Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The week leading up to July 17 included battery charges and a warrant call from outside departments on two men. This week showed an unusual number of conflicts that allegedly led to people striking each other. We report these in hopes that people will think twice next time and avoid physical confrontations.
Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through July 17, 2023
Police charged Thaddeus J. Smith II, 31, 313 Seneca St., Park Forest, on July 9 with two counts of domestic battery. Police responded to a home on Seneca Street on July 8 at 10:42 PM to investigate a report of an unwanted subject.
According to the complainant, Thaddeus J. Smith II allegedly returned home intoxicated. The complainant asked the police to remove him from the home. An officer said there had to be a court eviction to remove Mr. Smith.
Later that night, at 11:54 PM, police responded to the same home to investigate a domestic battery report. Mr. Smith allegedly choked the complainant on a bed, according to police. Police described the complainant as crying and visibly upset. According to the report, the complainant alleged that Mr. Smith choked her, which almost caused her to lose consciousness.
Police arrested Marylyn Richmond, 31, 20 Hemlock St., Park Forest, on July 11 and charged her with one count of domestic battery. Police responded to an address on Hemlock Street to investigate a domestic battery report. Ms. Richmond allegedly punched the complainant after gaining access to a room where he barricaded himself, according to police.
Police arrested Dominique M. Kimble, 34, 7315 S. East End Ave. GW, Chicago, on July 13, charging her with one count of domestic battery and one count of resisting a peace officer.
Police responded to an address on Western Avenue to investigate a report of an unwanted subject. Ms. Kimble allegedly struck the complainant with an unknown object, according to police. When police located Ms. Kimble and attempted to place handcuffs on her, she reportedly tensed her arms and “forcibly” pulled away from police, according to the report.
Police took Noah B. Clayton, 24, 127 Algonquin St., Park Forest, into custody on July 14. The Orland Hills Police Department notified the Park Forest Police Department at 1:26 AM they had Clayton in custody on a bond forfeiture warrant. The Will County Sheriff’s Office issued the warrant that originated from the Park Forest Police Department, according to police.
According to the report, the warrant was in connection with an alleged charge of driving with a suspended license. An officer went to a gas station in the 7200 block of West Lincoln Highway to meet an officer and take custody of Mr. Clayton, according to police.
Police responded to the Evanston Police Department on July 14 to transport a man to Park Forest in connection with a warrant. An officer transported Tyrone Cook, 42, 309 Osage St., Park Forest, to the Park Forest Police Department and processed Mr. Cook on his alleged bond forfeiture warrant, according to the report.
Police arrested Justin R. Sprewer, 26, 534 Antietam St., Park Forest, on July 14 and charged him with one count of domestic battery. Police responded to a home on Antietam Street at 9:23 PM to investigate a domestic battery report. Mr. Sprewer allegedly pushed the complainant with both hands, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs, according to police.
Police arrested Cheyenne D., Payne, 23, 480 W. 127th St., Chicago, on July 16, and charged her with battery.
Police responded to the intersection of Western Avenue and Main Street at 12:07 AM to investigate a traffic accident. A responding officer saw a crashed, unoccupied vehicle. He also saw a woman who had a small amount of blood around her mouth.
The officer learned that the blood around the woman’s mouth was unrelated to the traffic crash. In fact, the woman, who was the complainant, was not in the crash at all.
She said another woman allegedly struck her in the mouth with a closed fist while she was walking her dog near that same intersection.
Complainant, Seeing Accident, Stops To Inquire
The complainant saw two women near the vehicle and asked what happened, according to police. The women allegedly told her to mind her own business and became aggressive, according to the report.
“Suddenly, without provocation, one of the [women allegedly] struck the complainant in the mouth with a closed fist, causing her mouth to bleed,” according to the report.
Police located the women nearby. The complainant identified Cynthia D Payne as the woman who allegedly punched her, according to police.
Police arrested Courtney K. Branch, 21, 452 Talala St., Park Forest, and charged her with one count of domestic battery.
Police responded to a home on Talala Street at 6:22 PM to investigate a report of domestic battery. Upon arrival, the reporting officer saw a number of people outside the home shouting at each other, according to police.
The complainant said that after she and Mr. Branch left a casino together they began to argue, according to the report. The complainant said she wanted to take Mr. Branch her home, according to police. They went to the house on Talala Street.
Physical Altercation Allegedly Over Tossed Clothes
While collecting her clothes from a clothes basket, the complainant admitted that she through the clothes about the room, allegedly hitting Mr. Branch with the clothes, according to police.
At that point, a physical altercation ensued during which Mr. Branch and the complainant allegedly punched and kicked each other, according to police. The complainant said that she was on the floor as Mr. Branch allegedly punched, kicked, and stomped on her head, according to police. She also allegedly admitted that during the altercation, she spat on Mr. Branch, according to police.
About Police Reports
Please note that we repeatedly say “according to police” in these reports and often use “allegedly.” We are not asserting in any way that those arrested and charged have committed any offenses. We report on what is in the media reports furnished by police. As those charged are innocent until proven guilty, the burden is on prosecutors and police to prove all alleged crimes.
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All of the incidents in this report were captured on body-worn and dash-mounted cameras by officers at the respective scenes, according to police. All Park Forest police officers wear body-worn cameras. These devices are now typically abbreviated BWC in the reports.
Persons wishing to leave anonymous information on any criminal matters, including narcotics or gang activity, are encouraged to call the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division at (708) 748-1309.