Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- As the second quarter of 2023 began, police still worked to clear warrants. Police took one Park Forest man into custody in connection with a warrant out of Missouri in connection with an alleged sex offense.
Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through April 3, 2023
Warrant on Charge of Alleged Sex Offense
Officers arrested Kenneth C. Foster, 57, 400 Shabbona Dr., Park Forest, on March 29 with a nationwide extraditable warrant out of Missouri concerning an alleged sex offense. Police arrived at that address at 7:18 PM to investigate a wanted person. One of the officers was aware of the warrant against Mr. Foster, according to police. There was no bond in connection with the warrant concerning the alleged sex offense, according to police.
Police arrested William M. Drake, 25, 1541 Deer Creek Lane, Ford Heights, on April 2. They charged him with two counts of resisting. Police responded to the Lincoln Highway and Indiana Street area at 12:15 PM to investigate a check well-being call.
While responding, dispatch told officers that a motorist saw a man lying in the street rolling around, according to police.
Upon arrival, an officer saw a man lying on the sidewalk waving one of his legs in the air, according to police. Officers approached the man, later identified as William Drake, to perform a well-being check on the man. Mr. Drake allegedly stood up as the officers arrived and began to walk away, according to police.
Man Walks Out Into Rt. 30 Traffic
An officer told Mr. Drake to stop and speak with them to make sure he was okay. Police said they wanted to make sure he was not in need of medical assistance, according to police. As officers got closer to Mr. Drake, he allegedly began to walk faster into oncoming traffic. The traffic was heading eastbound on Lincoln Highway, according to the report. There were vehicles near him traveling at a high speed, according to police.
According to the report, one officer rushed into the traffic to grab Mr. Drake. The officer tried to pull him out of the street, fearing for his safety.
Mr. Drake then allegedly began to resist the officer by pulling away from him and grabbing the side of his outer carrier fist, according to police. Mr. Drake told the officer not to touch him. The officer said he was pulling Mr. Drake out of the street to safety, according to police.
Mr. Drake allegedly drew his right arm backward, again telling the officer not to touch him, according to police. It appeared as if he was going to punch the officer, according to police. Police then used control tactics on Mr. Drake by performing a takedown on him to place him in handcuffs, according to the report. Police said Mr. Drake continued to resist the officer’s attempts to put him in handcuffs, at one point attempting to bite one officer’s hands as she tried to handcuff him, according to the report.
Bond Forfeiture Warrant
Police arrested Robert C. Arnold, 44, 132 Marquette St., Park Forest, on April 2 when police responded at 6:42 PM to the Park Forest Police Department’s north parking lot regarding a request for officers to be present during a child exchange in which one party had an active order of protection against the other.
Before officers arrived at the location in the parking lot, dispatch informed them that the man, Roberts the Arnold, had an active Cook County bond forfeiture warrant on a charge of violation of an order of detection. After the exchange of the children, police took Mr. Arnold into custody. According to the report, the Cook County Sheriff’s office confirmed the validity of the warrant with a bond set at $80,000, 10% plus $75.
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All of the incidents in this report were captured 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. These devices are now typically abbreviated BWC in the reports.
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