Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Police: Banned from Property, Man Returns, Threatens to Kill Woman – Reports from Oct. 23 through Oct. 27, 2019

Police applicants take written test
Police applicants take police applicants the written test at Dining on the Green on October 19, 2019. Their next step will be oral interviews before the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. (Photo: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- These reports include a man arrested who had previously been banned from a cooperative. He returned, according to police, and allegedly threatened to kill a resident. Other reports include charges of domestic battery, theft, and driving while license was suspended.

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Clifford Jordan III, 24, 197 Westwood Drive, Park Forest, was arrested on October 23 and charged with theft under $300 and was provided a court date of December 13, 2019, at the Markham Courthouse.

An officer was dispatched to the area of Waldmann Drive regarding a report of a suspicious subject walking with a lawnmower. SouthCom Dispatch related that the caller provided a description of the subject and said that he was allegedly looking in the windows of several residences, according to police. The caller also mentioned that the subject had looked at a package on the front porch of an address on Waldmann Drive, according to police.

Upon arrival, the responding officer located the subject, later identified as Clifford Jordan, crossing the roadway “at a quickened pace at Wildwood Drive and Waldmann Drive,” according to the report.

The officer called out to Mr. Jordan. As Mr. Jordan turned around, the officer saw “the obvious outline of a box package concealed under his zip-up sweater,” according to police. The officer called Mr. Jordan over and obtained his name and address. The officer then asked Mr. Jordan about the box he was allegedly concealing under his sweater, according to police.

Mr. Jordan related that it was a surprise for his wife, according to police.

The officer asked to see the package which Mr. Jordan produced from under his shirt. The package was addressed to a man in the 300 block of Waldmann Drive, according to police.

The officer took Mr. Jordan into custody on suspicion of theft.

Driving While License Suspended

Ronald A. Hill, 42, 22400 Butterfield Rd., Park Forest, was arrested on October 24 and charged with driving while license was suspended when an officer traveling northbound on Western Avenue at 2:44 AM heard a loud crashing sound, according to police.

The officer looked into the rearview mirror and observed that a Chevrolet SUV had crashed into a light pole at the intersection of Western Avenue and Sauk Trail. The officer went to the intersection and observed an additional vehicle in the intersection with extensive front-end damage.

The officer first made contact with the driver of the SUV, who identified himself as Ronald Hill. He was standing outside that Chevrolet SUV and said he was the driver of the SUV, according to the report. According to police, Mr. Hill allegedly told police that he struck the vehicle in front of him that turned in front of his vehicle as he entered the intersection through a green light.

The officer asked if Mr. Hill was hurt and he said that he was okay.

The other vehicle was a tan Toyota and there was an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat. The man in the driver’s seat of the Toyota came to and told the officer that he was in pain. The officer advised the driver that Park Forest Paramedics were on their way.

Mr. Hill then related that he needed to check on his girlfriend who was still inside his vehicle. The officer spoke with Mr. Hill’s girlfriend who said she was in pain.

Other officers arrived on the scene to assist. The first officer sought additional information from Mr. Hill about the accident. The officer noted that Mr. Hill’s speech was slurred and he “swayed back and forth while standing,” according to the report.

The officer suspected that Mr. Hill was possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the report.

The officer observed a partially full 375 mL bottle of Patron Silver on the front driver side floorboard, according to police.

Mr. Hill allegedly removed that bottle from the vehicle and threw it into the grass, according to the police.

All three were transported to St. James Olympia Fields for further medical examinations and treated for any injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

While at the hospital Mr. Hill refused a blood draw for a DUI kit, according to police. As such, no blood or any other bodily fluid was taken from Mr. Hill at the hospital. Mr. Hill was unable to perform field sobriety tests due to his chest pain, according to police.

Police determined that he would not be charged with a DUI due to lack of evidence.

Mr. Hill later turned himself in at the Park Forest Police Department at 6:30 PM on October 24, 2019, and was processed on a charge of driving while license was suspended. He was issued a mandatory court date of December 13, 2019, at Markham Courthouse, according to the report.

Banned from Property: Assault, Criminal Trespass to Property

Julian D. Mills, 38, 15312 Chicago Road #3E, Dolton, was arrested on October 26 and charged with assault and criminal trespass to property after police were dispatched to the first block of Ash Street at approximately 10:50 PM to investigate a complaint of criminal damage to property. While on their way, SouthCom Dispatch advised that Julian D. Mills, who had been previously banned from the property, was inside a residence and allegedly broke a window, according to police.

After police arrived, they knocked on the front and back doors of the residence but received no response. After a few minutes, a woman answered the door and allowed officers to enter the residence. She related that Mr. Mills was upstairs in the west bedroom.

An officer placed Mr. Mills under arrest.

Another officer found a large butcher knife tucked in the rear waistband of Mr. Mills’ pants, according to police. The officer who placed Mr. Mills under arrest found a steak knife in his right front pocket, according to police.

The resident said both of these items were her kitchen knives and she was unaware that he had the knives on his person, according to police.

According to police, the resident said she was listening and singing along to music while upstairs in the west bedroom when Mr. Mills came into the bedroom allegedly upset and intoxicated, according to the report. For unknown reasons, Mr. Mills allegedly started to call her names, according to police. The resident ignored Mr. Mills and continued to sing which made Mr. Mills angrier, according to police.

The resident went downstairs and Mr. Mills followed her, according to police.

Mr. Mills was yelling at her and allegedly stating, “I will kill you,” according to police.

Mr. Mills then went into the kitchen and the resident ran back upstairs to the west bedroom to get away from Mr. Mills, according to police.

The resident blocked the door with her dresser to prevent Mr. Mills from entering the bedroom or harming her, according to the police.

Mr. Mills allegedly came back upstairs and attempted to push his way in and by doing so he allegedly broke the doorknob, according to police. Mr. Mills asked for his personal belongings and the resident told him to go outside so that she could give him his things, according to police.

Mr. Mills then walked outside of the residence and allegedly started screaming, according to police.

The resident removed the dresser from locking the door and placed Mr. Mills’ belongings outside the bedroom door, according to police. While Mr. Mills was outside, he allegedly began to throw pebbles at the upstairs west bedroom window which caused the outer pane window to break, according to police.

The resident then locked herself in the bedroom and called the police for help, according to police.

The resident lives at that residence with her two children who were sleeping at the time and did not witness the incident, according to police.

The resident said she was aware and was told previously that Mr. Mills was banned from Ash Street Cooperative, according to the report.

The resident had no visible injuries, according to police.

Police gave the resident a copy of her Illinois Domestic Rights form and advised her of the procedure to obtain an Order of Protection, according to the report.

At the Park Forest Police Department, an officer recovered one cigar containing green plant material and a small Ziploc baggie containing a green plant material in Mr. Mills’ front right pant pocket, according to police. Police subsequently issued Mr. Mills a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis. Police noted in the report that there had been three previous incidences at that address, one a domestic dispute, another regarding an unwanted subject, and the third regarding a domestic dispute. From the previous incidents, Mr. Mills had been advised not to return to that address or Ash Street Cooperative and that he would be arrested if he returned, according to police.

Mr. Mills was held pending bond and transport to Markham Courthouse for a bond hearing if he was unable to post bond, according to police.

Domestic Battery

Dieonta L. Gayles, 26, 120 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on October 27 and charged with one count of domestic battery after police responded to the 200 block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance.

When police arrived, they saw a woman waving her arms for assistance. As officers approached, the woman said, “He is beating her,” according to the report.

Police made entry to the residence to which they had been dispatched and heard a loud thumping noise coming from upstairs, according to police. Officers went upstairs and entered the bedroom where they observed a man, later identified as Dieonta L. Gayles, allegedly on top of a woman in an apparent struggle.

Officers ordered Mr. Gayles to get off of the woman to which he replied that they were only kissing. Police immediately placed Mr. Gayles into handcuffs and escorted him downstairs and placed him in the rear of a squad vehicle.

The woman who police said they removed Mr. Gayles from stated that she and Mr. Gayles got in an argument and that he allegedly grabbed her by the shoulders and allegedly threw her to the ground, according to police. Once on the ground, Mr. Gayles allegedly began to punch her in the face, according to police.

Police observed redness and swelling over her left eye, redness and swelling on the top of her head, and abrasion under her chin, according to the report.

Police provided the woman with an Illinois Domestic Violence Victim Information Act pamphlet and advised her on how to obtain an Order of Protection if she wished, according to police.