On Feb. 8 at approximately 4 p.m., officers were called to Harlem Avenue and Roosevelt Road where a man on foot had been screaming and waving his hands in the left turn lane. He then climbed onto a car and was kicking it. He fell off the car and lay in the street.
By the time police arrived, the man was walking eastbound on Roosevelt Road from Elgin Avenue, and witnesses pointed him out to the officers, who stopped him and asked him if he needed help. The man, showing what police saw as signs of being on a hallucinogenic drug such as PCP, said he thought the officers were going to kill him. At one point, he “threw his body on the ground and began to flip back and forth on the sidewalk,” according to the police report.
Police maintained traffic control while the man eventually sat still in the street, with his back against the snowbank. But then he pointed at the officers and said he was going to kill them before lunging at one of the officer’s legs, taking the officer to the ground.
The man was handcuffed and transported to the hospital.
Video surveillance showed him grabbing onto the rear of an unknown vehicle and running along with it while it was in motion prior to the police arriving on the scene.
Lightbulbs stolen from outside apartment building
A landlord on the 7400 block of Roosevelt Road reported that light bulbs had been stolen from outside light fixtures at the building. He said he’d replaced a burnt-out bulb on Feb. 9, but the next day all four bulbs, including the new one, were missing. He also indicated he is involved in a civil lawsuit with tenants regarding the lack of light outside the residences.
CTA train tagged
On Feb. 9, a CTA train at 711 Desplaines Ave. was tagged with graffiti. An employee reported the train arrived at the station at approximately 1 a.m., untagged. It was moved into the “south jungle” area of the lot, and when checked at 1:45 a.m., it had been defaced.
Subject attempts to enter house
Residents on the 1500 block of Elgin Ave. called police on Feb. 8 after an unknown subject approached their front door, rang the bell, turned the doorknob and attempted to open the door at around 1 p.m. A family member let the dog outside and the subject left the premises when the dog began to bark. The subject left the area in a blue vehicle, according to the residents.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 8-12, 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