Two Joliet men who fired a gun into the air to scare a former girlfriend and then ditched the weapon as Joliet police chased them were arrested Thursday on a slew of firearm-related charges, Cmdr. Al Roechner said.
Cesar Zavala, 23, of 604 Oakview Ave., and Victor Zavala, 22, 663 Abe St., are accused of discharging a .38-caliber gun four times in the area of Elwood and Abe streets at about 9:45 p.m., Roecher said.
Witnesses called police and told them the pair were in a dark-colored truck headed southbound on Abe Street, he said. About 20 minutes later, officers spotted the vehicle at State and Jackson streets and attempted to pull it over, but the vehicle sped off instead, Roechner said.
As the two were attempting to lose the police, Cesar Zavala allegedly threw the weapon and several shells from the car window, which police later recovered, Roechner said.
The pair were finally stopped at Jackson Street and Eastern Avenue and taken into custody.
When interviewed by police, Cesar Zavala admitted he shot the weapon because he was trying to intimidate a former girlfriend and her male companion, who were inside a residence in the 700 block of Abe, Roecher said.
Cesar Zavala has been charged with felon possession/use of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer.
Victor Zavala faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated fleeing/attempting to elude a peace officer (going 21 mph over the speed limit) and possession of an expired FOID card.
Both Zavalas are being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.
According to jail records, which are incomplete, Cesar Zavala was arrested twice in 2009. The first time was on charges of felon possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and possession of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis. In the second case, he was charged with felon possession of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and manufacture/delivery of 30 to 500 grams of cannabis.
Victor Zavala has also been arrested previously. In 2011, he was charged with domestic battery and violation of an order of protection, jail records show. Two years earlier, he was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.