Focus on gun violence results in Rock Island arrests

Powell McGhee (left) and Ronald Hearn photos from Rock Island County Jail

Powell McGhee (left) and Ronald Hearn photos from Rock Island County Jail

Police working to address recent gun violence in Rock Island say they arrested two men in connection with that special assignment.

Officers said 27-year-old Powell McGhee tried to run when they stopped a vehicle he was in near 44th Street and 6th Avenue just before 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014.

Police caught McGhee and arrested him, along with 30-year-old Ronald Hearn, during the traffic stop.  Police said they found two firearms during the traffic stop.

Police said McGhee was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and with possession of a stolen firearm.  He was held in the Rock Island County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.  Hearn was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  He was held in the Rock Island County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

The traffic stop and arrests were part of “a special assignment addressing recent incidents of gun violence” according to Rock Island Deputy Police Chief Jason Foy.

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