‘Machete-type’ knife at bar prompts call to police

Forest Park police cited a 28-year-old Berwyn woman with disorderly conduct after she allegedly brought a large “machete-style” knife into Circle Inn, 7300 Circle Ave., on the afternoon of Sept. 1.

Police responded to the bar at 4 p.m. after receiving a complaint about a man with a shotgun inside the business. When they arrived, officers located a couple sitting at a table at the rear of the bar.

The woman stated that she brought a knife along with her into the bar because she wanted to sell it. Upon speaking with the person who called police, officers determined the knife, which had a wooden handle, had been mistaken for a shotgun.

Police ticketed the woman for disorderly conduct and took the knife as evidence. The woman has an Oct. 5 adjudication date in Forest Park.

Aggravated assault

A 21-year-old Chicago man and a 23-year-old Chicago woman were charged with aggravated assault after allegedly rounding up a group of people and threatening to beat a 38-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman during an altercation in the 100 block of Desplaines Avenue on Aug. 29 about 6:20 p.m.

The offenders and victims reportedly had clashed over prior incidents, but police were called Aug. 29 after the offenders, armed with a golf club and a baseball bat, appeared in the company of three others carrying sticks.

The male offender reportedly swung the baseball at the victims, missing. The male victim responded by punching the male offender in the face before announcing he was carrying a handgun and ordering the male offender to the ground.

The incident ended when police arrived. They reported recovering a loaded gun from the male victim, who possessed a valid concealed-carry card. He was released without charges.


The owner of an apartment building in the 7200 block of Harvard Street contacted police on Aug. 28 to report that two Arctic King high-efficiency, 10,000 BTU window air-conditioning units were missing from an apartment unit.

The victim said he believed the units, valued at $186 each, may have been stolen from a recently evicted tenant who had left the building about a week prior.

A resident of the 800 block of Lathrop Avenue called police on Aug. 26 to report that his apartment had been burglarized between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Entry appeared to have been gained by breaking a window pane on a rear door. Among the items taken were a 40-inch TV, an audio surround-sound bar, a watch, sunglasses and an audio mixing board.

The total loss was estimated at $1,250.

Red card nets more than ejection

A 30-year-old man, ejected by a referee from a recreation league soccer game at The Park, 7501 Harrison St., on Aug. 28, was cited for battery after he reportedly slapped the red card out of the ref’s hand. The man may also have head-butted the referee during the ensuing argument, though accounts from witnesses differed, police said.

Police reported that the referee, a 61-year-old man, did not appear to have sustained any injuries. The player faces an adjudication hearing on Oct. 5 at Forest Park Village Hall.

Stolen jewelry turns up

Forest Park police continue to search for a person suspected of having stolen hundreds of dollars’ worth of jewelry from display cases at Forest Park Antiques after an apparently intoxicated subject gave a small cameo pin with a price tag on it to someone at the Circle Avenue dog park on Aug. 23.

The person receiving the cameo brought the item to police, who contacted the owner of Forest Park Antiques, who confirmed there had been a theft at the store on Aug. 22 between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. 

Among the items taken from the store was the cameo pin given away at the dog park, along with bracelets, cuff links, rings and other items.

Man falls on tracks

Paramedics transported a 30-year-old man to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment after he was found lying on the CTA Blue Line tracks, but not making contact with the third rail, next to the Harlem Avenue platform on Aug. 26 about 9:35 p.m.

CTA personnel had cut power to the tracks and train traffic was halted while emergency personnel attended to the victim, who was described as a panhandler. It was unclear from the police report how the man ended up on the tracks or if he was injured. He was listed in the police report as “conscious and breathing.”

Another panhandler, a 31-year-old Tennessee man, present at the scene was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. The two men previously had been banned from the CTA property, according to the police report.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 22 to Sept. 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