Once told by a judge to stay away from his girlfriend, 30-year-old Angel Marrero was arrested on domestic battery charges Oct. 30 after police became suspicious he had pushed the woman down a flight of stairs.

Police and paramedics were called to the Chicago Transit Authority station at 711 Desplaines shortly before 3 p.m. that day for a report of a woman who had fallen down a staircase. The woman complained that her head hurt and was placed in the ambulance to be taken to a nearby hospital. Police then left the scene.

Marrero, a Chicago resident, initially climbed into the front seat of the ambulance, then exited to take photos of the staircase. After he left, the woman allegedly told the ambulance driver that she had been pushed. The paramedic then called police.

When the officer returned, he ran a background check on both the woman and Marrero and learned she had an expired order of protection against him. Marrero was taken into custody, but pleaded with his girlfriend to tell the police that he did not push her. In a later interview with the woman, police learned that she had been battered in the past, and in June Marrero broke her arm while she was pregnant, according to a department report. At the time her arm was allegedly broken, the woman had not notified police.

Crosswalk busts yield arrests

Two men were taken into custody Oct. 27 on outstanding warrants after police allegedly observed the suspects commit a minor traffic violation – both had failed to yield to a pedestrian attempting to use a crosswalk.

The first suspect, Gregory Stanton, 49, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. when police learned he was wanted on a contempt of court charge in DuPage County. Stanton is a resident of Berkeley, according to a department report.

The second man, Marvin Stanton, 41, was arrested at 1 p.m. after authorities learned he was wanted for missing a court date to answer to a marijuana possession charge. Marvin Stanton is a Chicago resident, according to police.

Both allegedly failed to yield to the pedestrian at the intersection of Madison and Hannah.

Theft suspect has record

A 20-year-old Chicago woman is facing a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing more than $70 worth of women’s underwear from Wal-Mart, 1300 Desplaines, on Oct. 31.

According to a department report, Rosie Hammond was taken into custody by a store employee after he watched her hide the garments in her purse, then walk out of the store without paying for the items. There was a struggle between the employee and Hammond, an offense that Hammond would allegedly later admit to. When police arrived at the store at about 3 p.m., Hammond reportedly said she took the items because she needs them, but is out of work and cannot afford to pay for them. In 2007, Hammond was convicted of retail theft and there is currently an outstanding warrant issued by police in Wilmette for the same offense. Because of her record, felony charges were approved by Cook County prosecutors.

Intoxicated and screaming

Daniel Peterson, a 24-year-old Riverdale resident, was arrested for disorderly conduct Oct. 28 after screaming at employees and customers of CVS at 7216 Circle, according to police. Officers were called to the store at about 6:30 p.m. for a report of a disturbance and allegedly found Peterson standing at the front counter berating workers there. Peterson then turned his verbal lashings toward police and refused to calm down. Once in custody and at the police station, the man continued to “scream about numerous random topics and admitted he had been drinking Hennessey and cranberry juice all day.”

Marijuana on the front seat

A patrolling officer grew suspicious of a blue Pontiac parked at a gas station at 949 S. Harlem on Nov. 1, and when he started to approach the car, a man sitting in the driver’s seat got out and walked toward the officer. The police officer asked for the man’s identification, and the suspect headed back to his car to get his license. The officer followed, and when the man opened the car door to retrieve his ID, the smell of marijuana was noticeable, according to a police report.

Furthermore, the officer reportedly saw a small bag of the narcotic sitting on the passenger seat of the car.

Stephen Hernandez, 21, of Bellwood, was issued a ticket for being in possession of the drug.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Oct. 25 and Oct. 31, 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.