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Standoff from Alleged Armed Robbery Ends Peacefully

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A reported armed robbery that led to a brief standoff ended peacefully, Park Forest police said. The alleged victim pointed to a home on Waverly Street as the location where the alleged offender fled. After bringing in several mutual aid reinforcements from two sources that the Village participates in, the incident ended with the suspected offender walking toward police with hands up.

Two children on the scene also came to officers peacefully.

Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through September 11, 2023 – Part I

Armed Robbery

Police arrested Andre Morgan, 38, 351 Waverly St., Park Forest, on September 5 and charged him with armed robbery. Police also arrested Takiya M. Nesbitt, 28, 114 Lester Rd., Park Forest, in connection with the same incident, charging her with obstruction.

A Car Breaks Down

On Tuesday, September 5, at 1:22 PM, an officer responded to 360 Sauk Trail to investigate a report of an armed robbery. The caller saw the alleged offender run into a residence directly behind a home in the 300 block of Sauk Trail, according to police. Dispatch mapped the possible house the suspected offender entered as a home in the 300 block of Waverly Street.

The responding officer spoke with the complainant. She said at approximately 1:10 PM, her car broke down while she was going westbound on Sauk Trail, according to police. She got out of her car. While standing on the side of the road searching her purse for her cell phone, a man she did not know came up to her and asked if she needed help. She declined assistance, according to the report.

The man allegedly then pointed a handgun towards her face and demanded her belongings, according to the report. He reportedly snatched the purse she was holding in her hands and ran westbound towards the open field in the area, according to police.

Complainant Pursues

The woman followed him and saw him enter a side door of a home, closing the door behind him, according to police. A passerby then stopped to check if she was okay. The passerby let her use a cell phone to call the police, according to the report.

The woman described the contents of her purse to the officer.

According to the report, the officer took the complainant to a safe location. There, she positively identified the home at 351 Waverly Street as the house the alleged offender ran into, according to police.

Detectives arrived on the scene and assumed the investigation. They transported the complainant to the Park Forest Police Department.

Calls for Outside Help

South Suburban Emergency Response Team armored vehicle, SSERT
An armored vehicle of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team. (Photo: SSERT on Facebook)

A Commander requested a five-car ILEAS callout at 1:43 PM to assist with the perimeter. He called for assistance from the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) at 1:52 PM. The equipment SSERT and ILEAS respond with is formidable. The goal, however, was for the standoff to end peacefully.

The first officer who responded then relocated to the west side of the home on Waverly Street. A sergeant made several announcements with a police vehicle PA system, ordering all occupants in the house to exit with their hands up, according to police.

No one exited.

Officer Had Prior Knowledge of the Home

According to the report, a sergeant on the scene knew of a man living at the home from a previous call for service. The man was Andre Morgan, according to police.

At 2:08 PM, the sergeant spoke with a woman inside the home via telephone. Police later identified her as Takiya M. Nesbitt, according to the report. According to the report, the sergeant urged her to come outside with Mr. Morgan several times. According to the report, Ms. Nesbitt allegedly did not respond to the sergeant after the request.

At 2:12 PM, the sergeant called her again. This time, she allegedly said she would come out after she used the restroom, according to police.

Standoff Ends Peacefully

At 2:19 PM, a man, later identified as Andre Morgan, walked out of the home with his hands up, according to police. The sergeant verbally commanded him to walk backward toward the officer. Mr. Morgan complied, according to the report. An officer placed him in handcuffs, according to the report.

At 2:34 PM, a detective told officers that the complainant positively identified Mr. Morgan as the alleged offender in this incident, according to police.

An officer then took Mr. Morgan to the Park Forest Police Department.

After more time passed, at 2:39 PM, Ms. Nesbitt left the home with two children, according to police. The sergeant on the scene placed her in handcuffs. According to the report, she denied permission to search the home then.

This is not the first time a standoff ended peacefully in Park Forest. There were no shots fired.

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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 abbreviate these devices typically as BWC in the reports.

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