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• The following was taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 and represents a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.


A Forest Park man reported his wallet stolen in an attack on Feb. 7 just after 1 p.m. that landed him in the emergency room at Loyola Medical Center. The victim said he was attacked by a man wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and dark pants, and was apparently working with an female accomplice who set up the attack.

The victim suffered multiple lacerations to the face.

The victim said he was walking northbound in the 300 block of Desplaines Avenue when a female in her late teens held out a $5 bill and asked him for change. The victim removed his wallet from his back pocket to retrieve five $1 bills when the alleged offender appeared and demanded the wallet.

The victim told police he was struck in the face with an unknown object, turned and ran northbound on Desplaines Avenue, where he was again attacked by the offender. The offender struck him in the face once more and pried the wallet from his hands, after the victim fell to the ground. The offender took the wallet containing the five $1 bills.

That same day a man fitting the offender’s description and an accomplice fitting the woman’s description were reportedly involved in a robbery at the corner of Marion and Pleasant streets in Oak Park. The robbery occurred at approximately 2:34 p.m. and the victim, an Oak Park woman said the offender took her purse and money valued at approximately $170. When she chased him, the man displayed a black semi-automatic weapon.

Battery
• On Sunday, Feb. 13 several officers responded to a disturbance call in the 400 block of Marengo Avenue at 12:39 a.m. They found a man arguing with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Claudette Gianakos, of Evergreen Park. The two were allegedly intoxicated at the time.

The man told officers that Gianakos kicked the trunk of his 1984 Cadillac Seville, causing dents and scratches. When the officers attempted to speak to Gianakos, the woman allegedly got into her vehicle, a 2003 blue Chrysler SLX and attempted to leave the scene.

Officers confronted Gianakos, who they said refused to leave the car three times.

When the officer advised Gianakos he would have to pull her out, Gianakos reluctantly left the car. While the officers were informing Gianakos she was being placed under arrest, Gianakos allegedly pushed one of the officers and proceeded to struggle with the officer who was attempting to handcuff her.

Gianakos was charged with battery and is due in court on March 8, 9:00 a.m.

Vehicle theft
• An unknown man wearing a green jacket stole allegedly stole a 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer that a Forest Park woman was renting from Budget Rent-a-Car in Oak Park. The woman said she had rented the vehicle only four hours earlier and had parked it in a lot on 1020 Desplaines Ave. As she walked through a lot on 1004 Desplaines Ave., she said the man shoved her in the back, grabbed her keys and ran off in the direction of the vehicle.

• A Forest Park man reported that an unknown person stole his 1999 White Cherokee Jeep from the municipal lot at the corner of Lathrop Avenue an Madison Street in Forest Park. The theft allegedly occurred between Feb. 11-13. Also taken were a 19-inch computer monitor, a DVD player, two 12-inch Pioneer speakers, a woman’s leather jacket and approximately 20 CDs.

• A Berwyn man reported his white 1994 GMC Safari minivan stolen from the Wal-Mart parking lot on the 1300 block of Desplaines Avenue. The man said he was shopping on Feb. 12, at approximately 2 p.m. and when he exited found his car was missing. Wal-Mart security reviewed the store’s surveillance cameras, but were unable to locate the incident.

Traffic arrest
• Brad A. Ray, a Forest Park resident, was arrested on Feb. 9, in the 7200 block of Lexington Street for driving his truck with a revoked license. He was also charged with an overweight violation and had a warrant with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. Officers stopped Ray for displaying an expired registration sticker and plates. According to police, Ray has two previous convictions for driving with a revoked license. Ray is expected in court on Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.

Burglary to residence:
• A Forest Park woman reported a burglary to her residence on the 200 block of Marengo Avenue on Feb. 7. The victim said she had moved into the building only one day prior to the burglary and had left her apartment at approximately 8 a.m., returning at 5:15 p.m. She found her front door forced open, gone were her 27-inch flat screen TV, an Apex CD player, a VCR, a digital camera, her stereo, nearly 200 CDs, jewelry and clothing. A neighbor informed police that she saw a man wearing gray sweatpants and a flannel shirt exit the building at approximately 12:15 p.m., carrying a flat screen TV and a box of CDs. The witness said she then saw the man take the items to a light blue/gray minivan parked across the street and driven by a female.

“compiled by Melissa Lou