Police received several 911 calls on the night of August 26 reporting an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven/Citgo at 7749 Roosevelt.

A cashier who was working at the station at the time told police that a man entered the store wearing a mask and brandishing a black handgun.

He said the man demanded that he empty the register, and when he opened it jumped the store’s counter and removed the money from the drawer. The offender then fled the store on foot.

The incident was captured on the station’s surveillance camera.

One witness who called police from his cell phone immediately after the robbery said he had seen the man running eastbound in an alley behind the station. Another witness, who said he was at the station with his children, corroborated the story to police.

The cashier reported that about $400 was taken from the register.

He could not give a precise description of the suspect since the man was wearing a mask, but said he was wearing a black T-Shirt, black shorts, and white gym shoes at the time of the incident.

Brothers feud over scratched van

On the morning of August 26, a man came to the Forest Park police station to file a domestic battery report, stating that his younger brother had come into his apartment at 7412 Madison, complaining that the man’s 10-year-old son had scratched his van.

The man reported that his brother then began screaming expletives at his wife, and pulled her from the apartment in an attempt to get her to fight with his own wife.

When he got between the two women to break up the confrontation, the man said, his brother struck him twice with a closed fist. At the time, the man did not sign a complaint.

Later that day, the man returned to the station with his face bloody and swollen. He told police that his brother had returned home from work and continued their earlier altercation, warning him to “watch your kid.”

The fight that ensued, according to a police report, moved from the building’s hallway to a back porch, where the two brothers fell down a flight of stairs and broke the staircase.

According to the report, Police explained the Illinois Domestic Violence Act to the man and gave him a copy of Sarah’s Inn’s 24 hour hotline card.

Police took 23 pictures of the man’s injuries, and his brother was arrested.

Car wash car thief in custody

A suspect was apprehended in a car theft reported to have occurred on August 6 at a car wash on Randolph and Harlem.

Charlie Curilyn of Chicago was found changing a tire on the white 2003 Volkswagen Beetle at a Chicago service station, and was arrested after a foot chase with a Chicago police officer.

The victim of the theft reported to police that when she first saw her car being pulled onto Randolph after being washed, she thought nothing of it, assuming that the car was being driven back around the car wash to be washed a second time.

When she saw the car continue westbound on Randolph, she knew something was wrong.

Car wash owner Chris Shimkus told police that his employee had exited the car after completing the car wash, and saw someone enter the car and drive away.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, August 23″28, and represent only 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 Seth Stern

Reputed gang member released into mother’s custody


Jermaine Banks, a reputed member of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords, was released into the custody of his mother Linda Banks, who lives at 125 DesPlaines Avenue in Forest Park, on a $95,000 bond.

Banks, 26, was arrested Jan. 10 after being caught in November, 2003, along with several associates, with 25.3 grams of heroin in 253 tenth gram bags.

The arrest was a part of Operation Day Trader, a collaborative effort by local, state and federal authorities to sweep up the leaders of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords. Banks was reportedly an associate of high ranking Vice Lord Gregory Hudgins.

Banks is scheduled for a status hearing on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.