Police reported that a Forest Park man, 49, allegedly punched his wife in the face and took her keys on Feb. 28 at 4:22 p.m. The victim, who ran to the police department lobby was allegedly observed to have a bleeding right ear, bruised face and cut upper and lower lips. The man was waiting for police when they entered the apartment building and reportedly said, “I saw you coming from across the street and was just trying to get another cigarette in.” Police reported that the man accused his wife of five years of visiting another man in the apartment building and being “a crackhead.” When asked what happened to his wife, he allegedly said, “She probably hit the wall with her ear.” The woman told police her husband struck her in the face and head with a closed fist and then took her keys. When the man was arrested, he allegedly called the police officer “bitch” and attempted to trip one of the officers. He was charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest.

Keep off the CTA

A 30-year-old, self-described habitual heroin addict from Chicago was recognized by police and CTA security when he refused to exit a train at the terminus of the Blue Line at 711 Desplaines Ave. around 7 a.m. on March 2. A Forest Park police officer escorted the man from the station and as he left, the offender allegedly yelled “Bitch Ass N—–” at the CTA employee. The man told police he was homeless and addicted to heroin. On his person he allegedly carried a first aid kit which contained items used to “cook” illegal narcotics for injections, including hypodermic syringes, cotton balls and a lighter. He was charged with criminal trespass, possession of drug equipment and disorderly conduct.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 21-26, 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 Jean Lotus

Senior Medicare scammers alert

Deputy Police Chief Tom Aftanas warned of reports of senior scams involving persons who falsely identify themselves as calling "from Medicare," claim to be verifying Medicare Part D enrollment, and offer to assist in filling out forms. "Watch out for this and other similar phone scams," he said. Callers are trying to "get your Medicare number or bank account information – these are simply identity thieves who will use those numbers to steal from you."

Aftanas offers these tips: Only share personal information (Social Security Numbers, Medicare information) with someone you know and trust. Make sure you know what will be done with your information once any application has been completed (i.e. will they shred your personal information or are they going to keep it on file to try to get you signed up for personal services in the future?).

"It's important to always be on the lookout for people who might be pretending to help us when really trying to take advantage of us," said Aftanas.