Racial slurs fly in late-night flght outside bar

 Police arrived at Doc Ryan’s tavern on Madison Street, Sept. 13 at 1:45 a.m., in response to a fight on the sidewalk. One man, bleeding, who appeared intoxicated, stated he emerged from the bar only to be jumped by men who hit him in the face. While waiting for the ambulance, a sergeant saw a man shoving a woman, and arrested a Chicago man. Another woman told police the incident began as she walked down Madison toward Doc Ryan’s. A group of males approached her and began “hitting on her.” When she told them she was uninterested, the group reportedly attempted to follow her into the bar but were denied entry by the bouncer. When her friends inside the bar heard her story, she said, they headed outside to confront the men and were attacked. As police tried to clear Madison Street, one man emerged from a crowd of about 40 yelling people. Officers believed he was trying to gather a group to fight others on the street by yelling racial slurs. Police arrested a young man from Elmwood Park. After that man was placed in the back of a squad car, he reportedly continued to yell racial slurs and slam his body against the window. At the station, he was placed in a separate holding cell from the Chicago man, who was cited for public fighting and released. The Elmwood Park man  was accused of reckless conduct. During booking, officers noted, he seemed intoxicated and belligerent, swearing, continuing to use racial slurs, and accusing Forest Park police of being “fags.”


On Sept. 8 just after 5 p.m., police were sent to the CVS on Circle Avenue after a man suspected of trying to steal a box of protein bars allegedly struck a female CVS worker in the face, then fled. Officers caught a man matching his description as he ran east on North Boulevard from Harlem. LeRoy Burton, 46, of Chicago, was charged with battery.

Shoes and watches

A theft-in-progress call took police to Kmart on Roosevelt Road, Sept. 8 at 7:13 p.m., where officers tried to stop a man answering the offender’s description as he headed east on foot. The suspect ignored police orders at first but ultimately stopped. He was carrying a cooler-style bag that looked full and wore a new-looking large wristwatch. In his pocket was another wristwatch with the protective plastic still on the face. The bag contained two more watches, a pair of men’s gym shoes, two autographed baseballs, one bag of peanut M&Ms and a Cubs cap. Michael A. Humphreys, 47, of Chicago, could not produce a receipt for said goods. He was also wearing a spanking new pair of black and orange gym shoes with the plastic that would hold a price tag still attached. After being read his rights, Humphrey reportedly told police he stole one watch, but all the other items were gifts from his sister. He was charged with felony retail theft.

Target practice

When callers reported a man shooting a gun out the second-story window of a residence in the 200 block of Elgin, police arrived to find a 22-year-old Chicago man, who reportedly admitted shooting plastic cups in the backyard with a BB gun; the incident took place Sept. 10 at 6:11 p.m. Joshua A. Jenkins was cited for unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Drug investigation leads to Elmwood Park

A narcotics investigation by Forest Park police led to a warrant executed on a house in the 7900 block of Sunset in Elmwood Park, Sept. 14 at 6:30 a.m. Kristopher Anthony Perez, 24, and Julio Cesar Guzman, 20, both of Elmwood Park, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. Police recovered a police tactical baton, a glass pipe and blue grinder with cannabis residue, two more pipes, a pill bottle containing suspected cannabis, a zip-lock bag full of much smaller zip-locks and clear empty capsules, as well as 12 capsules containing suspected methamphetamine.

Stolen vehicle recovered in traffic stop

On Sept. 11 at 11:11 a.m., an officer who ran the plate of a green Ford Explorer as it pulled out from Lexington to First Avenue and onto the eastbound I-290 learned it had been reported stolen three days earlier. The officer curbed the vehicle and informed driver Tracy White, 47, of Chicago, of the hot status of the Ford, to which White reportedly responded he had merely borrowed the vehicle from an old friend. The registered owner, however, told police he parked the Ford in the Forest Preserve lot, Sept. 8, only to return from work to find it missing. He said he kept an extra key under the back seat and must have left it unlocked because none of the windows were damaged. White was charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle and driving on a revoked license. 

 These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Sept. 8-14, 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 Amy Malina

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