A police officer was approached by a man who said he had been struck by another man who had followed him and his girlfriend as they walked to their car on Sept. 25 on the 7410 block of Madison.

He said that the offender, John R. Malinow of Cicero, had been continually speaking to his girlfriend as the couple approached their car, and at one point struck him with an open hand. He saw a Forest Park squad car parked nearby and went to tell the officer about the incident.

He said the attack was unprovoked, and three witnesses verified his account. When taken into custody, Malinow reportedly asked police why he was being arrested, stating that “I never hit the guy, I only pushed him.”

Malinow was able to post bond, but when an officer approached his cell he discovered a phone on the wall had been damage, and its wires were hanging from the wall. He asked Malinow what happened, to which Malinow responded “I didn’t see nothing and I’m going to beat this case.” After other officers said that the phone had not been in this condition before Malinow was arrested, he was charged with damaging government supported property.

Drunk-dialer back at it

A man who was arrested Sept. 15 for repeatedly calling the Forest Park police station’s non-emergency phone number while intoxicated was arrested again on Sept. 24 for making several threatening phone calls to the bartender at Mugsy’s Tavern.

After receiving a complaint from the bartender, police went to Eugene Pidde’s house on the 1100 block of Beloit, and found the door unlocked and Pidde on the phone. Police reported that he was visibly intoxicated and his speech was slurred. When asked why he kept calling the bar, Pidde said that he “just wanted to say hello.” Police then attempted to handcuff Pidde, who stiffened his body, pulled away and raised his fists.

Police were soon able to get Pidde into the squad car, and he was arrested for harassment by telephone and resisting a peace officer.

Truck burglarized

Police responded to a report of a burglary on Sept. 19 at Eagle Express, 7865 Industrial Drive. The officer was met by a man who said he was in charge of fleet management for Eagle Express. The man said that he had been waved down by an employee who reported seeing a man break into one of the trucks and take a TV.

The employee showed the officer the truck, which had a shattered passenger side window. The man said he was busy working when he heard the window break, and when he went to investigate he saw the offender inside. He said the offender then drove away in a champagne colored car.

Cameras stolen

Police responded to a suspicious circumstances call on Sept. 21 to find a basement storm window detached from a home at 612 Circle Ave. The officer conducted a premise check along with the residents, and found numerous items missing including a Minolta 35 mm camera, a Cannon digital movie camera, and an Olympus Digital camera. An undetermined amount of cash was also stolen from a jar in the home’s dining room. Police reported that it appeared the offender had exited the home through the front door, as they found the door unlocked and both residents said they had locked it before leaving.

Guns stolen

On Sept. 22, a resident of 300 Desplaines reported a burglary to police after finding two guns missing from his home. The victim, who resides in an apartment with his girlfriend, said that when he returned home from his job as a field supervisor for A&R Security on Sept. 21, he placed his belt containing his 9mm semiautomatic handgun on the bedroom floor, and placed another .380 semiautomatic handgun, which was not holstered, on the floor next to the belt. The next day, he said, he found both guns missing. The victim’s girlfriend said she had not seen the guns, and there were no signs of forced entry at the home.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19, 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