Forest Park police responded to the 1100 block of Elgin Avenue at about 12:15 a.m. on Feb. 26 after a 63-year-old woman called to report that her vehicle had just been hijacked at gunpoint.
The victim told police that she was sitting in her gray 2013 Toyota Rav 4 in the alley, looking at her phone for about five minutes. She said she heard a knock on the driver’s side window and looked up to see the barrel of a handgun pointed at her.
According to the victim, there were two offenders, one of whom told her to get out of the car and leave behind her keys and phone. She exited the vehicle and the offenders got in and drove away eastbound on Fillmore Street and then southbound on Harlem Avenue.
The victim was not physically injured, according to police. The victim also left her purse behind in the vehicle. The purse contained her cellphone, several credit cards, $50 in cash, her driver’s license and her house keys.
A 41-year-old man called police on Feb. 24 at 4:45 a.m. to report that his vehicle, a gray 2006 Jeep, had just been stolen from the lot of 7-Eleven, 7749 Roosevelt Road.
The victim told police he parked his vehicle and left it running while he went inside the store to get coffee. When he exited the store, the Jeep was missing.
Forest Park police responded to the 100 block of Marengo Avenue on the morning of Feb. 24 after a 41-year-old man called to report that someone had stolen his vehicle overnight.
The victim told police he parked his gray 2010 Hyundai sedan in the spot he rents in the rear of that location at about 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. When he returned the next morning at about 7:50 a.m., the vehicle was gone.
According to the police report, the victim said he lost one set of car keys about a week earlier and never recovered them.
Forest Park police charged a 47-year-old Berwyn man with driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of a crash after his 2002 Chevy Tahoe struck another vehicle twice from behind as they traveled eastbound in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Road on Feb. 23 just after midnight.
The victim told police that the beige Tahoe was last seen heading south on Harlem Avenue and that he would be able to identify the driver if police found him. Police located the Tahoe at 13th Street and Wenonah Avenue in Berwyn.
The victim reportedly identified the vehicle and driver as being involved in the hit-and-run. Police also recovered the front grill to a Chevy Tahoe at the crash scene, noting the one they’d located in Berwyn was missing its grill. Police also located an open beer can in the Tahoe’s center console.
In addition to DUI and leaving the scene of a crash, the driver of the Tahoe was also cited for operating an uninsured vehicle.
Suspicious vehicle flees
A red Chevy SUV whose front license plate came back as stolen on a police computer check was able to elude a Forest Park police officer who rolled up on the vehicle Feb. 22 at about 1:30 a.m. as the SUV idled directly in front of the minimart at Thorntons gas station, 601 Harlem Ave.
According to the police report, the vehicle was the only one in the lot and was parked directly in front of the entrance with a driver behind the wheel. Inside the minimart, the officer reported observing a man wearing a full-head mask inside the minimart, standing at the counter.
The officer pulled his squad car directly behind the SUV at which time the person inside the store exited, looked around, made eye contact with the police officer and entered the passenger side of the SUV, which left immediately southbound on Harlem Avenue.
The SUV turned eastbound onto I-290 disregarding the red turn arrow. The officer activated his squad car’s emergency lights, but the SUV accelerated at a high speed eastbound. The officer did not pursue the vehicle.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 22-27, 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