Two women were arrested in Forest Park, early Oct. 23, after police discovered one had an in-state warrant and the other was allegedly driving under the influence.

When Samantha Miller, 21, of Joliet, was first stopped at Madison Street and Burkhardt Court, an officer asked her for her driver’s license and insurance – she had neither. Miller told the officer her license was expired and offered a state identification card instead.

The officer reportedly smelled alcohol on her breath and asked her to perform field sobriety tests. She failed them all.

A passenger in the car, 22-year-old Ashley Jefferson of Chicago, was also arrested after the officer ran her identification through a police computer and learned that she had an arrest warrant out of DuPage County.

Both were taken to headquarters, where Jefferson was charged with having the in-state warrant. Miller was charged with two counts of DUI. She was also charged with single counts of driving with no license, improper backing, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Miller received the second DUI count after she submitted to a Breathalyzer and her blood-alcohol-content registered at .199 – more than twice the legal limit is .08.

Trespassing in a portable toilet

A Forest Park man was arrested on the morning of Oct. 23 for trespassing on the property of a Madison Street eatery that burned down last month.

According to police, a building contractor found 36-year-old Keith Bolden hiding inside the charred remains of Skrine Chops restaurant, 7230 Madison St., and called police. (Skrine Chops caught fire in September and suffered extensive damage.)

Bolden fled the scene, but police were able to locate him after a description of the suspect was provided. 

When he was apprehended, Bolden said he entered the Skrine Chops property, which is fenced off and displays signs that warn against trespassing, because he had to use the portable toilet and couldn’t wait.

Bolden was charged with criminal trespassing.

Ticketed for stealing kid’s bike

A reportedly homeless Chicago man was issued a citation early Oct. 22 after he allegedly stole a pink Huffy bicycle from a rack near the CTA Blue Line Station.

An officer on patrol spotted 19-year-old Marquail Stevenson on the bike, near the 711 Desplaines Ave. station, and went to question him.

When the officer asked the 150-pound man whose bicycle he was riding, Stevenson pointed to the bike rack and said “I dunno, I just took it from over there.”

He said it was lying near the rack with no lock on it, and he planned to ride until he got to First Avenue, at which point he was going to “ditch it.”

Stevenson was given a citation for theft of property under $300. 

TV thief doesn’t go down easy

Police arrested a Cicero man on the night of Oct. 21 after he allegedly tried to steal a 32-inch television from the local K-Mart.

Forty-one-year-old Anibel Montanez reportedly picked up the $270 TV from the electronics section of the 7630 Roosevelt Rd. store and then left without paying for it.

Montanez was approached by security guards in the parking lot, but he dropped the TV and tried to flee, police reported. Store security apprehended him.

According to the reporting officer, Montanez was bleeding from the face when police arrived. Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas said Montanez drew blood while struggling with Kmart security guards.

Montanez was taken to the station where he was charged with retail theft.

Theft suspect stealing to buy drugs

A felony charge for retail theft was handed down to a man who allegedly tried to steal alcohol from the local CVS to support his heroin addiction.

On Oct. 21, 52-year-old Tony Peterson, of Chicago, was arrested at the 7216 Circle Avenue store, where he was being held by security guards after trying to steal three 1.75-liter bottles of Absolut Vodka.

According to a police report, Peterson put aluminum foil over the theft-detection devices (in an attempt to prevent the alarm from going off) and then placed the bottles in his backpack.

As he tried to leave the store, Peterson was stopped by a security guard who had been following him.

He was taken to headquarters and, during a police interview, he reportedly said he stole the liquor to buy heroin.

Following Cook County State’s Attorney Nicholas Kantas’ approval, Peterson was charged with a felony for retail theft due to a past conviction.

Weed charge awaits man at police station

An Oak Park man who was arrested for driving and vehicle violations on the night of Oct. 20, was slapped with a cannabis charge after police found marijuana in his sock.

Fifty-six-year-old Phillip Blackburn was pulled over in Oak Park, at the intersection of I-290 and Home Avenue, after an officer noticed him driving in Forest Park with no front or rear license plates.

Blackburn was arrested when police learned his license was suspended.

When Blackburn was taken to headquarters, police performed a search and found four bags of marijuana hidden in his sock.

He was charged with driving with a suspended license, expired vehicle registration and a cannabis control offense.

Verbal, physical attacks near Dunkin’ Donuts

Police arrested an Oak Park man on the afternoon Oct. 19 after he allegedly threatened and harassed people in and near the local Dunkin’ Donuts, and even struck one woman, all while refusing orders by employees to vacate the property.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jessie Jackson Jr. was apprehended by police after employees at the 1 S. Harlem Ave. called, complaining about Jackson’s behavior.

According to a police report, Jackson struck a woman in the face, cursed at customers and pedestrians, and yelled crude, sexual comments at several women. The woman Jackson allegedly struck was not around for police to interview, the officer reported. 

A report also states that Jackson seemed intoxicated, was belligerent and struggled as officers attempted to arrest him.

Jackson was charged with two counts of simple assault; and single counts of criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, respectively. 

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 17-23, and represent 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