Chicago man charged with armed robbery
Nathaniel Jordan, 31, of Chicago has been charged with one count of felony armed robbery along with one count of unlawful possession of a weapon. On Aug. 14 around 4:30 p.m., Jordan reportedly followed a woman into an apartment building in the 100 block of Elgin Avenue. He then man allegedly put a chrome-colored handgun to her head and threatened to kill her before ordering her to lead him to her apartment.
The woman’s family was home at the time, and she managed to dissuade Jordan. Instead he allegedly forced her to lay face down on the hallway floor and fled with her cellphone and cash.
Responding officers quickly located Jordan walking on a nearby street. After a brief foot chase, they arrested him in the 300 block of Marengo. They reported recovering two cellphones, $34 in cash, a handgun, ammunition and about a gram of cannabis.
Jordan is being held at Cook County Jail awaiting trial. His bond was set at $500,000.
A 45-year-old woman was walking along Harlem Avenue near Harvard Street around midnight on Aug. 14 when she suddenly felt a tug on her purse.
She turned around to see a young man, dressed mostly in black, fleeing across Maple Park in Oak Park with the brown purse, which contained a few debit cards and about $40 cash.
A search of the area by police was unsuccessful.
On the morning of Aug. 11, a 50-year-old woman discovered her 1995 Toyota Camry, which was parked in the 600 block of Beloit Avenue, had been burglarized sometime during the previous night.
She told police she must have forgotten to lock her car when she returned home around 9 p.m. on Aug. 10. The interior of the vehicle was ransacked but nothing was reported missing.
Between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., on Aug. 11, someone stole a safe out of the basement of a restaurant located in the 400 block of Circle Avenue. The safe contained cash, gift certificates and other miscellaneous documents.
Sometime during the night of Aug. 13, someone burglarized a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 900 block of Elgin Avenue. The car’s 43-year-old owner did not initially report anything missing. However, a few days later a neighbor found a backpack containing fishing equipment on her front lawn. Officers soon discovered the backpack belonged to the Tahoe’s owner and returned it to him.
On Aug. 15 around 9 p.m., the caretaker of the Proviso Council on Aging discovered a burglary at the organization’s building, 8300 Roosevelt Road. Responding officers reported seeing water throughout the first floor and basement. They found the unknown burglars had ripped out a few sinks from a bathroom wall. Three computers also were reported missing.
A 16-year-old boy was charged with one count of retail theft after allegedly attempting to steal a $90 cellphone from Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave. On August 12 around 1 p.m., the boy tried to hide the phone in his backpack but store employees intervened after witnessing the entire incident.
A 22-year-old Chicago man was charged with one count of retail theft after allegedly attempting to steal over $100 worth of alcohol from CVS, 7216 Circle Ave., on Aug. 15 around noon.
Casey Krerowicz, of Glenview, has been charged with felony retail theft after he allegedly attempted to steal over $500 worth of medication from CVS, 7216 Circle Avenue, on Aug. 15 around 1:30 p.m.
Responding officers arrested Krerowicz after he fled to a nearby Dunkin Donuts, 7200 Circle Ave.
Between midnight on Aug. 14 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 15, someone stole a locked Huffy Trailblazer bicycle, worth about $75, from a backyard in the 1300 block of Circle Avenue.
On Aug. 15 around 11 p.m., a 56-year-old man reported his $1,300 bike stolen from inside his garage in the 1100 block of Desplaines Avenue.
Michael Mackie, 44, of Wheaton, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance along with one count of criminal trespassing on Aug. 13 after a routine traffic stop.
A second man, Anthony Palumbo, 24, of Villa Park, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug equipment, and one count of criminal trespassing.
The two men were arrested after a registration check revealed the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier that Palumbo was driving along Harlem Avenue was reported stolen out of DeKalb.
After searching the vehicle, police reported finding several small bags of heroin in the car’s trunk. The DeKalb police department subsequently informed Forest Park officers the car was reported stolen by Palumbo’s father, who contacted authorities after his son did not give him a car payment.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 10-16, 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 Tom Vogel