Yikes! Man, Facing Foreclosure, Brings Gun to Courthouse

Do not try this at home…

Chicago Sun-Times

Sun-Times Media Wire

A South Side homeowner about to be evicted from his home as a result of a foreclosure showed up for a Monday court hearing with a loaded handgun in his briefcase.

Thomas Pridgeon, 48, of the 7300 block of South Laflin Street was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested at the security post at the Daley Center, according to a release from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office.

Thomas Pridgeon was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested at the security post at the Daley Center.

Pridgeon has faced the prospect of losing his home since 2009, when BNY Mellon filed a foreclosure action in Cook County Circuit Court. Monday’s hearing was to approve transfer of the property to a private lender in North Carolina, which had bid on it at a tax sale, the release said.

With bank attorneys set to petition for transfer of ownership, Pridgeon would have 30 days to get out of the home and relinquish control.

As he came into the Daley Center for the hearing, he placed his briefcase on a screening machine as he passed through a metal detector. A deputy noticed the outline of a weapon in the briefcase as it went through, according to the release.

The .45-caliber handgun was loaded with one bullet in the chamber and seven more in the clip.

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One Response to “Yikes! Man, Facing Foreclosure, Brings Gun to Courthouse”
  1. PJ says:

    We all need to pray for this man and his family… the anger, frustration and utter disappear is palatable across this great nation… not one person should ever become and be used as the “poster child” pushed to depurate measures by the corrupt individuals…

    They want us to turn on our neighbors and devour each other… never forget that, never loose sight of the out come, the end game that they have planned for.

    Thou shat not covet thy neighbors good’s.

    This man has served our counrty… keep him in your prayer’s what ever form they take…

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