Police were called to the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue for reports of shots fired. A bar patron of Blueberry Hill said he heard between six and eight quick gunshots while sitting inside the establishment. He said he stepped out and saw two vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Desplaines Avenue, then westbound on Madison Street. Officers located five spent 9mm shell casings. Despite calls to local hospitals, no gunshot victims were located.
Multiple citations for open alcohol
A patron was observed leaving Mugsy’s Tavern, 7640 Madison St., with a clear plastic cup containing a liquid believed to be alcohol on March 8 at 1:56 a.m. When she saw the police, she immediately hurried to a garbage can and threw the cup away, but when stopped, she admitted liquor was in the cup. She was given a local ordinance citation for open alcohol.
On March 12, officers observed two subjects exiting Mugsy’s, 7640 Madison St., holding clear plastic cups that contained liquid suspected to be alcohol. Officers made contact with the subjects, who were both issued local ordinance citations.
Two subjects with suspected alcohol in clear plastic cups exited Pioneer Tap, 126 Desplaines Ave., on March 13 at 1:46 a.m. They were stopped and issued local ordinance citations for open containers.
A man on the 7500 block of Madison Street was stopped by police because he was holding a red Solo cup containing suspected alcohol. He was issued a local ordinance citation.
A man and a woman were drinking New Amsterdam Vodka and a Bud Light Cherry-Lime Rita in the Forest Park Community Garden on March 8 at 4:19 p.m. When approached by police, both subjects refused to surrender their alcohol or provide identification to the officers. Instead, they began to walk away, hurling racial slurs at officers, according to the police report.
Backup arrived, and the subjects finally relinquished their liquor and gave their names and other identifying information to the police. They were given citations for open alcohol. The male subject “disposed of the ticket on the grass” and began to walk away. The female did the same, but then “decided to retrieve the ticket and leave the scene while continuing to scream obscenities at officers,” according to the police report.
Public urination outside bar
An officer observed a subject leaving Forest Park Tap Room, 7321 Madison St., and urinating in the alley to the east on March 13 at 2:14 a.m. The man, who according to the police report seemed “extremely intoxicated,” provided his ID to the officer, then asked him to hurry “because he still had to urinate more.”
Aggravated unlawful use of weapon, among other things
A car with windows tinted, in violation of law, was pulled over at 100 Harlem Ave. on March 9 at 12:49 a.m. after driving through the Thornton’s parking lot without stopping for gas or to enter the store. The reporting officer noticed two red Solo cups in a cupholder in the backseat of the vehicle, as well as a 1.75-liter bottle of Remy Martin VSOP. The officer asked the driver if there were any open alcohol, drugs or firearms in the vehicle, and the driver said there were not. He denied a request to search his vehicle.
The officer asked the back-seat passenger to roll down the window and hand him the Remy Martin, which was unsealed and less than half full.
The officer then asked the driver to put his car in park, but he refused. Another squad car arrived and parked directly in front of the subject’s car to prevent him from fleeing.
The driver refused at least 11 requests from police to put his car in park. After finally doing so, he then refused at least 19 requests to step out of the vehicle. He was threatened by a taser and removed from the car by police, who then handcuffed him.
The two passengers were also asked to step out of the car, at which time police saw that the front seat passenger had been sitting on a black handgun, with one round in the chamber and 18 more in the magazine.
Suspected cannabis as well as two partially smoked “blunts” were found in the center console.
The driver was issued citations for speeding, tinted windows, illegal transportation of alcohol, and two counts of obstructing a police officer. Felony charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon were approved for the passenger with the gun, as well as citations issued to him for illegal transportation of alcohol and cannabis, which was in an unapproved container.
Another occurrence of aggravated unlawful use of weapon
Police followed a car with illegally tinted windows heading west on the 7400 block of Madison Street at a rate above the speed limit on March 13 at 2:15 a.m. Despite police activating emergency lights and sirens, the vehicle didn’t stop.
Officers followed the vehicle into Maywood, where they observed it parked in a driveway and saw three males exiting the car and running away.
One of the subjects was located by police and placed in custody. A search of his car revealed a .32 caliber revolver in plain view on the front passenger seat, a glass jar with eight plastic zip-lock bags containing suspected cannabis, and an unsealed 750 ml bottle of Remy Martin Cognac and several plastic cups.
The suspect told police he’d been at Forest Park Tap Room with friends and was on his way to get dropped off in Maywood, and the car he was in was being driven by his cousin. He said he has an active FOID card but no valid concealed carry license.
A felony charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon was approved. The suspect was also charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer, unlawful possession of cannabis and illegal transportation of alcohol.
Ticket issued for loud music
A man driving down Madison Street on March 12 was stopped at 1:18 a.m. because his car was playing music so loud that, according to the police report, it could be heard approximately a block away. The driver was issued a local ordinance citation for loud music from a vehicle.
Gun stolen from car
A Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm pistol was stolen from a car on the 1000 block of Marengo Avenue during the overnight hours between March 10 and 11. The owner reported it on the morning of March 11 when he returned to his vehicle and found the handgun missing from his vehicle, which was parked behind his residence.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, March 8-14, 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