By Nona Tepper
Police watched as a car sped down Madison Street at 12:46 a.m. on June 14. They attempted to curb the Chevrolet Cruz but the driver slammed into the southeast corner of Spotless Carwash, 7802 Madison St., "causing significant damage to the structure wall," according to the police report. The driver turned onto Forest Avenue in River Forest and then struck the curb, leaving the vehicle "irreparable."
Officers approached the car, where driver Kiana Olivia Boyd, 24, of Oak Park, yelled that her mother had just died. Police asked Boyd how much she drank that night, and she responded "two shots." Inside the Chevrolet Cruz, officers spotted an empty tequila box and a solo cup containing alcohol. A name check revealed that Boyd's driver's license was suspended for driving under the influence (DUI).
She was transported to the police station, where she became belligerent, aggressive and erratic. She took off her wig and threw it on the floor and then reportedly stripped naked, yelling, "whatever you want to see." After putting her clothes back on, Boyd told police she was going to "Facebook Live and show all her followers what we were doing to her." She then took her shirt off and attempted to choke herself with the item, spat and kicked officers, and yelled several obscenities, including, "When I kill myself, I will haunt you." She pulled violently on her wrist, which was handcuffed, attempting to hurt herself. She was given a paper coverall suit to wear, but tore a portion of her coveralls and attempted to choke herself with the paper. Officers handcuffed both wrists to a bench in the station's detention cell.
Boyd was charged with aggravated DUI with a suspended license, aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated attempt to flee and elude, as well as charges for leaving the scene of an accident, driving while license is suspended, operating an uninsured vehicle and speeding.
Crowded car includes gun
Police observed several passengers crammed into the back seat of a car that was heading west on the 7300 block of Madison Street at 1:09 a.m. on June 10.
Officers followed the Toyota Corolla as it sped along several streets, and they finally curbed the car on the 500 block of Harlem Avenue. Police smelled cannabis as they approached the vehicle, and saw four passengers crammed into the back of the Toyota's three-person back seat. Passengers said they had smoked marijuana earlier in the car but there were no drugs or weapons in the vehicle.
They exited the Toyota and officers searched the car, revealing a destroyed cannabis blunt in the door. When Darryl Jovante Hill, 19, of Berkeley, exited the car, he held a leather satchel close to his chest. When police asked to see what was inside the satchel, Hill became argumentative and began to back away. Eventually he let officers search the satchel.
Police found a semi-automatic pistol inside the bag, which was revealed to have been stolen from a location in Chicago. Hill received felony charges for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by an individual under 21, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a firearm owners identification card.
Two of the passengers also received local ordinance citations for possession of marijuana.
Police uncover gun during traffic stop
Police watched a car turn without using its signal about 7:10 p.m. on June 12 on the 600 block of Harlem Avenue.
Officers checked the vehicle information on the GMC and found its owner, Juan Gonzalez, 27, of Hillside, had been arrested several times before, including for unlawful use of a firearm and manufacture and delivery of cannabis. Police approached the GMC, which had parked in the middle of the alley that runs between Harlem and Desplaines avenues, and asked the driver what he was doing. Gonzalez said he was picking up a friend and continued to talk to a woman on his cellphone. He was unable to provide an ID and handed police an expired insurance card, explaining that he was on probation for marijuana but did not have any in his possession. He denied having any guns in the vehicle.
Police searched the vehicle and found a handgun, six bags of cannabis and a gram of THC oil.
Gonzalez was transported to the Forest Park police station, where he told police he bought the gun for $200 about a week ago for protection because of "people getting shot everywhere." He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, as well as charges for possession of cannabis, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to signal, illegal parking and unlawful possession of firearms and firearm ammunition.
Men push, rob woman
Two men knocked a woman to the ground and stole her purse about 2:40 p.m. on June 11 at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave.
The woman, 63, told police she was exiting the store when two men came up to her, yelled, "I got you," and yanked the handbag from her hand. They also pushed her to the ground.
The bag contained her wallet, four credit cards, and a phone charger.
Fire escape burglar lifts laptop, jewelry
Between 9:44 and 10:30 a.m. on June 12, someone stole a laptop and antique rings and watches from an apartment on the 7500 block of Madison Street. A surveillance video showed a man climbing the building fire escape and, about 45 minutes later, coming back down the structure carrying several items. The victim said it was possible her balcony doors were left unlocked.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, June 10-16, 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.
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