A 32-year-old man driving on Eisenhower Expressway in the early morning hours of Sept. 3 reported to police that someone fired shots at his car.
The victim, who was not injured, said that at around 5:06 a.m. he was driving east past 5th Avenue when he saw a black SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, flashing the headlights behind him.
The victim said he let the Ford pass, only for it to race ahead and pull onto the expressway shoulder. As the victim drove past the SUV, the vehicle followed. The victim got off the expressway and headed south on Desplaines Avenue with the SUV continuing to follow him. In the 800 block of Desplaines Avenue, the victim said that someone fired four to five rounds from the SUV at his vehicle. One of the bullets went through the rear windshield and shattered it, and then kept going and got stuck in the front windshield.
The SUV then made a U-turn, heading north on Desplaines Avenue. The victim stopped near the intersection of Desplaines Avenue and Roosevelt Road and called police, who searched the area but failed to find the offending vehicle.
An attempted carjacking early on Sept. 2 was foiled after the victim gave the carjacker the wrong set of keys.
The victim told police that at 2:40 a.m. he parked his car in his apartment building’s lot in the 300 block of Lathrop Avenue. As he headed inside, a gold SUV drove toward him and two people got out of the car and went toward him. One of the offenders showed the victim a gun and told him to hand over the car keys. The victim threw his car keys in panic and ran away, hiding behind a car parked nearby.
After the victim called 911, he realized that he tossed the house keys rather than the car keys. By that point, the offenders left. A security camera captured the gold SUV stop at the corner of Madison Street and Lathrop Avenue, and one of the men tossed the victim’s keys out the window.
The SUV was last seen heading east on Madison Street.
Thefts from vehicle
Forest Park saw three reports of items stolen from parked cars and one catalytic converter theft last week
On Aug. 30, at 5:41 a.m., a man discovered that two wallets were missing from the center console of his car, which was parked in the 300 block of Lathrop Avenue. The wallets had a total of 15 credit cards and two bank cards. The victim said that he believed he accidently left the car unlocked.
On the same day at around 10 a.m., a man living in the 500 block of Desplaines Avenue discovered that someone had entered his car and stole his Bersa TPR9T 9 mm pistol and a wallet with at least seven credit cards, his drivers license and a concealed carry license. The victim said that he wasn’t sure if he locked his car, and there were no signs of forced entry.
On Sept. 2 at 10:18 a.m., a man reported that someone broke into his friend’s car on Aug. 22 at around 11:30 p.m. The car was parked in the 100 block of Elgin Avenue. The friend reported that car’s windows were smashed and his friend’s wallet, which was left on one of the seats, was stolen. The wallet had the victim’s driver’s license, social security card and birth certificate.
The catalytic converted theft occurred overnight on Aug. 31-Sept. 1 in the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 28- Sept. 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 Igor Studenkov