Mace incident at Walmart sends several to the hospital

Multiple people were treated after a report that a group of men had sprayed mace inside of Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave. Employees, who called police at 11:41 p.m., Aug. 14, told police a group of four men had sprayed mace inside the store, which was evacuated. A shopper told police she was inside the store with her boyfriend and noticed she had lost her mace off her key ring while inside the store. Later, at the front of the store, she smelled something and began to cough. She recalled seeing four men “messing around” in the back of the store near where she thought she lost her mace. The four men detained by police were later released after video did not show them spraying mace inside the store. Several people were treated at the hospital due to the incident. 

Apartment burglarized

An apartment was reported burglarized at 5:02 p.m., Aug. 9 in the 7300 block of Dixon Street. The apartment’s tenant came home and discovered her previously locked door unlocked and her home ransacked. Two money orders for $2,000 each and $250 in cash were reported missing. 

Delivery of marijuana

Lorenzo S. Brown, 36, of Chicago was charged at 4:49 p.m., Aug. 9 with delivery of marijuana in the 7500 block of Harrison Street. Police were sent to the location after they received a report of a man smoking marijuana in a locker room at the Forest Park Aquatic Center. Police were told the man was leaving in a vehicle when they arrived, and they stopped the vehicle and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Police recovered multiple small bags of marijuana weighing a total of 16 grams at the scene as well as more than $3,800. Brown told police the money was to purchase a new vehicle that evening and that he doesn’t sell marijuana. He was charged with possession of marijuana and driving while his license was suspended. 

Man charged after fighting outside bar

Two men were seen fighting at 1:40 a.m., Aug. 12 after the closing of a bar in the 7400 block of Madison Street. Police officers attempted to break up the fight and disperse a crowd that had gathered to watch. An officer suffered a minor injury attempting to break up the fight, and both men resisted arrest. A 21-year-old Berwyn man was charged with reckless conduct, resisting arrest and fighting. He was released after posting bond. A 28-year-old man from Melrose Park continued to be combative toward officers at the station and attempted to flood his cell, threw his food and drink on the floor and would not follow orders. He was charged with battery, fighting, resisting arrest and reckless conduct. 


A 23-year-old Forest Park man was stopped at 4:51 a.m., Aug 14 and charged with driving under the influence in the area of Circle and Harlem avenues. Police were sent to the area of Elgin and Circle for a report of a “one-car accident” and located the vehicle involved in the 7300 block of Circle. Police could smell alcohol on Robinson’s breath and he was arrested. He told police he struck a guardrail at the CTA station when he fell asleep while driving home from a bar in Chicago. He was additionally charged with failing to reduce his speed to avoid an accident, illegal transportation of alcohol, hit-and-run and two traffic citations. 

Man refuses to leave bar

A 27-year -old Oak Park man who refused to leave a bar, at 12:37 a.m., Aug. 12 in the 7400 block of Madison Street, was charged with criminal trespass to property and three counts of resisting arrest after he tried to prevent officers from taking him into custody. when he was asked to leave, he refused and then was arrested for trespassing. 

Remembrance sign damaged

The remembrance sign at Veterans Park, located at Circle Avenue and Randolph Street was reported damaged at 11:26 a.m., Aug. 9. The sign was found partially pried away. It was later removed and will be repaired. 

Retail theft at Walmart

Mitchell L Climons, 50, of Chicago was charged with felony retail theft after he was seen at 7:12 p.m., Aug. 13 stealing items from Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave. He was taken into custody by store security after using the self-check lane and attempting to leave with unpaid items. The total theft was $425 and felony charges were approved. 

Softball Hall of Fame cabinets damaged

Two outdoor cabinets were reported damaged at 9:20 a.m., Aug. 9 at the 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame, 7501 Harrison St. Nothing was reported missing after the cabinets appeared to have been pried open.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 8-14, 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