Police are looking for a man who allegedly beat an elderly woman while trying to steal her handbag in the parking lot of Ultra Foods, 7520 Roosevelt Rd., on the evening of Feb. 11.
The suspect attacked the woman and tried to take her purse, but she resisted and refused to release it, a report states.
He eventually let her go – after striking her and kicking her in the head – when a witness approached the attacker and demanded that he stop. He did not get her purse.
The suspect reportedly hopped into a 1995, or 1996, silver Ford Crown Victoria, which held three other men, and spend off.
Police Chief Jim Ryan said that Forest Park units sent out a statewide notice of the incident to other police departments on Monday afternoon.
Police arrested a Streator man who was allegedly caught preparing a syringe to shoot heroin while in the passenger’s seat of his friend’s car, on the afternoon of Feb. 12.
According to a police report, 35-year-old Christopher Drossett’s friend was suspiciously standing outside of a vehicle parked in a 7200 Roosevelt Rd. parking lot.
When the officer approached Drossett’s friend, the owner of the car, he saw Drossett “loading” heroin into a syringe, preparing for an injection.
Drossett was ordered out of the car, and when he exited, five “capsules” of heroin fell from his lap to the ground. The weight was not provided in the report, but the capsules reportedly have a street value of $50.
The Streator man was taken to headquarters, where he told police that he is an addict, and that he uses almost daily.
Drossett was booked for possessing a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment.
‘I don’t know’ if I’m drunk
Early Feb. 3 police spotted a woman weaving her car in and out of lanes – at one point she almost struck a snow bank on Randolph.
This is when the pursuing officer pulled over 21-year-old Margaret Trilik, of Oak Park, near the intersection of Randolph and Elgin.
When the officer made contact with Trilik, she reportedly smelled of alcohol; she also said she didn’t know if she had drunk too much that night.
Trilik was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, but failed.
She was arrested, and at the station she also failed a Breathalyzer test. Her blood-alcohol-content level was measured at .187 – the legal limit is .08
Trilik was charged with two counts of DUI.
Drunken hit and run
An Oak Park woman with a .243 blood-alcohol-content level allegedly rammed her car into two parked vehicles on the 400 block of Ferdinand early Feb. 12, and then drove away.
Police found Katherine Cichosz, 25, slouched in the driver’s side of her vehicle in a nearby village parking lot on Beloit.
The officer reported noticing damage to the front-end of Cichosz’s car that indicated she ran into one of the vehicles on Ferdinand.
Cichosz supposedly crashed into a vehicle, pushing it backwards into another car.
She was arrested and charged with two counts of DUI; and one count of alcohol concentration above .08, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, failure to stop and leave information following a crash, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage, respectively.
On the night of Feb. 8, an unidentified man reportedly robbed a female CTA passenger of her iPhone, while he was leaving an el train stopped at the Harlem station on the Blue Line. Although a CTA employee saw the man fleeing, the suspect is still at large. The phone is valued at $339.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Feb. 6 and Feb. 13, 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