A patrolling officer aided in the capture of three Chicago teens who allegedly burglarized a number of cars in Forest Park early April 3. This occurred after the officer spotted two men chasing the three suspects near the 200 block of Harlem Avenue.

The officer stopped to interview the two men who were chasing the suspects and was told that the three teens were seen trying to burglarize a car in Forest Park.

The three teens were soon caught and told police, in summary, that after being released by River Forest police for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia earlier the previous night, they tried to board the CTA Green Line, but found the trains stopped running at 1 a.m.

One suspect stated, “We were trying to come up on some money to get a taxi home.  We were trying car doors in the alley to see if they were unlocked and get some change.”

The three teens were charged with motor vehicle burglary.

Emboldened by booze

Police responded to a disturbance call early April 1 at Randolph Street and Circle Avenue, where a group of males were pulling up and destroying election campaign signs in the yards of residents.  According to the report, the men were students from Dominican University, and “all had been drinking at Doc Ryan’s”.  Two of the men were under the legal drinking age, and were cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor. 

Non-cooperative arrestee

An officer ran the plate on a Buick near Van Buren and Madison on the night of March 30 and learned the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. 

After verifying the owner was indeed the driver, the officer asked Hassan R. Coleman, 20, of De Kalb, to step out of the car.  Coleman refused, repeatedly, obliging police to physically remove him from the vehicle. 

Once in custody, the report stated, Coleman repeated expletives at officers.  At the police station, Coleman reportedly refused to cooperate with the custodial search then complained of wrist pain, stating he wished to go the hospital and intended to keep the officer there “all night.” 

Coleman was charged with obstruction and driving on a suspended license.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between March 28 and April 3, 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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