Police responded to 701 Harlem Ave. on Jan. 31 at 5:06 p.m. after hearing reports of a stabbing. The subject was located and patted down to determine if he had any cutting instruments on him. None were located by the police. He told police that the incident was part of a fight he was having with another person.
The victim was located; his coat was cut, but he was uninjured. He told police that he was in the warming shelter on the platform counting his money, when the suspect ran up and demanded some cash. When the alleged victim said “no,” the suspect pulled out a knife and began swiping it at him and chasing him around the warming shelter. The victim stated that he is homeless.
Soap and deodorant stolen
A man cleared out several sections of the shelves at Walgreens, 7200 Roosevelt Rd., of deodorant and soap on Jan. 27 at 1:34 p.m. An employee said she watched a man enter that aisle in the store, and after he left, the products were missing. The value of the items was not known at the time of the report, and the subject was not located.
Man claims he was just pretending to pee
A group of vehicles were parked on the 7400 block of Madison Street, and occupants were playing music from their cars and dancing and yelling in the street, on Jan. 27 at 11:17 p.m. According to the police report, there have been “recent community complaints regarding this area and the above-described behavior.”
When police arrived, one of the subjects was urinating on the sidewalk and building wall. Police asked for his identification, and he complied. While his name was being run, the suspect began to yell at his friends and at the officer. He was told by the police several times to lower his voice. But the suspect continued to yell, “I know you all don’t have anything better to do, but don’t give me a ticket.”
When provided a citation for public urination, the suspect said he was only pretending to urinate, and since the officer did not actually witness his penis, it was impossible to say with certainty that he had been urinating. His hearing is in March.
Suspects, who may have tagged CTA cars, apprehended
After approximately 10 incidents of CTA trains being tagged with graffiti since the start of the year, officers caught two men allegedly about to do damage at 1 Harlem Ave. Officers observed three suspects carrying backpacks behind residences near the CTA train yards on Jan. 26 at around midnight and saw footprints along a path commonly used by offenders to trespass on the tracks and spray paint the cars.
Officers followed the footprints in the snow until they separated, two sets heading west and one headed east. Two males were located crouching behind a boat parked in the rear of a parking lot in the rear of the 100 block of Lathrop Ave. They were told to come out with their hands up, and they complied. They were handcuffed and taken into custody.
Following the other set of footprints seemed to lead officers to an area where a car might have been parked, and they believe the third suspect fled in a vehicle.
Officers then canvassed the area for the missing backpacks, which the two offenders in custody were no longer carrying. They found them behind some garbage cans. They continued to follow the tracks, which led up a hill and to the fence where the barbed wire appeared to be cut and damaged. CTA Green Line officials reported new graffiti damage to two train cars.
One of the two men in custody finally admitted that the plan was to tag some train cars that night, but when they got close enough to do so, a CTA employee ran over and told them to leave. He gave police consent to search his phone for photographic evidence of tagging and found none. The other man in custody said he was a photographer, who came along to document the experience, but that he was then done talking to the police, “Period.” His phone was taken and will be held in an attempt to obtain a search warrant.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Jan. 25-31, 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