Riverside police arrest fugitive drug 'mule'

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Riverside police on Feb. 13 arrested a man wanted on a nationwide arrest warrant for drug crimes following a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Lionel and Delaplaine roads.

During the traffic stop, according to police, the driver was unable to produce a driverfs license or ID card, so police arrested him and brought him to the station for processing.

After sending a fingerprint inquiry to the FBI, Riverside police received word that the driver of the vehicle was Juan Salazar-Salas, 32, who was wanted by Adams County, Colo., police for possession of a controlled substance.

Police said that when he was arrested by Colorado police, Salazar-Salas was acting as a 'mule," transporting a large quantity of drugs. He is being held without bond at Cook County Jail awaiting an extradition hearing.

The nationwide fugitive warrant was issued by Adams County, Colo., Sherifffs Police in 2008. Police stated that Salazar-Salas had been using several aliases and dates of birth to avoid arrest since that time.

When he was arrested by Riverside police, Salazar-Salas was reportedly living in the 2100 block of South 3rd Avenue in Maywood. Riverside police charged him with driving on a suspended license and other traffic offenses.

8-year-old says man took her picture

An 8-year-old girl from Brookfield told police that a man driving a car took her photo with his cellphone as she walked to Brook Park School on 30th Street at Vernon Avenue on Feb. 15 at 7:40 a.m.

The girl reported that she was walking alone when a silver or gray, two-door car pulled up to her and stopped. The driver - described as a white male, 40 to 50 years old with brown hair and wearing a black or dark gray coat - did not speak to the girl, but held out his cellphone as if he were going to take the girlfs picture.

The girl said she started running westbound and the car left eastbound. The girl reported the incident to school personnel when she arrived.

Felony DUI

A 28-year-old Berwyn woman faces a felony charge of driving under the influence after North Riverside police stopped her for alleged erratic driving on Feb. 13 at 5:44 a.m.

A caller to North Riversidefs dispatch center stated that a gray Volkswagen Jetta was traveling southbound in the 2500 block of Harlem Avenue. The vehicle reportedly drove up onto the concrete median in the 2500 block, nearly struck a sign and then turned eastbound onto 26th Street.

North Riverside police caught up to the vehicle at 26th Street and Riverside Drive in Berwyn and pulled it over a block later. The driver, identified as Leyner Leyva, reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .135, which is above the legal limit of .08.

Leyva was charged with felony DUI because she reportedly did not have a valid driverfs license or proof of insurance. She was also cited for multiple traffic infractions.@

Failed apartment break-in

A resident of the 9100 block of Cermak Road, North Riverside, told police that someone had attempted to gain entry to her apartment on Feb. 16 or Feb. 17. Police stated there were scratches on the inside edge of the door near the chain latch and that the outer deadbolt casing was also loose and appeared to have been tampered with.

No entry was gained to the apartment. @

Senior citizen scammed for $2,050

An 85-year-old North Riverside woman was scammed out of $2,050 on Feb. 13 when a man called her claiming to be her grandson. The caller said he was in Spain and was involved in a car accident.

He asked her to wire him the money to an address in Madrid, and the woman withdrew money from her savings account and wired the money from a Berwyn currency exchange.

Later that day, the woman talked to her son and learned that her grandson was not in Spain. She called Western Union to cancel the transaction but learned that the money had already been claimed.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 13 to Feb. 19, 2012, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

- Compiled by Bob Uphues

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