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Man Arrested for Fake Handicapped Placard Accused of Carrying Loaded Handgun: Police Blotter

Downers Grove police reports, Aug. 24.

FRIDAY, AUG. 24

Fake Handicapped Placard, Loaded Handgun

Rudolph E. Tarant, 71, of the 10400 block of Blaisdell Street in Boulder Junction, WI, was arrested around 1:57 p.m. outside a business in the 1500 block of Butterfield Road, police said. 

While on patrol, an officer observed a black Chevrolet Suburban with Wisconsin plates parked and unoccupied in a handicapped parking space. The officer also noticed a "permanent" Illinois handicapped placard in the front window that appeared to be held in place by Velcro. The holes punched in the card indicated it was issued to a female born in December 1939, police said.

According to the report, the placard was missing verbiage normally visible, had incorrect font for the year 2014, as well as a holograph that was the wrong the size. After running a check with the Illinois Secretary of State's office, the officer determined the placard was fraudulent.

A man, later identified as Tarant, approached police, and asked if there was a problem. After a brief discussion with the officers, he was placed under arrest regarding possession of a fraudulent handicapped placard.

While handcuffing Tarant, police noticed a loaded handgun magazine in the side pocket of the driver's door, according to the report. With Tarant's permission, a .38-caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle. It had one round of chambered ammunition, plus six rounds in the magazine, police said.

Tarant was charged with one count of unlawful use of weapons for carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and one count of possession of a fraudulent handicapped placard. He was issued a Sept. 26 court date.

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DG Guy August 30, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Wow. Who knew handicap placards had so many features? Kudos to the officer for knowing his or her stuff.
Suburban Life August 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Yea way to go!! The guy is 71 years old.... phew another criminal off the streets. I saw two of DG's finest on two seperate occasions this week going about 100 mph down Ogden Ave (through intersections) chasing someone who was speeding. Good news though.... DGPD got em both!! KUDOS DGPD!
Truth2Search August 31, 2012 at 02:33 AM
It does not sound like he was carrying the loaded weapon, as it was in the vehicle and he was outside the vehicle... it does not take a genius to see/know that he was not carrying that weapon when he was arrested. If I am the judge, that charge is a non-starter and the officers would be reprimanded for that part of thecharges against this dude....
Amanda Luevano (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Steve, he was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle.
Tom Koz September 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Illinois - the ONLY state in the nation that does not allow law abiding citizens to carry firearms for lawful defensive purposes!!!!
J. Geoff Rove September 01, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I'd be fascinated on how residents in NYC or LA go about this quick draw conceal carry process Mr. Kos.

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