‘Someone said I could come in’

Forest Park police were summoned to a residence for a report of a burglary in the 1000 block of Ferdinand Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23. A male resident told officers he was on the second floor of the house and walked downstairs when he noticed the back door to the house was ajar. It had been closed when he went upstairs. He called out to his roommate but got no answer. He was surprised when an unknown man around 30 wearing a puffy white winter jacket and a black knit cap with black gloves stepped from an alcove into the hallway. “Who the f— are you?” he asked the intruder, who replied, “Someone said I could come in.” When asked “who?” the man fled out the open back door, clutching two black sacks, running northbound in the Ferdinand /Lathrop alley. The victim recognized the sacks as his black pillowcases. Police noted that two bedrooms had been rummaged through with belongings strewn about the floor. Several wall tiles were broken off in the kitchen, scraped off by the offender as he fled, the victim told police. Missing from the house were two pillowcases, two men’s wristwatches, one silver and one leather, more than 100 DVDs, one PlayStation 2 control unit and a Dell 20-inch laptop computer. Police searching the neighborhood were unable to find the offender. An estimated loss was not provided.

Just another Blue Line morning

Forest Park police arrived at the CTA Blue Line terminal, 711 Desplaines Ave. around 9:20 a.m. Oct. 24 after they got word of a man causing a disturbance and exposing his penis during the morning rush hour. They found a 51-year-old Chicago man screaming obscenities on the north side of the terminal. When an officer arrived and told him he was under arrest, he allegedly walked up aggressively and verbally used obscenities at the officer. The cop pulled out his TASER X 26 and pointed it at the man ordering him to turn around and place his hands behind his back. When the officer tried to turn the man around physically, he shouted an obscenity and attempted to square off against the officer while flailing his arms.

The officer reported he swiped the man’s legs with his left foot and physically took the offender “down to the ground.” The Chicago man struck his face on the cement, the report said. After a brief struggle he was placed in custody.

CTA workers told the police the man showed up at the CTA terminal area around 8 a.m. acting erratic and using obscenities. An employee told the cops she saw the man approach a female customer in her thirties and slap a tall cup of coffee out of her hand. The customer was in a hurry to get downtown and declined to file a complaint, the employee said. When he was asked to leave CTA property, the man refused and then swore and unzipped his pants, exposing his penis. Just then, Forest Park cops arrived.

At the police station, the man told police he slapped the coffee from the woman’s hand because he was jealous. He said he only exposed his penis to urinate. He said he didn’t mean to resist arrest and wasn’t thinking. He was charged with resisting a peace officer, public indecency and criminal trespass to land. He was unable to post bond and remained in custody.


An apartment in the 7500 block of Jackson was burglarized while the resident was away between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Oct. 25 she told police. The victim told police she arrived home and found her front door had been forced open. She also found several items missing from her home including a $700 Toshiba laptop and a Skype camera. Also removed were various gold chains, three Chase Bank Master cards, a 14K gold class ring and two gold Hampton pens. Total estimated loss was not reported.

Girl fight

Police arrived at the 300 block of Desplaines Ave. around 5:40 p.m. after they were told of a fight between two women ages 26 and 23 taking place on the north side of a building at Desplaines and Washington. The 23-year-old woman told police she pulled into a parking lot with her car to find the second woman waiting for her. The 26-year-old then accused the first of having an affair with her husband, police said. The two began to argue and the allegedly wronged wife became enraged and punched the other woman with a closed fist in the face several times. The two continued to fight until the accuser fled the scene. Police apprehended her at Washington Boulevard and Circle Avenue and she was taken into custody where she refused to make a statement. The other woman signed a complaint for battery against her. The second woman suffered cuts and scratches on her nose and face.

Bar slugger

Police were summoned to Slainte, 7505 Madison St., around 1:15 a.m. Oct. 27 after a patron began to punch an employee in the head from behind as the barman tried to stop a different disturbance. The 27-year-old Chicago man had been ejected and was being held down outside by bar staff at the time police arrived. The man in custody said he didn’t know the staff member he struck was an employee, despite the blue shirt with the bar logo worn by the victim. Police reported he was extremely intoxicated and apologized for hitting the Slainte employee. The employee was mildly injured in the incident, but he declined medical attention and returned to work, police said. The bar patron was charged with battery and issued a citation. He was sent on his way, told to stay out of Slainte and left Madison Street in a taxi with his friends.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 20-27, 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.

—Compiled by Jean Lotus

Tip hotline

Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the Forest Park police department’s hotline at 708-615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.

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...