Man charged with fighting CTA employee

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By Nona Tepper

Man charged with fighting CTA employee

Police responded to the CTA Forest Park Blue Line stop, 711 Desplaines Ave., at 4:22 p.m. on May 2, on a call that a Chicago man attempted to fight a transit employee. 

A CTA employee told police she entered the motor cab and found the Chicago man, 36, standing inside. The man threatened the woman, saying "I'll beat your [expletive]," and swung his fists at her.

Officers entered the train car and found the Chicago man inside smoking a cigarette. Police told the man to extinguish his cigarette. The man balled his fists, puffed his chest and said he would "bash" the officers' faces in. Police restrained his arms behind his back and handcuffed him. When asked if he had any weapons, the man replied, "My fists are my weapons." 

He was charged with aggravated assault. 

Possession of controlled substance

Police watched a man swallow a pink powdery substance as he pumped gas at Citgo, 601 Harlem Ave., about midnight on May 5. He then threw the bag that contained the powdery substance out the window. 

Officers asked the man what was inside the discarded bag. He told police there was ecstasy in the bag but there was none left. Police asked him if there were additional drugs inside the vehicle and the man said no. 

When he exited the car, officers said they saw a bag containing two pills sticking out of the man's sock. They also recovered a bag of cannabis in the man's shoe. As police searched the driver, two passengers reportedly made furtive movements. 

Officers searched the front-seat passenger and found a bag of marijuana tucked into his sock and jacket pocket. On the backseat passenger, they found a bag of cannabis tucked in his shoe. 

The two passengers received local ordinance violations for possession of cannabis. 

The driver was charged with possession of a controlled substance, as well as local ordinance violations for littering and possession of cannabis. 

Cellphone stolen from Citgo

A man stole a cellphone from a Nissan Murano parked at Citgo, 7400 W. Roosevelt Road, about 10:10 p.m. on May 2. 

The victim told police she went inside the gas station to pay for gas, when a Cadillac pulled up next to her window. She said she saw a man get out of the Cadillac and enter her car and take her cellphone. 

Several cars broken into

At some point between 7 p.m. on May 2 and 7:40 a.m. on May 3, someone broke into several cars and multiple storage lockers in a parking garage on the 200 block of Marengo Avenue. 

A burglar stole about $1,200 worth of items inside a Kia, with the victim saying his laptop, backpack, garage door opener, planning books and more were taken. A garage door opener, handicap sign, windbreaker and $40 cash were stolen from a Toyota Avalon parked nearby. Various tools were also taken from a storage locker in the parking garage, as well as a wagon valued at $90. Another victim told officers that multiple pans, old bike tools and a stove totaling $100 were taken from his storage locker. Police observed multiple storage lockers and vehicles broken into. 

The Forest Park Police Department reminds residents to lock, and not keep valuables inside, their cars.

Man with knife threatens commuters

Police responded to the CTA Forest Park Blue Line stop, 711 Desplaines Ave., at 10:27 a.m. on May 5, on a call that a man with a knife was threatening commuters. 

As officers entered the bus terminal, a man yelled, "That guy just threatened me with a knife. Be careful. He has a knife." The victim told police he was standing at the bus station when the man, 63, a resident of Chicago, came up to him, allegedly waved a knife in his face and said, "Man, I'll kill you." Police ordered the Chicago man off the bus and uncovered a folding pocket knife in his back pants pocket. The man broke free and ran away. 

Police chased the man and eventually apprehended him on the 600 block of Desplaines Avenue. 

He was charged with aggravated assault and resisting and obstructing an officer.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, April 29-May 6, 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.

Nona Tepper

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Greg Mitchell  

Posted: May 9th, 2019 4:13 PM

As a daily Blue Line commuter, I am not proud that that station is in my village. This issues are too many to number, but the fact that the overwhelming olfactory impressions I get when I walk to my morning train are weed and urine tells me all I need to know. The police "wannabes" that the CTA has contracted to provide security are a joke, and spend more time on their phones than actually doing their jobs. I love that this stations is close to me, and drops me off in the loop at the base of my office, but I cannot wait for the day that I do not have to deal with the daily environment of this train.

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