A man complaining of a gunshot wound to the head walked into the CVS store on the 7200 block of Circle, but told employees there he did not want anything except a beer.

Shortly before 10 p.m. on Oct. 20, police responded after CVS workers called about the man who had been shot. He purchased a beer and promptly left the store. Police found the victim, whose name was not released, near Harlem and Central. He allegedly refused medical attention, according to a department report, but did tell authorities the shooting occurred near the intersection of Laramie and Lake in Chicago. The man said he heard several gunshots and had attempted to duck for cover, but felt that he had been struck. He assumed he had only been “grazed” by the bullet.

An ambulance was called to the scene to take the man to Loyola for treatment, and Chicago police were notified of the incident.

Pizza delivery a setup

After wandering to 236 Marengo with a couple friends, 24-year-old Terrence Carswell, of Oak Park, phoned in an order for pizza using a name he saw on a doorbell at the address. Carswell, however, later told police he had no intention of paying for the food, and quickly donned a bandana and waited for the delivery driver to arrive.

According to a department report on the Oct. 20 incident, Carswell grabbed three pizzas and a warming device from the delivery driver and took off running toward the 200 block of Harlem. He reversed his hooded sweatshirt to show a different color, but was caught by police who watched him scale a fence.

Once in custody, Carswell was allegedly identified by the delivery driver. He was charged with felony theft.

Teen charged in wreck

A Berwyn teen was arrested on several charges following an early morning crash in which he allegedly drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee into a concrete wall near the Blue Line station on Harlem Avenue. According to a department report, witnesses watched as the car headed west up the ramp from the Eisenhower Expressway, then failed to navigate a turn into the southbound lanes of Harlem. The car hit the curb, went onto the sidewalk and then smashed a concrete wall, according to police.

Steven Mansfield, 19, was reportedly seen scrambling out of the cracked-up vehicle just after it hit the wall at 4:20 a.m. on Oct. 25. One witness said that Mansfield removed the license plates from the car; another said he seemed to be searching for something in the front seat. Both witnesses, however, agreed that Mansfield began running south on Harlem.

Inside the vehicle, police found a wallet with Mansfield’s ID. He was picked up a short time later near the intersection of Roosevelt and Wisconsin.

He was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, driving an uninsured vehicle, registration violations and not carrying his driver’s license with him.

Gamer nabbed for theft

A 28-year-old man from Berwyn is charged with stealing almost $300 worth of video game equipment from Kmart, according to a department report, and with allegedly struggling against police attempting to take him into custody.

Ryan Peterson was in the Roosevelt Road store on Oct. 21 just before 9:30 p.m. when an employee there allegedly watched him use a pair of scissors to remove various items from their packaging and hide them in his clothes. The employee followed him into the parking lot, and when police arrived, Peterson tried to run. He was taken to the ground, but when authorities tried to handcuff him, Peterson allegedly resisted and tucked his arms under his body.

He is accused of stealing two PlayStation headsets, a mouse pad, a cable, a controller and a memory card, all valued at $283. He was charged with one count of felony theft.

Hazardous route

Neighbors from the 600 block of Hannah called police Oct. 24 when a delivery driver carrying food for their block party removed a roadway barricade, then drove onto the sidewalk and onto the grass in front of one resident’s home. The driver, 18-year-old Dominick Warner, of Cicero, was cited with several ordinance violations and allegedly cursed at neighborhood residents who confronted him about his driving.

“How was I supposed to make my delivery?” Warner allegedly asked the officer who responded.

The name of the business for which Warner was delivering the food was not released by police.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Oct. 18 and Oct. 25, 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

Tip hotline

Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the Forest Park police department’s hotline at 708-615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.