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Unlawful Use of a Weapon: Park Forest Police Reports Through April 16, 2019

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- These police reports include arrests through April 16, 2019. Charges for those arrested include domestic battery, felony aggravated robbery, and assault.

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

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Felony Aggravated Robbery

Robert James, 29, 2117 Marston Lane, Flossmoor, was arrested April 6 and charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery after police responded at 2:25 AM to the 7-Eleven in the 400 block of Sauk Trail to investigate a report of a robbery in progress.

While they were on their way, SouthCom Dispatch advised that the alleged offender was sitting in the parking lot in the alleged victim’s vehicle, a Toyota Corolla and that he allegedly had a gun. A few moments later, police were told that the alleged offender exited the parking lot southbound on Main Street into Richton Park.

A Richton Park police officer radioed that he was behind the vehicle as it exited the 7-Eleven parking lot.

The Park Forest officer who was dispatched responded to the 7-Eleven where he made contact with three women who said that a man wearing a black hoodie and a ski mask entered the store, allegedly displayed and pointed a gun at all three of them, and then told them to get on the ground. The man, later identified as Robert James, according to the report, allegedly pointed the gun at one of the women and demanded that she give him her car keys, which she did.

The man then left the store and entered the alleged victim’s vehicle without leaving the parking lot right away, according to the report. Moments later, the man allegedly left the parking lot in the vehicle.

Richton Park officers pursued the Toyota to Sauk Trail and Cicero Avenue where the alleged offender crashed the vehicle, according to police. The officer from Park Forest escorted to of the women to that location and each positively identified Mr. James as the alleged offender, according to police. The officer then escorted the third woman to that location and she positively identified Mr. James as the alleged offender, according to police.


Jerry P. Taylor Jr., 33, 227 Miami St., Park Forest, was arrested on April 10 and charged with one count of assault and two counts of disorderly conduct after police were dispatched to the 200 block of Miami Street to investigate a report of a disturbance.

SouthCom Dispatch advised officers that a man, later identified as Jerry P. Taylor, was allegedly yelling and screaming at ComEd workers, according to the report.

Mr. Taylor allegedly inferred that he had a gun and had his hands in his pockets but then went back inside his residence, according to police. Officers were then told that Mr. Taylor was again outside allegedly yelling at the workers.

Upon arrival, police saw that Mr. Taylor had a cell phone in his hand and ordered him to turn around and place his hands behind his back which he did, according to the report.

Police placed Mr. Taylor in handcuffs and put him in a squad car.

Police then interviewed the workers who said they were contracted by ComEd to cut trees in the area. As they worked, Mr. Taylor allegedly came outside demanding that they clean his yard of any branches. One of the workers asked him what he was talking about. Mr. Taylor began to get upset, according to police. When one of the workers returned to his truck, Mr. Taylor allegedly followed him, picked up a tree branch, and threw it at him, according to police. The worker had to step out of the way in order to not be struck by the branch, according to police.

Mr. Taylor then went inside his residence after allegedly telling one of the workers, “I’ll be back for your ass,” according to the report. The workers then went to the other side of the street and called the police. As they were waiting for police to respond, Mr. Taylor came back outside with his hand in his pocket allegedly demanding that the trucks be moved away from his residence and allegedly stated, “I’m gonna kill one of y’all [N-word],” according to the report.

Police then arrived.

One of the workers related a similar chain of events and further related that Mr. Taylor allegedly stated, “Stay right here. I’m gonna shoot y’all [M-Fs],” according to the report. Police then advised Mr. Taylor he was under arrest on suspicion of disorderly conduct and assault, according to the report.

Domestic Battery

Ricardo R. Roberts Jr., 46, 146 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on April 11 and charged with domestic battery after police responded to the 100 block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. Mr. Roberts and a woman in the house allegedly had a disagreement about the amount of a check. During their disagreement, the alleged victim said that Mr. Roberts allegedly grabbed her by the throat with both hands and allegedly choked her long enough for her to gasp for air, according to police.

Violation of an Order of Protection

Welborn R. Williams, 62, 1115 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, was arrested on April 13 and charged with violation of an order of protection after police were dispatched to the 3300 block of Western Avenue to investigate a report of a disturbance. The caller stated that Welbourn R. Williams was at his residence and that Mr. Williams had an order of protection against him, according to police.

Domestic Battery, Assault

Adam D. Ginn, 39, 237 Sauk Trail, Park Forest, was arrested on April 13 and charged with domestic battery, assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage to property after police were dispatched to the 100 block of Well Street at 1:05 AM in reference to a report of criminal damage to property.

Upon arrival, police located the alleged offender, Adam D. Ginn, in front of the residence. While approaching the residence, an officer noted that one of the front windows of the home was broken out.

Police immediately ordered Mr. Ginn to the ground and subsequently took him into custody. While cuffing Mr. Ginn, an officer noted that Mr. Ginn appeared to be bleeding from one of his hands and that both of his hands were covered in blood, according to police.

Mr. Ginn allegedly stated spontaneously that he “caught her in there with another man,” according to the report.

Police advised Mr. Ginn that he was under arrest and read him his Miranda Rights, according to the report. Mr. Ginn stated that he understood his rights and allegedly told police that he caught a woman in the residence with another man and that he allegedly broke the window with a piece of wood and subsequently cut his hand on the window, according to police.

An officer noted that several windows of Mr. Ginn’s vehicle were broken. When asked about the damage, Mr. Ginn allegedly stated that the damage to his vehicle was old.

One of the officers tended to Mr. Ginn’s injuries, creating a makeshift tourniquet with a portion of Mr. Ginn’s sweatshirt in an attempt to slow the bleeding from Mr. Ginn’s hand. Park Forest paramedics arrived on the scene and transported Mr. Ginn to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields. An officer also responded to the hospital as Mr. Ginn was to remain in police custody, according to police.

Mr. Ginn’s vehicle was towed from the scene pursuant to his arrest.

He was discharged from the hospital at approximately 3:30 AM after receiving stitches for lacerations to his hands. He was then transported to the Park Forest Police Department and secured in a holding cell, according to police.

Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Garrett S. Spivey, 25, 683 Primrose Lane, Matteson, was arrested on April 13 and charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of possession of cannabis, and illegal transportation of open alcohol after police were dispatched to the 300 block of Shabbona Drive at 7:31 PM to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle.

The caller reported that a blue vehicle with dark tinted windows had been parked in that block for a few hours running with its lights on, according to police.

Upon arrival, police noted that the vehicle’s windows had a very dark tint to them and that the vehicle’s lights were illuminated. They saw a man in the driver’s seat lying down, lying back into the rear passenger area, according to police.

An officer knocked on the window a few times to get the driver’s attention. The driver, later identified as Garrett Spivey, opened the driver’s door and told the officer that he was a LYFT driver and fell asleep while waiting for a fair. Mr. Spivey was the sole occupant of the vehicle. While speaking with Mr. Spivey, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage from inside the vehicle. He also saw a plastic cup in the center cup holder that appeared to have a liquid in it that the officer suspected was alcohol.

The officer requested Mr. Spivey’s driver’s license and proof of insurance. As Mr. Spivey turned and began looking around inside the vehicle, the officer saw a handgun on the driver’s side front floorboard. The firearm was accessible to Mr. Spivey, according to police.

The officer immediately ordered Mr. Spivey to exit the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs for security purposes. Mr. Spivey told the officer that he had a valid FOID card but did not possess a concealed carry license (CCL), according to police.

The officer asked Mr. Spivey if he had an open bottle of alcohol inside the vehicle and Mr. Spivey allegedly said that he did in the center armrest, according to police.

The officer placed Mr. Spivey under arrest on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon and possessing a loaded, un-cased, and immediately accessible firearm while not having a valid CCL, according to the report.

The officer did recover Mr. Spivey’s wallet which had his FOID card inside. The officer also found an open 200-milliliter bottle of Cognac, according to police. The bottle only contained an inch of alcohol inside, according to police.

The officer also retrieved the firearm, a 9 MM Glock model 17 loaded with 12 live rounds of ammunition. The chamber was empty, according to police.