police responded to a call of a domestic dispute on Crescent Boulevard. Upon arrival, the officer was met by the victim at the door. It is alleged that while the officer was at the door, the door began to close at which time the officer pushed the door open. It is alleged that once inside, the officer located Miller who immediately resisted the officer. It is alleged that after a brief struggle, Miller was arrested. It is further alleged that the officer located a loaded handgun with an extended magazine on a couch in the bedroom. It is further alleged that the officer located illegal narcotics, later determined to be methamphetamine in an opened backpack.
“It is alleged that Mr. Miller, a convicted felon currently on parole, was illegally in possession of a handgun with an extended magazine, as well as more than forty grams of methamphetamine,” Berlin said. “The law is very clear, as a convicted felon Mr. Miller is prohibited from ever owning a firearm again and there is absolutely no justification that would allow him to do so, as alleged in this case. I thank the Lombard Police Department for their heads-up work on this case that allegedly took a dangerous weapon out of the hands of a convicted felon. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Demetri Demopoulos and Denis Cahill for their work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Miller.”
“This was great work by our responding officers to recognize an immediate entry to assist a victim of a domestic issue” Newton said. “This offender put our officers in immediate danger by having a loaded weapon available and resisting the commands and arrest of the officers. I thank State’s Attorney Berlin’s office for proceeding with direct charges concerning the weapon and the significant amount of drugs.”
Miller’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 8, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge O’Hallaren Walsh.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.