Two women were arrested for their roles in allegedly attacking a CTA train operator at the Blue Line stop at 711 Desplaines Ave. on the afternoon of Aug. 31.

According to the police report, 20-year-old Jacqueline Marsalis, of Chicago, and Melissa Guerrero, 24, of Park Ridge, took turns physically assaulting a train conductor for “looking” at Guerrero.

The altercation supposedly started near the UIC/Halsted stop on the train, when Guerrero cursed at the driver for “looking” at her. When the train came to a halt in Forest Park, Guerrero allegedly spat at the driver, threw sunglasses at him and chased him around the platform. Marsalis also reportedly slapped him.

Initially, the suspects told police that the driver attacked them – someone who was with the arrestees even volunteered a cellphone video to support their claim.

But the officer reported that the video “clearly depicted Guerrero chasing a CTA worker … on the platform.” 

The report stated that the driver grabbed a wooden dowel to fend off the attackers.

Both Guerrero and Marsalis were taken into custody and charged with battery.


In-state warrants

Burdette Olsen, 52, of Maywood was arrested in the wee hours of Aug. 30 after an officer learned he had an arrest warrant out of West Chicago. A Forest Park officer spotted Olsen loitering in a parking lot on the 7200 block of Madison St., asked for his identification, and after running it through a police database, discovered the warrant. The warrant, issued by the West Chicago Police Department was for theft. Subsequently, Olsen was taken to headquarters, booked for having the in-state warrant, and extradited to West Chicago.

Edmund Grissen, 27, of Chicago was arrested on the morning of Aug. 30 for having an arrest warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing. Grissen was initially stopped for a traffic violation on the 600 block of Harlem Ave., but the reporting officer performed a name check (the only form of identification Grissen had was an Oak Park Hospital employee card), and discovered an arrest warrant in his name. The DuPage County Sheriff’s Police Department issued the warrant after Grissen didn’t show up to a court hearing related to charges of possession of cannabis and driving with a suspended license. Grissen said he was aware of the warrant but didn’t go to court “because it was too far” (the hearing was in Downers Grove). He was arrested and charged with having the in-state warrant but immediately posted bond and was released.

Police arrested 45-year-old Terrence O’Neal, early on the morning of Aug. 31, after discovering that he was wanted by Illinois State police. O’Neal was found rummaging through garbage cans in an alley on the 600 block of Adams when an officer stopped him and asked for his identification. A computer check revealed the arrest warrant and O’Neal was taken into custody. The police report does not specify the charges associated with the O’Neal’s arrest warrant. But he was charged with having the warrant, and a state trooper came to headquarters to extradite him.


Arrested for slapping security guard

David Nance, 53, of Chicago was arrested, early Sept. 1, after he allegedly slapped a female security guard at the CTA Blue Line Forest Park stop.

According to the police report, Nance slapped the security guard on the arm after she tried to move him from standing in the way of the station’s handicap exit.

Police were called, and Nance was arrested and charged with battery.


These items were obtained from the records filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.

-Compiled by Nick Moroni