Rugby teammates in scrum, crash through window | Police reports Aug. 19-25

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Bob Uphues

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Forest Park police cited a 27-year-old Chicago man for fighting and public intoxication after he and a rugby teammate crashed through a plate glass window while fighting outside Team Blonde, 7442 Madison St. on Aug. 24 at 9:22 p.m.

When officers arrived on the scene, they saw the two men, shirtless and covered in blood, walking toward Constitution Court. According to a witness, a group of rugby players and their dates were socializing at a bar on Madison Street. The alleged offender reportedly mistakenly thought one of his teammates had kissed his girlfriend, prompting an argument that escalated into shoving and then a tumble into the front window of Team Blonde.

The alleged offender suffered cuts to his hands, arms, face and head. He was taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital for treatment. The other person's injuries were not detailed in the police report.

 

Car taken in residential burglary

Police responded to a residence in the 400 block of Thomas Avenue on the afternoon of Aug. 23 after the homeowner discovered that someone had stolen a 2010 Nissan Versa from the rear parking area next to the garage.

According to the police report, the vehicle theft followed in the wake of someone breaking into the victim's home to steal the keys to the Nissan sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 4:40 p.m.

The offender gained entry to the rear porch of the home by removing a screen, which was found leaning against the air-conditioning unit at the rear of the house. The keys to the Nissan and another vehicle were taken from the kitchen. The other vehicle was not taken from the property.

 

Vehicle break-in

A 30-year-old Chicago man went to police on Aug. 21 to report that sometime after Aug. 12, someone stole property from the trunk of his vehicle.

The victim told police he had driven his vehicle to Forest Park and parked in a lot in the 400 block of Harlem Avenue before leaving to go out of town. On Aug. 21, he checked his trunk for the first time since leaving town and discovered that a Nike bag, a suitcase and a file folder were missing from the trunk.

Documents that were taken included the victim's birth certificate, green card, passport, school transcripts and others.

 

Fired, allegedly threatens to fire back

A 39-year-old Woodridge woman faces assault charges after allegedly threatening to shoot employees of a Harlem Avenue staffing agency for terminating her employment.

The woman had been fired for "walking off the line" of a job she been sent to on Aug. 19. The next morning at 5:10 a.m., she appeared for work at Elite Staffing, 1215 Harlem Ave., but was told she had been terminated.

According to the police report, the woman said, "I should shoot you" to the staffing company employees before walking out of the business. Police detained the woman as she was walking in the 7000 block of Roosevelt Road. She denied threatening the employees, according to police.

 

Overdose victim revived

Forest Park emergency personnel were able to revive a 44-year-old Broadview man who appeared to be overdosing on heroin in his pickup truck near the intersection of Lathrop Avenue and Fillmore Street on Aug. 24 about 2 p.m.

A police officer who was first to arrive on the scene reported that the driver of the pickup truck was unresponsive. The officer administered the Narcan nasal spray opioid antidote. Firefighters administered additional doses of the antidote and were able to revive the man before taking him to Rush Oak Park Hospital for treatment.

Police also cited the man for driving on a suspended license.

 

No brakes

Forest Park police cited a 21-year-old Berwyn woman for leaving the scene of an accident and other infractions after she reportedly sideswiped another vehicle while northbound on Desplaines Avenue approaching Roosevelt Road and then sped away until the vehicle left the roadway, hit a tree and stop sign and was disabled.

The offender told police that the victim's vehicle sped up to try to prevent her from changing lanes. According to the police report, the offender said she tried to stop, but her brakes weren't working, causing her to lose control of the vehicle, cross over into the oncoming lane of traffic and then hit the tree and sign at the corner of Yuba and Desplaines.

 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 19-25, 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 Bob Uphues

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