DOZENS MORE CHARGES FOR FELON ON JUDICIAL WATCH LIST
Monday, March 22, 2010 — A man arrested last week while attempting to sneak four hunting knives into the Daley Center was arrested again on Monday, charged with 47 additional counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced.
Kevin Long, 48, was first arrested last Tuesday after Cook County Sheriff’s deputies stopped him at the metal detectors in that court building. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He has been banned from the U.S. District Courthouse and since his November release from prison, has been on a “watch list” jointly held by the Cook County Sheriff, who secures county courtrooms, and the U.S. Marshal, who secures federal courtrooms.
Based on information gained since his arrest, investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, along with the U.S. Marshals, searched Long’s Chicago home in the 4500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue on Saturday.
That search netted 1,600 knives, five handguns, seven law enforcement-style badges and 25 expandable metal batons. Also confiscated were numerous documents which named specific police and law enforcement officials whom Long had interacted with and had conflicts with.
Long, on parole for threatening to kill the child of a witness in a case against him, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon for possessing: 11 switchblades, 10 brass knuckles and 25 expandable metal batons – all of which are illegal to possess in Illinois. Of the five guns seized, four appeared to have mechanical issues, but one was functional, resulting in the 47th charge against him.
Most of the weapons were found in Long’s home, though some were also located in a storage shed directly behind his house. The weapons seized have an estimated value of around $45,000.
Though Long had been banned both from the federal building and a Skokie college, he came to the Daley Center about twice a week to work in the law library there. He said that’s where he was headed when he was arrested on Thursday. When a deputy asked what was in his bag, he claimed “just papers.” But when deputies pulled knives from the bag, he said he forgot they were in there – claiming he had just purchased them at a sporting goods store and were a gift for his brother-in-law.
Deputies were already on alert for Long, as he was one of about 20 people on a threat list developed by the Northern Illinois Threat Assessment Task Force, a joint effort by the Cook County Sheriff and U.S. Marshal to share intelligence on courthouse visitors whose history suggests they could pose a threat to judges or other officials. Sharing information between the agencies ensures those who provide security to the buildings are aware of those who could be considered high-risk.
Long spent 15 months in prison for intimidating a witness and has been arrested 18 times since 2000, for charges that include being caught in a secure judge’s chamber, masturbating in public and for violating an order barring him from Northwestern Business College in Skokie.
Long is being held on $350,000 bond as a result of last week’s arrest. He also is being held on no bond because of his parole violation. He will appear in bond court at 26th-California on Tuesday on these 47 new charges.