Man fleeing through cemetery sought in attempted murder investigation

Forest Park police arrested an 18-year-old Maywood man with an active warrant for an attempted murder investigation on July 17, after chasing him through Concordia Cemetery.

Police were summoned after a man, later identified as Keontae J. McKinney, allegedly jumped over the fence at the 711 Desplaines Ave. Blue Line stop around 10:45 a.m. and was seen running northbound through Concordia Cemetery. When stopped by officers, he said three men had recognized him at the CTA station and he feared they would jump him. An officer safety pat-down recovered two clear plastic baggies containing 15 mini Ziploc baggies marked with green dollar signs and filled with a green leafy substance, suspect cannabis. When Forest Park officers found out McKinney was wanted in connection with a Maywood homicide investigation, they contacted Maywood police, who picked up the prisoner. Forest Park police charged McKinney with possession of cannabis.

‘Someone better call police’

Officers responded to the McDonald’s restaurant at 420 Desplaines Ave. at 9:18 a.m. July 16 after a caller told dispatchers there was a man in the fast food restaurant brandishing a Sheffield brand box cutter with a razor blade in a threatening manner. When officers arrived, the 30-year-old Maywood man had put the weapon back into his pocket. When ordered to drop his knife, he reached into his pocket and dropped the knife to the ground.

A manager said the man had stood at the counter and opened up the box cutter, allegedly announcing, “Someone better call police before I start cutting people.”

About half an hour later, in custody at the police station, the man told officers, “I was on a bus and somebody was gonna do something to somebody, so I did what I did to get you guys.” He was charged with disorderly conduct.

Car theft doesn’t get far

Forest Park police reported a series of cars that had been broken into in similar manner over the last week.

A van, emerging halfway out its parking space into an alley behind a home in the 200 block of Elgin around 1:20 a.m., was the owner’s first clue that someone had tried to break into her vehicle the evening of July 19. The woman told police her son had arrived home around 12:45 a.m. and noticed the van was sticking out into the alley. The owner then went outside to examine the 2005 Chrysler Town and Country, and found the passenger’s side window pulled away from the car’s frame and noted the steering column had been peeled. For some reason the thieves had only been able to move the van a few feet into the alley instead of driving off with it, police reports said. Estimated damage was unknown.

A second unsuccessful car theft took place in the 200 block of Marengo overnight July 18-19. A car owner told police he discovered his passenger window pulled away from the frame and evidence of the car’s steering column being peeled, and the ignition bolt lying on the driver side floorboard. Nothing in the vehicle was taken, he reported.

The owner of a 2000 Dodge Caravan told police the window on his van had been pried away from the frame and the ignition column and steering lock had been damaged overnight July 19-20.

Another car’s steering column was damaged in an auto burglary attempt in the 400 block of Circle overnight July 19-20. The car was not stolen.

Van nabbed

An owner in the 300 block of Marengo told police her 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan had disappeared from the 400 block of Marengo overnight July 18. She said she was unsure if she had left the car unsecured.

A woman told police she heard the car alarm on her 2003 Dodge Caravan sound around 2 a.m. the early morning of July 20, and went out to silence the alarm. She did not inspect if further at that time, but returned at 3:30 a.m. at which time she observed the front passenger window had been pried from the door frame. It appeared that the unknown subject couldn’t gain entry into the vehicle. The damage amount was not available.

Someone hurled a rock through the left passenger side window of a 2008 Honda Accord parked overnight in the 600 block of Circle Avenue July 20-21. Removed was a window mounted GPS unit valued at $300.

A wallet containing credit cards was removed and a Pontiac was ransacked after the vehicle owner left it unlocked overnight in the 500 block of Harlem Avenue.

Double dog attack

A woman told police she was walking her German shepherd/greyhound mix dog southbound in the 1000 block of Marengo Avenue in the early morning of July 19 when two dogs pushed open the chain link gate to the front yard of a home and began to attack her dog. One was a Doberman/Labrador mix and the other a pitbull. The woman told police she screamed for help and screamed at the attacking dogs. One, the pitbull, withdrew, but the other dog continued to bite her pet. The attacking dogs’ owner, a 36-year-old Forest Park man, said someone had inadvertently left the gate ajar. He was charged with failing to vaccinate or register his dogs with the village.

Bike theft from Blue Line

A locked grey and maroon men’s 21-inch Magnum bicycle was removed from the bike rack at the Desplaines Avenue Blue Line terminal overnight July 14-15.

Driving through crosswalk

A driver who failed to stop for two groups of pedestrians crossing Madison Street told police he had slowed down for the first group at Thomas Avenue attempting to cross from north to south. But when another group tried to cross in the same direction on the same crosswalk, the driver, age 63, from Chicago, just continued on his way. He told Forest Park police he thought he only needed to slow down for pedestrians, not stop. He claimed he had not even seen the second group. He was issued a local ordinance ticket.

BYOB patron kicked out

A patron of the Short Stop Lounge was asked to leave around 11:15 p.m. July 20 by Forest Park officers. Proprietors at the tavern observed the 37-year-old Forest Park man was drinking from one of several cans of beer he’d brought into the establishment. Since the bar doesn’t sell canned beer, a manager confronted the man and told him he was not allowed to BYOB and would have to leave. The man refused until police arrived, at which point officers noted his side pockets reportedly bulging with two cans of Budweiser beer. He stated he did nothing wrong and reportedly did not understand why he was being removed from the bar. After some explaining, police issued a local ordinance citation for criminal trespass.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, July 14-21, 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...