Forest Park police recovered a backpack containing a handgun, 21 rounds of ammunition and a bag of cannabis from the pavement in the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue on the night of Sept. 24 after responding to a report of shots fired on that block at about 9:05 p.m.

While police did not report finding any evidence of shots fired in the area they did get a second call around the same time from a Chicago couple who were driving with their two small children southbound on Desplaines Avenue when they encountered a man standing in the middle of the street waving both arms.

As the vehicle slowed down, the man reportedly grabbed onto the driver’s side door frame and attempted to get into the car, saying, “He’s trying to kill me.” At some point, the man threw his backpack into the vehicle, which drove away. The passenger inside the vehicle then threw the backpack out of the window before calling police.

According to police, a second witness reported seeing a man matching the description given by the couple enter a red sedan driven by a woman. That vehicle traveled through the rear of a building in the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue and left the area in an unknown direction. Police reported they did not receive any calls from any possible victim of a crime.

Knife allegedly brandished on train

A 54-year-old Chicago man was given a local ordinance citation for assault after he allegedly brandished a knife during an altercation with a 33-year-old Plainfield man aboard a CTA train at the Forest Park Blue Line terminal, 711 Desplaines Ave. on Sept. 27 at about 12:15 a.m.

According to the police report, the victim was waiting for the train to depart the terminal when the offender took a speaker from him. When the victim confronted the man to get his speaker back, the man allegedly pulled out a knife from under his train seat and followed the victim, who called police, to the terminal’s exit.

The victim told police that he just wanted his speaker back and did not want to press charges. Police recovered the item, but ticketed the offender.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 1100 block of Elgin Avenue called police to report that during the overnight hours of Sept. 27-28 someone entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the rear of the property and removed a wallet containing her driver’s license, Social Security card, medical cards and a debit card.

During the overnight hours of Sept. 27-28, someone entered a vehicle and removed allergy medicine. While the owner reported locked the doors before leaving the vehicle overnight, she noticed the rear hatchback was partially open the following morning.

Police responded to the 1000 block of Harlem Avenue on the morning of Sept. 28 after a resident called to report that overnight someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked on a rear apron and removed a wallet containing identification and multiple credit cards.

Four small purchases totaling about $20, had been made using one of the cards at three different businesses.

A resident of the 1100 block of Harlem Avenue called police on the morning of Sept. 28 to report his car had been burglarized and that a security camera had captured the incident. 

The video showed that at about 3 a.m. three people walking northbound in the alley and pulling car door handles in the parking lot behind the building. One of them is then seen picking up a rock and breaking a small passenger side window to gain entry. A second person then enters the vehicle and takes an OGIO gym backpack containing Adidas running shoes, a Nike shirt and Nike shorts.

Distracted driving leads to crash

Forest Park police ticketed a 45-year-old Chicago man for using a cellphone while driving and damage to village property after he crashed his 2013 GMC Denali into the landscaped concrete median in the 7400 block of Roosevelt Road on Sept. 29 at about 2:45 a.m.

An officer responding to the scene reported the median to be cracked in several places along its length and shrubbery damaged or ripped out from the roots. The driver reportedly told police, “I was on my cellphone calling my wife, and I got distracted.”

Police reported that the driver did not appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Sept. 24-30, 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