A Forest Park man facing previous domestic abuse charges is accused of beating his wife again on the afternoon of Nov. 12.

Fifty-year-old Antonio Hopson allegedly struck his wife in the face at their Forest Park home two days after the woman moved out of the residence following a physical altercation with Hopson.

According to a police report, the woman returned to the residence to meet with a parole officer on the abovementioned date.

When she arrived, Hopson approached her and asked her to rescind the charges filed against him; however, when she refused, he allegedly struck her in the face several times with a closed fist.

Hopson was arrested and processed on both domestic battery charges, and he is currently being held at the Cook County Department of Corrections.

 Man uncertain about wife’s fidelity

An out-of-work Forest Park man, who is reportedly uncertain about his new wife’s fidelity, was arrested following an alleged physical confrontation with his spouse on the morning of Nov. 11.

David Jackson’s wife told police that her husband has repeatedly accused her of being unfaithful because he is “insecure” about being unemployed. On the abovementioned date at their Forest Park residence, Jackson’s wife called police after he placed her in a bear hug and refused to let her leave their home, all the while accusing her of cheating on him.

She was able to make the call only after she escaped his grip and locked herself in the bathroom. The woman told police that she wanted Jackson, 36, to leave, but that he had refused.  

While she was on the phone, Jackson left the apartment, but was nabbed by a responding officer nearby.

After Jackson’s arrest, the officer ran an identity check on Jackson and learned that he had an arrest warrant from the Oak Park Police Dept. for failing to appear at a hearing for an alleged traffic violation.

When Jackson’s wife learned of his arrest, she refused to sign complaints against him, so he was only charged with the instate warrant.

 Heroin user caught shooting up

Police arrested a Morris, Ill. man for drug possession after he was reportedly caught injecting drugs while inside his car, on the night of Nov. 13.

Twenty-four-year-old Matthew Linder was found hunched over the steering wheel with a belt around his arm and a “loaded” syringe brimming with heroin, ready to inject, according to a police report.

Linder and a female companion were inside his vehicle, which was parked at Walgreen’s Pharmacy on 7200 Roosevelt Road.

When the responding officer approached and knocked on the car window, he caused the two to “jump up off of their seats.”

As Linder exited the car, two bags of heroin, totaling just less than one gram in weight, fell to the ground.

Linder was arrested on scene and transported to headquarters, where he was charged with possessing a controlled substance.


Drug user wishes for help

Antonio Finley, 39, of Chicago allegedly stole hundreds of dollars of over-the-counter medicine and dental-care merchandise from a local Wal-Mart to nurture what he described as a crippling drug addiction.

A security guard at the 1300 Desplaines Ave. store reportedly saw Finley stuff what amounted to $434.30 worth of Prilosec acid-reflex medicine, Oral-B tooth brushes, and Crest Whitestrips teeth whitening adhesives into his pants.

Finley was arrested and transported to headquarters for booking. He was charged with retail theft.

Following the arrest, police learned that Finley also had an existing warrant issued by the Cook County Sherriff’s Dept. for retail theft, so he also received an instate warrant charge. 

In an interview, Finley told police that he spends at least $100 daily on heroin to prevent an inevitable sickness that would occur if he did not procure the drugs.

He told police that he stole the items to support the habit, but said he hoped the “court system” could provide him with some help to overcome his addiction, which is ruining his life and his family’s.


These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Nov. 7 and Nov. 14, 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 Nick Moroni