By Nona Tepper
Battery at Ferrara Candy
A temporary employee at Ferrara Candy Company began shouting at and threatening other employees, alleging the candy giant shorted his pay. Officers responded to a call about the disturbance around 8:14 a.m. to 7301 Harrison St. on Dec. 14. An employee told police a temporary staffer became agitated about receiving his pay, eventually threatening the office, shouting "You ... aren't going to make it out of the parking lot." Police were able to calm the man down, and told him he must go through the proper channels to receive his check. They issued him a citation for assault and told him he would be arrested if he returned to company property.
Fraudulent IRS call
A man who claimed he was from the Internal Revenue Service called a Forest Park woman, alleging she owed the federal agency money. She provided the caller with her social security number, Chase bank account number, and home address, according to police. Later, she realized it was a scam and worries she might have issues in the future because she provided the caller with such personal information. The IRS only mails about tax issues or to request information; IRS officials never call.
After a woman left Circle Bowling Lanes, a man with a gun came up to her and stole her car. The woman exited 7244 Circle Ave. about 5:45 p.m., Dec. 16, and walked to her car parked at 38 Marengo Ave., according to the police report. She got in her car, locked the door and pulled up an address on her iPhone. A thin man, about age 20, 6 feet tall, wearing a surgical mask, dark jeans, jacket and tan Timberland boots, walked up to the driver's side window and said, "Give me your car." The victim looked up and saw he had a silver handgun pointed at her. She got out of the car. The offender then said, "Give me your phone, too," and took it from her hand. The woman back to Circle Bowling Lanes, and found the friend she had been bowling with. The offender fled southbound on Marengo Avenue.
The victim called police, and officers used the "Find My iPhone" feature to track the offender to the intersection of Washington Street and Lotus. Officers continued to use real-time updates to track the location, and found the car running, and abandoned, at 5424 W. Ferdinand Ave. in Chicago. A tow truck brought the black Nissan back to the Forest Park Police Station. Police said the woman could pick up her car Dec. 17, once they were done dusting for fingerprints and other information.
Knife on the CTA
Officers arrived at the Blue Line station, Dec. 17, on a call that a man was threatening an employee with a knife. Police arrived at 711 Desplaines Ave. about 4:53 p.m., and found that CTA employees and a K9 security dog had surrounded the offender. Police reportedly recognized the offender from previous arrests.
The man was agitated and shouting at the CTA employees, saying they shouldn't "walk up to him" or "talk to him like that." Forest Park police reminded the man that he was not allowed to return to the Blue Line after his two arrests. The offender refused to leave, and kept asking officers why he wasn't allowed to return.
Officers told him he had to exit the train and that they could drive him to his destination. The offender declined their offer and refused to leave. Eventually, officers told him he had to exit the train, since he was causing a delay, and to find another way to his destination. Again, the offender refused. Police then told him he was under arrest.
In his belt, officers found a knife in a large black sheath. In his pocket, they found another folding knife.
The CTA's K9 officer told police the train arrived with the offender on it. The offender exited the train, but then re-entered it immediately. The CTA officer told him he needed to pay for his next train ride, and the man refused. The offender then pulled the knife out of his belt, held it by his side and told the CTA officer, "I'm going to make an example out of you" and "I'm going to make it go down real deep."
The man was charged with aggravated assault and issued a CTA citation for criminal trespass.
Offenders stole a microwave from a Forest Park basement on Dec. 13.
Sometime between midnight and 6:30 a.m., offenders unscrewed the lock at 7313 Roosevelt Road, broke into a resident's basement and stole a microwave valued at $50, according to a police report.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Dec. 11-17, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
Compiled by Nona Tepper