A man told police that while crossing the train tracks on the 500 block of Jackson Avenue on Feb. 10 he was approached by two men, both wearing black parkas with hoods, dark baggy jeans and construction boots.
One of the men pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at his abdomen and said “this is a gun, what do you got?” The man told police that he gave the offender his wallet, while the other offender searched his pockets, taking a cell phone, a pack of cigarettes, and a black nylon shoulder-bag containing schoolbooks and papers.
The man was then pushed to the ground and told to start running in the direction of the CTA tracks. He told police that he took about 10 paces before turning back and seeing the offenders heading northbound on Jackson. He ran toward the police station and reported the incident. Police found the wallet on the tracks, but did not find the bag or the cell phone. No fingerprints were found on the wallet.
Man arrested with heroin, pills, suspended license
Police spotted a white Ford pickup with tool boxes in the bed of the truck which matched the description of a car reported for reckless driving on Feb. 11.
The car was stopped after exiting the Shell station at Harlem Avenue and Madison Street, and the driver, Brad Jurek, gave police an expired insurance card and an Illinois ID card in place of a driver’s license. A search of the car revealed 22 plastic baggies folded into packets and wrapped in red tape, a packaging method commonly used for heroin.
The man admitted that the bags contained heroin, but said they were left in the car by a friend. Police also found 5 pills, which the man told them were Xanax, but that he had a prescription.
He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license.
Intoxicated minor hits parked car
Police responded to reports of a traffic accident on Feb. 11 to find a 1996 Volkswagen Jetta with heavy front end damage resting upon the rear of a parked car with severe rear end damage.
They found Juan Benavides, 20, of Cicero, in the driver’s seat. The car was in gear with the keys in the ignition, and Benavides was lying facing his right with his head toward the passenger side of the car.
Damage to the windshield appeared to have been caused by his head, according to police.
An officer opened the car door to check on Benavides health, and immediately smelled alcohol. The 20-year-old woke up, and said that he had drunk two beers. When he exited the car, he had trouble understanding directions and seemed to be swaying.
Police also recovered a plastic bag containing six smaller bags containing suspected cannabis, weighing 3.5 grams total.
Benavides later told an ambulance driver that he had consumed four beers, and that a friend had been in the car but apparently ran away after the crash.
He was taken to Loyola Hospital, where his blood alcohol content was measured at .181.
Homeless man threatens paramedic
A homeless man who had reported having trouble breathing became confrontational and verbally abusive when a police officer arrived to assist him at 7216 Circle Ave. on Feb. 14, according to a police report.
The man, identified as Mark Davis, 49, was upset that a police car had come instead of an ambulance. When the responding officer explained that an ambulance was on the way, he continued to berate the officer and also spit on the ground.
He told the officer that he had tuberculosis, and a paramedic who had by then arrived on the scene convinced him to put on a mask so others wouldn’t catch the disease.
In the ambulance, he again became abusive, taking off the mask and yelling at police and paramedics. While on the way to the hospital, he stoop up in the back of the ambulance and raised his fists, threatening to hit the paramedic.
He was then handcuffed to a stretcher and brought to Oak Park Hospital, where he refused medical attention, and was then brought back to the Forest Park police station and arrested on two counts of aggravated assault.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, 2006 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