SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man they believe to be affiliated with a street gang after a traffic stop revealed the Riverdale man was a convicted felon and was found with a loaded handgun under his driver's seat.
Toron L. Vance, 27, of the 14000 block of South Stewart Avenue in Riverdale, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of firearm ammunition by a felon and unlawful use of a weapon. Sheriff's deputies say they conducted a traffic stop on Glidden Road south of Rich Road around 5:15 p.m. on Memorial Day, according to DeKalb County court records.
If convicted of the most serious crime, unlawful possession of firearm by a felon, Vance could face up to seven years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. At the time of his arrest, Vance was out on supervised parole as a result of being conviction for aggravated discharge of a firearm, for which he served six years in prison, said DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge Phil Montgomery.
Court records show that a sheriff's deputy conducted a registration check on Vance's white passenger car, and upon further inspection discovered he was during on a suspended driver's license.
After Vance got out of his car when the deputy asked him to, the officer checked the car and found a black handgun with an extended magazine under the diver's seat. The deputy unloaded the gun and discovered there was a round chamber in it. The investigation also revealed that Vance has known gang activity.
"Pretrial services is recommending release," Montgomery said during Vance's bond call hearing Tuesday, which was via Zoom teleconference as Vance appeared from DeKalb County Jail. "I don't agree."
During the bond hearing, Vance was represented by public defender Tom McCullough.
Montgomery set Vance's bond at $75,000. Vance would have to post $7,500 to get out of jail.
"He's got a parole hold so regardless of whether he posts or not, he's not getting out," Montgomery said.
Vance is next set to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 s.m. on June 19 in courtroom 210.