By Jean Lotus
'Maniac' shoots pistol into the air
After reportedly proclaiming, "I'm a maniac!" on the dance floor at Doc Ryan's around 1:45 a.m. on March 18, a man allegedly followed two women out of the bar, pulled out a gun and, witnesses said, began shooting into the air. The shooter was seen running through a village parking lot and two companions he had been with jumped into a cab and sped away, according to witnesses. Police recovered two Federal shell casings from a .45 caliber weapon.
Police said they interviewed a woman who had been a dance partner of the offender at the bar, but decided to leave abruptly after he suggested having sex with her. According to the woman and her friend, the man allegedly followed them outside and stood next to them saying, "You don't know who you messing with. You dealing with a maniac!" He then fired the shots.
Police located his alleged companions, but they refused to give the offender's name.
Catalytic converter theft incomplete
A catalytic converter was damaged on a 2005 Lexus parked overnight on the corner of Wilcox and Jackson, March 13. Someone attempted to cut the auto part from the vehicle but did not finish the job.
Man urinates on CTA, pulls knife on K-9 cop
Forest Park police responded around 4 p.m., March 22, to assist a CTA security canine-unit officer, arresting a man who had allegedly urinated in a Blue Line train car and then pulled a knife. The security guard said he was walking through the train at the end of the line when he observed the 57-year-old Chicago man, whom he told to exit the train. The man reportedly refused and instead urinated on the floor of the train car. The security guard said that as he was escorting the man off the train, he observed him remove something from his pocket in the reflection of the train window, and then recognized it as a closed 7-inch pocket knife. He ordered the man to drop the knife or he would release the canine. As he made preparations to set the dog free, the man complied and threw the knife to the ground, according to reports. The man was charged with misdemeanor criminal disposal of hazardous waste, misdemeanor trespass and misdemeanor aggravated assault.
Three-car accident on Roosevelt
A man who said he had been shopping at Ultra Foods around 7:30 a.m., March 22, and then headed back in his red Pontiac Grand Am to his home in Maywood, rear-ended a car stopped on Roosevelt Road, which then hit another car waiting to turn left into the Berkshire Nursing Home at 8300 W. Roosevelt. Police said the 66-year-old Pontiac driver exited his car and began to walk away eastbound. He was later identified by the drivers of the other two vehicles and arrested. He reportedly told police he had a suspended driver's license and was not supposed to be driving. He was charged with one count of felony driving with a revoked driver's license and following too close for traffic conditions.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, March 18-24, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.