A clerk at the White Hen Pantry, 7300 Roosevelt Road, told police that on the night of May 29 she had just been robbed at gunpoint at the store.
She said that she saw three men wait outside the store until the last customer had left before entering. The men then grabbed several items from the shelves and placed them on the counter, at which point one of them pulled out a gun and said “Don’t touch anything. Open the register. Do it slow.”
The second offender then jumped over the counter and held the clerk’s hands behind her back, while the third emptied both of the store’s cash registers. The second offender then tied her hands behind her back, and after cutting the stores telephone cords, the offenders left in a beige or grey four-door sedan.
After freeing herself, the clerk went across the street to Carole’s Next Best Thing to call police. The manager of the White Hen came to the scene, and released the store’s security surveillance video to police. The store was processed for evidence with negative results.
The offenders were all Hispanic males standing about 5 feet 7 inches. The first was wearing a black ball cap with white letters, a black shirt with a white T-shirt underneath, and blue jeans. The second is described as having a thin build and shaved head, and was wearing a gray shirt with black sleeves, blue jeans, and white gym shoes.
The third was also thin with a shaved head, and was wearing a black New York Yankees cap, a red shirt with long black sleeves and white shoes.
A woman told police on May 22 that she and her daughter returned home from work to their apartment on the 400 block of Elgin Avenue to find that the apartment had been burglarized.
The glass window panel toward the front of the apartment and a door to the apartment were broken, and the apartment was ransacked. A necklace, two cameras, a bicycle and a video camera were all found missing.
A neighbor reported hearing a loud bang at around 11 a.m. but said she had ignored the noise.
Suspected gang member arrested
Officer Michael O’Connor spotted a man later identified as Deshon Harper, 27, of Forest Park, walking southbound on the 500 block of Desplaines Avenue wearing a black baseball cap to the left, a light blue bandana around his neck, and work gloves in his pocket.
Since the cap and the colors he was wearing seemed to indicate a gang affiliation and the bandana and gloves seemed out of place in the hot weather the area was experiencing on May 30, O’Connor approached Harper. He began walking away, and ignored O’Connor’s orders to stop.
Harper finally stopped at the intersection of Desplaines Avenue and Jackson Boulevard, telling O’Connor that “this is harassment” and asking “what do you want?” O’Connor reported that the man seemed fidgety, and refused to comply with commands to put his hands up or to provide his name.
After backup arrives, O’Connor arrested Harper for obstruction. During a search, police found a crack pipe, small baggies with tinfoil packages commonly used to package narcotics, and two Ziploc bags with marijuana. Harper also was found to have an active warrant in Chicago. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction.
Compiled by Seth Stern
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between May 26 and June 2 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.
Two arrested during parolee compliance check
Forest Park police joined agents from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to conduct a parolee compliance check beginning at 5 a.m. on May 30, marking the first time such a check had been conducted in Forest Park.
Thirty-four Forest Park officers and 25 IDOC parole officers participated in the check of the 34 parolees currently residing in the village.
Police were able to make contact with 16 of these parolees, who were all taken to the police station and administered drug tests and questioned by investigators. One of the 16 was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, while seven tested positive for drug use.
One of the parolees, Dwayne Thompson, 38, described in a police report as a “self-admitted” member of the Gangster Disciples gang, was arrested on an outstanding burglary warrant from DuPage County.
The remainder of the parolees were released without charge.