Aurora man, juvenile charged with illegally possessing guns at Fox Valley Mall

An Aurora man and a 16-year-old from Aurora are accused of illegally possessing guns while at Fox Valley Mall in the city Monday, officials said.

Alim Hartline, 18, of the 2100 block of Sheffer Road, has been charged with aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon without a firearm owners identification card or concealed-carry license and with possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, according to a news release Tuesday from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

DuPage County Judge Margaret O’Connell set Hartline’s bail at $80,000 Tuesday morning.

The 16-year-old was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to the release. DuPage County Judge Anthony Coco released the teen to the custody of his parents on home detention, officials said.

Aurora police responded around 5:30 p.m. Monday to reports of two people with firearms at the mall, officials said. Prosecutors said Hartline and the teen ran away from officers. Hartline is accused of dropping a fully loaded Taurus 9 mm handgun with one bullet in the chamber as he ran, according to the release.

Police found the teen in a nearby portable bathroom a short time later, officials said. When processing the scene, police said they found a fully loaded Glock 23, a .40-caliber weapon, with one bullet in the chamber, about 50 yards away, according to the release.

The chase for the man and teen brought a large police presence to the mall, officials said.

Hartline is due back in court on April 10 and the teen is due back on April 3.