Daniel Kearney

Wanted parolee charged in carjacking case

Daniel Kearney, 34, of Chicago was charged with vehicular hijacking after reportedly attempting to hijack a 2008 Pontiac G6 from a woman who stopped to fill up her car with gas at Citgo, 7400 Roosevelt Road, on Oct.8 at about 11:10 p.m.

According to the police report, the woman had just exited her vehicle at the pump when Kearney jumped over the hood of the car and approached her, yelling, “Give me your car now!”

Kearney reportedly was holding something in his hand that the victim believed might be a gun, though she didn’t get a good look. When the victim reacted by running into the gas station’s minimart, Kearney, who was wearing a black, puffy jacket, a black hooded sweatshirt, a red hat and carrying a backpack, ran away northbound across Roosevelt Road.

Police located Kearney in the rear of a building in the 1000 block of Circle Avenue and detained him. Police also reported recovering a backpack, a black file folder and a set of stereo speakers in a front yard on the block. Inside the file folder was a birth certificate for a person who might have been the owner of the items. 

A puffy jacket, black hooded sweatshirt and red hat were found elsewhere on the block.

The victim positively identified Kearney as the person who attempted to hijack her car. Police also reported recovering a handprint from the hood of the woman’s vehicle.

Police also learned Kearney had an active warrant for his arrest issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections for a parole violation. Kearney was paroled from Centralia Correctional Center in July after serving part of a four-year sentence for a 2014 aggravated unlawful restraint conviction.

He previously had been served separate eight and 10-year for auto theft, and has been convicted of robbery and attempted aggravated arson. Kearney is being held on $100,000 bond at Cook County Jail awaiting trial.

Purse nicked on el

A 45-year-old woman reported to Forest Park police on Oct. 3 that sometime between 7 and 7:30 a.m. that day, someone removed her purse while she was riding the Blue Line train.

The victim said she’s not sure exactly when during the trip it happened, though she believed it was between the Harlem Avenue and Desplaines Avenue stations. The purse contained a wallet with a driver’s license, Social Security card and health insurance card.

Retail theft 

A 42-year-old Maywood man suspected of two prior retail thefts was arrested and charged by Forest Park police after he reportedly stole three bottles of wine, a four-pound bag of sugar and a travel corkscrew from Ultra Foods, 7520 Roosevelt Road, on Oct.3 at 2:20 p.m.

Police arrested the man after setting up surveillance at the store following incidents on Sept. 23 and 24. An officer reported seeing the man enter the store and arrested him as he left Ultra Foods without paying for the items in his possession.


A 25-year-old man called Forest Park police on Oct. 3 to report that at about 2:45 p.m. while he was getting ready to begin work at Ben’s Soft Pretzels at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., he placed his iPhone 6S cellphone on the counter near the cash register.

At 3:30 p.m., he noticed his phone was missing. Through the Find My Phone app, he was able to track the phone to the vicinity of I-290 and Pulaski Road in Chicago.

A 13-year-old girl reported that her wallet was stolen from his backpack while she was not paying attention at the Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., on Oct. 4 between 4 and 5 p.m.

The girl was reportedly in the teen room at the library. Earlier a group of juveniles began taking items from her wallet, but she was able to get all of the items back. She then put her wallet into her backpack, but it was later found to be missing. The wallet contained $36 in cash, student IDs and an Apple gift card with no balance.

A 24-year-old Chicago man reported to police on Oct. 4 that between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. he was waiting in the lobby of Currie Motors, 8401 Roosevelt Road, while his car was being serviced.

While he was waiting a subject sat down next to him for a couple of minutes before getting up and leaving. The victim later realized his wallet was missing. Surveillance camera video reportedly showed the unidentified subject picking the victim’s pocket.

Disorderly conduct

Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were issued tickets for disorderly conduct after they reportedly intentionally knocked over clothing displays at an antiques store in the 7500 block of Madison Street and then tried to open the door of another business, but couldn’t get in, because it was locked. The two were able to access a residential stairwell.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 3-9, 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

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