74-year-old man beaten with chair
A couple told police they were eating lunch in a booth at Long John Silver’s, 123 Harlem Ave., around 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 31, when a seemingly inebriated man entered the restaurant, slunk into a nearby booth and passed out. When he regained consciousness, he reportedly began to use profanity and demanded that restaurant staff call 911. The woman told police her 74-year-old husband rose from his seat and reprimanded the man for his language, whereupon the man allegedly picked up a chair and beat the older man with it.
The victim was taken to the Rush Oak Park Hospital emergency room with his wife, where he was treated for injuries to his abdomen, knee and wrist from being struck with the chair and from his head hitting an object as he fell.
The offender was taken to Forest Park Police station where he was charged with aggravated battery to a senior citizen and battery.
No luck with the ladies
Police reported a 24-year-old man from Westchester was standing in the middle of the 400 block of Ferdinand shouting the “F-word” while holding a plastic rocks glass containing a caramel-colored liquid around 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 4. The officer stopped the squad car and asked the man what was in the glass, to which he replied, “F___, Officer, I’m just having myself a drink while meeting some females.” He pointed to some women in a nearby vehicle and confided that he was “trying to meet” them. He then showed the officer his ID, while repeating the expletive a couple more times. The officer gave him a warning and told him to pour out his drink and keep his voice down or he would be arrested. The man apologized and poured out the drink.
The officer reported that less than 30 minutes later, he encountered the same man again, with a plastic cup re-filled with amber liquid standing in the 7200 block of Madison yelling down the street after a woman who was walking away on the sidewalk. The officer stopped the squad car and the man threw his cup to the ground.
The man denied the cup was his and told the officer he was the son of a police officer. He received a local ordinance citation for Open Liquor in Public.
Two neighboring apartments in the 7200 block of Adams St. were discovered to have been broken into during the day on Oct. 29. A woman told police she arrived home around 5 p.m. and heard a loud crashing noise as she entered her apartment. She noticed the blinds of the dining room window had been moved and upon further inspection, observed that the window was pushed up and the air-conditioning unit pushed in.
A car stereo was stolen from an unlocked 1989 Cadillac Fleetwood parked in the first block of Bergman Court overnight on Nov. 3. The stereo was described as a 10-inch black Kenwood worth $300. Police did not observe any signs of forced entry on the Cadillac.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 21- Nov. 4, 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