A combative resident involved in a domestic dispute was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting a police officer after authorities were forced to subdue the man with an electronic stun gun, according to a department report.
At roughly 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 14, police were called to an apartment building on the 7400 block of Washington Boulevard for a domestic dispute. Authorities arrived to find 27-year-old Kurtis D. Wilson arguing with his wife. Wilson had allegedly tossed the woman’s clothing around a bedroom, unplugged the television and was demanding that she retrieve her daughter’s car for him to use.
When officers attempted to arrest Wilson, he refused to put his hands behind his back and repeatedly pulled away. Warned that a Taser would be used on him, Wilson allegedly told police to “go ahead and laser me.”
It took two cycles of the device to gain control of Wilson, according to police, who still continued to thrash about and beat his head against a cement wall. Another jolt from the Taser was used to subdue him.
“I’ve got a bullet in the leg, so that was nothing,” Wilson allegedly said. “I’m OK.”
Once at the station, Wilson apologized for his behavior and said he brought the officers’ use of force on himself, according to police.
Foot chase leads to drug arrest
A man was arrested on drug charges after police found him hunkered down outside a Harlem Avenue car wash just moments after he was seen yelling at a woman at the corner of Harlem and Lexington streets. According to a department report, Gerald Broderick, 32, of Forest Park, took off on foot when police circled back to the scene of the argument to check on the dispute. Broderick headed west to the rear of a car wash at 901 Harlem Ave. where he attempted to open a door to one of the business’ collection booths. When the door wouldn’t budge, Broderick allegedly tried to hide himself.
Authorities found the man with his hands in his pockets and told him to keep his hands visible. Instead, Broderick began emptying his pockets, according to police, and revealed a small metal pipe often used to smoke marijuana. After placing Broderick into custody shortly after 3 a.m. on Dec. 15, police searched him and found quantities of cocaine and marijuana, in addition to another pipe.
Ankle biter cited in bar brawl
A handful of 20-somethings were cited for brawling at a pub on Madison Street Dec. 16 after several taunts led to a confrontation in which one of the participants was bitten on the ankle, according to a police report.
Michael Sposato, 24, allegedly chomped down on the left ankle of Michael Patzin, 25, while the two were fighting on the floor of Slainte at 7507 Madison St. shortly before midnight. According to a police report, the spat erupted when Sposato allegedly insulted Patzin’s girlfriend and Patzin confronted Sposato, grabbing him with both hands and wrestling him to the floor.
“Patzin related Sposato bit him on the left ankle and he began to punch him in the head so he would stop biting,” officers responding to the scene said in their report.
As police attempted to sort out the dispute, several arguments between the alleged combatants erupted, making it necessary to take everyone to the police station.
Patzin and Sposato were both cited for fighting in public. A third party, Michael Braglia, 24, received a local citation for obstructing a police officer. According to authorities, Braglia repeatedly hurled insults and interrupted other witnesses. All three men are scheduled to appear at an ordinance hearing in February.
Children found in parking lot
A Forest Park woman was arrested on child endangerment charges after police allegedly found her two young children sitting unattended in a parked car while the woman was shopping.
Tawana A. Robinson was arrested shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 outside of the Wal-Mart at the corner of Desplaines and Roosevelt roads. Police were called when another shopper was walking through the parking lot and heard one of the children crying. She alerted store personnel.
With police at the scene, Robinson was paged and returned to her vehicle after 20 minutes, according to police. She said the children were sleeping when she parked the car and only intended to be away for 15 minutes. The vehicle was not left running and the temperature at the time was “well below freezing,” according to police.
The Department of Children and Family Services was contacted and authorized the kids be returned to Robinson.
Elgin Ave. garages burglarized
Between 10 p.m. Dec. 17 and 4 p.m. Dec. 18, two garages on Elgin Avenue were burglarized, according to department reports. Break-ins were reported in the 900 block and 100 block and a minimal amount of losses were reported. In both cases, the suspect(s) appear to have used prying tools to gain access to the detached structures.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Dec. 14 and Dec. 20, 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.