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Police: Good Samaritan Tackles Domestic Battery Suspect

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Police have your back, this one at the Officer Tim Jones Street Dedication, March 19, 2018. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Police Blotter Reports Thru June 4, 2018

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Editor’s Note: These Park Forest Police blotter reports cover May 30 through June 4, 2018. Here we learn of a “Good Samaritan” who tackled a domestic battery suspect. (The proper dates for this span of reports in the previous sentence were edited June 6, 2018.)

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Police: Good Samaritan Tackles Domestic Battery Suspect

Shawn M. Kilgo, 32, 66 Dogwood St., Park Forest, was arrested on June 1 and charged with one count of domestic battery when police responded to the area of Western Avenue and South Dogwood Street to investigate a report of domestic battery.

When police arrived, they found a man holding another man down on the ground. The man who was being held on the ground was later identified as Shawn M. Kilgo. The man holding Mr. Kilgo on the ground told officers that he witnessed Mr. Kilgo allegedly striking a woman.

The witness intervened, grabbed Mr. Kilgo, and brought him to the ground until police could arrive, according to the report.

According to police, the alleged victim told them that she was arguing with Mr. Kilgo about smoking cannabis while they were on their way to buy cannabis, according to police. She advised Mr. Kilgo that she did not want to smoke. This angered Mr. Kilgo, she said, and Mr. Kilgo allegedly began to choke her as she was driving the vehicle, according to the report.

Mr. Kilgo then stopped and asked to be let out of the vehicle.

She pulled over near Dogwood Street and Western Avenue and Mr. Kilgo exited the vehicle. Approximately five minutes later, she returned because she noticed that her phone was missing.

When she returned to the area, Mr. Kilgo allegedly became upset, ran towards the vehicle, and allegedly attempted to remove her from the vehicle.

Mr. Kilgo then allegedly punched, kicked, and scratched her until the witness intervened, bringing Mr. Kilgo to the ground and holding him there until police arrived.

The alleged victim’s left eye was swollen and red, according to police. Her hands had scratches on them. Her pants also had dirt and debris on them from where she was allegedly thrown to the ground, according to police.

Mr. Kilgo was charged and processed with one count of domestic battery. He was placed in a cell at the Park Forest Police Station pending transport to Markham Courthouse.

Driving While License Suspended

Cori D. White, 26, 355 Forest Blvd., Park Forest, was issued traffic citations on June 2 charging driving while license was suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to signal while turning. Mr. White was also issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis and his vehicle was towed from the scene.

An officer on patrol at 1:25 AM observed that the vehicle Mr. White was driving did not have a rear license plate light, according to police. The officer followed the vehicle as it approached Western Avenue and Main Street. The vehicle allegedly made a right-hand turn onto Main Street from Western Avenue without signaling, according to police.

Mr. White was assigned a hearing date of July 12 at the Park Forest Police Department courtroom.

Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Andranette N. McCoy, 25, 2661 201st Place, Lynwood, was issued municipal citations charging possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia when an officer patrolling at 2:13 AM near the intersection of Miami Street and Blackhawk Drive noticed a vehicle allegedly parked on the wrong side of Miami Street.

The vehicle was parked in a no-parking zone, according to police.

Upon further observation, the officer observed a woman sitting in the driver’s seat who appeared to be asleep, according to police. The woman and sole occupant of the vehicle was later identified as Andranette N. McCoy.

She was assigned a hearing date of June 21 at the Park Forest Police Department courtroom.

Disorderly Conduct

Eric J. Paszczyk, 43, 16329 66th Ave., Tinley Park, was issued a municipal citation charging disorderly conduct when police responded to the 300 block of Oswego Street to investigate a report of a disturbance in progress. SouthCom dispatch advised police that a man was wearing a Halloween clown mask and was chasing passing vehicles.

When officers arrived, they discovered a man, later identified as Eric Paszczyk, who “was highly intoxicated and uncooperative,” according to the report. Mr. Paszczyk repeatedly stated that he had not done anything wrong and was only wearing a Halloween mask. Mr. Paszczyk allegedly continued to be uncooperative, according to police. He refused to walk with an officer to discuss what had occurred, according to the report. So police detained Mr. Paszczyk, placing him in handcuffs and securing him in the rear of a patrol vehicle pending further investigation.

Police then spoke with the complainant who told officers that he observed Mr. Paszczyk repeatedly running into the street towards passing vehicles with his arms raised while wearing a Halloween mask, according to police. The complainant called police after seeing a small child walking in the area, concerned that Mr. Paszczyk would attempt to scare the child.

An officer picked up the Halloween mask police found on the ground and attempted again to speak with Mr. Paszczyk, who, according to officers, became apologetic, stated that he had done nothing wrong and was only playing, and never chased anyone or any vehicles.

Mr. Paszczyk was issued the municipal citations with a hearing date of June 21 at the Park Forest Police Department courtroom.

Police released him and warned him that he could not wear his Halloween mask while running into the street and creating a disturbance. Police gave him his Halloween mask, which he immediately put on his head and allegedly began yelling. Police again and warned him of his actions at which time Mr. Paszczyk removed the mask.

Officers left the area with no further incidents at that time.