Forest Park man stabbed during alleged robbery

Forest Park police have reported that a 38-year-old man was stabbed in the shoulder during an apparent armed robbery attempt in the 7500 block of Brown Avenue on Oct. 30 about 1:20 p.m.

The victim approached police, who were in the area responding to an unrelated incident. He was bleeding from his left shoulder and reportedly told police he’d just been “robbed.”

According to the police report, the victim said he was approached by a white/Hispanic man who may have had a teardrop tattoo near his left eye. The offender was described as having a stocky build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and black-and-white gym shoes.

The two men apparently walked past one another and while the victim was walking in the gangway toward the rear of his Brown Avenue residence, the offender grabbed him from behind. The victim told police he turned around, possibly striking the offender in the face with his elbow. The victim said he then felt a sharp pain in his shoulder and observed the offender holding brown-handled knife with a 6-inch blade.

The offender reportedly ran from the scene with the victim giving chase until he realized his shoulder was bleeding.

Paramedics took the victim to Rush Oak Park Hospital for treatment.

 Threatened with a drill

Police charged a Chicago man, no age given, with battery and aggravated assault after he reportedly threatened a panhandler with a power drill inside Dunkin Donuts, 7200 Circle Ave. on Oct. 29 about 7:40 p.m.

When police arrived at the scene, the offender reportedly was standing at the entrance to the store with the drill in his hand. Police took the drill from the offender and observed a 56-year-old Glen Ellyn man who had cuts on his face, who pointed at the offender and said, “That’s him.”

The victim appeared to be intoxicated and he had an open bottle of liquor on a seat next to him. Witnesses told police the victim had been panhandling inside the store and that he’d gotten into an argument with the offender, who allegedly grabbed the power drill and threatened the victim with it before punching the victim in the face.

At some point, according to the police report, the victim brandished a knife, though police did not report recovering a knife at the scene.  The victim was cited for public intoxication.

Cops: Teens tried to steal BB guns 

Three teenage boys from Chicago were charged with retail theft and possession of a stolen motor vehicle after they allegedly tried to steal several BB guns from Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., on Oct. 28 about 3 p.m.

According to the police report, the three teens drove to Walmart in a 2001 Chrysler that was reported stolen out of Chicago. The vehicle’s passenger side door lock and ignition panel had been pried open by a screwdriver.

The trio drove to Forest Park where they reportedly told police they took turns reaching into a display case to take six guns, CO2 cartridges and pellets and left the store without paying for the merchandise.

The boys, listed as being 13-16 years old, were charged as juveniles and released to their parents.


A resident of the 1100 block of Hannah Avenue reported to police on Oct. 30 that someone had entered her 2011 Chrysler 300 and removed $5 in change from a cup holder and had gone through the glove box. The incident reportedly happened within the prior week.

An employee of Premier Car Wash, 901 Harlem Ave., called police on Oct. 29 about 4:50 p.m. to report that someone driving a black pickup truck had just stolen an air compressor.

The offender reportedly walked into the open detail garage and took the item before placing it in the truck bed and driving off southbound on Harlem Avenue.

A resident of the 800 block of Thomas Avenue reported that between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 someone entered his unlocked 2014 Toyota and removed $100 from the glove compartment.

A resident of the 900 block of Lathrop Avenue reported that, overnight on Oct. 28-29, someone entered her 2008 Infiniti, which was parked in the driveway. Nothing was reported missing.

A 41-year-old Chicago woman said someone stole $46 and a cellphone cord from her vehicle, which was parked in the 8200 block of Roosevelt Road, on Oct. 28 between 3 and 8:30 p.m.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 26-Nov. 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 Bob Uphues