Nike shoes stolen at knifepoint
A man reported that his Nike shoes were stolen at knifepoint by two offenders, a male and a female, on the Blue Line on June 2 at 1:13 a.m.
Broken car window and stolen candy
The small rear passenger window of a car in the 7500 block of Harrison Street was smashed and the suspect(s) entered between May 30 and June 2 at 6:45 a.m. The interior of the car was ransacked, but the owner said the only thing missing appeared to be candy from the center console.
A man threatened after being escorted standing
A man who had paid a woman to meet him for “sexual favors” via Snapchat, but allegedly did not meet the woman, called police on June 3 when he began receiving threats via WhatsApp. The threats said he was wasting the escorts’ time and allegedly included violent photographs of, according to the police report, decapitated heads, for example. “This is what will happen to you and your family,” the photos accompanied.
A car was discovered missing on June 3 just before 6 a.m. in the back of a residence in the 900 block of Ferdinand Avenue. The owner said he had both sets of keys and had not authorized anyone to take the vehicle.
Two rowdy funerals
Seven vehicles and the House of Branch funeral home received police tickets for a rowdy funeral procession that drove through town on May 28 at 2:37 p.m. Forest Park police had been alerted by Oak Park police that a large, unruly funeral procession was heading. in the city. Forest Park Police intercepted funerals at Harlem Avenue and Jackson Boulevard; they allegedly told the driver of the funeral director’s vehicle, who was leading the motorcade, that they were ordering the funeral to drive through town on I-290. The funeral director refused, however, and the motorcade continued along Harrison Street. Police observed vehicles with people hanging from sunroofs and windows and driving through oncoming traffic “without heed to the innocent motoring public”.
On June 3, the owners of five cars received local ordinance citations for reckless driving during a rowdy funeral procession on Jackson Boulevard around 1:50 p.m. Officers watched the cars roll through oncoming traffic, unnecessarily blocking traffic by cutting off other drivers in multiple lanes. Tickets were mailed to offenders.
Pizza in the oven due to smoke
Police and the Forest Park Fire Department were called when smoke billowed from an apartment in the 7300 block of Dixon Street on June 1 at 11:55 a.m. Emergency personnel forced the apartment door after knocking on it. . They located the source of the smoke, which was a burnt pizza in the oven. The occupant slept in the bedroom after, he said, worked late and did not hear a knock on his front door.
Police administer Narcan after heroin overdose
Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of Lathrop Avenue on May 28 at 4:18 a.m. for a suspected heroin overdose. The victim was lying on the couch with labored breathing and other signs of a possible overdose. Officers administered Narcan and chest rubs. Paramedics arrived, provided medical care and transported the man to hospital.
A man said he was walking through the parking lot of 7-Eleven at 7749 Roosevelt Road when an unknown suspect approached him and asked him to use his phone on May 28 at 1:28 p.m. The victim refused, to which case the suspect got angry and started calling. names him. When the victim walked to 7-Eleven for help, the suspect allegedly punched him in the neck, got into a green Mustang and drove off.
Man robbed at gunpoint
A man told police he was robbed at gunpoint in the 600 block of Harlem Avenue on May 29 at 2:18 a.m. ” The victim said he handed over his phone clamshell and his wallet, which contained about $150. Police searched the area but did not find the suspect.
The degraded CTA train
Around 6 p.m. on May 29, a CTA employee reported graffiti on a train car at 1 Harlem Avenue.
Theft of the Door Dash driver’s car
At 1:07 a.m. on May 30, a Door Dash driver’s car was taken during a delivery. The driver said he left the keys in the ignition to deliver food to a location in the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue and an unknown suspect got into his car and drove him away.
Drums at Dunkin Donuts
Police were called to Dunkin Donuts, 7200 Circle Ave., after one patron allegedly punched another, although their stories varied. The victim said he was inside the store buying food when the assailant, who was also in the store, began asking him for money and food. The victim said he refused, at which point the suspect called him a racist and punched him in the face. The assailant told police he asked for money and hit the man, but only after the man hit him with his bag. Witnesses said the assailant stood very close to the victim, demanding money, and the victim did not hit the assailant before being hit and was simply trying to get away from him.
Police were called to Sync Communications, Inc., 7238 Roosevelt Rd., to meet with the company’s vice president, human resources manager and an IT services employee on June 1 due to a ransomware attack . About two months ago, the company announced that it installed a new ransomware protection program. Apparently, on May 27, the system alerted them that one of their customers had changed their banking information, which seemed suspicious to Sync Communications staff. They then received a message stating that their network had been infected and that their client’s financial files and other data were now encrypted by ransomware. If Sync did not pay $25,000 to offenders, the ransom price would be doubled. If Sync still refused to pay, the private data would be leaked. The ransomware allegedly started on the computer of a former employee who recently left the company but still has a company-issued laptop at home. Sync said they would attempt to recover this computer for more information.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, from May 28 to June 3, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise stated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with one crime. These cases have not been judged.
Compiled by Maria Maxham