Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through September 1, 2020

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- These police reports include arrests through September 1, 2020. Charges for those include one arrest on a domestic battery charge and three others who received municipal citations.

Please note that we repeatedly say “according to police” in these reports and often use the word “allegedly.” We are not asserting in any way that those arrested and/or 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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eNews Park Forest has always published addresses of those arrested and will continue to do so. 5 ILCS 140/2.15 states that the governmental body (for these reports, the Police Department), shall release information on those who have been charged, including their name, age, and address. This information is necessary to ensure the proper identity of those arrested.

An arrest does not mean that a person is guilty. All those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is the policy of eNews Park Forest to not remove items in the public record from publication. If your name is listed in the police reports, we will only add information relevant to the final disposition of the case at hand, e.g. “Mr. Smith was subsequently acquitted,” “Mr. Smith entered a guilty plea,” or “All charges against Mr. Smith were subsequently dropped.” We will do so upon receiving and verifying proof of such disposition.

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.

eNews Park Forest reports this information because the public in the United States has the right to know.  When that information is withheld or under-reported, it leaves questions.  We also want to show the work that the police force does every day that is not reported.  Police in Park Forest respond to thousands of calls per year, the vast majority of which do not end up with arrests.  Whether it’s conducting a routine investigation, pulling over a drunk driver, or responding to a possible theft at a store, the work of the police officer deserves acknowledgment by the public.

Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through September 1, 2020

Domestic Battery

Jarron C. Echols, 28, 502 Wildwood Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on August 27 and charged with domestic battery, interference of 911, and processed on two outstanding warrants. Police responded to the first block of Marquette Street to investigate a report of domestic battery. Mr. Echols allegedly attacked a woman verbally and made “physical contact of an insulting nature by placing both hands” on her shoulders and neck, according to police.

Municipal Citatioins: NO ARRESTS

Arriel Lee, 18, 229 Berry St., Park Forest, was issued a municipal citation on August 28 charging possession of cannabis by a minor (under 21 years old) after police were dispatched to the 200 block of Illinois Street to investigate a report of a suspicious person.

Phael Parham, 20, 245 Miami St., Park Forest, ‘swas issued a municipal citation charging trespassing on September 1 after police were dispatched to the first block of Elm Street to investigate a report of an unwanted subject. The complainant wish to have Phael Pharham banned from her residence, according to police.

Juan Jose Innez, 46, 512 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, was issued a municipal citation on September 1 charging unlawful use of cannabis in a public place after police were dispatched to the Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, to investigate a report of a suspicious subject.