A belligerent suspect covered in blood and vomit was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of animal cruelty and creating a public disturbance.
According to a police report, Daniel W. McDonald, 30, was seen swinging a rabbit in the air by its hind legs and then kicking the animal along a sidewalk at the corner of Madison Street and Beloit Avenue. A woman leaving a nearby antique store shortly before 5 p.m. tried to rescue the animal, according to witness statements, but was pulled to the ground by McDonald.
Two more witnesses saw the altercation developing and pinned McDonald to the ground while waiting for police to arrive. The names of the woman and two other witnesses to the incident were redacted from police reports.
When three officers arrived at the scene, they handcuffed McDonald and called an ambulance to bring the suspect to a nearby hospital for evaluation. According to police, McDonald had several cuts on his left arm, scrapes along his knuckles and what appeared to be a mixture of vomit and blood on his chin, throat and shirt.
Officers reportedly recovered an empty flask-sized bottle of vodka from McDonald’s back pocket.
“When moving McDonald onto the ambulance stretcher, he refused to move from the ground and had to be lifted onto the stretcher,” according to a police report. “While securing McDonald, he again made several attempts at spitting, grabbing and fighting the ambulance crew” and the officers at the scene.
Just as the ambulance pulled into the hospital parking lot, McDonald freed himself from the leg restraints and began kicking wildly, according to police. The suspect then threatened to kill a paramedic and an officer riding in the vehicle with him.
Repo lot hit by thief
A finance office on Roosevelt Road saw several repossessed vehicles burglarized sometime between Dec. 14 and Dec. 15.
According to police reports, Greater Chicago Finance Company at 8331 W. Roosevelt Rd. was holding a 1996 Cadillac, a 1998 Plymouth van and a 2007 Ford Mustang after the owners failed to make payments on the vehicles. Each of these vehicles was broken into between 6 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Friday.
The suspect(s) damaged the lock of the Cadillac’s trunk and took a spare tire with its chrome rim. A rear window of the vehicle was also smashed.
From the Plymouth, an after market radio was removed from the dashboard, according to a police report. The radio was also stolen from the Mustang.
Police reports on the incidents make no mention of suspects.
Clothing store assault
An unidentified woman who apparently did not want to wait in line at a clothing store on Roosevelt Road is facing battery charges after she allegedly grabbed another woman by the hair.
At about 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 17, the woman approached a cashier in A.J. Wright requesting to know the balance of a gift card. According to a police report in which the names of the witnesses involved were redacted, the cashier told the woman to wait in line. Apparently another woman already in line told the alleged assailant to do as she was told and get in line.
The argument escalated and the woman allegedly grabbed the other customer by the hair, according to the police report.
When the police were called, the unidentified assailant left the store with two other adults, but not before paying for her purchases with a credit card. The incident was also recorded by a surveillance camera, however, police listed the suspect as “unknown” in their report.
Suspect threatens to shoot
A man identified to police only by his first name allegedly threatened a female with a pistol while she stood somewhere in the 800 block of Ferdinand Avenue on Dec. 15.
According to a heavily redacted police report, the female was waiting for police to arrive to discuss an alleged battery at the Forest Park Public Library. The name of the female, her age and her address were not released by police.
At 6 p.m., a silver Dodge Charger approached from Harrison Street and came to a stop directly in front of the alleged victim. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle brandished a “dark colored pistol” and yelled, “I should shoot you.”
No shots were fired and the car headed south on Ferdinand Avenue. The first name of the suspect was redacted from the police report.
According to a witness statement, “the offender is a family member of the two juveniles that were involved in a fight with [redacted] while at the library.”
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between December 11 and December 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 been adjudicated.
Compiled by Josh Adams