A late night street fight resulted in the arrests of four men charged with damaging a woman’s car after the brawl spilled onto the hood of the vehicle. Police received a number of phone calls shortly before midnight on Dec. 27 alerting them to a fight on the 7500 block of Madison Street where they found one victim bleeding from his face as a result of the altercation.
The cause of the scuffle was not made clear in a police report on the incident, but authorities learned from witnesses that four men tossed another man onto the hood of a car and allegedly began beating him. Craig Boledoveich, 39, of Chicago, Brandon Gallagher, 39, of DeKalb, Jeffrey Scwharte, 40, of Riverside and Joe Casas, 41, of Glen Ellyn were all charged with criminal damage to property. Boledoveich was also cited for battery.
Police asked the owner of the 2005 Hyundai on which the fight broke out to report back with an estimate on the damage. Depending on the cost of the needed repairs, felony charges could be filed, according to the report.
Underage patron disrupts bar
A Forest Park teenager was charged with disorderly conduct and assault after police were called to a bar on the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue on Christmas Day and found the suspect may have been involved in helping another unidentified person steal $20. According to a police report on the incident, Deandre Williams, 18, was creating a ruckus at the tavern shortly before 3:30 p.m. by shouting and demanding to be served a glass of water. As the bartender continued to ask Williams to leave, another unidentified patron who may have entered the bar with Williams swiped a $20 bill sitting on the counter, according to a police report.
One patron reported to police that Williams lunged at him and threatened to kill him.
In placing Williams under arrest, police noted the strong smell of alcohol on the teenager and that his speech was slurred. Williams was charged with criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and assault.
Mugging leaves few leads
A man who reported being the victim of a strong-arm robbery while attempting to get into his van acknowledged to police he was reluctant to report the incident and provided few details to the responding officer. According to a department report on the mugging, the victim in the case did not report the theft until some 30 minutes had lapsed and only did so after his father insisted.
While leaving a Madison Street tavern shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, the man told police he was accosted by three unidentified men who beat him and demanded his wallet. The blows continued as the suspects attempted to learn the man’s identification number for his debit card.
The alleged victim in the case was “adamant that there were not any witnesses,” and said he was reluctant to report the mugging because he does not like police officers. The alleged thieves made off with $23 in cash, a driver’s license and a debit card.
Snow helps capture suspect
A set of distinctive footprints left in freshly fallen snow led police on a lengthy search for a burglary suspect who was seen fleeing through alleyways and yards. Authorities were called to the 400 block of Marengo Avenue after 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 24 where a Circle Avenue resident reported seeing someone in his yard make a dash for the alley adjacent to Marengo Avenue. Police followed the tracks to two garages and several vehicles.
On the corner of Elgin and Roosevelt roads, police found Alfonzo Rasper, 24, of Chicago, who matched the description of a burglary suspect, sent out by Oak Park authorities only three hours earlier. After finding a small flashlight, almost $37 in loose change and another $49 in various denominations on Rasper, police arrested the man and charged him with two counts of burglary.
DUI suspect blows .169
A Chicago man suspected of driving under the influence was arrested during the early morning hours of Dec. 23 after he allegedly backed his 1992 Mazda into a police cruiser.
Nicholas Kaiser, 60, of Chicago, allegedly cut off a patrol car on Madison Street at approximately 1:30 a.m. before turning north onto Circle Avenue where he proceeded to speed and weave. After Kaiser disobeyed the traffic light at the intersection with Randolph Street, the officer turned on his blue lights to pull Kaiser over. Instead, Kaiser put the car into reverse and backed into the cruiser, according to police.
The suspect then took off along Circle Avenue and disobeyed several stop signs, drove the wrong way down a one-way street and finally pulled onto a sidewalk at the corner of Elgin and Circle streets.
Once in custody and at the police station, Kaiser allegedly registered a blood-alcohol content of .169 on a Breathalyzer exam. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Dec. 20 and Dec. 27, 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.