2 men, 2 teens charged after Lawndale standoff

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two men and two teens were charged after a four-hour standoff with the Chicago Police Department SWAT team in the city's Lawndale neighborhood.

Police responded to a three-flat in the 1200-block of South St. Louis Avenue around 12:30 p.m. last Sunday after an officer saw a man going into the building with a gun.

The building was evacuated and the SWAT team entered around 4:30 p.m. Several handcuffed suspects were led out of the building half an hour later.

A family member insisted that none of the men in question were armed and that they were simply afraid to come out, for fear of being shot.

Malik Earkins, 19, of the 3700-block of West 16th Street; Marlon Jones, 19, of the 3500-block of West 13th Place; a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were all charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property of less than $300.

Earkins was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.
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