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While two people attempted to dig out a car that was blocking the entrance to a parking lot, a passerby became enraged at how long the process was taking and threatened the couple with a gun, according to a police report.

John R. Trindle, 40, allegedly admitted to police that he lost his temper after arguing with the couple on the morning of Feb. 13. Trindle said he needed to get his own car out of the parking lot behind 446 Desplaines Ave. and get to work, but the stuck car was blocking his route. After first going for breakfast at a Madison Street restaurant, Trindle returned roughly an hour later and asked the couple how long ago they had called for a tow truck, according to a department report. The man who was helping to dig his girlfriend’s car from the snow said he was not going to call a tow truck, and an argument ensued.

Trindle then retreated to his apartment, grabbed a black rifle case and returned to the parking lot. According to Trindle, he only showed it to the man, but the alleged victim in the case said the gun was aimed directly at him.

There was no report that any shots were fired during the confrontation.

Police went to Trindle’s apartment and recovered two handguns, five rifles and one shotgun, according to the report. He was charged with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor, and given an April 8 court date.

Suspect acts on threats

A Bellwood resident is facing a handful of charges after allegedly instigating several fights, including a confrontation with his arresting officers.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Feb. 16, police were called to the el station on Harlem Avenue where Dvorak Worthy, 40, had threatened a number of rail passengers and a transit employee, according to a department report. Worthy had already left the scene, but police were called to the car wash at 161 Harlem Ave. just moments later where Worthy was attempting to spar with the business owner. Police were able to take the intoxicated suspect into custody without incident, however, he continued to taunt the officers throughout the booking process.

Once at the station, Worthy turned his threats to the officer who was searching him, something he has done during previous arrests, though, “and has not acted on them,” police said in their report. However, Worthy then turned and kicked the officer in the shin. He was taken to the ground, then officers stood him back up, removed his handcuffs and Worthy allegedly shoved the officer and spit in his face.

Worthy was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, two counts of criminal trespassing, two counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of assault and possession of drug paraphernalia for a glass crack pipe allegedly found in his pocket.

Burglaries strike Elgin Avenue

Three garages and a vehicle, all within three blocks of one another along Elgin Avenue, were burglarized recently. Each incident allegedly occurred between the early evening hours of Feb. 18 and 19.

In two of the alleged burglaries, police reported that the suspect(s) gained entry to the buildings using a half-inch slotted tool to separate either a door or a window from its frame. No items were reported missing from either building, however, one vehicle was damaged in an apparently unsuccessful attempt to break into it.

The vehicle that was burglarized was parked in a locked garage, though there were no signs of forced entry. The passenger window to the car was smashed, however, the owner reported that no items were missing from the car.

DUI suspect refuses tests

After following a Chicago man as he swerved and nearly collided with other vehicles and the curb on Harlem Avenue, police stopped 46-year-old Karim Silva, of Chicago, suspecting him of driving while intoxicated. Silva allegedly fumbled with his identification, stumbled once outside of the vehicle, and wreaked of alcohol, according to a department report on the Feb. 16 stop.

Silva was asked several times to perform field sobriety tests, and eventually became belligerent. Once in custody, he refused to take a breath test, but was charged with driving under the influence based on the officers’ observations, according to a report. Silva was also cited for driving without insurance and improper lane usage.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Feb.13 and Feb. 23, 2008, 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