Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Park Forest Police Blotter Reports from October 25-31, 2022

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- There were three incidents reported to police between October 25 and October 31 that resulted in arrests and charges against alleged offenders. These charges included criminal trespass, aggravated to a peace officer, and domestic battery. Only one of the three alleged offenders is from Park Forest.

Park Forest Police Blotter Reports from October 25-31, 2022

Criminal Trespass

Steven V. Johnson Jr., 32, 12728 Loomis St., Calumet Park, was arrested on October 25 and charged with criminal trespass to a building and resisting a peace officer after police responded to Osage Street in reference to a 911 hang-up call.

Upon arrival, an officer met with the complainant, who said that she wanted Mr. Johnson to leave the residence, telling police that Mr. Johnson allegedly spat in her face, according to police. Mr. Johnson allegedly went through the caller’s phone and found a message from her cousin, according to police.

The complainant said she didn’t know why Mr. Johnson went through her phone.

Officers explained to Mr. Johnson that he needed to leave the residence for we would be arrested. Mr. Johnson “reacted by not making any indication that he would leave,” according to the report. An officer then grabbed Mr. Johnson’s left wrist and informed him to place his hands behind his back, according to police. Mr. Johnson allegedly tensed up his wrist and pulled away from the officer, according to police.

Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer

Kiara S. Easley, 24, 8237 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, was arrested on October 30 and charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, criminal trespass to property, domestic battery, and criminal damage to property.

Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sauk Trail at 2:17 AM to investigate a report of an unwanted subject. Upon arrival, one officer saw two subjects who were in a physical altercation at the front door of the home to which they responded. The officer parked his squad vehicle in the driveway of the home and approached the two subjects.

The officer assisted in separating the two subjects and held the arms of one of the subjects, who appeared to be attempting to gain entry into the home. This person, later identified as Kiara Easley, was handcuffed with the assistance of another officer.

Officers told Ms. Easley to sit in the rear seat of a squad vehicle, but Ms. Easley allegedly stiffened her body and refused to sit down, according to police. Ms. Easley eventually sat down voluntarily, according to police.

Police spoke with the complainant, who said she was lying down inside her residence when she heard someone knocking on the home’s front window. She believed that the person knocking was Ms. Easley, so she called 911, according to police, advising that Ms. Easley was her ex-girlfriend from a year ago, according to police.

The complainant said that Ms. Easley then walked around to the rear of the residence and gained entry into the house using a rear door which was unlocked at the time, according to police. The complainant met Ms. Easley in the living room, and they immediately “tussled,” allegedly pushing and grabbing each other, according to police.

The complainant sustained a small scratch on her finger during the physical altercation, and a living room wall was damaged, according to police. According to the report, the complainant attempted to push Ms. Easley out of her house as police arrived on the scene.

After she was transported to the Park Forest Police Department, Ms. Easley allegedly kicked an officer with her left foot, according to the report.

Domestic Battery

James E. Morris Jr., 28, 421 Winnebago St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 31 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Winnebago Street to investigate a report of an assault.

According to the report, Mr. Morris and another man began arguing after their dogs got into a fight. Mr. Maurice allegedly pushed the other man over, got on top of him, and started punching him in the face and chest area, according to police.

When Mr. Morris was on top of the other man, he allegedly was shifting his body weight around, which put pressure on the complainant’s right knee, causing injury to the knee, 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 police arrested and charged committed any offenses. We report on what is in the reports that the police furnish to us. As those accused are innocent until proven guilty, the burden is on prosecutors and police to prove all alleged crimes.

eNews Park Forest has continuously published the 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 charged, including their name, age, and address. This information is necessary to ensure the proper identity of those arrested.

Presumption of Innocence

An arrest does not mean that a person is guilty. The law presumes all those whom police arrest are innocent until proven guilty. It is the policy of eNews Park Forest not to remove items from the public record from publication. Suppose you find your name in the police reports. Our policy is that 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.

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Police captured all the incidents in this report 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. Officials typically abbreviate these devices as BWC in the reports.

We encourage persons wishing to leave anonymous information on any criminal matters, including narcotics or gang activity, to call the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division at (708) 748-1309.