Twenty-six-year-old Daniel Gross, of Oak Park, was arrested the afternoon of Feb. 2 after being involved in a physical altercation with a police officer who was writing him a parking ticket.
Gross was parked on the wrong side of the street during last week’s blizzard, in defiance of the snow route on the 400 block of Beloit. When an officer started to write Gross a ticket, the man allegedly became verbally combative. He reportedly took the ticket from the windshield and threw it away, so the officer opted to write another – this one for littering.
A struggle followed. Gross was eventually taken into custody and booked for resisting arrest and littering; he was also issued a citation for a cannabis control offense when police found two grams of marijuana on him at the station.
Two suspects in 7-11 holdup at large
Police are looking for two male suspects who allegedly held up a local convenience store on the night of Feb. 3.
The two men reportedly walked into the 7-11 at 7749 Roosevelt Road and ordered the cashier to empty the register after one of them pointed a handgun at the employee.
When the clerk complied, one of the suspects hopped the counter and took close to $300 from the register.
Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas said there was a similar robbery in Oak Park an hour prior to the 7-11 holdup. No arrests have been made in either incident.
“Detectives are working to see if there’s any connection,” Aftanas said.
A Chicago man was charged with domestic battery early on Feb. 3 after he allegedly choked and pushed his girlfriend. Twenty-six-year-old Andre Glenn was picked up by police after authorities received a call from his girlfriend, who accused him of physically attacking her.
According to Glenn’s girlfriend, the arrestee became agitated when she was conversing on her cell phone and accused her of infidelity. Glenn allegedly choked the woman and pushed her onto a bed before storming out of the Forest Park apartment they were in.
Police initially responded to the apartment, but later found Glenn on the 1000 block of Circle and arrested him.
Teen speaks bluntly
On the night of Jan. 31, police arrested a Maywood teen who allegedly admitted he sold marijuana on the West Side of Chicago. The teen was initially stopped at the intersection of Randolph and Desplaines because the music in his car was “excessively” loud.
When police made contact with him, he reportedly consented to a search of the vehicle. While the teen was being patted down, one of the officers saw the suspect drop a marijuana cigar.
Police say the teen told them the cigar was a “blunt” and that he sells marijuana on Kostner Avenue in Chicago but has no gang affiliation. He was arrested and charged with a vehicle violation for the loud music and issued a citation for the “blunt.”
Attempted robbery of gas-station patron
Two Chicago men are accused of trying to rob a man at an area gas station in the wee hours of Feb. 6. Troy Fulcher, 23, and Carl Williams, 23, allegedly approached a man at Thornton’s, 601 Harlem and tried to rob him by implying that one of them had a weapon.
Fulcher stuck his finger in his coat pocket, mimicking a firearm, and told the man, who was filling his car with gas, “You got to give this up,” in reference to the victim’s money.
The man told the two suspects he was a police officer (though he has no reported police affiliation), at which point both of them ran away. They hopped in a vehicle and fled onto I-290.
The victim called Forest Park police and pursued the suspects’ car for a while before losing it near 5th Avenue. A brief chase ensued involving the Illinois State Police, and Oak Park and Forest Park units, before the two men were caught trying to flee near 9th and Lexington.
Williams and Fulcher were arrested and charged with felony robbery.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, 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