A local man who fled the scene of a domestic disturbance on the night of Oct. 3 was arrested in a nearby Madison Street alley shortly after he ran away.

Police found 21-year-old Forest Parker Collin Sharp hiding in the rear exterior stairwell of a building on the 7500 block of Madison Street, next door to the apartment complex he ran from.

Officers were chasing him because, earlier, he was allegedly involved in a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend in the apartment he left. 

When the officers arrived at the apartment and asked to come inside, Sharp reportedly closed the door on them, locked it and fled the scene. An assisting officer found Sharp next door, though, under the stairs, and arrested him.

Sharp’s girlfriend said that, although she and Sharp were arguing, the conflict never became physical. She did smash several dishes on the floor, though, according to the police report.

Officers also found an unspecified amount of marijuana at the apartment, which, Sharp later explained during a police interview, is why he closed the door on the officers. He also did so because of an arrest warrant out of Cook County for a DUI charge, he said.

Sharp was processed for having the instate warrant, obstructing justice, and having drug paraphernalia.

Stealing to support a habit

A 47-year-old Maywood woman, who was arrested on Oct. 4 for trying to steal over $400 in merchandise from the local Walmart, told police she did so to support her drug habit.

Karen White was caught by Walmart security allegedly stuffing over 20 items in her purse and trying to sneak out of the 1300 Desplaines Ave. store. When the value of the merchandise was tallied, it came out to $439, police reported.

The report also stated that White was arrested late last year at the same store, for the same transgression.

White was brought to headquarters where she told police she stole the items so she could sell them and purchase heroin.

White was ultimately charged with felony retail theft due to the large amount of merchandise she tried to take. She was also charged with criminal trespassing.

Busted with heroin and opiate substitute

A Winfield man who was initially stopped for traffic violations on the night of Oct. 6 was arrested after the reporting officer found heroin and prescription drugs in his car.

Thirty-six-year-old Ary J. Papanicholas was halted at the intersection of Harvard Street and Desplaines Avenue, after an officer saw him illegally change lanes and make an unlawful U-turn.

When the officer approached Papanicholas’ car, the driver was reportedly “shaking uncontrollably” and was asked out of the car. When he did not immediately do so, the officer reportedly forced him out.

A search of the car was performed and the officer found six grams of heroin and a foil packet with eight pills of Subuxone, a controlled substance (available by prescription only) that is used to treat addiction to opiates.

Papanicholas was charged with possessing a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He was also charged with making an improper U-turn and failing to signal. 

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 3-7, 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.

-Nick Moroni