Shots fired in Forest Home Cemetery

Forest Park police responded to multiple callers saying they heard at least 10 shots fired in Forest Home Cemetery around 1 p.m. on Feb. 23. Police stopped two vehicles “hastily leaving the cemetery” but police recovered no weapons from the cars. Officers discovered around thirty 7.62 x 39 shell casings found on the ground next to a grave in the Guadalupe section of the cemetery, just west of the apartment buildings in the 1000 block of Desplaines. The bullet shells were most likely disseminated from a AK-47 type weapon, reports said. No arrests were made.

Couple with kids stopped for heroin

A couple from Lombard was stopped by Forest Park police at the intersection of First and Fillmore avenues in Maywood after officers observed their green 1999 Ford making several turns without signaling. The male driver, 41, told police his license was suspended. He was ordered out of the vehicle and, during a safety patdown, officers allegedly recovered from his jacket pocket a clear zip-lock bag containing 0.5 grams of an off-white powdery substance suspected to be heroin. The man told police he had just purchased the drugs. He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. His fiancée, a 29-year-old woman, was released without charges and was allowed to leave the station with their two small children.

Can’t stay away from Doc’s

Police were summoned for a second time in one night, around 1:40 a.m. on Feb. 23, after a 27-year-old Oak Park man re-entered Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St., from which he had been ejected twice earlier in the evening. The man had been asked to leave the first time after bringing his own bottle of tequila into the tavern, which was not allowed. The tavern’s manager confiscated the almost empty bottle and told the man to leave, but he loitered around the entrance about an hour later. After he entered a third time, managers called police, at which point the man fled across the street to Shortstop Lounge, 7425 Madison St., where police arrested him and charged him with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Wallet thief and a sex offender

A man told police he was paying for his meal at Hibachi Grill, 7610 Roosevelt Rd. around 4:30 p.m., Feb. 23, when a man allegedly grabbed his wallet from the counter and fled from the restaurant. The victim followed the man outside and was able to describe to police the car and provide a partial license plate number. Some officers immediately went to the Citgo station at 7400 Roosevelt Road, since offenders often immediately go to a gas station to use any credit cards found in a stolen purse or wallet.

There police found a car matching the victim’s description with a driver and two passengers. The 49-year-old male driver told police his stepson in the rear passenger seat had found the wallet on the ground and they were just going to return it. The man’s wife in the front seat reached down on the driver side floor board and retrieved the wallet, which she gave to police. It contained identification, but no cash or credit cards.

While the driver and his passengers were being questioned at the station, police found that the man’s 29-year-old stepson had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to register as a violent sex offender. He was arrested for failing to register. Due to a previous theft conviction, the driver was charged with felony theft.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 16-24, 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 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...