Lengthy loo visit spurs arrest

Forest Park police were summoned by staff at Thornton’s gas station, in the 600 block of Harlem, around 7 p.m., Feb. 4, saying a patron had been inside the men’s bathroom for more than 30 minutes. A 27-year-old Chicago man exited the bathroom after police knocked on the door. He reportedly said it was “crazy” to call police when he was just using the bathroom. Officers noticed that his pupils were “extremely pinpointed” and he exhibited confusion about his address. A safety pat-down revealed a hypodermic needle in the man’s jacket, and officers found another needle, cap and foil wrapper in the bathroom garbage can. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Buttocks-grab leads to battery charge

A woman told police she was riding the escalator at the Blue Line Desplaines station around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 9 when a man behind her allegedly grabbed her buttocks, reportedly saying, “Hey baby, what’s up,” and “I love you.” The woman tried to get away but told police she was blocked by other people on the escalator. She told police she then boarded a parked, driverless Pace bus and while waiting for the bus to leave, made eye contact with the perpetrator through the bus window. The 28-year-old Chicago man then allegedly entered the bus, clenched his fists and told her he would “beat her ass.” When she argued with him, he allegedly shoved his hands into his pants pockets implying a weapon and told her “B—-, I’m gonna shoot you in the f—— head.” No weapon was displayed. The bus driver appeared and called police, at which time the man exited the bus. The responding officer observed that the man smelled of alcohol. He reportedly told the officer he “didn’t do nothing.” No weapon was found on his person. He was charged with aggravated battery on a public way.

Shoplifter matched police flyer

A loss-prevention employee from Ultra Foods called police around 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 9 after recognizing a serial shoplifter who had allegedly been seen stealing items in the store in multiple incidents since the end of January. Police had created a flyer with the man’s photo based on video surveillance images. The man was stopped as he exited the store and police observed bulging jacket sleeves. Recovered from the 41-year-old Chicago man were 48 sticks of Axe deodorant, one bottle of Axe spray and six bottles of Dove body wash, valued at $249.35. The man allegedly told police he had a $100 per day heroin habit and stole items to sell on the street to make money to buy heroin “so he won’t get sick.” He was charged with retail theft.

Shoplifting cosmetics

A 27-year-old Forest Park woman was stopped by Walmart security around 3:10 p.m. on Feb. 6 as she attempted to leave the store with around $191.47 worth of merchandise she had allegedly lifted from the cosmetics aisle and concealed in her purse.

On Feb. 5 around 11:46 p.m. Forest Park police picked up a Broadview woman, 22, detained by the Walmart security officers. According to Walmart employees, the woman was observed carrying a pink canvas tote bag into which she placed 42 makeup and facial items worth $287.83. She allegedly carried other items in plain view, for which she paid and then tried to exit the store with the pink bag filled with stolen cosmetics. Since the woman was on probation for an earlier retail theft, the assistant state’s attorney approved an upgrade in charges to felony retail theft.

Forest Park officer assists in Chicago arrest

A Forest Park police officer assisted Chicago police in the arrest of two men who threatened a juvenile victim with a baseball bat and robbed him around 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 in south Chicago.

“The officer was returning from another assignment and saw [the robbery],” said Forest Park Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas. The robbery took place on the 3600 block of South Hoyle in Chicago. The officer, in an unmarked car, heard a radio dispatch and observed two men enter a parked vehicle. He assisted a Chicago police officer in the arrest, Aftanas said.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 4-10, 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.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...