A River Forest teen was shocked in the buttocks with a Taser after running from an officer who stopped him for allegedly being in possession of alcohol.

According to a police report, 18-year-old Henry Ryan was allegedly spotted attempting to illegally acquire alcohol from a liquor store. A reporting officer claims that while Ryan waited outside Suburban Liquor, 7612 Madison, a male “in his late teens [or] early 20s” exited the store with a case of beer.

The two patrolling officers on scene at the time then attempted to stop Ryan and the other male; but when one of the officers identified himself and asked to speak to Ryan, the teen fled.

At this point, the officer told Ryan to stop or he would deploy his Taser. Ryan didn’t stop, so the officer released the gun’s electric probes, which were reportedly intended for the teen’s back. Only one of the probes connected, though – to the teen’s right buttock.

He was taken into custody and charged with two counts of resisting arrest and single counts of illegal consumption by a minor and illegal possession by a minor, respectively.


Accused batterer strikes again

Police arrested a Forest Park man for domestic battery after he punched his brother in the face at their home in the 800 block of Elgin Ave., early May 21.

Twenty-one-year-old Anthony Ochoa allegedly punched his brother in the face, after his brother tried to re-enter their home in search of a lighter for his cigarette. According to a police report, the two were in a verbal argument, after which Ochoa’s brother stepped outside to smoke a cigarette but realized he didn’t have a lighter. When he opened the door to go back inside, Ochoa struck him and cut open his lower lip.

Their mother called the police, and Ochoa was arrested for domestic battery. He was also arrested for battery last December after he allegedly struck a juvenile girl.

Caught with three grams of heroin

Police arrested a Wonder Lake man who allegedly had three grams of heroin in the parking lot of Thornton’s gas station, 601 Harlem Ave., on the night of May 20.

A patrolling officer noticed 24-year-old Brian Freund’s vehicle parked in the corner of the gas station parking lot and reportedly approached it, due to the high level of drug activity that occurs in that area.

When the officer made contact with Freund and asked for his license, the officer spotted a syringe in the vehicle. As a result, Freund and two passengers were ordered out of the car.

While Freund was being patted down, the officer found two small bags of heroin, totaling three grams, in his shirt pocket. He was arrested and taken to headquarters. The two passengers were released without charges.

Freund was charged one count of possession of less than 30 grams of narcotics.


Rowdy, trespassing ‘John Doe’ obstructs ID

A rowdy CTA rider was arrested, early May 21, after transit employees claimed the man refused orders to leave the Desplaines Avenue Blue Line station because he was allegedly yelling and frightening patrons.

When police arrived at the station, Randy Soward, whose hometown is not known at this point, had been handcuffed by a CTA employee. While the responding officer spoke with the CTA employee, Soward was reportedly acting irate.

At the station, police were initially unaware of his identity, so he was processed as “John Doe.” Soward’s identity was eventually ascertained with help from another officer who had arrested the suspect in April.

Soward, who refused to disclose his name, was charged with obstructing justice, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.


These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between May 16 and May 22, 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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