A car was stolen at gunpoint at the Hawk Dealership, 7911 Roosevelt Road on Oct. 20 at 8:56 p.m. An employee parked his vehicle in front of the gate to secure it when a car pulled up next to his vehicle. Three men got out and approached him. One of the men lifted his shirt up, exposing a black handgun in his waistband.
The victim ran, with one of the offenders chasing him. He managed to get inside the dealership with another employee, and the two locked themselves inside.
On Oct. 24 at 6:15 p.m., a man was delivering food to a home on the 800 block of Circle Avenue when a car with five occupants, all armed, attempted to rob him and steal his vehicle. The car pulled up alongside his, and three men got out, each with a gun. According to the victim, there were two more people still in the car, also armed and pointing guns at him through the rolled down front passenger side window.
One of the assailants grabbed him and started going through his pockets, but the victim managed to escape, jumping over a backyard gate of a house on the block and entering a residence yelling for help. The homeowner called the police. Although the victim had left his keys in the car when he ran, the offenders were unable to start the vehicle and nothing was missing from it. The man was not injured.
Dunkin’ Donuts robbed at gunpoint
Dunkin’ Donuts, 7660 Madison St., was robbed at gunpoint on Oct. 25 around 7 p.m. An employee told police he was behind the counter when a dark SUV pulled into the parking lot. Two men exited the vehicle and entered the store. One stayed near the exit while the other, holding a black handgun, walked behind the counter.
“Give me all the money in the safe,” said the offender near the door; at this time, he also revealed a black handgun
The employee opened the register. One of the offenders took all the money out, approximately $200, and they fled the scene.
Huge fight on Madison Street
Police from Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest responded to a call of a large fight on the 7300 block of Madison Street, Oct. 25 at 1:45 a.m. According to the police report, a crowd of 50-60 people were fighting in front of a restaurant and in the street. When police told them to disperse, some members from the crowd shouted profanities and continued to fight. They were described as “overall extremely unruly, before eventually dispersing,” according to the report.
Open container citation issued
A woman was given a local ordinance citation for open alcohol on the 7300 block of Madison Street, Oct. 25 at 12:55 a.m. She was outside, holding a clear plastic cup with a brown liquid inside, later determined to be an alcoholic beverage.
Cars stolen from gas stations
- On Oct. 20 at 8:40 p.m., a car was stolen at the Citgo gas station, 7400 Roosevelt Road, when a man left his keys in the ignition and went inside the gas station store to get change to fill his tires with air.
- A car was stolen from Thornton’s, 601 Harlem Ave., on Oct. 24 at 1:48 a.m. when the owner left her purse, containing car keys, inside the vehicle and went inside the shop to pay.
Circle Ave. Bridge tagged
The word “better” was spray painted in red, black and silver paint under the Circle Avenue Bridge on the north wall. Police noticed it on Oct. 19 at 1:23 a.m.
Fire extinguisher weaponized
Police were called to Forest Park Liquors, 7429 Madison St., after a fight broke out on Oct. 19 at 10:37 p.m. A man was attempting to hit another man with a red fire extinguisher, but officers managed to separate the subjects and no injuries were sustained.
One of the men told police he’d tried to purchase a six-pack of beer from the store, but was told by the employee behind the counter that he needed to wear a mask. The employee refused to take his payment. Angry, the customer struck the clear plastic barrier separating him from the employee. He left the store, but the employee followed him with a fire extinguisher.
The employee said he asked the customer several times to leave the store since he wasn’t wearing a mask. When the customer got upset and struck the barrier, several items fell to the ground, and the plastic barrier made contact with the employee’s chest, so he followed the customer outside.
The customer was given a local ordinance citation for damage to property and told not to return to the store.
Reckless drivers ticketed
Reckless driving citations were issued to motorists during a funeral procession down Roosevelt Road on Oct. 20 around 1:15 p.m. Officers received a call from Wescom dispatch alerting them to some “very rowdy” vehicles.
Officers noticed cars from the funeral procession, which was headed westbound, swerving into eastbound lanes and driving into oncoming traffic.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 19-25, 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 Maria Maxham