Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Police: Intoxicated Man Asks to be Arrested Rather Than Face Grandma – Police Reports Through August 13, 2019

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In this March 2019 body-cam photo, a Park Forest officer works to rescue a dog left outside with no food or water, in “deplorable conditions,” according to Park Forest Police. The animal was taken unharmed to be cared for at a local animal hospital. Please report any suspected abuse to pets. (Photo: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- These police reports include criminal trespass to real property, domestic battery, and possession of cannabis. In one incident, an intoxicated man reportedly asked to be arrested rather than go to his grandmother’s house in Park Forest, according to the report.

All of the incidents in this report were captured on video by body cameras worn by police, according to the reports.

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Criminal Trespass to Real Property

Jimmie L. Bobbitt, 43, 6829 S. Damen Ave., Chicago, was arrested on August 7 and charged with criminal trespass to real property while police on routine patrol conducting a check on a business in the 400 block of Sauk Trail spoke with an employee who said that a man, later identified as Jimmie L. Bobbitt, had been standing at the checkout counter, had not purchased anything, and was also “highly intoxicated,” according to the report.

The employee told police that he would sign criminal complaints against Mr. Bobbitt if he did not leave the property.

An officer spoke with Mr. Bobbitt and advised him that the employee wished for him to leave the property. Mr. Bobbitt allegedly stated that he did not want to go home and walked out of the store.

The officer followed Mr. Bobbitt outside the store where he observed Mr. Bobbitt smoking a cigarette in front of the main entrance. The officer told Mr. Bobbitt that he could provide him a ride to his residence and Mr. Bobbitt declined.

Mr. Bobbitt said that he did not want to go to his grandmother’s house in Park Forest because he was “too intoxicated,” according to the report. Mr. Bobbitt then allegedly turned around and placed his hands behind his back, requesting to be taken to jail, according to police.

The officer placed Mr. Bobbitt into handcuffs and informed him he was under arrest on suspicion of criminal trespass to real property. The officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Mr. Bobbitt’s breath, according to police.

Domestic Battery

Kenisha R. Plummer, 27, 9548 S. Calhoun Ave., Chicago, was arrested on August 9 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 100 block of Forest Boulevard regarding a report of an unwanted subject. Ms. Plummer allegedly punched someone in the eye, according to police.

Possession of Cannabis: Vehicle Impounded, No Arrests

Cody K. Smith, 18, 937 Purdue Lane, Matteson, was issued a local ordinance citation charging possession of cannabis on August 13 when officers observed a silver 2004 Mercury Monterey traveling eastbound on Sauk Trail from Lakewood Boulevard at 11:24 PM that had no registration light, according to police.

The driver of the vehicle was a juvenile as were two of the three passengers in the vehicle. The front seat passenger was Cody K. Smith, the only occupant who was not legally a juvenile, according to the report.

Police informed all the occupants of the vehicle that they could smell the odor of raw and burnt cannabis coming from inside the car. Officers asked all occupants to exit the vehicle one at a time. Police searched the vehicle and found a green plant-based substance, suspect cannabis, in an open book bag located between the rear passenger bucket seats, according to police.

Police asked several times who the suspect cannabis belong to but no one took ownership, according to the report. A tow vehicle was summoned to the scene and the driver was informed that his vehicle was being seized per village ordinance regarding the suspect cannabis. When the tow truck arrived, Mr. Smith allegedly said that the cannabis belonged to him, according to police.

Police issued Mr. Smith the local ordinance citation charging possession of cannabis and issued the juvenile driver a local ordinance citation charging improper reregistration lighting, both with a court date of September 5, 2019, at the Park Forest Police Department.

All were released from the scene. No one was taken into custody or arrested. The driver requested a ride home and the police agreed to do so.