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Man about to be evicted accused of pulling AK-47 on landlord

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Updated: January 10, 2013 12:06AM

A South Shore resident who was about to be evicted was arrested instead Tuesday night after threatening his landlord with an AK-47 assault rifle, police said.

The landlord approached Frank Johnson, 54, at his home in the 2000 block of East 72nd Street to discuss eviction, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

Johnson responded by pointing an AK-47 assault rifle at the landlord, who then called police to report a man with a gun, Mirabelli said.

Responding officers asked Johnson if he had a handgun, and he allegedly said he had a rifle, Mirabelli said. The gun turned out to be the AK-47.

Johnson was also found to be in possession of extended magazines loaded with 400 rounds of ammunition for the rifle and 36 rounds for a .357-caliber handgun, police said. No handgun was found at the residence.

Johnson was charged with one count each of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of ammunition without an FOID card.

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