A pair of Riverside officers transporting a prisoner from the south suburbs to the Riverside police station on July 14 helped save the life of a motorcyclist struck by a vehicle as they waited at a traffic light at 73rd Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview.
The officers were sitting in an unmarked squad car at the light when a BMW struck the motorcycle around 9:40 a.m. Detective Sgt. Leo Kotor and Detective James Lazansky pulled out to block traffic, called 911, grabbed a bag full of medical supplies from the squad car and rushed to the aid of the motorcyclist, who was bleeding profusely from his head and had a compound fracture of his arm.
They used a tourniquet on the victim's right bicep and applied bandages to a large hemorrhage from the back of the victim's head. The officers also located the victim's ID and learned he was an off-duty Cook County Sheriff's police officer.
Kotor and Lazansky turned over care of the victim to paramedics after they arrived.
According to Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, each Riverside squad car is equipped with what's known as a critical-incident trauma bag, which includes a tourniquet and other equipment to render aid to victims until they can receive further medical care.
Both Kotor and Lazansky learned how to assess injuries and apply tourniquets, said Weitzel, as part of their emergency response training.
"This is the first time the use of a tourniquet was applied by a Riverside police officer," Weitzel said in a press release. "In this case, it directly assisted in saving the motorcyclist's life and in preventing further injury."
Break-in nets illegal drugs
A 41-year-old Orland Park man was charged with criminal trespass to property, a misdemeanor, instead of felony burglary — even though he used a pry tool to break into a residence in the 3700 block of Prairie Avenue in Brookfield on July 10 — because he stole drugs, including cannabis and prescription pain pills, which were illegal for their owner to possess.
According to police, the offender was an acquaintance of the victim and had just dropped the victim off at work. The victim told police the drugs were in plain view when the offender came to the residence to take her to work.
A witness called police after seeing the offender prying open the front door about 1:50 p.m., according to the police report. Police took the offender into custody a short time later as he attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle.
The victim reportedly told police she did not have a prescription for the pills. In addition to trespassing, police charged the offender with possession of a controlled substance, criminal damage to property and possession of cannabis.
Bricks thrown at vehicle
A resident of the 100 block of West Quincy Street, Riverside, called police on July 10 about 10:30 p.m. to report that a group of people had thrown bricks at his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of his home.
The victim told police he was inside the house when he heard a number of "loud bangs" outside. He went to investigate and reportedly saw three or four people standing outside a burgundy Jeep.
The offenders reportedly pulled some landscaping bricks from around the driveway and threw them at the passenger-side window, which was damaged but not broken. When the victim came outside, the offenders got into the Jeep and sped away.
Teen shot with BBs
An 18-year-old Brookfield man told police he was walking alone in the 3500 block of Grand Boulevard on July 10 around 10:10 p.m. when a black vehicle pulled up alongside him and someone from the vehicle fired several pellets from a BB gun at him.
The pellets struck him twice in the left leg — on the knee and on the hamstring. According to the victim, two people were inside the vehicle, which sped away northbound on Grand Boulevard. The victim was not badly injured, and a police search of the area failed to turn up any suspects.
A 50-year-old Brookfield man went to police on July 14 to report that his Fern Joe 24D folding bike was stolen from the rack on the north side of the Prairie Avenue train stop between 6:40 a.m. and 5 p.m. The bike had been locked to the rack, the victim said.
A 34-year-old Brookfield man said his unlocked bike was stolen from outside the Mobil gas station, 9137 Ogden Ave., while he was inside making a purchase on July 13 about 9:05 p.m.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 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