A man declaring he was Jesus during his arrest pulled a knife on a Dollar Tree employee after trying to steal a toothbrush on May 13 at 12:43 p.m. Police picked up the offender as he was walking eastbound on Roosevelt toward Planet Fitness. The knife used in the assault wasn't on his person, but police recovered it, a kitchen knife, a little while later on the ground.
According to the employee, the suspect selected a toothbrush and attempted to leave the store without paying. When the employee approached the suspect, he threw the toothbrush at the employee and left, yelling racial slurs. The employee followed the suspect outside, where the offender pulled out a knife and "held it out in a threatening manner."
The suspect denied stealing anything and also denied pulling out a knife. He said he carries a knife for protection because terrorists all over the world are after him. Throughout the arrest, according to the police report, he declared that he was Jesus Christ.
Glitter penises ejected
Police were called to a Madison Street business on May 14 at 4:19 p.m. when a business owner received a suspicious package in the mail. The package, which she had not ordered, contained a white tubular object with a spring inside. The owner was concerned that the object might be harmful.
The reporting officer inspected the package and object. "Due to my training, experience and familiarity with that type of package I was able to identify the package as a glitter bomb," wrote the officer in the police report. "In order to confirm the package was in fact a glitter bomb, I opened the package in a safe direction."
The officer reported that, "The package ejected several pieces of multi-colored glitter shaped as penises."
Nobody was harmed in the incident.
Multiple catalytic converters stolen from vehicles
The police department reported thefts of at least five catalytic converters from cars during the week. The details are as follows:
- On the 1000 block of Marengo Avenue during the overnight hours between May 10 and May 11
- On the 7300 block of Franklin Avenue on May 15 sometime between May 12 and May 14
- On the 7600 block of Jackson Boulevard on May 13 at 11:07 a.m.
- On the 1000 block of Hannah Avenue on May 14 at 3:30 a.m.
- On the 1000 block of Lathrop Avenue during the overnight hours between May 13 and May 14
Multiple vehicles burglarized
- A car was ransacked on the 500 block of Beloit Avenue between May 10 and May 11. The owner can't remember if she locked her car. Nothing was missing.
- Police were called to the 100 block of Marengo Avenue on May 11 when a woman noticed her car, which had been left unlocked, had been burglarized some time since the previous day. Approximately $20 was taken, although the thief had left her wallet and three credit cards behind.
- Coins in the center console cup holder were missing from a car parked behind a residence on the 500 block of Marengo Avenue on May 11.
- The owner of a vehicle on the 500 block of Ferdinand Avenue discovered a long, deep scratch on the driver side front quarter panel and door when she was leaving for work on May 11. She then discovered the driver side rear tire had been slashed. She believes the vehicle was damaged at approximately 1:30 a.m. because her dog began barking at that time. Nothing was missing from the vehicle except snack foods.
- A man discovered his car on the 400 block of Marengo Avenue had been entered sometime between May 10 at 3 p.m. and May 11 at 8:30 a.m. when he found the door ajar. He said he had forgotten to lock the door. Nothing was missing.
- A car on the 100 block of Circle Avenue, left unlocked, was entered and the interior ransacked sometime between May 10 at 5:30 p.m. and May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Nothing was taken.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, May 10-15, 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 Maria Maxham
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