A patrolling officer noticed a black Chevrolet traveling east along Roosevelt Road at about 4 a.m. Oct. 11, but without its lights on. The officer ran a check on the license plate as he turned to follow the car. Two days earlier, according to a department report, Chicago police identified the car as being stolen.
When the car pulled into a gas station on the 7400 block, the officer pulled into the entrance and waited for assistance to arrive. Two men got out of the car and the officer pulled his pistol, directing them to stop. Initially, both kept walking away from the officer, according to a department report, but then the officer traded his pistol for a Taser and one of the suspects went to the ground as ordered. The other allegedly walked quickly into the convenience store where supporting officers took him into custody.
Two teenage passengers in the car were released without charges after police learned they were unaware the vehicle had been stolen. Donald Marshall, 20, of Evergreen Park, was arrested on several charges, including criminal trespass to a vehicle, driving without a valid license, no proof of insurance and resisting arrest. He was also taken into custody on a warrant out of Chicago, though the report did not make clear the nature of the offense.
Another passenger in the car, and the man who fled into the store, 22-year-old Sherrick Grider, was allegedly found to have three small plastic bags of heroin inside his right shoe. Grider, a Chicago resident, was also carrying $230 in cash and a counterfeit $20 bill, according to police.
Teens suspected of armed robbery
A clerk at the Dunkin Donuts store at 7200 Circle told police that two teens, both probably 15 or 16 years old, robbed him at gunpoint shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 15.
According to a department report filed on the incident, the suspects went into the store about 10 minutes prior to the robbery and asked the clerk how much a dozen donuts would cost them. Upon hearing the price, they told the man they would return when they had the money.
When the suspects came back, one of them paid for a single donut while the other waited near the cashier, according to police. When the register was opened, the second suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the cashier. Just as the suspect was about to reach into the cash register, a woman came into the store to use the restroom and frightened the two into leaving.
The entire incident is caught on a video surveillance system in the store. Police did not state in their report whether any money was stolen or if other evidence was collected at the scene.
Bar prank could prompt charges
Video images of a young man allegedly pulling a fire alarm in a popular Madison Street bar are being circulated by local police in attempt to bring charges against the person responsible.
According to a statement released by authorities, a white male believed to be between the ages of 20 and 25 is suspected of pulling the fire alarm at Doc Ryan’s during the early morning hours of Oct. 9. In-house surveillance cameras show the man loitering near an employees-only section in the rear of the business, then motioning to someone outside before pulling the alarm. The owner of the tavern would be “more than happy” to sign a complaint against the suspect, police said.
Burglary suspect on tape
Investigators are looking for a man they believe is responsible for burglarizing a third-floor unit at the Altenheim on Sept. 15, and possibly several other properties in the community as well. Surveillance footage at the retirement community led police to the man pictured (here), wearing a grey shirt and hat, and blue jeans. The suspect has been seen at the Altenheim during previous incidents, authorities said, and may be responsible for several burglaries.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, 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