Police came to Mugsy’s Tavern, 7640 Madison at 3 a.m. on April 24 after complaints that a man had barricaded himself in the bathroom and refused to come out. A bar worker told police the man’s girlfriend was still sitting on a barstool waiting for him; she was crying and visibly upset. When police attempted to speak through the door to James H. Arvanis, 34, of Lisle, he would only say he would be out soon. After several officers reasoned with Arvanis, police got the door part way open, but Arvanis slammed the door back, trapping an officer’s knee in the door. The other officers freed the injured man; the door was broken. And according to the report, Arvanis resisted arrest and was Tasered. After handcuffing Arvanis, police asked him why he had resisted; he reportedly stated, “I’m high as a bird.” Arvanis was charged with criminal damage to property.
Pirated DVDs just the start
The morning of April 21, a police officer noticed a Kia, stopped at the light at Harlem and the Eisenhower, because the driver was reportedly taking quick looks at the officer while fidgeting. The officer learned the Kia’s owner had a revoked license, so he curbed the car in the 900 block of Harlem. Driver Lindell Collier, 49, of Chicago, admitted his license was suspended. During the arrest, police noticed an open bag containing a large number of DVDs in plain view on the passenger seat. According to the report, Collier admitted the DVDs were counterfeit; more DVDs were in the car’s trunk for a total of 141. Police recovered an Altoids tin from the center console; it contained a substance that later tested positive for cannabis.
Collier allegedly told police he buys counterfeit DVDs at Central and Madison, Chicago, from someone he knows as “The Chairman.” Collier was charged with felony unlawful use of unidentified sound recordings, felony driving on a revoked license, marijuana possession and driving uninsured.
Walmart theft arrest
Police were summoned to Walmart, 1300 Des Plaines Ave., at 1 p.m. on April 19 after security guards detained an alleged shoplifter. The guards said they saw the man open a packaged watch and put it on his wrist, then conceal a Sony camera beneath his sweatshirt and exit the store without paying for either item. Total value of the recovered merchandise was $86. A name check of the detainee, Jesse L. Murphy, 51, of Chicago, showed an outstanding Cook County arrest warrant for shoplifting. Murphy was charged with felony retail theft.
Jimmy John’s robbed
A worker at Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, 350 Circle Ave., called police to report a robbery around 6 p.m. April 19. She told police the robber visited the bathroom first. When he emerged, holding his waistband, she said, he came to a cash register and told her to open it and move back. The man removed an unknown amount of cash, then repeated the process with the second register. Security footage gave a clear view of the incident to police.
Driver quadruples legal limit
An evening crash on April 22 in the 500 block of Jackson involved a 2008 Chrysler 300 versus a street sign and a tree. Driver Sharon L. Holmes, 38, of Chicago, failed multiple field sobriety tests. According to the intoximeter, her blood alcohol level was .305. According to the report, Holmes gave “several accounts of her activities preceding the accident, including drinking a fifth of mojitos” as well as drinking wine with a friend in Berwyn. She was charged with DUI, DUI over .08, driving uninsured and damage to public property.
Wanted man seen peeking into cars
A resident flagged down an officer to report a man in a hat and a green coat “looking into cars and talking on a cell phone” in the 7600 block of Adams at 5 p.m. on April 25. The officer located a man matching that description. Alvin T. Ward, 33, of Whiting, Ind., said he was visiting his aunt and taking a walk. A check of his name showed he was wanted by both Cook County and Lansing police. Ward was taken into custody and later turned over to sheriff’s police.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between April 19 and April 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 A. Malina