Forest Park police issued seven people local ordinance citations for public fighting after officers from the village, and from Oak Park and River Forest responded to break up a large fight in the street involving people who had just left O’Sullivan’s Public House, 7244 Madison St., on July 17 at about 1:50 a.m.
The brawl reportedly started when a 28-year-old Forest Park woman told a 24-year-old Chicago woman, who was exiting the bar with a separate group, “You probably shouldn’t drive.”
The statement angered the Chicago woman who allegedly pushed the Forest Park woman and tried to take a swing at her. The Forest Park woman allegedly then punched the other woman, touching off a melee that involved two Chicago men, ages 27 and 41; two other Chicago women, ages 29 and 39; and a 27-year-old Forest Park man.
Police issued the 24-year-old Chicago woman a second citation for public intoxication.
Theft suspect charged
Forest Park police charged a 59-year-old Chicago man with misdemeanor retail theft after the Cook County State’s Attorney decline to charge him with a felony after he allegedly walked out of Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., with a shopping cart containing electronic products and other items on July 19 at about 8:55 p.m.
Among the items were three Vizio V-Series 2.1 home theater sound bars, each valued at about $130.
According to the police report, another offender, who eluded arrest, walked out of the emergency doors of the west side of Walmart and met there with the man police were able to apprehend. Both men fled east, chased by store employees toward the Bulk Mail Center at 7500 Roosevelt Road.
The employees were able to recover the shopping cart and police detained one of the offenders nearby. Police later recovered one of the Vizio sound bars hidden behind a dumpster.
Police noted that the man they arrested had 10 previous convictions for retail theft.
Wanted on warrants
A 21-year-old Forest Park woman wanted on two active warrants out of Indiana was taken into custody by Forest Park police on July 19 after someone called 911 to report two people carrying guns running into a house in the 500 block of Ferdinand Avenue.
The caller described the two people as a man and a woman who lived on the second floor of the house. After multiple attempts, police were able to make contact with the woman, who agreed to come outside and talk to them.
She told police she doesn’t own a gun and said that an unknown man, whom she believed knew a previous resident, came to her back door earlier but that he had left. While speaking with the woman, police ran a computer check on her name, which revealed she had active warrants out of Indiana for her arrest.
The first warrant was for a case where she’s been charged with three felonies, including battery resulting in bodily injury, resisting law enforcement and criminal confinement. The second was for a misdemeanor.
Police reported they would turn the woman over to the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Fugitive Warrants Division.
Mischief caught on video
Someone applied super glue to the laundry room door of a building in the 300 block of Circle Avenue, sealing it shut, back in June. But it wasn’t until July 20 that a member of the building’s condo board went to police with exactly who that was after viewing security video of the incident and reporting it to police.
According to the police report, the culprit was the son of a resident who lives in the building. No charges were sought. Police were told the offender’s family would be making restitution.
Rent money stolen in car burglary
A resident of the 7400 block of Dixon Street called police on the morning of July 20 to report that someone had entered her vehicle, which was parked on the west side of her building and removed a plastic bag containing $1,100 in cash, which the victim said was supposed to pay the rent, along with a debit card, Social Security card and Cash App card from the center console.
The victim told police she believed the vehicle was locked, but police reported seeing no signs of forced entry.
Angry about waiting
A 31-year-old Chicago man called police on July 16 at about 7:30 p.m. to report that someone had just pointed a gun at him in the parking lot of Portillo’s, 7740 Roosevelt Road.
The victim told police that two men in a black BMW SUV got angry with him because he allowed another vehicle to pass ahead of them at a stop sign. At that time, one of the two men in the BMW pointed a gun at victim, according to the police report.
The offending vehicle left the area southbound and police were unable to locate it.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 15-21, 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 Bob Uphues