Unauthorized road trip ends abruptly

Cops pulled over a Chevy Blazer on Harlem near the I-290 expressway around 11:30 a.m., Oct. 10, after the vehicle checked out as reported stolen from St. Louis. A woman, 20, her husband, 21, and their small dog were in possession of the vehicle, which belonged to the woman’s father and had disappeared from his workplace. Her mother told police she wanted to press charges. The two were taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass to auto. The dog was impounded at the Animal Care League. 

Street fight with bats, broom

Forest Park police broke up a fight with baseball bats and a Weber grill at an apartment building in the 7400 block of Roosevelt Road around 4:10 p.m., Oct. 14. A woman told police an unknown man rang her doorbell and, when she answered the door, demanded to speak to a person who didn’t live there. When the resident tried to close the door, he allegedly stuck his foot in the door and then tried to hurl the family’s Weber grill through the picture window. An upstairs neighbor came to her aid, armed with a baseball bat and the fight was on. Police said another man arrived in a car to join the melee with a second bat. A broomstick was also used in the fight. The unknown man jumped in a white two-door Honda Civic and drove away northbound on Beloit. Police discovered the Honda near 7400 Roosevelt and arrested two occupants, including the second bat-wielder, 23, from Berwyn. Police said the misunderstanding came from the alleged theft of an Xbox, which the first young man, 16, thought had been stolen by someone in the building. He was charged with one count of battery and released to his mother. The getaway driver was charged with aggravated assault.

Party-on in the forest preserves

A man told police his 2007 Cadillac was struck from behind by a 2008 Buick Lacrosse around 3:40 p.m., Oct. 10, in the 8300 block of Roosevelt Road. He said he saw the female driver of the Buick stop, then turn into the Forest Preserve property at Miller Meadow, where she parked in the lot. There, she and her three male passengers allegedly removed beer from the Buick, sat at a picnic table and began to drink up. Police arrived and the woman, 46, from Chicago, failed field sobriety tests. She was charged with DUI.

One of her companions, a 45-year-old man from River Forest, was arrested for disorderly conduct. 

Bikes coming and going

A 17-year-old Forest Park juvenile told police his bike disappeared from the Blue Line CTA station at 711 Desplaines Ave. sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Oct. 9. The next morning, he observed an identical bike — down to the scratches on the paint — secured with a different lock at the same location. When he returned to Forest Park from Chicago at 5 p.m., the bike was gone. He showed police a $129 receipt for his 26-inch Hyper Havoc mountain bike and said he had registered it online. Police told him to call them if he sees his bike again.

Another locked bike was reported removed from the Blue Line station around 10 p.m., Oct. 18.


A man in the 800 block of Ferdinand got a bad vibe when he opened his front door around midnight, Oct. 11, and saw a few pairs of underwear flung on the hallway floor. The man, who had left at 4:30 a.m. the previous day, said the apartment was ransacked and two televisions, an iPad, iPod, laptop and Playstation were missing. Police discovered the back door had been pried open. The report did not include an estimated loss.

Someone removed a men’s red bike from an unlocked garage in the 300 block of Circle Avenue, overnight Oct. 10-11. 

An unlocked 2010 Hyundai, parked in the 7800 block of Madison, Oct. 17-19, was discovered to be ransacked with the contents of the glove compartment strewn on the floor.

Belligerent passenger

Forest Park police assisted Oak Park with a 37-year-old Oak Park man, who appeared intoxicated and had allegedly attempted to start fights with CTA passengers near the Harlem Avenue Green Line Station at 1 Harlem Ave. He was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing to state-supported land. 

Cellphone use leads to cocaine arrest

Around 3:30 p.m., Oct. 13, a Forest Park officer patrolling the I-290 expressway noticed a man driving a 2003 white Infiniti while holding a cellphone in plain view. The officer curbed the car at 9th Avenue and noted the driver, a 35-year-old Schaumburg man, was breathing heavily and trembling. During a safety pat-down, the officer recovered two zip-lock bags containing a white powdery substance, which tested positive for crack cocaine. A K9 drug dog indicated more narcotics were present in the car. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Heroin arrest

Police stopped a gold 1998 Buick in the 300 block of Harlem around 1:45 p.m., Oct. 10, for expired registration. Noting the 34-year-old male driver from Newark, Illinois and his passenger avoided eye contact and had hands that were shaking uncontrollably, officers performed a safety pat-down and retrieved 31 small zip-lock bags with a blue logo containing an off-white powder resembling heroin. Officers also retrieved a pocket knife from the driver and three needles and a pop-can cooker from the car. Adam Meade told police he had driven to Chicago to buy drugs for his passenger. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

Underage drinking

Police asked a young woman at Slainte, 7505 Madison St., for her age and ID around 1:15 a.m., Oct. 17, and found her to be only 20 and in possession of a fake. The Plainfield youngster was issued a local citation ordinance for underage drinking and her false license was confiscated.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Oct.11-17, 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


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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...