A Riverside man has been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle for his alleged role in a pair of carjacking incidents reported in Elmhurst and Westchester on April 5.
Shane Pearson, 24, was arrested as he left a residence in the 200 block of East Burlington St. on April 7.
Police had the home under surveillance and took Pearson into custody after he placed a small child into his vehicle. Officers also reported finding a gun in the vehicle. Meanwhile, police reported that a vehicle involved in the April 5 carjackings, a 2003 Ford Fusion, was found in the driveway of the Riverside residence.
Pearson is being held at Cook County Jail with his bond set at $100,000. Arrested separately on April 10 was Kenneth Manning, 21, of Chicago. He has been charged with one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm. He's being held on $1 million bond at Cook County Jail.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a Westchester man said he was walking to his vehicle, a 2011 Infiniti Q56, about 10:20 a.m. on April 5 in the 2400 block of Wellington Avenue when he was approached by a man with a gun who demanded the keys.
The offender drove away in the Infiniti, which was followed by a silver Ford Fusion.
Earlier that morning, an Elmhurst woman reported being confronted by a man as she pulled her Cadillac Escalade into her garage. She immediately backed out and pulled away, foiling the hijacking attempt, according to the Tribune report.
She reported that the man, who was armed with a handgun, drove off in a vehicle described as possibly a Ford Fusion.
The neighbor of a 77-year-old Brookfield woman contacted police on April 10 to report that the elderly woman may have been defrauded by a telephone solicitor.
According to the police report, the elderly victim told her neighbor she'd received a phone call from someone informing her that her computer was broken and that he could repair it for $200.
The man asked for the victim's checking account and check routing numbers, which she gave to the man over the phone. After learning that the victim's bank account couldn't be closed over the phone, police advised the victim to go to the bank the following morning and advise them on what happened.
Jumped in the alley
A 48-year-old Lyons man was beaten during an incident on April 15 around 12:30 a.m. in an alley between Prairie and Forest avenues just north of Ogden Avenue.
The victim went to police about three and a half hours after he said he was jumped in the alley by four people, three of whom exited a black pickup truck that had followed him from Phil's Sports Bar and Grill, where he'd won $400 gambling.
The victim at first appeared unsure if anything had been taken from him, according to police, but later discovered his money in another pocket. The victim did have two lumps on his forehead, so he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Driving with gun, weed, booze
Carrington J.P. Vance, 26, of Chicago faces weapons and drug charges after Riverside police reported recovering a .22-caliber revolver, six rounds of ammunition, an open bottle of whiskey and cannabis during a traffic stop on April 14 at 4:15 p.m. in the 3600 block of Harlem Avenue.
According to police, Vance was pulled over for not properly wearing a seatbelt and continued to smoke a cannabis "blunt" while the officer was talking to him during the traffic stop.
Vance reportedly did not have a valid firearm owner's ID. He was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon due to a previous weapons offense in May 2013.
Concrete through a car window
Brookfield police responded to the 9300 block of Jefferson Avenue on the morning of April 13 after a resident called to report that someone had thrown a hunk of concrete through the rear window of his 2007 Buick during the overnight hours.
Nothing appeared to have been taken from the vehicle, whose doors remained locked.
Doughnuts in the outfield
Riverside police responded to the baseball fields at Indian Gardens, 357 Fairbank Road, on the morning of April 15, after someone called to report that overnight a vehicle had driven onto the grass and left tire ruts in the area between the infields.
Parks and Rec Director Ron Malchiodi said he'll have to hire a contractor to make repairs, but added he doesn't think the damage will affect the start of Little League games this weekend.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 10-16, 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