Car-wash rage leads to car towing

The manager of the Premier Car Wash, 901 Harlem Ave., told police a female customer driving a blue Chrysler convertible had driven the car through the car wash, around 12:30 p.m. Nov. 27, and returned a few minutes later angry about scrapes on the hood. The 29-year-old Berwyn woman allegedly flew into a rage at a 21-year-old employee of the car wash after he told her the scrapes on her hood didn’t match the pattern of the car washing machinery. She began to scream and yell obscenities. When she was pointed to a sign declaring the car wash not responsible for damage to vehicles, she allegedly punched the employee in the face, jumped in her car and fled.

Employees had taken down her plate number, and an officer went to the Berwyn home where the car was registered. The Chrysler pulled up, and the officer took her into custody, since she had a suspended license. The car was towed.

In the back of the squad car, the woman continued to scream and make “racially accusatory statements,” so the officer switched on the in-squad video system. “The onslaught of screaming lasted the entire ride to the station,” the report said. 

She was charged with battery, driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance.  

De-tooled at gunpoint

A man observed a 15-year-old male with a large metal object who appeared to be “slim-jimming” the window of a parked 2005 Dodge Caravan in the 500 block of Beloit Avenue around 8:30 a.m., Nov. 28. When police arrived, the witness pointed out a young man matching the description walking in the alley carrying what turned out to be a 17-inch screwdriver with a 5-inch handle. The officer ordered the boy to stop, and the boy walked a few steps and then turned. The officer seeing the metal object in his hand drew his service gun and ordered him to show his hands. He showed one hand and held the other against his side with the tool hidden by his sleeve. The officer ordered him to the ground at gunpoint until a backup officer arrived. They removed the tool from the sleeve of his hoodie and put him in handcuffs. The juvenile was charged with tampering with an auto and released into his grandfather’s custody.


A catalytic converter was removed from a parked 2007 Honda Element in the 7200 block of Jackson Boulevard at some point between Nov. 21 and 24. No loss estimate was provided.

Burglary warrant

On Nov. 26, Forest Park police assisted in the arrest of an 18-year-old Forest Park man with an open warrant from the Cook County Sheriff’s Dept. The man was charged with residential burglary on Nov. 14. The man’s mother answered the door in the 800 block of Circle Avenue and he was taken into custody.

Harlem coke bust

An officer checked the registration of a 2007 Chevy Impala traveling on the 1300 block of Harlem Avenue around 12:40 a.m., Nov. 27. A check revealed that the owner of the Impala had his license suspended for insurance violations. Curbing the car, the officer found out from dispatch that the 26-year-old male driver from Berwyn had an open warrant from the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department for traffic and drug violations.

Officers conducting a safety pat-down recovered two knotted baggies containing a white powder, suspected to be cocaine, and a wad of $994 in the man’s pocket. A drug-sniffing dog turned up another $150 in the car and another vial of cocaine. The total weight of the coke was 6.1 grams. The man explained the wad of cash by telling police he was on his way home from the Rivers Casino. He said the drugs were for his personal use. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving with license suspended.

Pretend gun, real arrest

A 31-year-old Broadview man who had been warned to stay away from the CVS at 7216 Circle Ave., returned around 1:20 p.m., Nov. 27, and made hand gestures to the female clerk mimicking the shooting of a gun. The clerk told police she recognized the man outside the store window, where he made a gun shape with his hand and pretended to fire it at her. He then entered the store, approached the manager and allegedly said, “I’m coming for ya.”

Officers arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

Blacked-out Friday

Officers saw a 2001 gray BMW 318ti parked illegally around 4:20 a.m., Nov. 28, in the 200 block of Elgin Avenue with the engine running and two people appearing to be slumped over and passed out inside. Officers observed partially empty Modelo beer bottles and a green leafy substance on the car console. The male driver, 20, from River Forest, swayed as he stood, exhibited bloodshot eyes and slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. Police woke up the male passenger, 19, from Oak Park and observed he also appeared to be intoxicated. The two refused to take breathalyzer tests, but were nonetheless charged with DUI and consumption of alcohol by a minor, unlawful possession of alcohol and cannabis, illegal parking and not having a driver’s license.

Public boozing, peeing

Around 11:30 p.m., Nov. 26, police noticed a 26-year-old Chicago woman standing in front of Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St., drinking from an open bottle of Corona beer. She was issued a local ordinance citation for open alcohol in public.

Officers observed a man urinating on the sidewalk near Municipal Lot 279 at Hannah Avenue and Madison Street around 2:20 a.m., Nov. 30. Because he looked and smelled like he’d been drinking, officers demanded ID and discovered he was only 19. The Brookfield resident said he had been imbibing at Doc Ryan’s. Police recovered a Michigan State ID issued to his older brother. He was issued local ordinance tickets for underage consumption of alcohol and public urination. 

 These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 24-30, 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...