Carjackers attack victim with pipe, pepper spray

A gas station attendant at BP Amoco at Harlem Avenue and Washington Street said two women tried to carjack a Jeep Cherokee around 11:10 p.m., July 1. The female owner of the Jeep told police she was pumping gas when two women, one heavy-set with shoulder length hair, approached and sprayed her in the face with a burning substance. The offender then struck her on the head with a metal pipe and tried to grab the keys from the ignition. The car owner wrestled the woman out of her car and received a second thump on the head with the metal pipe before the failed carjacker called her a “crazy b—” and drove off in a Volkswagen Jetta. The victim was taken to Loyola hospital for treatment. Forest Park police took DNA samples from the Jeep and made arrangements to watch surveillance video of the attack.

Commuter takes it out on bench

A 29-year-old man from Chicago was charged with criminal damage to property after he allegedly attacked a PACE bus stop bench in the 7200 block of Harlem Avenue by cutting it with a pocket knife and breaking it into several pieces. He told police he was angry about the PACE scheduling because he had just missed the No. 307 southbound bus after getting off work. He also allegedly carved a rude epithet about PACE into the Currency Exchange sign near the bus stop several times. Estimated damage was $250. 

Unpretty in pink

A woman wearing a pink dress was seen in a video removing a package from the vestibule of a building in the 300 block of Circle Avenue around 2:23 p.m., June 28. The rightful owner of the package said it contained two dresses from Black and White, ordered online and worth $100.   

The heat is gone

Three heating radiators worth $3,000 were removed from a vacant home under renovation in the 100 block of Rockford Avenue between May 11 and June 6. The lien holder on the home made the police report.

Questionable marketing

Police were summoned to the Thornton’s gas station parking lot at 2:47 p.m., July 1, after a 24-year-old Oswego man reportedly asked patrons if they wanted to buy drugs from the open window of his 1993 red Toyota. When cops arrived, they observed a syringe in plain sight and the man using a piece of cotton to wipe blood from his hand. He insisted he wasn’t selling drugs, just shooting up heroin himself. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Shoplifting with dad

A father-daughter team from Cicero was stopped at Wal-Mart around 9:51 p.m., July 1, after loss-prevention agents observed them scanning only select objects in their overflowing carts at the self-scanner and bagging the rest without paying. The total, which was not itemized, added up to $318, making the pair eligible for felony retail theft charges. The 15-year-old daughter wasn’t charged and was released to a relative. Dad, age 36, was charged with felony theft.  

Just under

Two 20-year-old Broadview men were pulled over in a 2003 Buick Allure in the 8300 block of Madison Street around 4:49 p.m., July 2, after police noticed the vehicle had an obstructed windshield. Inside, in plain view, were numerous empty zip-lock bags. In the rear of the car, police recovered 29.4 grams of a green leafy substance, limbo-ing just below the 30-gram weight that merits a felony charge. They were charged with possession with intent to deliver.

Another car, driven by a 22-year-old Chicago man was curbed near the 7400 block of Madison Street around 4:30 p.m., July 3. He, too, had just less than 30 grams (29.2) in his 1987 Mercury.

Taking it out on her car

A 57-year-old woman called Forest Park police after seeing three men in a blue pickup truck damaging a vehicle in the alley behind the 1400 blocks of Harlem and Elgin avenues around 2:26 a.m., July 4. The car, which belonged to the former girlfriend of one of the offenders, suffered breakage of both side mirrors, tail lights and headlights and had scratches all over. All three men were determined to be under 21 and intoxicated. The vehicle’s owner was located and she signed complaints against the aggrieved boyfriend, who was charged with criminal damage to property.

Municipal building burglarized

A ringing alarm at 3:08 a.m., July 4, alerted officers to a break-in at a building in the 7700 block of Van Buren Street. Officers observed a broken window with a chair below it. Inside they found a crowbar and an overturned cabinet. An office door had been booted open and still had footwear impressions. Inside the office, wires were found unplugged and a computer hard drive appeared to be missing. The building was boarded up at 5:12 a.m. 

Gang graffiti

Spray paint was used to transform a stop sign in the 300 block of Burkhardt Street to a proclamation reading “Can’t Stop Kings” complete with symbols of the Latin Kings street gang. Police notified the Village Public Works Department to clean up the vandalism. Graffiti was also observed on the 300 block of Desplaines Avenue and on a garage in the 1400 block of Harlem Avenue, July 5. 

The customer is sometimes wrong

A clerk at the 7-Eleven in the 7700 block of Roosevelt Road pushed the panic button after a 39-year-old North Riverside man asked for a hot dog and then threatened her around 11:08 p.m., July 5. As the man purchased the hot dog, he allegedly told the clerk “I’m gonna come back and kick your ass!” When police arrived, the man refused to provide identification and was belligerent. He was taken into custody for obstructing an officer, and the clerk agreed to press charges for disorderly conduct.

Burglary to auto

A 1993 Chevy parked in the 7800 block of Madison Street, overnight July 3, was found to have its front driver’s side window shattered. Missing were a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes, a pocket flashlight and a screwdriver. 

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department for June 30 to July 5 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

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...

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