A man called police on Oct. 12 reporting that he had been robbed at knifepoint on the 7200 block of Franklin while on his way to the Nutbush bar. He said the man had demanded money, and when he said he did not have any, jabbed his torso with an 8-inch knife and repeated his demand. The man said he then handed over his wallet.

He described his assailant and told police that he had last seen the man boarding an eastbound CTA train at the Harlem Avenue station.

Oak Park police stopped the train at Ridgeland Avenue and South Boulevard, and found a man matching the alleged victim’s description, identified as Maceo Black.

Police reported that during interviews, the alleged victim changed his story several times.

He finally said that Black had approached him propositioning sexual acts for money, and he declined. When he later passed Black on the way to the bar, he said, he was taken to the rear of the Hanover Animal Hospital building and robbed.

Black told police that the two had engaged in sexual acts on four past occasions, and he was paid $20 each time. On this night, however, he had only been paid $15, and he had angered his client by calling him an “***hole” in response to the low pay.

The men were charged with prostitution and filing a false police report.

Turn it down

An officer responded to a call reporting loud music at Circle Inn, 7300 Circle Ave., on Oct. 15. The officer reported being able to hear what sounded like a live band from several businesses away, and asked bartender Luis A. Castro Velarde to turn the music down.

Velarde instead walked outside, ignoring his request. The officer followed Velarde, who claimed that the music was not loud, and began yelling vulgarities at a resident whom he said always complains about noise.

The officer called for backup, and Velarde also refused a request to turn the music down from a River Forest officer who arrived on the scene.

Velarde received a citation and the band was shut down for the night.

Student discovers burglary

Police responded to a burglary call on the 7400 block of Dixon on Oct. 14. The resident who reported the crime said he returned home to find items missing from the living room and immediately left and called police.

The responding officer said it appeared the rear door had been pried open. Missing from the home was a 6-piece stereo system, a CD changer, two duffle bags, a Playstation video game system, a Minolta digital camera, and several CDs and DVDs.

Police dusted the screen doors but found no prints. A neighbor related that he had seen men ring the doorbell, received no answer and walk to the rear of the building, but he did not know whether they had entered the apartment.

Gang signs and vehicle damage

A Chicago man reported that he was driving southbound on Harlem Avenue, Oct. 7, and entered the left-turn lane to get on the Eisenhower Expressway when the vehicle in front of him stopped and the driver exited.

The man, he said, approached his car throwing up “King gang signs” and screaming “King love,” “King hood” and “Disciple killer.” The man then broke the car’s driver’s side window with his elbow, got back in his car and fled southbound on Harlem.

The victim followed the car, and was able to get a partial read of his license plate, Handicapped 2262. He described the car as a recent model gold Cadillac Deville with a black POW magnet on the trunk. The driver, he said, was a Hispanic man wearing a gray overcoat, about 6-foot-2 and 260 lbs. with black hair.

Village flowers vandalized

A village public works employee reported that on either Oct. 11 or 12, offenders ripped 10 flower plants from village-owned brick flower boxes on the 7400 and 7500 blocks of Madison Street, and removed the plants from the area.

The cost of replacement is about $5 per plant, not including labor.

On the morning of Oct. 3, an unknown offender removed 43 plants from boxes and scattered them on nearby sidewalks and streets. The public works employee said the damage has become a weekly issue.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Oct. 7 and 15 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