An employee at the CVS Pharmacy, 7216 Circle Ave., Forest Park, was reportedly attacked during an attempted robbery, the evening of March 18. According to the police report, the victim was attacked shortly after 10 p.m. after he had let a recent customer back into the store (after closing) to exchange a pack of diapers for a different size. When the victim followed the suspect to the diaper aisle, the suspect pulled out a weapon, which police determined after reviewing the security camera footage was a revolver, and “ushered” the victim to the front of the store.
The victim claimed the suspect, a male in his 30s or 40s, said, “Don’t say anything or I’ll shoot you.” He was forced to the front of the store towards the register, and according to the report, “a struggle ensue[d].” The suspect then struck the victim with the revolver on the right side of the victim’s head, pushed the victim over the counter and knocked a display case over in the process. The suspect fled the scene.
Two other employees were at the store at the time of the crime who alerted the police. The victim received treatment at the scene for a wound to the right side of his head and later went to Rush Oak Park Hospital for eight stitches on his forehead above the eye. At the scene, police found two “small caliber” bullets on the floor.
The suspect is about 5 feet 10, medium build, and according to the camera footage had a black goatee or beard and was wearing a dark stocking cap, a light blue or denim shirt or jacket, blue jeans, and dark brown or black boots. He also wore dark gloves with the fingertips missing.
Assaulting a police officer
A woman was arrested March 20 shortly before 1 a.m. for assault and resisting a police officer. According to the report, the suspect, a 23-year-old from Forest Park, was approached by officers in an alley on the 400 block of Beloit in Forest Park because she was crying. She reportedly had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on her feet. When the officers asked the suspect what was wrong, she claimed she had been arguing with her ex-boyfriend, who was standing nearby, and wanted him to leave. The suspect claimed he had hit her, then changed her story to claim that he choked her, then again changed the story to claim he had actually harmed her two weeks prior to that night. She showed officers a wound on her left hand, which appeared to be from a fight the suspect was invloved in earlier that evening.
The ex-boyfriend denied touching her and and left the scene at the request of the officers.
The suspect then reportedly began “screaming uncontrollably” and would not calm down despite attempts made by the officers. When the officers tried to leave the scene, she reportedly ran after them, screamed profanities, called the officers names, and “charged” at an officer with “clenched fists.” The officer then proceeded to try to handcuff the individual for attempting to attack him, but she refused to be detained.
The officer was finally able to take the woman into custody and reported the suspect screamed the entire way to the station. When they removed her from the squad car, she tried to step over the cuffs so her hands were in front of her. The officer “wrestled” her into a detention cell where she began screaming again and kicking the cell glass. In an effort to restrain her, the officers handcuffed her to the cell bench. She continued to scream and made attempts to pull her hands from the cuffs.
After approximately 30 minutes of screaming, the detainee claimed she was not intoxicated and demanded a breath test. Her blood-alcohol level was .15, twice the legal limit, at the time of the test which was over an hour after the officers had initially approached her in the alley. She is charged with assault and resisting a police officer.
Bike stolen from outside liquor store
Darcy Johnson, 37, of Bellwood was taken into custody on March 19 for allegedly stealing a man’s bike from outside Famous Liquors, 7714 Madison St.
Upon exiting the store, the owner discovered his bike missing. A bystander said he had seen a man take the bike and was headed eastbound on Madison. The bike owner hailed a cab and caught up with Johnson and confronted him at Circle Avenue. The taxi driver called the police who detained Johnson when they arrived. Johnson claimed he had taken the bike from the McDonald’s parking lot after he saw someone drop it there. He was arrested and charged with theft.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between March 17 and March 23, 2007 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 Thea McLain