A suspect arrested for peddling bootleg movies at the Desplaines Avenue train station Feb. 4 was allegedly caught with more than 200 DVDs and was carrying in excess of $500. According to a department report on the arrest, the man told police he sells the movies for $5 each and uses the money to help support his grandchildren.
Anthony Brown, 47, was at the train station at about 3:45 p.m. when police got a call that Brown was selling bootlegs and loose cigarettes there. When they arrived, Brown allegedly tried to distance himself from the blue duffel bag he was carrying and initially denied that it was his, according to police. He then claimed ownership.
“OK, that’s my bag, but I was only selling them to make some money for my grandchildren,” Brown allegedly told the police.
At the station, authorities watched several of the 218 DVDs to confirm their contents and found movies that are still playing in theaters. The regional director for the Motion Picture Association of America was contacted and agreed to press charges.
Brown is facing a single felony charge in connection with the movies.
Teen arrested for lying, drugs
A Berwyn teen was arrested on a drug-possession charge Feb. 4, but not before he allegedly gave police false information about his age.
According to a department report, an officer noticed a car parked illegally in a handicapped spot outside of the Walgreen’s at 7200 Roosevelt. When he asked the three occupants for identification, one of the suspects said he did not have any, but offered up his name and birth date. However, when asked how old he was, the teen didn’t do the math correctly and was two years off. The teen, who is actually 17, also told police he had been arrested before, but a search for his arrest report came back empty. Asked a third time to identify himself, the teen allegedly said he was telling the truth and was “um … 18.”
When the officer asked him to step out of the car to be placed under arrest, a bag of marijuana allegedly fell from his lap.
Drunken tirade prompts arrest
Leanne Dix, a Forest Park resident, was arrested Feb. 6 after unleashing a drunken, profanity-laced tirade while at the CVS on Circle Avenue, according to police. The 34-year-old woman was so combative, authorities noted, she had to be carried from the store.
According to a department report, Dix had been verbally abusive to employees at the store and was asked to leave. When police arrived, she immediately cursed at the officers and began using racial slurs. Informed that she was going to be arrested, Dix allegedly dropped to the ground and refused to stand up and walk out of the store. While officers carried her out of the building, Dix reportedly launched additional slurs and profanities at the officers. She was charged with trespassing, three counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Wanted man nearly eludes police
A 26-year-old woman who lives in Forest Park was arrested for driving on a suspended license shortly before 1 a.m. on Feb. 4, but it was her boyfriend who caught the attention of police. According to a department report, authorities became suspicious of the car when it parked outside of a home on the 600 block of Ferdinand that is “known for suspected criminal activity.” Police circled the block and came back to investigate, but then the car sped off before being stopped on Harrison, just east of Marengo.
The driver, Cornilla Johnson, was taken into custody for the suspended license.
Sitting in the passenger seat, however, was a 28-year-old man from Chicago who identified himself as Lemont Johnson, her brother. Police released the man at the scene. Later, while police were processing the driver at the police station, they discovered she was holding a driver’s license that identified her passenger as Anthony McGhee, who was wanted by Forest Park police for resisting arrest.
Coincidentally, McGhee came into the station to post bond for Johnson just as police learned who he was. He was arrested on the outstanding charge, and on a new charge of obstruction for allegedly providing false identification.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 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