Woman found dead at local park

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is still awaiting the results of toxicology tests before releasing the cause of death for a 49-year-old Chicago woman found unresponsive in a park in Forest Park on Oct. 5 about 7:45 a.m.

According to the police report, a passerby called 911 to report an unresponsive subject near the Softball Hall of Fame area of The Park, just east of the corner of Harrison Street and Desplaines Avenue.

The woman apparently had been found slumped over while sitting on rock. The woman reportedly had blood coming from her nose. Police reported finding a brown hooded sweatshirt and a small plastic bag next to the body.

Police learned the woman listed her address as a Chicago drug treatment center for the homeless. She was last seen on Oct. 4 about 10 a.m.

  Alcohol was involved

Forest Park police charged a 27-year-old Joliet man with misdemeanor aggravated assault after he allegedly waved a knife at a group of subjects during an altercation outside Doc Ryan’s, 7432 Madison St. on Oct. 10 about 2:20 a.m.

The altercation started when a 19-year-old Chicago man accused the Joliet man of taking his cellphone while exiting the bar. The Chicago man and his friends confronted the Joliet man outside the bar at which time the Joliet man reportedly pulled out the knife.

While police were questioning people, another 19-year-old Chicago man, who was a friend of the man who said his phone was stolen, said he had the phone.

Police ended up issuing local ordinance violations to five people for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor in addition to charging the Joliet man with aggravated assault.

About four hours later, police charged one of the underage drinkers with felony criminal damage to village property. According to police, the 19-year-old man who said he had been in possession of the cellphone shattered a plate glass window that forms part of a warming shelter at the rear of the police department.

The man said he threw an object at his friends, who were making fun of him for taking so long to be processed by police for underage drinking. The object missed his friends and hit the glass, he reportedly told police.

 Burglary from vehicle

A Forest Park man on Oct. 5 contacted police to report that someone broke into his 2015 Volvo, which was parked in the 900 block of Elgin Avenue, near a Madison Street bar, between 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 4.

The man told police he believed he had locked his vehicle but was not positive. Missing from the center console of the vehicle was a brown wallet containing several credit cards.

A Forest Park woman contacted police on Oct. 9 to report that between 11 and 11:45 a.m., someone entered her 2003 Dodge Neon, which was parked in the lot at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., and removed two pairs of knee-high leather boots and a white iPhone6.

The victim said the vehicle was locked, but police reported they did not see any signs of forced entry. 

Bikes stolen from library

The parent of a 10-year-old Forest Park boy contacted police to report that between 3 and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, someone removed the child’s blue 20-inch Mongoose Mode 100 bicycle from the bike rack at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd.

According to the boy, he locked the bike to the rack before going inside. Police reviewed surveillance video, which showed that about 3:45 p.m., someone walked up to the bike rack, cut the lock on the bike and rode away. The bike was valued at about $120.

Police responded to the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd. on Oct. 5 at about 3 p.m. after a Broadview resident called to report that his 20-inch Tony Hawk bicycle had been stolen from the rack outside the library.

The victim reported that he had locked the bike, valued at about $90, to the rack with a blue bicycle lock.

 Guitar stolen

A 43-year-old resident of the 600 block of Elgin Avenue called police to report that between 7 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, someone climbed the rear steps to the second-floor open-air porch and stole his handmade acoustic guitar, valued at $300.  

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 5-11, 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

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