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Police: Man with guns near Blackhawks parade said he had weapons because he was robbed before

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Updated: June 29, 2013 8:31PM

A south suburban man who allegedly had two loaded guns with him along the Blackhawks victory parade route was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail Saturday.

When Chicago Police asked to check Roger Harrison’s bag Friday morning, the former Marine told them, “Uh...I’ll just go the other way,” Cook County prosecutors said.

Harrison then walked toward City Hall as an officer tailed him, authorities said.

The 37-year-old Matteson man kept telling the officer, “I just want to go to work” and “I need to get out of here,” according to a police report.

“His voice was nervous and changing pace and tone. His eyes were searching all directions to identify an avenue of escape...and he slowly attempted to walk backwards,” the police report said.

The officer eventually grabbed Harrison’s arm.

That’s when he allegedly came clean and blurted out, “I might have a handgun on me.”

When asked why he had the weapons, Harrison said, “I got robbed before.”

In his pocket was a stolen revolver from Ohio with three live rounds, prosecutors said.

Harrison’s backpack held an unregistered 9 mm semiautomatic pistol with seven live rounds, police said.

There was no indication that Harrison was planning to commit a crime at the heavily attended rally and parade, police said.

Harrison was charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one misdemeanor count of cannabis possession.

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