Police were dispatched to Roosevelt Road and Circle Avenue for a report of a “slumper,” someone unconscious behind the wheel of a vehicle, on April 19 at 11:58 p.m. Reporting officers arrived to find a man unconscious in the driver’s seat. They were able to rouse him to consciousness, but as he began to wake up, officers observed the handle of a firearm inside the pocket of the driver’s door.
Police immediately removed the man from the car, then took possession of the gun, a fully loaded 9mm Glock 17. The driver of the car, however, did not possess a valid FOID or CCL. Officers also found a bag of what appeared to be cannabis.
The subject told police that he’d fallen asleep because he’d been up for 24 hours and denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He said he’d stolen the gun from his stepfather, with whom he lives.
In the station, he fell asleep on a bench in the detention room, then fell off the bench onto the floor. Paramedics were called to take him to the hospital for observation.
Felony charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon were approved.
CTA passenger attacked with baton
A CTA Blue Line passenger was the victim of an assault by a deadly weapon on April 20 at 5:46 p.m. at 701 Harlem Ave. When police arrived, the victim was holding his bleeding head. Paramedics were called, and while they tended to the man, he told the police that he had gotten off the train after work and was walking eastbound up the platform ramp when an offender blocked his path. The offender allegedly then lunged at the victim, who, feeling threatened, punched the offender in the face. The offender then got out a collapsible baton and hit the victim in the head. Although police did not observe any parked or departing Blue Line trains, the offender could not be located.
NARCAN administered to unconscious man on train
Police administered NARCAN to an unconscious man on a CTA train car at 711 Desplaines Ave. on April 21 at 7:46 p.m. Two subjects who were with the victim told police that the victim had consumed an unknown amount of heroin prior to the arrival of the officers. He regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital.
Open alcohol citation given
A man on the 7300 block of Circle Avenue was given a citation for open alcohol on April 19 at 2:16 a.m. when he was spotted with a clear plastic cup with a liquid substance inside it. He apologized to the police and was issued a ticket.
Tarp catches fire at park
A rolled-up tarp in the baseball diamonds at the Park District of Forest Park caught on fire on April 19 at 9:50 a.m. A park worker saw black smoke rising from the area. He had another employee call 9-1-1 while he investigated, finding the tarp, which was rolled around a large plastic pipe (18-24 inches in diameter, according to the police report) on fire. A nearby garbage can was also in flames. The reporting officer used his fire extinguisher to put out the fire in the garbage can, but then his extinguisher ran out. The fire department showed up, finished extinguishing the fire, and determined no investigation was needed.
Rock thrown through woman’s window
A woman on the 7300 block of Harvard Street called the police on April 19 at 8 p.m. when an unknown subject threw a rock through her window.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 19-23, 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