Police say an apparent road rage incident involving a vehicle crash and reports of someone with a gun in the 7400 block of Randolph Street on the night of July 30 may have started as an altercation inside a nearby tavern.

Officers were dispatched to the scene near Randolph and Circle at about 10:30 p.m. to respond to a crash involving two vehicles after which one of the drivers allegedly pulled out a gun. Witnesses told police a 2008 Acura accelerated at high speed out of the parking lot of Submarine Tender and appeared intent on striking a man walking in the street.

The Acura missed the pedestrian but crashed into a 2005 Honda Accord, which was westbound on Randolph Street. The driver of the Acura, who was wearing a white shirt, then reportedly exited the vehicle, displayed a handgun and then ran away north on Brown Avenue.

Meanwhile, a passing motorist ushered the driver of the Honda, who had gotten out of his vehicle, into his car and drove him away for his safety. They later returned to speak with police who had arrived at the scene.

Another witness told police that a man matching the description of the Acura’s driver had been involved in a physical altercation inside Pioneer Tap, 7445 Randolph St., shortly before the crash. The witness said a man in a white T-shirt punched another man and then ran out of the bar, allegedly saying to someone, “You got that thing in the car?”

Security camera video confirmed that a man in a white shirt threw a punch at another man at about 12:20 p.m. before running out of the bar. 

Road rage results in crash

A 36-year-old Forest Park man faces a reckless driving charge and was cited for other offenses after he crashed his black 2016 Ford Mustang head-on into a Nissan SUV while allegedly trying to speed in the wrong lane of traffic while on the Circle Avenue bridge to get around a Lexus he believed cut him off in traffic on Aug. 5 at about 6:25 p.m.

The Lexus reportedly turned in front of the Mustang onto southbound Circle Avenue from Lehmer Street, causing the Mustang to brake. The driver of the Mustang then reportedly began revving the car’s engine and screeching the tires before pulling into the northbound lanes trying to get around the Lexus and other southbound traffic backed up on the bridge.

At the crest of the bridge, the Mustang struck the Nissan SUV head-on and then also crashed into the Lexus before becoming disabled on the bridge. Police also reported finding a loaded handgun in the Mustang’s glove box along with two other loaded magazines.

Burglary

Police have charged a 46-year-old Forest Park man with burglary after a resident of the 600 block of Thomas Avenue called police to report finding a man inside his garage on July 31 at about 1:10 a.m.

The victim said he was leaving home for work when he opened his unlocked garage service door and found it obstructed by two bags that had not been there before. The victim flicked on the lights and observed a man later identified as suspect standing between two vehicles inside the garage.

He reportedly ran out of the garage but a police officer apprehended him running eastbound on Lehmer Street near Circle Avenue. The victim reportedly identified the suspect as the man who was in his garage. 

According to police, both vehicles inside the garage had been rummaged through and the two bags filled with miscellaneous items obstructing the door did not belong to the victim.

A resident of the 1500 block of Harlem Avenue called police on the morning of Aug. 5 after returning home and discovering items inside his apartment that appeared to be out of place.

He found numerous items of food missing from his cabinets and clothing, shoes and towels were missing from his closets. A Glock 27 firearm kept in a dresser drawer was also reported as missing.

Police said there were signs of forced entry into the unit. The investigation continues.

Officers responded to a building in the 7200 block of Roosevelt Road on Aug. 3 after a resident called to report that sometime between 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. someone apparently had tried to force entry into his unit.

Police noted that the door frame of the rear door was damaged, but it did not appear entry was gained. Nothing was reported missing from inside the unit.

A resident of the 7500 block of Adams Street called police on Aug. 3 at about 8:50 p.m. to report that someone had pried open the door to her apartment and gained entry. Nothing was reported missing, said police, but they did observe visible pry marks on the unit’s door. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 29-Aug.5, 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