A Forest Park policeman is credited with allegedly preventing a suicide attempt at 8:45 a.m., on May 21. The officer responded to a possible suicide attempt at the Desplaines River I-290 overpass. When he arrived at the scene he noticed a male suspect disrobing while standing on the overpass’ edge.

The suspect called out to the officer telling him to stay back and threatening to jump if the officer did not obey.

The officer ignored the man’s request and continued advancing in an attempt to gain physical control of the situation, but the man responded by running into oncoming expressway traffic.

Safely avoiding all motorists the suspect made it to the bridge embankment and lifted himself onto the wall. The officer pulled out his Taser X 26 and used it on the suspect, who then fell safely to the ground and was taken into custody. The man was taken to Loyola Hospital and was given psychiatric evaluation.

Armed robbery

• Two men robbed a Berwyn man at gun point at 3:19 a.m. on May 22 at the Seven Eleven located at 7749 Roosevelt Road. One suspect is described as having a short cropped haircut with a goatee, possibly weighing 280 pounds. The other suspect is described as having a short haircut and possibly weighing around 110 pounds.

The pair entered the store separately, with the first suspect pretending to shop while the second entered and went directly to the beverage aisle and picked up a two liter of Hawaiian Punch.

As he was paying for the beverage
his counterpart surprised the cashier by telling him to empty the register and pulling out a gun. The suspect paying for the punch grabbed the money and immediately left
the store.

The remaining gunman then told the cashier to empty the other register. After the Berwyn man complied, he was grabbed by the gunman, who told the cashier to open the safe. When the victim explained that he couldn’t, the suspect started to beat him with the barrel of his gun.

The gunman then asked to have the safe and the clerk expressed that it was too big to carry, so the suspect ran away. The suspects were said to be using a black semi-automatic .45 caliber hand gun. The store lost $260 in the incident.

• The Forest Park Police Department responded to a silent panic alarm at 3:20 a.m. on May 17 at the White Hen Pantry located at 7660 Madison Street after two men held up an Elmwood Park man at gun point.
One suspect was described to be in his twenties weighing 240 pounds. His counterpart was described to be in his late teens and was said to have had a slim build.

 The men entered the store separately, using the same method described in the May 22 robbery at 7749 Roosevelt Road.

While the first suspect was pretending to pay for a Hawaiian Punch beverage the suspect’s partner snuck behind the register and placed a gun to the cashier’s head. The gunman demanded the money in the register and the safe. After obtaining the cash, both men fled the scene southbound on Jackson Street.

Authorities were able to lift a partial fingerprint from the two liter bottle that was left on the counter.

Residential burglary

• An apartment on the 7600 block of W. Adams Street was broken into May 17, between 6:20 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. The 46-year-old female tenant arrived home and noticed the front door was unlocked and that her apartment had been ransacked.

 Once authorities arrived they derived that the suspect entered through a broken bathroom window. After riffling through drawers and closets the offender stole three pieces of jewelry and an iron.

Automotive burglary

• A Forest Park woman had her black, four door, 1999 BMW 323i broken into while it was parked on the 800 block of Beloit Avenue. The incident occurred between 5:30 p.m. and 8:40 a.m. on May 18. The offender entered through and unlocked passenger side door and stole three Block Buster DVDs: Fat Albert, The Village and White Chicks. The estimated value of each movie was $20. Four CDs were also taken, estimated at $15 each.

• A Chicago man had his white, four door, 1994 Cadillac broken into on the 8300 block of Roosevelt Road. The offender entered the vehicle through an open passenger side window and stole a black Motorola 1860 cell phone and its car charger, estimated value of $380.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between May 16 and May 22 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.
“compiled by Povilas Zukauskas