Ike chase shuts down CTA Blue Line

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By Nona Tepper and Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporters

Ike chase shuts down CTA Blue Line

Chicago police took two people into custody following a chase on Aug. 29 that resulted in a car crash on the Eisenhower Expressway and carried over to the CTA Blue Line tracks. The incident shut down the train line for about an hour.

The 11th District Police Department reports that an armed robbery took place in Chicago at 10:15 a.m. somewhere in the vicinity of Homan and Albany, according to an email from Chicago police spokesman Jose Jara.

The report notes that the victim waved down Chicago police officers, telling them that the offenders who robbed him at gunpoint drove a silver vehicle with Florida plates.

Chicago police spotted the vehicle and attempted to curb the car, but the driver refused to stop. A chase ensued and the two offenders exited the vehicle further along the Eisenhower Expressway.

ABC 7 News reported that the vehicle crashed near the overpass at Oak Park Avenue. Chicago Police report that a foot chase took place and two offenders were taken into custody.

No one was reported injured in the pursuit, according to police. One firearm was recovered and police are looking for a second, police said.

A damaged Hyundai Sonata with Florida plates was later seen blocked by several police vehicles in a parking lot at the U.S. Postal Service building at 1116 Garfield St., in Oak Park. 

CTA spokesman Jon Kaplan said in a telephone interview that power was cut three times to the Blue Line between the Forest Park and Cicero stops between 10 and 11:05 a.m. at the request of Chicago police.

Police could be seen on the tracks of the Blue Line searching for the offenders.

Wallet lost at dollar store

A Berwyn woman lost her wallet at Dollar Tree about 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 28, and her credit card was charged three times. 

The woman entered 7709 Roosevelt Road and shopped for about 30 minutes. When she went to pay for her items, her wallet was missing. She then checked her bank statement and found her debit card had been charged $21.31 at Wendy's, $314.92 at Old Navy and $396 at SP DTS Chicago. Her wallet contained a debit card, credit card, driver's license, FOID card and multiple membership cards. A few people bumped into her at Dollar Tree but she's unsure if they stole her wallet. 

Man kisses woman on CTA without consent

A man started kissing a woman without her consent on the Blue Line about 6:29 a.m. on Aug. 30. 

Police were en route to the Harlem Blue Line stop when officers spotted a man yelling in the middle of the road at Jackson and Thomas, asking someone to call police. The man told police he had been on the Blue Line when he saw a man get in a woman's face and start kissing her without her consent. The man stood up, pulled the man off the woman and asked if she knew him. She said she did not and began to ask CTA employees for help when the suspect ran off the train to Circle Avenue. 

The man got off the train too, and ran after him as far as Jackson and Thomas, at which point he could no longer keep up with him. 

Five bikes stolen

Between 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 6:21 a.m. on Aug. 30, someone broke into a garage on the 1100 block of Thomas and stole four bikes. The victim said the garage's service door was unlocked.

A Berwyn man was throwing garbage cans around the 7500 block of Jackson about 6:50 a.m. on Aug. 31, yelling that someone stole his bike. The man, who is homeless, parked his bike, and walked around to the side of a building where he sleeps. He said he was gone for approximately "5 to 10 seconds" when he returned to get some change he forgot and saw his bike was gone. The bike is valued at $150. 

Police arrest 16-year-old in Park District carjacking

Police arrested a Chicago juvenile on Aug. 29, after the 16-year-old allegedly stole a Honda from the parking lot at the Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison St., about 5:49 p.m. on June 29. The victim said two men wearing bandanas came up to him, one of whom pointed a gun and ordered him out of the car. The two men then got in the Honda and drove east on Harrison. 

"Detectives continued to investigate this offense and, based on interviews and video surveillance footage, developed a suspect," Police Chief Thomas Aftanas said in a statement. "He was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center." 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 27-Sept.3, 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.

Nona Tepper and Tim Inklebarger

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