By Nona Tepper
Woman assaults police, after accident and arrest
Police responded to an accident about 10:55 p.m. at the intersection of Lathrop and Hawthorne on May 14. A 74-year-old driver told police that Rachel Becerra, the driver of the other car, blew a stop sign at Hawthorne and struck his vehicle while turning left on Lathrop. After the accident occurred, Becerra, of Oak Park, got out of the car and immediately started shoving and yelling at the man about "the injury card" and accusing him of trying to get money from her.
Police smelled alcohol on Becerra's breath and person. Becerra, who is Hispanic, yelled at responding officers, who were white and black, that they were "white honkey [expletives]," "doing what my master telling me to do," and more. She said they were only after her because she has "brown skin." Becerra was arrested for refusing to perform field sobriety tests.
She resisted and kicked an officer three times in the chest. When she got to the police station, she kicked an officer in the groin. Becerra received a single felony charge for aggravated battery to a police officer, and was processed on misdemeanor charges of aggravated battery to a police officer, battery to a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol and two traffic violations.
Juvenile arrested for carjacking
Chicago police recently arrested a 17-year-old for committing an aggravated vehicular hijacking at Blueberry Hill Tavern on May 6, according to a police report. That night, a woman parked her Ford about 12:25 a.m. at 427 Desplaines Ave., when a man came up to her, held a knife to her throat and said, "Get out of the car, I need the car." He entered the vehicle and fled toward Madison Street. The stolen car contained the victim's cellphone and wallet, which held Chase, US Bank and Wintrust debit cards, $200 cash, a $20 gift card and a medical card.
On May 8, Chicago police stopped the stolen vehicle, and a passenger had the victim's property. On May 15, Forest Park detectives arrested him, transported him to the Forest Park Police Department, where he admitted to the crime. His name is being withheld because he is a juvenile. He was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed robbery, aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon. He was transported to a juvenile detention facility.
Six vehicles burglarized
At some point between 8 p.m. on May 13 and 6:45 a.m. on May 14, someone broke into a Toyota parked on the 400 block of Ferdinand and stole a laptop and loose change inside.
Between 10 p.m. on May 13 and 6:30 a.m. on May 14, someone broke into a Chevrolet parked on the 400 block of Ferdinand, according to a separate police report. The victim said she noticed her passenger side door was unlocked when she arrived.
Between 6:30 p.m. on May 13 and 6 a.m. on May 14, someone broke into a Jeep parked on the 7400 block of Jackson and stole a laptop valued at nearly $460 and a black backpack. The victim believes her car doors were unlocked.
Sometime between 8 p.m. on May 12 and 4 a.m. on May 14, an Acura parked on the 1000 block of Marengo was entered and roughly $20 in cash was stolen from the center console.
At some point between 10 p.m. on May 13 and 6 p.m. on May 14, an intruder entered a garage located at the 900 block of Circle and rummaged through two vehicles parked inside. The victim told police her garage and car doors were unlocked.
A neighbor's security camera caught three men breaking into a woman's vehicle and neighbor's cars about 3 a.m. on the 500 block of Beloit on May 14.
Burglar rides off with bike
A man's bike, valued at $275, was stolen about 1:42 p.m. on May 17 from his garage on the 500 block of Marengo.
Woman robbed at Green Line station
A woman exited the Green Line el at the Harlem/Lake stop about 9:30 p.m. on May 12 when a man ripped the backpack off her back and took the cellphone from her hands. The backpack held an iPad and iPhone 7, totaling $2,000.
Victim shoved against garage, purse stolen
A man came up behind a woman and pushed her against her garage, demanding her purse about 1:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Elgin on May 19. He said, "Don't turn around or I'll shoot you." The man then pulled the purse from her shoulder and fled. The purse contained $700 cash, a state ID and a Visa debit card.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, May 13-20, 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