For Immediate Release 10/13/2017
Southwest Baltimore— John Hann was recently convicted of two handgun counts, two controlled substance possession charges, and a traffic violation. Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Phillips prosecuted the case.
On September 4, 2017 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Baltimore Police were conducting a “traffic initiative” at the intersection of Whistler Avenue and Carroll Street in Southwest Baltimore’s Morrell Park community. Police observed a black four-door Honda Civic fail to stop at a stop sign.
The police pulled over the Honda. When the car came to a stop, the passenger of the vehicle exited the car and fled on foot. Three other individuals then exited the vehicle, but were ordered back into the car by police.
Hann—who was identified as the driver of the vehicle—did not have a valid driver’s license and told police he did not know the owner of the vehicle. Police called for a K-9 Unit after smelling a strong marijuana odor inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a bag of suspected marijuana in the rear seat cushion and a loaded revolver in the glove box.
Hann and his two associates were taken to the Baltimore Police Department’s Southwestern District. Hann was searched, and two small bags of suspected narcotics were recovered from his person.
“This is a case where proactive police work and effective prosecution has rid our streets of not only two firearms, but also someone with a propensity to tote a gun,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “In order to end the perpetual violence on our streets, collaboration is key.”
The court imposed a sentence of 18 months and denied any appeal bond, determining Hann posed a risk to public safety.