Alphonse Matthews, 37, of Harvey and Miratta Barker, 27, were arrested for possession of over 15 grams of a controlled substance and manufacturing/delivery [of a controlled substance] on July 10.
The two were stopped after Off. Tim Adams noticed that the windows of Barker’s Ford Explorer were illegally tinted on both sides. When he curbed the car and asked Barker for her license, he found that it was suspended, leading to a search of the vehicle.
A paper bag was found under the front passenger seat where Matthews was seated which contained two Ziploc bags, which contained a total of 103 smaller bags of crack cocaine. The drugs were later weighed at 17 grams total.
Police also found $1,135 in cash and about 6,000 empty small Ziploc bags.
Barker told police she did not know about the drugs. She said that she and Matthews, who she had been dating for three years, were on their way to Bolingbrook for dinner.
Youths cited for underage drinking
Three youths were given local ordinance citations after being arrested for underage drinking and possessing false IDs on July 12.
Edward Collins, 19, Kevin Smith, 19, and Jack Zeller, 18, were seen walking together eastbound on Madison Street from Hannah Avenue around 1:15 a.m. Officers Ken Gross and Michael Keating stopped the men upon hearing Zeller yelling loudly, and noticed that they all had bloodshot eyes and smelled like alcohol.
Police found that Smith and Collins had Illinois IDs belonging to other people, while Zeller had a false Maine ID with his own name and picture. Police attempted to conduct a premise check at the bar where the three said they had been drinking, but the bar was closed.
Robbery suspect Tasered after elbowing officer
Police were informed that on July 11, a customer at Arrow Liquors, 35 Harlem Ave., had a $10 bill snatched from his hand while paying for a six pack of beer. Police stopped three suspects who matched the description of the offender, each time with negative results.
One of the men they stopped was Anthony R. Sanders of Chicago, who was stopped at the corner of Harlem Ave. and Pleasant St. in Oak Park. Officers Andrea Caines and Bob Biel tried to stop Sanders, but he walked away saying “Man, I’m just going home,” walking past the officers.
Biel placed his hands on Sanders left arm to try to stop him, but Sanders pulled his arm away. Biel regained control of Sanders, but he refused to place his hands on his head and while trying to get away elbowed Biel under his left eye, causing bruising.
Caines came to assist, but the two were unable to subdue the suspect. He was eventually stunned repeatedly with an electronic stun gun as he swatted the stun gun away during each attempted stun until eventually falling to the ground.
He was taken to Oak Park Hospital after complaining of a headache and pain in his back and knee. He later told police that he was having a bad day and was talking to his manager from work when they arrived and did not want to be bothered.
Drunk driver falls asleep
Police found Eric Salcedo, 19, of Berwyn slumped over his steering wheel with his car in park and the engine running at just after 2 a.m. on July 10 on the 7300 block of Madison Street.
Police removed the key from the ignition and attempted to wake Salcedo, but he did not budge. He failed his field sobriety tests and was brought back to the police station, but refused to take a breathalyzer test.
He was advised of the immediate suspension of his license and was charged with driving under the influence as well as driving without insurance, not wearing a seatbelt, and improper parking in a roadway.
Man Tasered after attempting to flee from police
Off. Michael Harrison saw Chauncey M. Perry seemingly leaning against a window in the alley behind 532 Desplaines Ave. on July 9. He asked Perry what he was doing, to which Perry responded “you’re harassing me, I just want to go home.”
He asked Perry for ID, and Perry gave him an ID card, but then while Harrison was speaking into his police radio tried to grab the ID from his hand, knocking it to the ground, and ran northbound in the alley.
When Perry refused Harrison’s orders to stop, Harrison deployed his electronic stun gun and Perry fell, sustaining scrapes to his elbows. He resisted Harrison’s attempts to handcuff him and again tried to flee, and was stunned a second time.
He was arrested, and at the station was apologetic, stating that “I’m sorry, I got nervous. I’ve been drinking,” according to a police report.
He was charged with local ordinance citations for public intoxication as well as attempted obstruction and resisting a peace officer.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between July 7 and 14 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