A 51-year-old Forest Park man was arrested on March 11 for possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card and for possession of firearm ammunition without an FOID card, both misdemeanors, after a search of his home turned up a .357 Magnum revolver and nine rounds of hollow point ammunition.

The search was prompted by a Jan. 11 incident in which the man was allegedly discovered viewing child pornography on a computer in the Dominican University library by a member of the university’s security personnel. The computer was turned over to River Forest police, and the material the suspect was viewing was determined to be pornographic. The police secured a search warrant for the suspect’s home, located on the 300 block of Circle Avenue, but did not find any evidence of child pornography. River Forest police said they could not bring additional charges regarding inappropriate pornographic material because of insufficient forensic evidence

CTA passenger threatens to shoot cop

Police arrested a man who refused to exit the CTA Blue Line train at the Desplaines Avenue station early on March 12 after he reportedly threatened to “shoot” a responding officer.

Aqton Plowen, 50, ignored several attempts by CTA attendants and the police to rouse him. But when an officer told Plowen that he either needed to awaken or he would be arrested, Plowen said, “I’m gonna shoot you.”

Plowen then made a movement toward his pocket, the report states, but two officers apprehended him and he was taken into custody. There is no mention of any firearm being found on Plowen.

He was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing to land, obstructing an officer and simple assault.

Tough morning for DUI suspect

A 29-year-old Berkeley man was arrested, late morning March 12, after an officer determined he was driving drunk.

Reyburn Hernandez was pulled over on the 900 block of Harlem Avenue for a traffic violation, but an officer reported smelling alcohol when the two made verbal contact. Hernandez told the officer he just woke up and drank two beers.

Hernandez agreed to submit to field sobriety tests, but, based on the officer’s report, he failed all of them. As a result, he was arrested and taken to headquarters, where he was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, driving with no tail lights, improper U-turn and failure to signal.

Woman tries to slip out with new clothes

A Maywood woman allegedly tried to steal clothing from Walmart on the evening of March 10 by changing into the merchandise in a store aisle, then leaving without paying.

Tantinya Hawkins, 28, is believed to have put the store’s clothes on, placed her personal garb in a Walmart bag and attempted to exit the 1300 Desplaines Ave. store without purchasing the items.

A Walmart security guard apprehended her and police were called to the scene, where officers issued her a local ordinance citation for retail theft. The total value of the clothes was $37.94

Angry smoker punches through CTA window

Mickey Appling, 32, of Chicago, was arrested on the afternoon of March 12 after he allegedly refused to stop smoking on a CTA train and then shattered the window of an el car.

Police reported that Appling was warned by a CTA employee to extinguish whatever he was smoking, but he responded by becoming verbally combative and eventually punching out a car’s window.

He was arrested at the Desplaines Avenue Blue Line platform and charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

In-state warrant

Sam Cresa, 49, of Oak Park, was arrested on the night of March 8 after a patrolling officer pulled him over near 16th Avenue and Harlem Avenue and learned that he had an outstanding arrest warrant.

The officer reportedly pulled Cresa over after performing a license-plate check on the car and discovering that the plates belonged to another vehicle.

When he curbed Cresa and took the suspect’s ID to run it through a police computer, the officer found that Cresa had an arrest warrant for violating the terms of a conditional release. The Cook County Sherriff’s Office issued that warrant.

Cresa was arrested and charged with the in-state warrant.


These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between March 6 and March 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

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