A 34-year-old man was shot in the hand in the Submarine Tender fast food restaurant parking lot, 200 Desplaines Ave., on the night of Aug. 27 at around 1:45 a.m.

The man and his girlfriend drove up to the restaurant and parked nearby. The two said that, as they were approaching the restaurant entrance, they saw 2 to 3 people arguing in the restaurant parking lot. Then, the victim said that he heard a loud “pop” and his ears began ringing. He didn’t realize right away that he’s been shot through his left hand, 

The victim’s girlfriend wrapped the wounded hand in a scarf and transported the victim to Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave.

Neither person was able to describe any of the people in the parking lot. 

Man suffers head injury after chasing brick brandisher

A man intervened to help two women who were threatened by a man with a brick – but he ended up with a head injury after the man with the brick walked away and he kept chasing him.

According to witness testimony and security camera footage, on Aug. 22 at around 5:26 p.m., a woman and her daughter, as well as two other women, were standing in front of the currency exchange at 7202 Roosevelt Rd. when a man approached them, holding a brick in his hand, and began yelling at them. 

About a minute later, a dark-colored sedan pulled into the currency exchange parking lot, and the victim got out, approaching the man with the brick. The two argued, with the latter man holding the brick in the air. The man with the brick walked away, but the sedan driver got into the car and drove after the man with the brick. 

As the man with the brick headed west on Roosevelt Road, the victim followed, alternating between sprinting and driving after him. The camera last recorded him chasing the man with the brick on foot at around the Roosevelt Road/Marengo Avenue intersection, running south on Marengo Avenue. 

The police caught up with the victim on the 1100 block of Circle Avenue, bleeding from the head. He declined medical attention, declined to provide the police any information, and walked away. 

Retail theft

On Aug. 25, a 28-year-old Park Ridge man was caught shoplifting $358 worth of medications from the Walgreens location at 7200 Roosevelt Rd. At around 1:57 p.m., an employee spotted the alleged offender enter the store. When she spotted him in the medication aisle, the man was walking with a limp that he didn’t have before, his pants were bulging, and she said she heard the sound of medications rattling in the bottles. 

When the employee started following the alleged offender, he quickly left the store, stopping at the nearby Shell gas station to take the medications from his pants and placing them in a grocery bag. He then fled north on Maple Avenue. 

An Oak Park police officer caught the alleged offender in Oak Park, at 927 Wisconsin Ave. As he was processed, it was discovered that he failed to complete his sex offender registration in Park Ridge. He was charged with retail theft and failure to register as a sex offender. 


A tenant at an apartment building on the 100 block of Marengo Avenue discovered that someone stole a rug from his storage locker, put in other items and replaced the lock.

The victim discovered the theft on Aug. 28 at 12:45 p.m. He said that he last checked the locker about six months ago. The victim used the locker to store a 1991 rug valued at about $2,800. Since he last checked the locker, someone broke into the locker, removed the rug, replaced the lock with a similar-looking lock and put in “four brand new tires, a printer, a bag of salt and a shovel.”

On Aug. 24, a garage of a building at the 500 block of Ferdinand Avenue was broken into, with the burglar stealing a grocery bag full of party supplies, garbage bags, padlocks and personal protection equipment such as gloves, masks and wipes. The victim said she was unsure if she left the garage door unlocked. She also said that she noticed scratches on the car that weren’t there before. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug 22-28, 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 Igor Studenkov