A huge commotion was caused outside a bar on the 7400 block of Madison Street on April 18 at 12:49 a.m. when bar employees called the police for help removing a subject they reported to be extremely drunk. When police arrived, the subject looked and smelled intoxicated and he was yelling, but not making any sense, according to the police report.
He eventually went outside after police told him he needed to go. On the street, however, he became “belligerent and irate,” and a crowd began to form in front of the entrance. The subject repeatedly screamed at police.
At one point, he turned to a man smoking near the doorway and slapped him in the hand and face. Then, he turned to one of the officers and struck the officer in the chest, then in the face with his right elbow, causing a laceration and swelling to the officer’s lower lip.
Officers demanded he put his arms behind his back, but he resisted. According to the police report, a large group of bar patrons began filming the officers on their phones, congesting the area and some berating the police. Meanwhile, the subject continued to fight police, although they were eventually able to bring him to the ground, gain control of him and handcuff him.
He wouldn’t get up and walk, though, so officers had to pick him up and carry him to the squad car, which he refused to enter. At one point, he struggled so hard against officers that he pushed one into the car door, causing bruising, redness and pain to the officer’s right knee and right elbow.
After more struggle trying to get the subject into a squad car, the man finally lay on the ground and said he had mental health issues, at which time the police requested an ambulance to take him to the hospital.
When asked for his date of birth, the subject told the officer, “Shut up, b—h.”
He was transported to the hospital, where police report he was rude to the nurses, calling them derogatory names.
Police contacted the Assistant State’s Attorney, requesting a felony charge for aggravated battery to a peace officer, but since there was no footage of the battery, it was rejected. An officer wearing a body camera appeared on the scene after the assault against the police officers had occurred. (Some Forest Park police officers are currently wearing body cameras on a trial basis, a story the Review is working on now.)
The man was processed for battery.
Woman robbed at knifepoint
A woman in front of a bar on the 7500 block of Madison Street reported being robbed at knifepoint on April 17 at 1:02 a.m. She said she was outside the bar having a cigarette when an unknown male approached her and held a knife to her neck. The knife, she said, was “pocket sized.” He allegedly walked her a little further west on Madison Street, saying, “If you don’t come with me, you’re done.” He then started taking things from her pockets. She slipped out of her jacket and ran back toward the bar, at which time a female companion of the victim, seeing her friend’s distress and learning of what had happened, approached the suspect and punched him twice in the face before retrieving her friend’s belongings. The suspect was last seen fleeing north on Desplaines Avenue from Madison Street. He was not located by police.
Running, unlocked car stolen from gas station
A woman who left her car running, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition at 7-Eleven, 205 Harlem Ave., called police on April 16 at 2:38 a.m. when two other women allegedly got into her car and drove away with it. The police report states that the victim was rude, yelling at the officers and calling them “stupid.” Her phone, which was in the car, last tracked the vehicle to an address in Chicago.
Disturbance at Dunkin Donuts
A police officer rode with a subject in the ambulance and stayed with him until he was admitted to a hospital after being called to Dunkin Donuts, 7200 Circle Ave., on April 15 at 11:05 a.m. The man, currently experiencing homelessness, was inside the restaurant saying he would kill everyone and grabbing at his waistband as if reaching for a gun, but he did not have one. He then went outside and began walking aimlessly in the middle of heavy traffic on Harlem Avenue. He willingly got into the ambulance and was transported to the hospital.
Open alcohol on Madison Street
- A man with an open bottle of D’USSE VSOP Cognac was standing in front of Forest Park Liquors, 7429 Madison St., on April 16 at 1:11 a.m. Police stopped and told him if he didn’t throw away the bottle, he would be given a local ordinance citation. But the man said he’d just bought the bottle and didn’t want to get rid of it. Instead, he allegedly said, he’d put it in his car. Police once again told the subject he needed to throw the bottle away, “as I was trying to give him a break,” wrote the officer in his report. Again, the man refused. As the officer got out of his car, the man took a chug from the bottle and then poured its contents into a garbage can before disposing of the bottle as well. He was issued a local ordinance citation for open alcohol.
- Two men walking east on the 7300 block of Madison Street on April 16 at 11:33 p.m. were spotted with a clear plastic cup and a red plastic cup containing suspected alcoholic beverages. Police made contact with them and told them to get rid of their beverages, which they did. They were both issued local ordinance citations.
- A man was holding a clear plastic cup containing an alcoholic beverage on April 17 at 1:22 a.m. on the 400 block of Thomas Avenue in Constitution Court. He was issued a local ordinance citation for open alcohol.
- Police issued citations for no valid registration and for open alcohol to a man drinking in his vehicle on the 400 block of Thomas Avenue in Constitution Court on April 17 at 11:44 p.m.
- On the 7400 block of Madison Street, police stopped a man with a “plastic cup completely full of an alcoholic beverage,” according to the police report, on April 18 at 12:43 a.m. When the police car pulled up alongside the man, he immediately dumped the contents out onto the sidewalk. He was issued a local ordinance citation for open alcohol.
Graffiti ‘artists’ target train cars again
On April 15, police were called for graffiti to three train cars that had occurred during the previous night. The train cars were out of service in the far west end of the tracks along I-290. CTA employees suspect that the offenders were dropped off on I-290 by an accomplice, where they climbed the fence, tagged the train, and then were picked up again.
A CTA employee at 711 Desplaines Ave. reported graffiti on a train car on April 18. Exactly when the incident occurred is uncertain, but it possibly happened over the weekend. Unknown offenders spray painted “PHIDSR” in black, orange, blue, pink, yellow and white spray paint and “NEEN” in blue, purple, black, green, red and white spray paint.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 12-18, 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