Two men made off with a fistful of cash and several packs of cigarettes, according to police, after they robbed a gas station attendant during the early morning hours of April 28.
At about 3:30 a.m., an employee at Thornton’s on Harlem was cleaning up the store when two men wearing scarves over their faces came in. The woman told police she asked the men to remove the coverings, but one of the suspects replied, “Well, you know what this is then.”
No weapons were displayed during the robbery, according to a department report, but one of the suspects kept his hand tucked into his waistband, leading the clerk to believe he was carrying a gun.
The two men led the cashier to the registers at the front of the store and took cash from both machines. In all, the men grabbed an estimated $170 in cash. They also took $45 worth of cigarettes, according to police.
No fingerprints were recovered from the scene, but video images from the store’s security cameras were made available to police. At the time the report was filed no arrests had been made.
Aggressive antics frighten trio
Three friends were standing in a parking lot just east of Molly Malone’s on Madison, smoking cigarettes and talking shortly before midnight on May 3. A heavyset woman got out of a green car and approached the group to ask for directions to Bellwood, and to see if she could have a cigarette.
Suddenly, according to a department report, the woman blurted out that she was “extremely high” and asked for money. One of the threesome gave the woman $2, but she apparently wasn’t satisfied and grabbed hold of a necklace and began demanding more money.
Using a barrage of curse words and threats, the unidentified woman began bumping into members of the small group until she was handed another $10 in cash, according to the report. She then allegedly threatened the group that if they called police “you’re gonna be on the ground before they get here.”
A search of the area for the green car turned up nothing, and at the time police filed their report no arrests had been made.
Bust nets $1,500 in cocaine
Acting on information that was “part of an ongoing narcotics investigation,” Forest Park police arrested a suspected drug dealer May 1 and seized an estimated $1,500 worth of cocaine.
According to a department report on the arrest, investigators received a tip that a drug deal would be taking place near the intersection of Grand and Harlem, and that police should keep their eyes open for a tattooed man named Armando. At about 10:30 a.m., police arrived at the intersection and set up several surveillance teams. A man matching the description given to them walked to the area and got into a blue Audi that had also just arrived.
Police rushed to the car and ordered two men to get out. The passenger, 23-year-old Armando Aguilar, of Chicago, was handcuffed and searched. In his left sock, according to police, was a plastic bag full of cocaine. Police also allegedly found $320 in his jacket and $280 in his pant’s pocket.
Both suspects were taken to the police station, but the driver of the Audi was released without charges, according to the report. Aguilar was charged with two felonies for possession and intent to distribute.
Flasher subdued with stun gun
A 27-year-old Chicago man was shocked with a Taser after allegedly resisting a police officer’s attempt to take him into custody for exposing himself to a woman on May 2.
Anthony McGhee was reportedly sitting in his Oldsmobile on Roosevelt at about 4:30 p.m. when an employee of a nearby cell phone store walked past McGhee’s car. The woman later explained to police that she was on break from her job and was walking to her car. McGhee then called to her from his car and, with his pants around his ankles and his penis in his hand, asked, “Have you ever seen something like this?”
The woman said she was so shocked by the ordeal she contacted her boss, who instructed her to contact police.
When authorities arrived, McGhee was allegedly sitting in the car with his pants sitting “loosely” on his body. McGhee got out of the car as ordered, but when asked to put his hands behind his back, he tensed and pulled away, according to police. After a brief struggle he was handcuffed, but then continued to resist when the officer tried to place him in the squad car. McGhee was allegedly warned several times to stop resisting before the officer finally stunned him with a Taser.
He was charged with public indecency, battery and resisting arrest.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between April 24 and May 3, 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