A security guard working for the Forest Park-based American Security Services company, 1515 S. Harlem Ave., threatened bodily harm at a job site in north suburban Mundelein — and the threats only escalated after he was warned that his statements would lead to his firing.

The incident happened May 18 at around 3:30 p.m. The man was on duty when the drivers for the company where he was providing security “began to slow down and back up.” This lead to him telling his supervisor that he was “about to go outside and stab everyone.” After he was warned that such statements could get him fired, he responded that, if he was fired, he would “go to the office and shoot up the place.”

The man was fired, and the security company arranged for him to turn over his company uniform under police supervision. The man turned it over without incident, but he denied making threats. 

The man has a valid Firearm Owners Identification card. The Forest Park police asked the Illinois State Police to revoke it.

Road rage incident

A cargo van driver threatened to beat up a driver who passed in front of him.

On May 16 at around 5:38 p.m., the victim was driving a black 2019 Subaru SUV south on Desplaines Avenue when he approached Adams Street intersection. South of the intersection, the southbound side of the street was reduced to one lane due to construction. The victim saw a white 2010 Chevrolet Cargo Van trying to merge into his lane. Figuring that there wasn’t enough room for that, the victim kept driving.

The cargo van driver screamed and honked at him. The victim kept going, but he had to stop at the Jackson Boulevard intersection due to a red light. The cargo van driver got out, shouted homophobic insults at the victim and threatened to drag the victim out of the SUV and beat him up. The driver also said that he would track down where the victim lived. 

The driver then got back into the van and drove off, getting onto the Eisenhower Expressway and heading west. The victim was able to get the license plate number. While this allowed the police to identify the registered owner, the victim’s description of the van driver didn’t match the owner. The police were unable to identify him at the time of the report.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, May 15-18, 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