Man allegedly threatens CTA worker

A Chicago man was arrested for aggravated assault at 2:15 a.m. Feb. 24 after he allegedly threatened to harm a CTA employee at the Harlem CTA stop, 701 Harlem Ave.

On the scene, officers met with the CTA employee, who said that Andy W. Arroyo, 39, had asked to be put on the train for free.

When the employee told Arroyo that he must pay, he allegedly began to yell racial slurs at the employee as he purchased a train pass and walked to the Blue Line train platform.

The employee pointed out Arroyo, who had walked down the ramp toward the train platform, to police officers.

When officers detained Arroyo, they recognized him as the same man they had just removed from Dunkin Donuts, 7200 Circle Ave., after he was asked to leave by employees and refused.

He was transported to the police station, charged with one count of aggravated assault to a CTA employee.

Cocaine bust

A Maywood man was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance at 11:18 a.m. Feb. 27 after officers reported finding a bag containing 11 grams of cocaine in his vehicle.

Richard Cox, 44, was traveling northbound in a 2000 Chevy Impala in the 200 block of Desplaines Avenue when officers pulled him over for a traffic stop.

When officers approached the vehicle, they reported that Cox’s hands were shaking and that he looked down at the center console several times while they talked with him and the passenger in his vehicle, prompting them to ask Cox to exit his vehicle.

Officers then spoke with the passenger, who reportedly told them Cox sometimes deals crack cocaine to him and that Cox was giving him a ride to Maywood so he could get another $5 to buy crack that day.

Police at that point called for a K-9 unit to search the vehicle and reported finding a clear plastic bag containing numerous, smaller clear knotted bags containing cocaine in the center console.

Cox was placed into custody, transported to the police department and given a March 19 court date.

Felony DUI

A 48-year-old Chicago man faces two felony counts of driving under the influence after a police officer noticed a 2003 Cadillac illegally parked in the 7400 block of Harrison Street at about 2:05 a.m. on March 1.

The Cadillac drove east to Harlem Avenue and then onto the eastbound ramp of I-290, where it proceeding east until being stopped about two blocks east by a Forest Park police officer.

The driver, later identified at Michael A. Davis, appeared intoxicated, according to police, who discovered that he had been convicted twice previously of DUI and that his driver’s license had been revoked.

He refused to submit to any sobriety tests, but was charged with felony DUI because of his prior history. Police also recovered a cognac glass from the Cadillac, which Davis reportedly admitted stealing from the bar he was leaving in the 7400 block of Harrison Street.

Retail theft

A 35-year-old Cicero woman who had been previously banned from the Walmart in Forest Park was arrested at 1:28 p.m. March 1 after she allegedly tried to steal $125 worth of items from the store.

Responding officers spoke with a Walmart security officer, who said he the woman, on camera, placing several items into her purse and walk out of the store without paying.

When the security officer detained the woman, he reported finding electronic accessories and beauty products in her bag.

The employee told police he previously had come into contact with the woman twice previously for other incidents of shoplifting and that she was warned to not return to the Walmart.

The woman was taken into custody by police and charged with misdemeanor retail theft and criminal trespassing.

Burglary to motor vehicle

Unknown subjects broke into a 2009 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter parked in the vicinity of Harlem Avenue and 13th Street and stole several thousand dollars’ worth of power tools between noon on Feb. 21 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 24.

The owner, 45, told responding officers that the offender pried out the driver’s side wing window and unlocked the door to gain entry to the vehicle. Once inside, the offender forced open the locked security door between the driver’s compartment and storage area by forcing the lock handle.

Catalytic converter stolen

A 66-year-old woman contacted Forest Park police on Feb. 25 at about 3:20 p.m. to report that sometime prior to Feb. 21, someone had removed the catalytic converter from underneath her 1998 Chevy Malibu, which was parked in the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 23-March 1, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

 Compiled by Nicholas Samuel and Bob Uphues