Lyons man charged with selling cocaine, marijuana

As part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, Forest Park police executed a search warrant at 3:50 p.m., April 15, at a home in the 8600 block of 40th Street in Lyons. Joseph Armando Matos, 22, of Lyons, was charged with manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance after police reported finding narcotics in his home. Police reportedly seized 20 grams of suspected cocaine, 1 gram of suspected marijuana wax, 100 grams of marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia and more than $400 in cash. 

Matos allegedly told police the drugs were for personal use, but later said he was selling drugs to help his family. Police said Matos admitted to being a former member of the Satan Disciples gang and later the Ambrose street gang. Due to his gang tattoos, Matos told police, he was unable to find work and needed to sell drugs to provide for his family.

He was charged with one count of manufacture or delivery of cocaine, one count of manufacture or delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana, and endangering the life or health of a child, due to drugs being found in a room where one of his children sleeps. 

Drugs stolen from vehicle

A bottle of Oxycodone and other medication was reported stolen from a vehicle at 3:43 p.m., April 13, in the 100 block of Harlem Avenue. Also stolen was a leather pouch and an iPhone charger. 

 Drunk man falls asleep in dealership vehicle

Police responded to a report of a burglary in process at 12:54 a.m., April 13, at Currie Motors, 8401 Roosevelt Road. Police found an intoxicated 25-year-old Maywood man asleep inside one of the vehicles in a lot. He was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle. 

 Resident calls in phone scam

A Forest Park resident reported receiving a phone call believed to be a scam at 11:48 a.m., April 13. The caller told police they received a call from someone they did not know who pretended to be their godson and needed $1,010 for bond money after they had been arrested. The resident handed the phone to his wife who began to write a check, but the resident called his sister and learned his godson was at work. 

 No-gaming signs stolen

Two residents reported having their lawn signs against video gaming in Forest Park stolen on April 17. A resident of the 7300 block of Adams Street reported their sign was stolen at 9:27 a.m. and a resident of the 400 block of Circle Avenue reported theirs missing at 9:44 a.m. One of the residents said they saw a man in his 20s park a maroon vehicle on the street and remove a political sign from his neighbor’s lawn. In the morning, he realized his lawn sign was missing as well. 

 Retail theft

A 29-year-old Berwyn woman was charged at 2:52 p.m., April 11, with felony retail theft at Walgreens, 7200 Roosevelt Road. The value of the stolen items was $92.26. A felony charge was approved because of her prior convictions, police said.

A 23-year-old Chicago woman was charged at 3:53 p.m., April 12, with retail theft at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave. Police were told a loss prevention officer for Walmart was following a suspect in the retail theft and police located the woman in a parking lot nearby. The stolen items had a value of $67.91. 

 Heroin possession

A 32-year-old Wauconda woman was charged at 2:32 p.m., April 16, with possession of a controlled substance on Interstate 290 at Harlem Avenue. Police located about a gram of heroin in the woman’s vehicle following a traffic stop for the vehicle having a broken headlight. The woman was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 Marijuana possession

An 18-year-old Chicago woman was charged at 11:58 p.m., April 12, with possession of marijuana in the 7200 block of Circle Avenue. Police were called to clear a group of unwanted people in the area and smelled the odor of burnt marijuana. Police asked the woman if she had any illegal drugs and she gave them a bag of marijuana. Police issued her a local citation for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana.

A 22-year old Bellwood man and a 23-year-old Chicago man were each charged with one count of possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana at 3:11 p.m., April 16, at Madison Street and Marengo Avenue. Police issued both men local citations for possession. 


A woman who lost her wallet and bank card reported a number of authorized check deposits and withdrawals from her banking account at 4:59 p.m., April 11. Two large checks were deposited into the woman’s account, after which multiple withdrawals were made. The woman requested a police report for documentation to provide to her bank. 

 Bus station window shattered

A bus station window was reported shattered at 1:31 p.m., April 12, in the 8600 block of Roosevelt Road. The Department of Public Works was contacted to clean up the glass. 

 Graffiti reported

Graffiti written in black marker was reported at 11:09 a.m., April 13, under the CTA Blue Line tracks in the 700 block of Desplaines Avenue.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 11-17, 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

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