Staff, patrons fight at Doc Ryan's

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By Nona Tepper

Staff, patrons fight at Doc Ryan's

Police responded to a fight at Doc Ryan's Saloon about 1:49 a.m. on April 6, according to a police report. 

Doc Ryan's doorman told police he was asking people to leave because it was closing time, when three men started fighting Doc Ryan's staff. 

Police entered the bar and saw several employees restraining a man. Police told employees to back off and, after staff let go, the man and two companions started shoving employees. Police escorted the men from the bar. 

The men started yelling that the Doc Ryan's doorman started the fight, and got frustrated at police, with one yelling, "Get the [expletive] away from me." The offender then punched an officer in his chest and arm. Police tased the man twice and transported the group to the Forest Park Police Department. 

The men told police they were at Doc Ryan's for a birthday party. When the doorman told them to leave, he said they "better not talk any slick stuff." The men asked what he meant, and the doorman allegedly said he knew they were in a gang and he would fight them. That's when fists started swinging. 

The men were charged with criminal trespass to property, battery and resisting a peace officer.

Purse snatched from Jeep

A woman's purse was stolen from her car after she ran into Planet Fitness, 7530 Roosevelt Road, to change clothes on April 2. 

The woman told officers she entered the facility about 5:27 p.m., leaving her purse in the car, according to a police report. About 10 minutes later, the woman returned to her Jeep to find the car alarm ringing and the purse missing. Her purse contained her driver's license and credit cards from Amazon.com, Chase Bank, Capital One, Discover and PayPal. 

She later received two text messages from Chase Bank about fraudulent activity on her card, at Berwyn Fuel Shop for a charge of about $50 and McDonald's for a charge of about $48. Officers found no signs of forced entry to her vehicle. 

Outside exposure

A Chicago man was arrested for indecent exposure outside Blueberry Hill Tavern, 427 Desplaines Ave., on April 3. A witness inside told police the man stood outside the bar about 2:50 a.m., undid his pants and began to stroke his genitals, according to a police report. When police arrived, the man had his pants unzipped and told police he was just watching TV through the window. Police asked for the man's identification and he said he didn't have any. 

Officers transported him to the police department, where they later found a social security card and Cook County ID tucked in his left sock. They ran his name through the computer system and found the Chicago Police Department had an active warrant for larceny. The was charged with public indecency, obstructing identification and the CPD warrant.  

Man pulls gun on towing attendant 

A man threatened a Nobs Towing employee with a gun, after being told he would need to pay hundreds of dollars to retrieve his car from the lot. The man arrived about 10:05 a.m. at 805 Hannah Ave. on April 3 to retrieve his car from the towing agency, according to a police report. An employee told him it would cost $800 to pick up his car from the lot since it had been sitting there for nearly a month. The man became irate, telling the attendant it should only cost him $200, and warning he had a gun and was going to get his car. A Nobs employee called 911.

Officers arrived and placed the man in handcuffs. He told police, "I tried to scare them and it didn't work." He said he did not have a gun but was charged with aggravated assault.

Armed man steals phone from parked car

A man threatened a woman with a gun and stole her phone, after climbing into her car on April 3. She had parked at her Circle Avenue home about 6:40 p.m., and stayed in her car for a few extra minutes to listen to something on the radio, according to the police report. She reported seeing a man wearing a dark stocking walk next to her car. He entered through an unlocked door and demanded money. The woman told him she didn't have any money, and that the only thing she had of value was her iPhone 8. The man took her phone and fled on foot.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 1-8, 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

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