Woman finds unwelcome guest at home

Forest Park police charged a 23-year-old Chicago man with criminal trespass to a residence after a 31-year-old woman reported she came home on April 26 at 2:15 a.m. and found him sleeping on the floor of her apartment.

According to the police report, the woman came home to her apartment building in the 7300 block of Circle Avenue and saw that a window to her apartment was broken. She looked through the window and saw the man sleeping on the floor, prompting her to call police.

The woman told police she did not give the man, whom she apparently knew, permission to enter her apartment.

Police entered the apartment and took the man into custody. He appeared to be very intoxicated, police said.

As he was being walked to the squad car after his arrest, the man reportedly stiffened up and refused to enter the car. An officer used a Taser to stun the man into compliance. In addition to trespassing, the man was charged with criminal damage to property and resisting arrest. 

 Just take a cab

A 47-year-old Oak Park man faces drunken-driving charges for reportedly going back to his vehicle after he told a Forest Park police officer he’d take a cab home from a bar in the 7500 block of Madison Street on April 26 at 3:10 a.m.

Police apparently had stopped a man driving a red Corvette, and the officer making the stop reported that the driver told him he’d take a cab home instead of driving. Another officer who’d witnessed that stop was patrolling Madison Street a short time later when he saw a taxi abruptly pull over to the side of the road near Marengo Avenue.

A male subject, whom the officer recognized as the driver of the Corvette, allegedly stumbled out of the cab and began to walk westbound toward Circle Avenue. The officer drove to the 7500 block of Madison Street, where the Corvette was parked, and waited.

After a short time, the man got into the Corvette and pulled away from the curb, allegedly without signaling. The officer stopped him in the 7300 block of Madison Street and arrested him for driving under the influence.

Police also reported finding a plastic bag in the man’s sock. The bag reportedly contained a small amount of cocaine. In addition to DUI, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and cited for a couple of traffic offenses.

Car stolen from dealer

The general manager of Currie Motors, 8401 Roosevelt Road, contacted Forest Park police on April 25 after learning that someone used false information to purchase a 2015 Chevy Malibu at the dealership.

According to the police report, the suspect is a 25-year-old Chicago man, who completed the paperwork to purchase the vehicle on Feb. 17 and drove it off the lot.

Several days later, on Feb. 21, the dealership received information from the lender that the buyer had provided false information to secure financing.

Since that time, the dealership had been trying to get the man to return the vehicle to the dealership, but the man refused, telling them the vehicle had since been sold to a friend.

Police called a telephone number for the suspect and the person on the other end hung up when the officer identified himself, according to the report.

 Felony theft

Yolanda L. Branch, 44, of Chicago, was charged with felony retail theft after she allegedly stole several items from Walgreens, 7200 Roosevelt Road, on April 21 about 12:20 p.m.

The store’s manager told police that Branch and a 26-year-old man had been in the store in the past and attempted to steal things without success. This time Branch reportedly grabbed several electric toothbrushes and put them in a plastic shopping bag before leaving the store without paying for them.

Police received a description of the vehicle that the two left in and tracked it to a residence in the 1200 block of South Karlov in Chicago. Officers stopped the vehicle and reportedly recovered three electric toothbrushes inside a Walgreens shopping bag. Branch was reportedly positively identified by a witness as the one who had taken the items from the store.

The 26-year-old man was issued a citation for possession of cannabis, which police said was on his lap when they stopped the vehicle.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 20-26, 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 Bob Uphues