Forest Park police detained Robert Lee of Chicago on Nov. 14 on a warrant from the West Chicago Police Department. As they walked him out of village hall in handcuffs, he swung his head forward in an attempt to hit the inner door of village hall.
He failed in that attempt, but then once again swung his head as they passed the outer door, this time striking the corner of the door and causing a laceration to his forehead. No damage was caused to the door.
The man was transported to Oak Park Hospital, and was placed in the custody of the West Chicago Police Department.
Drunk keeps no secrets
On Nov. 17, police observed a 1998 Toyota with Texas plates disobey a red light at Madison Street and Circle Avenue, and followed the driver until he finally pulled over at Washington Boulevard and Maple Avenue in Oak Park.
The driver, John Gary Flanders, rolled down his window and said “I’m sorry, I just had some beers and am trying to get to my girlfriend’s.” Asked for his license, the man handed the officer his entire wallet and said “it’s in here, you can get it.” Police gave him back the wallet, and he then gave them his Texas driver’s license. The proof of insurance he had provided was expired.
Police asked the man if he’d been drinking, and he said “yeah, I had about eight beers at Doctor Rockets.” He later said he had also been drinking at O’Sullivan’s and Zamboni’s.
The man failed his field sobriety tests, and once taken to the police station refused to submit to chemical testing, telling officers he “did some coke about six hours ago.”
Police were informed of a fight in progress at Mugsy’s Tavern, 7640 Madison St., on Nov. 19. Upon arrival, they found a man known to police from previous encounters leaning against a table with his head covered in blood.
The man told police he had been struck in the head with a beer bottle by a “tall blonde” as well as an unknown male subject. He pointed to Mary Mutz of Broadview as the woman who struck him. The man, who appeared intoxicated, said he was in a friendly conversation with the woman about her dreadlocked hairstyle when he was hit.
Several witnesses told police that the two appeared to be in conversation when Mutz hit the man with a beer glass and an unknown man hit him with a beer bottle.
Mutz, who also appeared intoxicated, was handcuffed and taken to the police station. She told police that the man had asked to touch her hair and she refused, when he grabbed her inappropriately and said he was “checking to see if you’re a guy or a girl.” The man denied the exchange.
Mutz was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery.
Suspect has warrant
While on route to respond to a criminal damage to property report, police found that the suspect, Alfred Shotwell of 935 Circle Ave., was wanted by Cook County.
They could not locate the man at his home so they proceeded to the home of the woman who placed the call, located on the 1070 block of Desplaines Avenue. The woman said that she and Shotwell used to date, but broke up when she found out he was “on the run.” He came to the door wanting to get in and when she did not let him she alleges he used an unknown object to break her front bay window.
Police canvassed the area, but did not find the man. They notified Cook County of his suspected whereabouts. The woman again called police later in the week to report that Shotwell and his mother had allegedly called her numerous times threatening to “kick her (expletive)” or “blow up” her grandmother’s house.
Cops use Taser on disturbed man
Police were following up on a disturbance call Nov. 14 when they found an apartment located on the 200 block of Marengo Avenue in disarray. The resident was sitting on the floor of the apartment, completely nude, wielding a 6-foot wooden board above his head and smashing it on an overturned TV set.
The officers demanded that the man stop wielding the board, but he did not comply. Police used electric shock guns while they tried to handcuff him. The Taser was again used when he refused to place his hands behind his back. Once they had him handcuffed, police called for an ambulance to take the man to a hospital for observation.
The man calmed down and officers removed the cuffs, but he soon became agitated again and began threatening to kill himself. The electric shock gun was used a third time after he refused to be handcuffed and raised his fists in a threatening manner. He was eventually taken to the Oak Park Hospital Emergency Room.
” Compiled by Seth Stern
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Nov. 9 and 17 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.