By Nona Tepper
Man with knife seizes car
A woman parked her car about 12:25 a.m. at Blueberry Hill when a man with a knife demanded her car on May 6, according to a police report. The man approached 427 Desplaines Ave., went up to the driver's side of her Ford and put a knife to her throat, saying, "Get out of the car; I need the car." The woman pleaded with the man to keep her keys, and got out of the vehicle. The man then got in the car and headed north on Desplaines. The woman said her cellphone and wallet, which contained a Chase card, Wintrust bank card, US Bank card, $20 cash and a medical card, were in the car.
Man jumped after a night of drinking
Police responded to a call at the intersection of Circle and Marengo Avenues about 2:25 p.m. on May 6, and found a man with a bloody lip, torn T-shirt, and scrapes on his cheeks, forehead, chest and stomach. The man told police he felt "dizzy."
He said he had been walking home after drinking on Madison Street and approached the 7300 block of Circle when four men jumped out of a Chevy Suburban and started beating him with rocks and fists. Some of the men tried to go through his pockets but weren't able to take his wallet or cellphone. The Suburban was last seen traveling southbound on Marengo. The man was transported to Loyola University Medical Center.
McDonald's manager punched after asking woman to leave
A manager at McDonald's, 420 Desplaines Ave., called police after discovering a woman inhaling from a lit object in the bathroom about 10:10 a.m. on May 5. The manager said a female employee entered the woman's room after a woman had been in there for 20 minutes. When she opened the door, she saw a woman lighting an object on fire and inhaling from it. The manager told the woman to leave the restaurant. The woman punched the manager in the chest, and swung at him several more times before fleeing eastbound on Madison Street.
Drug paraphernalia discovered during traffic stop
Police attempted to pull over a driver for not wearing a seatbelt and not using a turn signal about 3:54 p.m. on April 30 near the 200 block of Harlem Avenue. The driver ignored the officer's signals, kept driving and eventually pulled into the parking lot at 23 N. Harlem Ave. in Oak Park. Police asked for the McHenry man's identification and asked him to step outside the car to discuss the traffic violations. When the driver opened the door, an officer saw copper cleaning pads and a glass pipe, items commonly used for smoking crack.
Police ran the driver's name through their system and found he had a warrant out retail theft. He received a verbal warning for possession of narcotics paraphernalia and traffic violations. Officers also ran the North Riverside passenger's name through their system and discovered she had three warrants out for arrest in DuPage County. The woman was transported to DuPage County Jail.
Catalytic converters stolen from cars
At some point between 7 p.m. on April 29 and 11:30 a.m. on April 30, someone removed the catalytic converter from a Honda parked at 7500 Beloit. The car owner said she noticed something was wrong when she tried to start the car and heard a loud noise coming from underneath the vehicle. She called AAA, and the tow truck driver told her the catalytic converter was missing.
In a separate incident, someone sawed off the catalytic converter of a Toyota parked in the lot shared by The Pines and Oak Leaf Lounge, 7412 Harrison St., between 8 p.m. on April 29 and 12 p.m., April 30.
Wallet stolen from car
A Berwyn woman's wallet was stolen from her car after she parked near the 7700 block of Van Buren about 12 p.m. on May 1. When she returned to her car an hour later, she found that someone had broken into the vehicle and taken her wallet, which she had hidden underneath a jacket on the front seat floor. She told police she found the right passenger door of her car not closed all the way and unlocked. Her wallet contained $40 cash, at least two bank cards and her driver's license.
Thief rides off with bike
At some point between 8:30 and 10:20 p.m. on May 6, a bicycle valued at $500 was stolen from a garage on the 400 block of Hannah. The man said he left the overhead door of his garage open.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 30-May 6, 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