Police responded to a call of a suspicious person on the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue on Feb. 3 at 11:30 a.m. who allegedly pulled out a boxcutter on the caller.
Police located the suspect and spoke with him. He said he had a boxcutter in his pocket, and police recovered it.
He told officers that he was walking down the street when he saw a woman. He tried to talk to her, and she started to scream. At that point, he said he took out the boxcutter because he “feared for his life,” according to the police report. When asked why he was so afraid, he said, “I don’t know, man. I don’t know what she was gonna do. She was screaming at me.”
The woman caller, however, said that she was walking down the street when the suspect approached her and started saying inappropriate things to her. She told him to “back off,” and he took out the weapon and said, “B%*#h, I’ll cut you.”
The man was cited for assault and will appear in court in March.
Subjects try to break out of locked cemetery
Police responded to a call of shots fired at Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Desplaines Ave., on Feb. 3 at 5:28 p.m.
When they arrived, a man was outside the locked cemetery gates and other subjects were inside the locked cemetery. The subjects told police they had been there for the anniversary of a family member’s death, and some of them accidentally got locked inside after closing. They tried to break the lock with a 4-way lug wrench. Although there is a sign on the cemetery gate stating police can be called if someone gets locked in, all parties present said they hadn’t seen it.
The subjects all denied shooting a gun when asked. One said he has a FOID card and is a CCL holder and gave officers permission to search his car. They recovered a 9 mm handgun with a full magazine.
A car was stolen from Circle Avenue near Roosevelt Road on Feb. 2 when a woman parked her vehicle and visited a family member. Around 8:40 p.m., when returning to her car after the visit, she discovered her auto’s key fob missing from her key ring and her car no longer where she’d left it. She said it had been locked and did not contain anything of great value.
CTA trains targeted
On Feb. 1, it was discovered that six trains had been vandalized by graffiti at 711 Desplaines Ave.
On Feb. 6, a CTA employee at the same location witnessed two subjects spray painting a CTA train. They fled over the fence into Concordia Cemetery when confronted.
Two more train cars were discovered with graffiti on them on Feb. 7. They were located in the “south jungle,” area of the train lot, the section of track farthest west and between I-290 and the cemetery.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 1-7, 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