Kicked out of Doc Ryan’s and Tasered

Police were summoned to Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St., around 1:40 a.m., Aug. 18, after an unruly, intoxicated patron, who had been kicked out, continued to return to the tavern and allegedly threatened another customer by getting in his face and shouting, “I’m going to f— you up.” Police found the 24-year-old Maywood man, who appeared intoxicated, on the sidewalk nearby and advised him that the other bar patron wanted to press charges against him for threatening him.

Advised he was being arrested for aggravated assault, the man said, “No I’m not, I didn’t do nothing,” and “I’m just standing here.” When he was asked to put his hands on the squad car, the man refused. The responding officer unholstered his Taser X26 and advised him to place his hands on the squad car. The man refused three times, even when told the Taser would be used if he did not cooperate.

Another officer arrived and the Taser was re-holstered, until the offender became combative and belligerent, pulling his arms away and attempting to escape as two officers pinned him to the squad car. At that point the officer un-holstered the Taser and deployed the probes into his back. After being Tasered, the offender shouted, “I’m going to sue the s— out of you.” He reportedly continued his belligerent conduct at the Forest Park police station where he called officers names and invited the officers to take off their badges and “come in [the detention cell] with me.” He was charged with aggravated assault and resisting/obstructing arrest.

At Doc Ryan’s later that night, a 23-year-old Elmhurst man allegedly approached two auxiliary officers and demanded to know why they were in the bar, saying, “What the f— are you guys doin’ here? Get the f— out and do something else.” He then allegedly adopted a boxing stance and threatened one officer. At that point an unknown woman tried to steer the offender out the door and onto the sidewalk. As he was walking with his friend, he turned and shouted “Rape, rape, rape!” until he stood in one officer’s face.

He was told he was under arrest for assault, but when officers tried to take him into custody, he reportedly twisted his arm and fought so that one officer sustained cuts on his arm. As he was being led to the squad car, the offender reportedly boasted, “You guys can’t do s— because my parents are police commissioners in Forest Park and Elmhurst.” At the station, he refused to sign the Miranda form, slamming down the pen and saying he did not know what he was signing and wanted a lawyer. He then reportedly said, “No hablas ingles.” He was charged with assault and resisting an officer.

iPhone snatched on Pace bus

A woman told police she was a passenger on a southbound Pace bus on Harlem Avenue when a male approached the passenger seated in front of her and asked to see her bus map. After perusing it for several minutes, he handed it back, then pulled the stop cord on the bus. As the bus stopped, he walked to the victim, reached over a seat and allegedly grabbed her iPhone from her hands with such violent force it broke two fingernails on her left hand, causing them to bleed. He then fled northbound on Harlem, where he was spotted by police shortly thereafter in the 1100 block of South Boulevard in Oak Park. The male juvenile, age 17, was taken into custody and charged with felony robbery.

DUI crash

Police arrived on the scene of a car accident in the 400 block of Hannah Avenue around 1:20 a.m. on Aug. 18 and found a 1998 gold Dodge on the sidewalk with a driver standing outside the vehicle. The Dodge had struck and knocked over a stop sign. The vehicle’s owner, a 41-year-old Plainfield man, reportedly told police, “My axle broke and I lost control of the car.” The officer noted he could smell a strong odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath as he spoke. Another officer noted heavy damage and fresh paint transfer on the front right passenger side of the Dodge. A 2000 Dodge parked half a block away was observed to be damaged, with paint transfer. On a breathalyzer, the driver blew a blood alcohol content score of .168, more than two times the legal limit of .08. He was charged with DUI, operating an uninsured vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

Bike thefts

A locked bicycle was removed from a parking meter near the CVS in the 7200 block of Circle Avenue, the afternoon of Aug. 12.

A bicycle left secured for seven days at the Blue Line CTA station at 711 Desplaines Avenue was removed while the owner was on vacation, he told police on Aug. 6.

The front wheel of a bike locked at the CTA Blue Line rack between 4 a.m. and 5 p.m. was removed on Aug. 15.

Catalytic converter cut-offs

The catalytic converter was removed from a 2002 Chevy van parked overnight, Aug. 11-12, behind the 1100 block of Elgin Avenue. Estimated loss was $934.

The catalytic converter was sawed off a 2008 Hyundai parked in the 1100 block of Harlem Avenue sometime during the day, Aug. 11-12.

Heroin zipper fail

Police responded to phone calls that the driver of a gray Chevy, traveling southbound on Harlem Avenue around 4 p.m. Aug. 13, was “recklessly swerving and ‘nodding off’ at the wheel.” Police followed the vehicle with emergency lights and sirens south into Berwyn, and officers noticed that when the driver observed the squad car in his rear-view mirror, he looked down into his lap repeatedly. Officers thought he was texting, but when they finally curbed the car in the 2000 block of Harlem, they observed him moving his hands furtively in his crotch area, attempting to put a clear plastic bag into the open zipper fly of his jeans. Failing that, officers observed him throw the baggie under the seat on the passenger side. Police recovered the bag, which contained 15 individual zip-lock bags of an off-white powdery substance that later tested positive for heroin. The man, Anthony J. Gash, 30, of Berwyn, told police he had been sober from heroin use for several years but had just started to use the drug again. He said he bought the heroin two days prior, purchasing 28 baggies in Chicago for $240. Police impounded the Chevy and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, driving with an expired vehicle and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Seatbelt-less children attract officer

Forest Park police stopped a 24-year-old Rockford man, passing through town westbound in the 7600 block of Madison Street, after observing a pack of small children riding without seatbelts in the back of the man’s 1999 Buick Allure. Three children under age 8 and a fourth child in the front seat were riding unsecured without seatbelts or car seats. The driver was found to have a suspended license. He was placed into custody and charged with driving with license suspended and four counts of traffic violations for not securing the children.

224 grams of pot and pistol recovered in traffic stop

A driver who decided to pass a Forest Park police squad car on the right in the traffic lane came to the officer’s attention around 11:30 p.m., Aug. 16, and was pulled over. The officer was parked at a stoplight in the 7400 block of Roosevelt Road, when a 25-year-old Broadview man driving a 2006 Pontiac pulled beside the squad car on the right in the parking lane. When the light turned green, the driver pulled forward, passing the squad car, at which point the officer curbed the Pontiac. Noting the strong smell of cannabis emitting from the vehicle, the officer asked the driver to exit the car. Given permission to search the Pontiac, the officer recovered two bags totaling 224 grams of cannabis and a Taurus PT pro pistol, loaded with nine live .45 caliber rounds with the serial number scratched off. William H. Morris was charged with felony possession of cannabis over 30 grams with intent to deliver, unlawful use of a weapon, and traffic violations.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 12-18, 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...