Cook County Man Charged With Armed Habitual Criminal & Illegal Possession of Loaded Gun

By Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times

September 15, 2022

WHEATON, IL — DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced on September 8 that bond has been set for a convicted felon accused of illegally possessing a loaded firearm.

According to prosecutors, Nicolas Mayfield, 31 of the 1000 block of Darrow Avenue, Evanston, appeared at a bond hearing on September 8 where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $250,000.  Mayfield has been charged with one count of armed habitual criminal, three counts of aggravated unlawful use of weapon by a felon, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

On August 1, 2022, the victim of an alleged battery was returning to his vehicle in the parking lot of the Carol Stream Police Department when a verbal altercation ensued between the victim and a friend of the defendant in the battery case, later identified as Mayfield. It is alleged that during the heated argument, Mayfield screamed at the victim “I’ll kill you right here!” while gesturing that he had firearm.  The victim then retreated to his vehicle and drove away.  When the victim returned, he again entered a heated verbal argument with Mayfield at which point Carol Stream police officers broke up the altercation.  The victim reported that Mayfield allegedly threatened to kill him with a firearm.  Police searched the vehicle in which Mayfield was a passenger and discovered a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun with on bullet in the chamber.  It is alleged that Mayfield was illegally in possession of the weapon. On August 5, 2022, Judge Jeffrey MacKay issued a $500,000 with 10% to apply arrest warrant for Mayfield. He was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force without incident.

“As a convicted felon, Mr. Mayfield is prohibited from ever owning or possessing a firearm,” Berlin said. “It is alleged however, that instead of conducting himself within the legal limitations placed upon him due to his multiple felony convictions, Mr. Mayfield thumbed his nose once again at the law and decided to not only illegally arm himself, but also threaten to kill another human being. As I have said before, we will use every tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue and hold accountable anyone who would commit a crime while in DuPage County. I thank the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force for their truly outstanding work in locating and apprehending the defendant in this case. I also thank the Carol Stream Police Department for their proactive work on this case that allegedly took a dangerous weapon out of the hands of a convicted felon as well as Assistant State’s Attorneys Claudia Fantauzzo and Denis Cahill for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Mayfield.”