A Roosevelt Road bartender fired for drinking on the job was arrested several hours later for disorderly conduct and property damage after she allegedly shattered a police cruiser’s window in a drunken rage.
Audrey Cornell, 25, of Elmwood Park, apparently stayed at the bar to drink, though she had been fired upon arriving for her shift. An officer driving by the bar shortly before midnight saw Cornell arguing with a bouncer on the sidewalk. The employee asked police to take her into protective custody, but because the bouncer declined to press charges and the officer had not witnessed any offense, the officer said he could not take custody of the intoxicated woman.
Some 30 minutes later the officer drove by the bar again and Cornell was in the street, screaming. Told she was being arrested for disorderly conduct, Cornell swore at the officer and said her father is a Michigan police chief.
Handcuffed and seated in the cruiser, Cornell began screaming and kicking at the passenger window. After she shattered the window the officer handcuffed Cornell’s ankles and drove her to the police station. At the station, Cornell pulled away from police and said she could outrun them. When she turned to do so, she fell forward because of the handcuffs around her ankles.
Masturbator caught in parking lot
A 49-year-old Westchester man was arrested for public indecency after employees of Wal-Mart allegedly caught him masturbating in the parking lot. Marek Sikorski was allegedly spotted shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 sitting in the front seat of his car with his penis in his hand. When a store security guard asked Sikorski to get out of his car, Sikorski’s pants fell down around his ankles. According to the security guard, three juvenile girls were playing outside a nearby car.
Drugs, packaging confiscated
Deldre Capshaw III is facing several drug related charges after police allegedly caught the 24-year-old Bellwood man with 26 grams of marijuana and what may be the packaging to sell it.
At 7 p.m. on Aug. 22, Capshaw was stopped for speeding on Madison Street, but could not produce a valid driver’s license. The officer reportedly smelled marijuana in the car, and Capshaw said there may be the remnants of a joint in the ashtray. In Capshaw’s pocket were 100 small plastic bags marked with black horses, according to police, consistent with narcotics packaging. In an overhead console inside the car, authorities allegedly found a plastic bag of marijuana, which Capshaw claimed he had purchased for someone else.
“Capshaw said times are tough and he was trying to make a little extra money by buying marijuana for someone else,” police said in their report.
He was charged with speeding, driving on an invalid license, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
DUI suspect flees accident scene
James Hasty, of Forest Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol Aug. 16 after allegedly striking two parked cars and registering a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m., Hasty, 47, was arrested outside of his home on Ferdinand Avenue after witnesses gave police the license plate number and a description of the vehicle seen backing away from a pair of heavily damaged cars. Hasty apparently smacked into the cars outside of 305 Circle Ave. and then drove home.
Police found Hasty’s damaged Jeep in the driveway of his home, leaking what appeared to be engine coolant from the front end. Before police even knocked on the door, Hasty emerged from the house with a confession, according to a department report.
“I did it, I know I shouldn’t have taken off,” Hasty allegedly said.
At the police station, Hasty allegedly told police he swerved to avoid an animal. A Breathalyzer reportedly revealed his blood-alcohol content to be .229.
Resident reports would-be burglar
A Bellwood man was arrested on burglary related charges Aug. 22 after a Grove Lane woman told police she spotted him peering into her windows. Cameron Thompson, 23, was charged with attempted burglary, criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools.
Using the description provided by the woman, police found Thompson on the 7700 block of Van Buren Street shortly before 3 p.m. He quickly admitted to walking through people’s backyards, according to police, and after being identified by the caller, was taken into custody. Thompson was allegedly carrying a pair of latex gloves, metal vice grips and a backpack.
n Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the department’s hotline at (708) 615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, 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