A 48-year-old Berwyn man beat up a 60-year-old man after an argument at the Dollar Tree store on Roosevelt Road — but that’s not why he ended up being arrested.

According to the victim and witness accounts, on Oct. 9 at around 10:55 a.m., the victim was standing in a checkout line when the Berwyn man bumped into him as he headed out the door. The two got into an argument, and the Berwyn man threatened to beat the victim up as soon as he left the store. The man waited for the victim, and when the victim tried to walk back to his car, the Berwyn man tried to keep the victim from getting inside. At that point, a friend of the Berwyn man, a 56-year-old Chicago man, stepped in to try to defuse the situation.

The victim then reached into the trunk of his car to get a baseball bat in hopes of warding off the other man. The victim dropped the bat, and the Chicago man took the bat to keep his friend from getting it. The Berwyn man then attacked the victim, punching him. The customers shouting at him got him to stop, and both men fled west on Roosevelt Road and toward the Forest Park CTA terminal. 

The police caught the two men on an L train that was about to depart. The victim confirmed their identities, but declined to press charges. However, a background check revealed that the two men had multiple arrest warrants in Wisconsin and Cook County. The Berwyn man was charged with trying to sell a stolen car, while the Chicago man was charged with theft and criminal damage to property. 

Motor vehicle thefts

Forest Park saw two vehicle thefts on or around Oct. 8 — but there is no evidence that the incidents were connected. 

On Oct. 7, at around 7:30 p.m., the owner of black 2016 Toyota Camry parked his car at a street parking spot near O’Sullivan’s Public House bar and went inside. When the victim went home, he decided to walk because he thought he was too drunk to drive. But when he came back to get the car on Oct. 8 at around 5 p.m., he saw that it was missing.

On Oct. 8, at 10:21 a.m., the owner of a black 2015 Hyundai Sonata on the Forest Park CTA terminal’s south commuter parking lot. When he came back at 8:06 p.m., the car was gone. The victim originally thought that his car was towed, by a call to a towing company CTA uses confirmed that it wasn’t the case. Further investigation found broken glass on the ground at the parking space.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 8-14, 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