Teens charged with robbing woman
Three teens were charged after allegedly robbing a woman of her purse at 9 p.m. on Feb. 3 in the 900 block of Circle Avenue. Police charged a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old with mob action for their alleged participation in the robbery and charged a 15-year-old with aggravated robbery.
The 35-year0old victim told police she was walking when three teenagers came up behind her and grabbed her purse, pulling her to the ground. The teens were arrested following a brief foot chase after they were seen walking in the 700 block of Hannah Avenue, police said.
According to police, one teen said they needed money because they didn’t have enough to get on a CTA Blue Line train at Forest Park. The teens said they were coming from a girlfriend’s house in Berwyn prior to the robbery. The juveniles were released to their parents with a court date the following day.
Stolen vehicle pursued
Forest Park police reported observing a vehicle that was reported stolen at 6:14 p.m. Feb. 2 while it was parked at a gas station near Harlem Avenue and Interstate 290. The officer said a man entered the driver’s seat of the vehicle and a woman entered the passenger seat.
The officer followed them when they drove off and headed west on Interstate 290. Other police officers attempted assist at Desplaines Avenue and the driver began to change lanes toward the right shoulder, signaling officers as if he would stop the vehicle, but instead continued on to the ramp at First Avenue.
The driver stopped and the officer got out of his vehicle. At that time, the driver accelerated through a red light and continued westbound again on I-290. Due to the driver driving at a high rate of speed and poor weather conditions, police lost sight of the vehicle, police said.
Brick through a window
A 28-year-old Chicago man was charged with criminal damage to property after he allegedly threw a brick through the window of an apartment building in the 600 block of Harlem Avenue at about 6:20 a.m. on Feb. 3.
The victim reported that he heard glass break and felt glass fall on him while he was sleeping in the front room of his first-floor apartment. When he looked out the window he told police he saw a man who looked like he was beginning to try and climb in.
When the victim yelled at the man, he ran off, but then continued to stand on the sidewalk outside the apartment as the tenant called police. Oak Park police stopped a man matching the offender’s description at Harlem Avenue and Monroe Street and he was positively identified by the victim.
No thanks, Leonardo
A 44-year-old Bellwood woman was charged with theft after police said she stole a package off a front porch of a residence in the 800 block of Lathrop Avenue at 9:10 a.m. on Feb. 3.
Police said a neighbor taking saw the woman take the package off her neighbor’s porch. Police stopped a woman matching the witness’ description and found her in possession of the packaging, but not the item.
The woman told police she left the merchandise in a tree after discovering it was a book on Leonardo da Vinci, and she didn’t want it.
Walmart employee charged with theft
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a woman with felony theft after police said she attempted to steal $1,100 from a cash register she was operating at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Avenue.
According to police, another Walmart associate attempted to use his Walmart Network card to receive $10 cash back at the register that Prestina Washington, 25, of Chicago was working.
The Walmart associate was given the $10 he requested by Washington, who also gave him an additional $1,100 from the register, according to police. He contacted Washington later and she took the money from him, police said.
According to police, both Walmart employees were terminated.
Speeder charged with felony DUI
Jose R. Bolivar, 20, of Northlake, faces felony drunken-driving charges after a police stopped him for allegedly speeding at 72 mph in a 30 mph zone at 2:27 a.m. on Feb. 7 in the area of Harlem Avenue and Madison Street.
Bolivar’s vehicle did not stop when the officer activated their emergency lights and continued onto eastbound Interstate 290, police said. Bolivar eventually stopped near the Oak Park Avenue bridge on I-290, when he was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. He also was combative and resisted arrest, according to police.
Bolivar’s blood alcohol content was recorded at .153, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08. He was charged with a felony count of aggravated driving while under the influence, battery to a police officer, five counts of resisting a police officer, driving on a suspended license and speeding.
Police said Bolivar’s license was suspended for a previous DUI charge.
Man hanging out of car window
A 24-year-old Maywood man was issued citations after police said he was seen hanging out of the window of a vehicle at 7:14 p.m. Feb. 7 in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Road.
Police said the man was seen sitting on the window frame with most of his body outside the vehicle. The man was issued citations for disorderly conduct while drunk and public intoxication.
Drunk woman attempts to flee police, twice
An intoxicated 35-year-old Chicago woman was reported to police at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in front of a liquor store in the 7400 block of Madison Street.
Police spoke with the woman and said they would call an ambulance to take her to the hospital for treatment of her extreme intoxication. While waiting for the ambulance, police said the woman tried to flee twice. She was charged with resisting arrest.
Man allegedly steals energy drinks
Police were called to the 7-Eleven, 7749 Roosevelt Road, for a report of a retail theft at 12:56 p.m. Feb. 6.
Police were told the offender was leaving the store in a vehicle, and they located the vehicle as it was pulling on to Desplaines Avenue to travel northbound. When they tried to stop the driver, police said the vehicle’s passenger got out and attempted to flee.
Police later caught the 53-year-old Maywood man, which was charged with retail theft, obstructing justice and cited for three traffic violations.
Theft suspect flees down CTA tracks
Angelo Bonds, 43, of Chicago was charged with felony retail theft, resisting police and after police said they attempted to stop him on suspicion of retail theft as he waited for a CTA Green Line train.
Police received a call about a retail theft at 1:38 p.m. on Feb. 5 at CVS, 7216 Circle Ave. with the offender last seen walking north of Harlem Avenue. When police attempted to stop Bonds while he waited on the CTA Green Line platform, police said he fled down the CTA tracks headed east.
Police caught Bonds a short time later and he was identified as the man who committed the retail theft. Police also recovered a backpack and gift bag that contained stolen merchandise in the amount of $307.42. Police said Bonds was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.
A Chrysler 300 sedan was reported stolen at 2:12 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the 500 block of Jackson Boulevard while the owner said he was inside the Forest Park Public Library.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2016, 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 Matthew Hendrickson