Armed robber gets away in a stolen car- Forest Park police reports May 26-June 4

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By Thomas Vogel

Staff Reporter

Armed robber gets away in a stolen car

A 57-year-old man told police, June 3 around 7:30 a.m., that he was robbed of about $250 by two unknown men on the 1000 block of Harlem Avenue. The man told officers he was walking north after cashing a check at the currency exchange at Roosevelt Road and Harlem Avenue. A 2009 Honda, traveling south, pulled to the curb and a man, described in the police report as around 5-feet-8 and in his mid-20s, got out from the Honda's passenger's side door, and flashed a gun at the man, demanding money. The victim gave his wallet to the man, who then fled in the Honda. The victim took down the license plate number. The car was, according to the police report, stolen out of Chicago. No arrest has been made. 

Battery

A 23-year-old woman fought off an attacker, described as a 40-something man, after he grabbed her from behind on the 800 block of Desplaines Avenue on June 5 around 2 a.m. The 23-year-old woman, according to the police report, began punching the man's face and body. The pair struggled and fell to the ground. The women eventually separated herself from the man, who then fled east on York Street. No arrest has been made. 

Attempted Armed Robbery

An unidentified man tried to rob a Citgo gas station, 7400 Roosevelt Road, on May 27 around midnight. The 41-year-old cashier told police a "stocky, muscular" 25- or 30-year-old man came into the store, flashed a semi-automatic firearm and said, "Gimme the money, gimme the damn money, open the drawer."

The cashier then locked himself in an "inner security door," according to the police report, and the would-be robber fled. No money was taken. There is video of the incident but the man remains unidentified. 

Assault 

Police arrested a 39-year-old Aurora woman, May 28 around 2 p.m., for assault and drug equipment possession after she allegedly threw a glass bottle at a taxi driver.  

The driver, parked on the 500 block of Desplaines Avenue, told police the woman threw a glass bottle at him after he refused to take her to the West Side of Chicago to "buy illegal narcotics."

Officers saw broken glass along the driver's side of the cab and saw the woman "lying on the back seat of the taxi" alongside three hypodermic syringes, a couple of pipes and a small bag with a "white powdery residue."

The woman was given a July 11 court date and released. 

Burglaries on Hannah Avenue

A 25-year-old woman told police, May 30, that two unidentified men tried to break into her home on the 800 block of Hannah Avenue around 3 p.m. The woman's dog, according to the police report, was growling at the back door, and the woman noticed a man with dreadlocks and a black hoodie trying to use her grill fork and spatula to pry open the back door. The woman yelled and the man, along with another man, described as wearing a white shirt, who was standing on the back lawn, fled. 

Police from Forest Park and the Cook County Sheriff's Office followed a few people driving in a car that matched the description, but no arrests were made.

Another resident of the 800 block of Hannah, in a separate incident, told police around 3:30 p.m. that her 32-inch LCD television, worth around $400, was taken from her home. Nothing else was reported missing. The woman had left her home around 1 p.m. to go shopping. 

Car theft

A 31-year-old man called police on June 3 to report that someone took his 2009 Buick around 11 p.m. from the 7200 block of Adams Street. The man told officers he left the car running, with the keys inside. He also said he had a handgun in the glove compartment. The car was last seen on the West Side of Chicago by Chicago and Oak Park police. No arrest has been made.

Home invasion

On June 4 around 11:30 p.m., someone came into a home on the 100 block of Elgin through a bedroom window while the residents were asleep on the couch. The couple's daughter was asleep at the time in the bedroom. The pair, according to the police report, awoke to find their Jeep Compass, house keys and a 32-inch television missing. Chicago police later found the Jeep near Cicero Avenue and Van Buren Street. 

Walmart employee arrested

A 23-year-old Walmart employee was arrested, May 26, for theft after police were called to the store at 1300 Desplaines around 7 p.m. The thefts reportedly occurred on five separate occasions and totaled about $300. Walmart employees told officers they have video evidence.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, May 26-June 4, 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 Thomas Vogel

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