Police Report – August 6, 2007


The Park Forest Police Station. (Photo: Wendy Heise)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Editor’s Note: We continue our reporting on news from police reports. Besides covering the many stories from around Park Forest that otherwise might go unnoticed, we want to bring more complete coverage of police reports than is reported by other local media.

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Several DVDs and a wallet containing $200 cash were reported stolen from 991 Toyota Corolla parked in the 300 block of Marquette on July 24.

Bruce E. Hodges, 43, 13 Arrowhead Ct., Park Forest, was arrested on July 27 and charged with on felony count of possession of a controlled substance and trespassing to railroad property, when police were in the area of EJ & E railroad tracks north of Apache St. due to subjects who had allegedly fled a stolen vehicle.

Dustin J. Greiner, 26, 36 Ash St., Park Forest, was arrested on July 28 and charged with obstructing a peace officer when police were dispatched to court A-3 on Ash Street to investigate a disturbance.

A window of “PK Boards,” 323 Main St., was reported broken on July 29.  Upon responding to the scene, an officer observed the window was damaged badly enough to allow a person to gain entry.  Upon further observation, it was determined that the business had been burglarized.  $2,605.18 in merchandise were reported taken, including 80 T-shirts valued at $1,279.20, 2 skateboards total value $300, five pair of shoes total value $317.98, and 12 hooded sweatshirts total value $708.00.

Darrick A. Villatoro, 29, 13 Dunlap, Park Forest, was arrested on July 29 and charged with criminal damage to real property when police were dispatched to a business in the 300 block of Main St. to investigate a trespass complaint.

A blue Mercury Topaz was seized and towed on July 29 per the Village seizure ordinance for possession of cannabis inside the vehicle when the vehicle was abandoned on the lawn of a residence in the 600 block of Brookline, Chicago Heights.  Officer Elliot was on patrol observed the vehicle on 26th St. approaching Western Ave. with no headlights activated.  When Officer Elliot activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle accelerated, turning north onto Western Ave.  Ofc. Elliot followed but did not match the vehicle’s speed, found the vehicle abandoned on the lawn of the residence.

John E. Porter, 18, 309 Sheridan, Park Forest, was arrested on July 30 and charged with trespass to property and disorderly conduct when police were dispatched to the 200 block of Indiana to investigate an unwanted subject.

A 2006 burgundy Toyota Avalon was reported damaged on July 30 with numerous scratch marks on the passenger’s front and rear door and scratch marks on the rear passenger side fender.

Yotanda L. Lewis, 30, 401 Sumpter, Matteson, was arrested on July 30 and charged with violation of an order of protection when police were called to the 200 block of Sangamon to investigate a report of a violation of an order of protection.

The front passenger side window of a silver 2003 Chrysler SLX parked in the 300 block of Springfield was reported shattered on July 30.  Items reported stolen from the vehicle include hair styling products, scissors, and hair clippers.

Charles D. White, 39, 929 W. 123rd, Chicago, was arrested on July 30 and charged with criminal damage to real property when police were dispatched to the 200 block of Gentry in reference to an unwanted subject.

Jequan Scales, 18, 24484 Potomac, Crete, was arrested on July 31 and charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property when police were dispatched to the 3200 block of Western to investigate a disturbance.

Two large picture windows were reported shattered at a residence in the 0 – 100 block of Hemlock on July 31.

A juvenile was arrested on July 31 and issued an M-ticket for obstructing right of way when an officer observed the juvenile walking in the middle of the roadway westbound on Thomas St.  The officer instructed the juvenile to use the sidewalk for walking, and the juvenile allegedly laughed and kept walking.  The officer exited his vehicle, and the juvenile proceeded to run.  The officer caught, arrested, and transported the juvenile to the Park Forest Police Station.

A bicycle was reported stolen from the 2900 block of Western on July 31.

A silver DUAL brand CD player was reported removed from the dash board of a green Chevrolet Lumina parked in the 100 block of Sycamore on July 31.

The driver’s side window of a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville parked in the 100 block of N. Arbor Trails was reported broken out on July 31.  Items reported stolen from the vehicle include a Panasonic AM/FM CD stereo from the dash and a CD holder with approximately 200 CDs.

On August 2, police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling south bound on Western with no front license plate attached. Police found the driver, Mark A. Alexander, 23, of 13 Ash Street in Park Forest, to be driving on a suspended license. Alexander was instructed to step out of the vehicle, and placed into the rear of a squad car. During an inventory search of Alexander’s vehicle, police located a Tauras .9mm semi – automatic handgun under the driver’s seat. A .9mm magazine containing 10 rounds, and a clear plastic baggie containing a green plantlike material, suspected cannabis, was located inside of the rear pocket of the passenger side seat. A check of the fire arm indicated it was stolen out of Youngstown, OH, and the green plantlike material was later found to be cannabis weighing approximately 8.9 grams. Alexander was arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of cannabis. He was additionally issued two Y–ticket citations regarding no front license plate and driving with license suspended.

On August 2, while on patrol, police observed a vehicle stop in the center of the roadway of Arcadia Street baring a suspended registration. Police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, and found the driver, Benjamin D. Bijak, 18, of 20800 Gardener Street in Chicago Heights, to be driving with suspended insurance on the vehicle. Bijak told police he was not aware the registration was suspended and attempted to locate a current insurance card. Bijak used a key to open the locked glove box in the car. As the glove box opened, police observed two clear pill containers with numerous pills inside. Police also observed a half full and open 40 Oz bottle of alcoholic beverage lying on the rear seat floor area of the vehicle. Bijak and two other suspects in the car were taken into custody for the open alcohol container. Upon an inventory search of the vehicle, police located one yellow tint clear prescription type bottle with a white cap containing 29 small green tablets and one clear prescription bottle with a white cap containing 53 small pink oval shaped pills. The pills found were later shown to be Hydrocodone/ Vicadin and a Morphine Sulfate liquid with a high potency. Bijak was arrested, charged and processed with two felony charges for possession of a controlled substance, a traffic citation for no valid registration, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and illegal possession of alcoholic liquor.

Police responded to a call of a suspicious subject standing outside CVS on Main Street in a trench coat on August 3. Police approached the subject who displayed a metal knife. Police apprised the subject several times to drop the knife, and the subject did not comply. Police assisted the subject, identified as Bernard Foxworth, 52, of 3620 Western in Park Forest, to the ground and placed him into custody. Foxworth was arrested, issued an M–Citation, and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

Police responded August 4 to 236 Mantua Street to investigate a report of an unwanted subject. Police arrested Lawrence Wise, 24, of 236 Mantua Street and charged him with criminal trespass to residence.