Woman slams car into Portillo’s 

A Berwyn woman rammed her car into Portillo’s Hot Dog Stand, 7740 Roosevelt Road, about 2:30 a.m. on March 23.

Portillo’s manager told police that Bautista Flores, 21, of Berwyn, was her girlfriend and that they had been arguing by phone while Flores waited outside. Flores demanded the manager come outside. The manager refused. Flores then threatened to “ram” the restaurant’s doors with her Kia, pulling up to the doors several times but stopping short. She then fled the scene. 

A short while later, Flores returned, drove up to the doorway and hit the doors, shattering one. 

Portillo’s facilities manager estimated it would cost $791 to replace the door. Flores received a felony charge for criminal damage to property.

Car taken at gunpoint 

A man walked from his home on the 900 block of Ferdinand Avenue to his parked car at 5:27 a.m. on March 22. A man approached him and asked for a light for his cigarette. As the victim searched for a lighter, the man pulled a handgun and said, “You know what it is.” The victim handed the man his car keys, $45 cash, several credit cards, insurance, Android phone and ID. He then walked the offender to his parked car, which the man drove east toward Harlem Avenue.

Police seize drugs at CTA

Police spotted a man holding a bag of suspected heroin outside the Forest Park Blue Line station at 5:14 p.m. on March 18. Officers activated their emergency sirens and Timothy Hoover, 34, of Bridgeview, quickly stuffed the bag in his pocket. Police instructed Hoover to remove his hands from his pocket. He refused. They instructed him to put his hands on his head. He refused and stiffened his body and arms, and resisting arrest. Forced to the ground, he curled into a ball. Police handcuffed and searched the man, recovering 12 bags containing suspected heroin and two bags containing suspected crack cocaine. “You put that drugs on me,” Hoover reportedly told police. 

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, and also for resisting, obstructing and attempting to disarm an officer. Hoover also had an active warrant out from Will County for manufacture/delivery of a look-alike substance.

Traffic chase leads to accident 

Police spotted a car with overly tinted windows traveling north on Harlem Avenue at 2:14 a.m. on March 19. 

Officers attempted to curb the Chevrolet Malibu on the 300 block of Desplaines Avenue — the car signaled, pulled into a lot and then sped away. Police followed the vehicle north on Circle Avenue, east on Randolph Street and decided to stop following the vehicle at Harlem Avenue. 

Officers saw the vehicle “fishtail” on Harlem Avenue. When they arrived at the scene the car had crashed into a vehicle and garage on the 300 block of Wisconsin Street in Oak Park. A man jumped out of the Malibu and ran away.    

A small amount of cannabis was recovered from the car. 

Parking lot fight 

Police saw a man yelling and punching another man on the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue about 9:55 p.m. on March 23.

Officers told the Maywood man, 20, to stop and walk to the squad car. The man complied. The other man lay on the ground, bleeding from his mouth and nose. 

The Maywood suspect told police that, earlier in the evening, the man approached him asking for money. The Maywood man walked to an ATM, withdrew $200 and said he was going to give the man an unknown amount of money when the man stole his wallet. The Maywood man ran after the thief, and punched him in the face, demanding his money back. 

The other man, who was highly intoxicated, told police he met the Maywood man outside a bar and bought marijuana from him. He denied taking money from the Maywood man.

The Maywood man received an ordinance violation for battery. The other man was transported to Rush Oak Park Hospital.

Concealed carry card stolen from truck 

Sometime between 11 and 11:15 a.m. on March 20, a briefcase was stolen from a Dodge Ram parked on the 7200 block of Roosevelt Road. The briefcase contained bank paperwork, financial brokerage firm contracts, a contractor’s license, a concealed carry permit and a firearm owners identification card (FOID). 

The victim told police he left his doors unlocked.

Late son’s dog tags lifted

Sometime between 7 p.m. on March 22 and 8:15 a.m. on March 23, someone stole sunglasses valued at $130 and memorial U.S. Marine Corps dog tags from a car parked on the 7300 block of Harrison Street. The tags belonged to the victim’s son, who was killed in the line of duty in January.   

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, March 18-24, 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.

Nona Tepper