A Forest Park man was arrested for domestic battery early Dec. 23 after police were called to a residence on the 100 block of Desplaines and found a couple in a physical altercation.

When officers arrived, they reportedly found 42-year-old Michael Kieta laying atop his girlfriend, who was in the fetal position on a bed.

The woman told authorities that she and Kieta had been drinking all night and that Kieta started an argument over “Christmas presents.” She said Kieta punched her in the left eye, and then threw her onto the computer desk, where she hit the right side of her head.

Kieta denied the allegations; however, based on the swelling of his girlfriend’s face, he was arrested.

Man cooking drugs in car

Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Sansone was arrested early Dec. 23 when police found heroin in his car on the 100 block of Marengo.

His car was parked at the above location, and a police report states that he appeared to be “smoking an unknown substance.”

When an officer approached the car, Sansone began “shaking nervously” as if something were wrong. When he was asked if there were drugs in the car, he voluntarily told the officer that he was hiding heroin in his center console.

The officers found 5.38 grams of heroin, 10 syringes and a burnt aluminum can; subsequently, Sanson was taken into custody.

At headquarters he told police that he purchased 15 packets of heroin – $100 on the street – in Cicero from an individual known as “Dre.”

Sansone was charged with possession of drug equipment and possession of a controlled substance.

Fleeing suspect throws gun out car window

A weapons charge and several other offenses were brought against a Chicago man who threw a handgun out of his car as he was being chased by police on the night of Dec. 23.

An officer initially pursued 27-year-old Willie Davis’ car after Davis committed a traffic violation on Roosevelt and Harlem, but Davis refused to pull over.

He led the officer on a chase that ended when Davis almost crashed into a barricade at Marathon gas station, 1427 Harlem.

As Davis was trying to elude police, police allege that he threw a chrome-plated .25 caliber pistol out the window – the gun was later found in the snow

When Davis was eventually apprehended, police also found an unspecified weight of marijuana in four bags on him.

Davis was charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and single counts of improper lane usage, failure to signal, reckless driving, attempting to elude an officer, respectively. He was also issued a citation for the marijuana.

Charges follow domestic disturbance

Police arrested three Forest Park men on the eve of Dec. 22 who were reportedly involved in a domestic disturbance at a residence on the 7400 block of Warren.

Twenty-year-old Jermaine Drinkwater initially went to the above location, where his infant daughter and her mother live, to visit his young child. When an altercation broke out between Drinkwater and a number of persons at the residence, Drinkwater left and then returned with two men. When they arrived, one of those men, 20-year-old Anthony Ochoa, allegedly struck a juvenile girl.

According to police reports, Drinkwater pulled a knife when his daughter’s mother demanded that he bring the child in from outside – he was standing on the porch at the time.

He then fled on foot, with the child in his arms, but was stopped by police near Circle and Warren. The baby was returned and no charges were filed.

Less than an hour later, Drinkwater enlisted Ochoa and another individual to go back to the residence; probably to “retaliate,” Det. Jarlath Heveran said.

When they arrived, they confronted the girl, who was unloading items from her car, and Ochoa allegedly punched her in the face.

According to Heveran, the girl was a friend of the mother of Jermaine’s child.

A police report states that the girl was “stomped,” and dragged down the street by her hair and arm, until her brother intervened and drove the attackers away.

Drinkwater was arrested near Harlem and North, Ochoa was nabbed on a bus and the third individual came into the station voluntarily.

Drinkwater was charged with criminal trespass to land and disorderly conduct; and, Ochoa, for battery and disorderly conduct.

The third individual that was with Drinkwater and Ochoa was released without charges.

Woman drives opposite direction on one-way street

The driver and a passenger of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation on the morning of Dec. 21 were arrested when the officer discovered the former has a suspended license, and the latter had an arrest warrant.

An officer pulled over Catherine Patrick, 49, of Chicago, by Thomas and Harvard, after spotting her driving the wrong way on Ferdinand – a one-way street.

She was taken into custody after the officer ran her license through a police computer, and discovered her driving privileges are suspended.

The officer also ran passenger Calvin McCan’s license and learned that the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Dept. had issued an arrest warrant because McCan violated the conditions of an early prison release.

 Both were taken transported to headquarters, in separate vehicles.

 Patrick was charged with the suspended license violation, a traffic violation, and two counts of seat belt violations; Lamar, with the instate warrant.

Man tries to steal power saw

A Chicago man was nabbed by police on the afternoon of Dec. 21 after he allegedly tried to steal a power saw from a home on the 7200 block of Jackson.

Forty-one-year-old Johnny Brown was picked up at Jackson and Thomas after police received a call reporting a residential burglary.

Brown attempted to take a $175 power saw from the basement of the aforementioned home.

The resident was home at the time and caught Brown in the act; and, when Brown was confronted by the homeowner, he dropped the saw, said he was sorry, and ran away. 

When Brown was arrested, he told police that he tried to steal the item to buy food for his family.

He was charged with felony retail theft. The police narrative does not explain why the charge was elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Local woman arrested in fight

Monil Jones, 20, of Forest Park, was arrested, early Dec. 22, and slapped with a number of charges for her alleged involvement in a fight with a woman at an apartment complex on the 900 block of Dunlop. 

When police arrived, Jones was in a shouting match with a woman in the common area; and, upon seeing the responding officer, Jones physically attacked the woman, according to authorities.

At one point, Jones – who police believe was intoxicated – attempted to strike the officer with a picture frame, in an effort to get at the other woman, a report claims.

Jones was eventually subdued, taken into custody, and charged with criminal damage to property, battery, and an instate warrant – police discovered the latter charge after her arrest.

The warrant was out of DuPage County for failing to appear at a hearing for a traffic violation.

Instate Warrant

Mark Indovina, 20, of South Barrington was arrested on the eve of Dec. 20 when police discovered an instate warrant in his name. When an officer pulled him over on Harlem and Roosevelt for a traffic violation, Indovina said that he and the passenger were going to Chicago’s West Side to buy heroin, police reported. The officer entered Indovina’s name into a police computer and discovered that Indovina was wanted out of DuPage County for failure to appear at a hearing stemming from a charge of resisting an officer.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, 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

Number of reported crimes in 2010

  • Retail theft/theft: 540
  • Drug possession: 129
  • Residential burglary/burglary/home invasion: 84
  • Auto theft: 42
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: 28
  • Robbery: 20
  • Arson: 1

Incident totals represent those reported to police between Jan. 1 and Dec. 22, 2010.