Disgruntled PACE passenger gets violent

A PACE bus driver told police a 21-year-old man from Maywood exited his bus, May 14 around 12:30 p.m., at Madison Street and Elgin Avenue and started walking westbound on Madison. The driver said he observed the man pick up a glass bottle and then a rock and then allegedly throw both at the windows of the bus, causing a window to shatter. The driver called 911 and followed the offender down Madison Street, where he reportedly witnessed the man kicking at garbage cans and slapping at awnings and street umbrellas. Police arrived and arrested the man, charging him with criminal damage to property.

Panhandler cuts ear in arrest struggle

Forest Park police responded to a call about a man allegedly tampering with autos in the Walmart parking lot. They observed the 26-year-old Oak Park man approaching customers and asking a question to which the subjects would shake their head in a refusing manner. After five minutes, the responding officer spoke to the man, who reportedly said, “I was just asking for some food and money; you don’t have to run my name or nothing.” When informed he was under arrest for soliciting funds, he reportedly became belligerent, calling the arresting officers “homosexuals.” Officers were able to get the man into custody, but not before placing him in a control hold and lifting him bodily into the squad car. While the resistant man was being placed in the squad car, he reportedly sustained a laceration to his left ear. He declined medical treatment and was charged with resisting arrest and soliciting.

Woman strikes parked car after partying

A 24-year-old River Forest woman was charged with DUI after her 2005 Hyundai XG crashed into a parked Dodge Caravan across the street from the Forest Park Police Station around 11:30 p.m. on May 15. She told police she had been watching hockey games at Fat Duck on Madison Street and consumed three drinks. At the police station, she blew a .217 on the breathalyzer, over twice the legal blood alcohol limit of .08. She was charged with DUI and traffic violations.

Bag of pot leads to juvenile fight, robbery

Police responded to a call about a robbery that had just occurred at the intersection of Harrison Street and the Circle Avenue bridge around 9:40 p.m., May 17. They observed three male juveniles running north over the bridge, and recognizing one of them, ordered them to stop. One stopped, but the others continued to run, one of them jumping the dog park fence at Lehmer Street and fleeing. The victim and the detained juvenile told police that the four were walking in a group when one boy pulled off his baseball cap and a bag of marijuana allegedly fell to the sidewalk. Another juvenile allegedly snatched the bag and wouldn’t return it. According to the victim, the companions then demanded he remove his Gucci belt and allegedly began to threaten him physically, stating, “You don’t want to get jumped over this.” He told police he surrendered the belt and the companions ran away. After questioning, police turned the detained juveniles over to their guardians. The escaped juveniles are wanted for a continued robbery investigation.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, May 12-19, 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...