A suspect whom police had expected to release with only a minor citation was eventually charged with defacing public property and aggravated assault after he became belligerent, urinating on the floor of a holding cell, according to a department report.
Christopher Mysyk, of Cicero, was approached by officers near the 7400 block of Madison at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 25 when several witnesses indicated Mysyk may have been tugging car doors in the area. One of the officers asked Mysyk whether he was tampering with the vehicles, and Mysyk allegedly responded with a series of curse words before threatening to beat up one of the officers. He was taken into custody for public intoxication and aggravated assault – for the alleged threats of violence.
While at the station, Mysyk, 24, became apologetic. Police then decided they would let him go with only minor citations, and even offered to provide him a ride if he could not arrange for one. But Mysyk became agitated again, and then urinated on the floor of his holding cell. The lesser offenses were pulled off the table and more serious charges filed.
Robbery in parking lot
A woman loading groceries into the trunk of her car outside of Ultra Foods on Roosevelt Road was robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight Nov. 29, according to police.
The victim, whose name, age and hometown were not released, told authorities that a stranger approached from behind and put one hand on her shoulder, threatening to stab her. The incident occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m.
“In case you’re wondering, that’s a knife in your back,” the man allegedly said. “Give me the money you have in your pocket.”
The woman handed over $20 and then turned as the suspect ran away. A hood that he was wearing fell down while he ran, she told police, and she provided authorities with a partial description. A search of the area did not yield an arrest.
Marijuana, curfew violations
A group of young adults and teens were taken into police custody Nov. 24 after an officer became suspicious that drugs were in the car they were traveling in. Authorities allegedly recovered two bags of marijuana totaling 24 grams in weight.
It was shortly after 2 a.m. when a patrolling officer drove by Thornton’s gas station at 601 Harlem and saw the black Ford Explorer parked away from the pumps. As the officer rolled by, he “noticed all four occupants turn their heads toward my squad car and watch as I drove past them,” he said later in his report. He circled the parking lot and two of the suspects in the car quickly walked into the gas station and went directly to the bathroom. The officer then followed as two others made a return trip to the store. One of those individuals, 19-year-old Cornelius Jessie Hanneman, of Rockford, had dilated pupils. Initially asked by police whether everything was OK, Hanneman eventually told the officer there were drugs in the car, according to the report.
One of the suspects in the car was released without charges. The other three, including a 16-year-old girl, were taken to the police station.
Hanneman and 21-year-old Benjamin Demetrius Goomas, also of Rockford, were charged with possession of marijuana. The 16-year-old, whose hometown was not released, was cited for violating a curfew ordinance and released to the custody of her mother.
Derrick Jones, a 41-year-old Chicago man, was arrested on theft charges Nov. 27 after he allegedly stole more than $130 worth of nasal strips from the CVS at 7216 Circle. According to a department report, an employee at the store saw Jones put several boxes of the strips – designed to open nasal passages and combat snoring – into his pants. When police arrived, they recovered 10 boxes from the suspect’s pants, according to a department report.
Couple beers, couple shots
A Maywood man was arrested for driving under the influence Nov. 29 after police allegedly watched him swerve down the street shortly before 1 a.m. According to a department report, Dometric Buckley, 48, failed several field-sobriety tests before registering a blood-alcohol level of .137 while at the station.
The legal limit in Illinois is .08.
Police initially took notice of the green Ford Taurus as it traveled west along Madison because of a rear tail light that wasn’t working, according to a department report. At the intersection of Park and Madison, police said, the car was straddling the yellow center line in the street.
When the car was stopped in River Forest, Buckley allegedly admitted to having consumed “a couple beers and a couple shots” while at a party.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Nov. 22 and Nov. 29, 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