Fidgety man damages police department cell door

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By Nona Tepper

Police spotted Aaron Lee Hughes sitting at a bench and "fidgeting" at the intersection of Franklin and Marengo about 8:22 a.m. on June 13. Police smelled cannabis on him, and asked Hughes, 29, of Chicago, what he had in his hands. He revealed a lighter, reportedly told police he had marijuana and then threw it behind him. 

Officers asked Hughes his name several times, but he stared blankly ahead and stayed silent. Police told him if he did not tell them his name he would be guilty of obstruction, but Hughes remained silent. Officers told Hughes he was under arrest, and he began yelling, flailing his arms and telling police he was recording the encounter on "Facebook Live." Police handcuffed Hughes, who continued to yell obscenities and threaten officers. 

Hughes was transported to the Forest Park Police Department, where he kicked a cell door with such force that he knocked the bottom part off of it and broke its lock, causing $520 worth of damage. Hughes received a felony charge for criminal damage to government supported property. 

 

Computer scam

A Forest Park resident told police she was the victim of computer fraud about 8:36 a.m. on June 12. The woman, 74, who lives on the 700 block of Polk Street, told police she talked to AT&T on June 10 because she thought she had viruses on her computer. The next day, a man claiming to be an AT&T technician called her, and charged her $410 to remove all the viruses from her computer. She said the man had complete control over her computer, even printing the receipt remotely so she could keep it for her files. She closed her bank account and plans to wipe her hard drive clean.

 

Apartment trashed, electronics and cash stolen

A woman told police she arrived at her apartment, 125 Desplaines Ave., about 11:14 p.m. on June 12, and found her apartment trashed with several items missing. Someone dumped clothes, shoes and cleanser all over the floor; hot sauce all over the kitchen; and shampoo and shower gel throughout the bathroom. 

She said shoes and clothes were missing, as well as $2,300 cash and a $650 TV. The victim told police she has never had a key to the apartment, that the front door is usually unlocked, and that she had been staying with her sister for the last three months. Police also noticed a window pane missing from the back door.

   

Tools lifted from trunk

Two men stole a bag full of tools from a Nissan parked on the 7700 block of Van Buren about 4:45 p.m. on June 12. The victim told police he left his trunk partially open. The offenders opened the trunk, and removed a bag containing three saws, a drill, conduit bender, extension cord, five screwdrivers, and various electric couplings, all worth a total of $1,000.

 

Pocket picked on Green Line

Between 2 and 3:30 p.m. on June 12, a man's wallet was stolen while he rode the Green Line. The victim, 70, told police the wallet contained $400 cash, Bank of America and Mastercard credit cards, an insurance card, Ventra card and Colorado state ID.

 

Lifted laptop 

Between 4:30 p.m. on June 13 and 8:30 a.m. on June 14, someone broke into a car parked on the 900 block of Elgin and stole a laptop valued at $750.

 

Truck, trailer taken

An employee of U-Haul Moving & Storage, 801 Harlem Ave., told police someone rented a pickup truck and trailer about 4:23 p.m. on June 3 and never returned the items. On June 13, the trailer was discovered in an abandoned alley in Chicago. The truck is still missing.

 

Broken car burglarized

Between 8 a.m. on June 6 and 1 p.m. on June 16, someone stole $200 worth of makeup, the front and rear plates, and an insurance card from a Hyundai at Currie Motors, 8401 Roosevelt Road. The victim told police she dropped her car off to be repaired and employees told her the car had been transferred to two different repair shops during its time there.

 

Garage break-in

Between 1 and 7 a.m. on June 17, someone broke into a garage on the 1000 block of Ferdinand and stole two tables, a tent, a jump house and air compressor, radio, speaker and video recorder, all worth a total $700. The victim told police she left her garage door open overnight.

 

Clothes stolen 

At 9:50 p.m. on June 17, two customers placed their items in dryers at The Laundry Room, 206 Desplaines Ave., returned 30 minutes later, and found their machines opened and various items missing. The total loss is valued at $50.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, June 12-17, 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 Nona Tepper

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