Blood covered the face and chest of a man walking near Forest Park National Bank on the night of March 21; the man said his girlfriend stabbed him below the eye with a kitchen knife in an apartment on the 1100 block of Circle Avenue. 

A trail of blood led from the sidewalk to the front door; the floors of the flat were bloody and the bed was overturned. 

Police arrested 31-year-old Shashona Harris.  During the ride to the station, Harris reportedly made several unsolicited remarks, including “I stabbed him but he’ll let me back” and “He deserved it”. Harris was charged with domestic battery.

Felony charges were denied by an assistant state’s attorney, according to Police Chief Jim Ryan, who also described the altercation as “mutual combat.”

Messy mocha, flying feet

Police responded to a “theft in progress” call from CVS on the afternoon of March 24, and arrested the alleged offender near the 7200 block of Circle Avenue, where he was spotted, running.  

The man – who initially gave the name “Christopher Soto” – turned out to be Steven Wiley, 23, of Chicago. 

Police found numerous CVS bags in Wiley’s possession, containing 11 cosmetic items and a can of Starbucks mocha coffee – which leaked all over the bags — for a total value of $247.78; there was also a glass crack pipe.

Upon arrival at the police station, Wiley briefly escaped custody and ran into traffic on Desplaines Avenue, but was quickly recaptured.

Wiley was charged with felony retail theft, possession of drug equipment, obstruction and escape, and was processed on an outstanding warrant.

Cocaine, cash recovered in stop of Berwyn man

Luvenia Bradford, 57, of Berwyn, was pulled over for a traffic violation on the morning of March 23, on the 7200 block of Roosevelt Road.

When police spoke with her, she reportedly admitted ownership of a clear plastic bag containing 12 smaller bags of suspected cocaine that were in her purse.  Police also recovered $1,072.00 in cash from a bag on the passenger seat. 

Bradford was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.

Purse-snatcher on the loose

A 19-year-old woman told police, on the night of March 27, that a man stole her purse in an alley near Beloit Avenue and Roosevelt Road.  The woman said the offender grabbed her shoulder-bag, threw her to the ground and ran off with the purse.

DVDs stolen from Walmart

Walmart security detained a woman, on the night of March 21, after reportedly seeing her hide eight DVD movies inside her leather jacket.  Deloris Jackson, 51, of Chicago, was charged with felony retail theft due to a prior theft conviction.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between March 20 and March 27, 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 Amy Malina

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