Man chooses Riverside for his 99th arrest

Cops say he was begging for money to buy drugs

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By BOB UPHUES

Updated 8/16/11
It's not an understatement to say that Alberto Luis Alvarez has had a few run-ins with the law. In fact, Alvarez, 37, already had been arrested 98 times - with 23 convictions - before he was arrested for the 99th time last week in Riverside.

This time, Alvarez faces felony drug and obstruction charges after police responded to the 7200 block of Ogden Avenue on Aug. 10 at 2:38 p.m. to investigate reports of a suspicious man going door to door, asking people for money.

Officers found Alvarez, a Chicago resident, pushing a stroller with a 3-year-old girl inside. While questioning Alvarez, police reported that he refused to take his hands out of his pockets at first, then started tossed bags filled with white powder from his pockets onto the ground and tried to run away.

When police were finally able to restrain him, they recovered heroin in his possession. While he was fighting with officers, said Weitzel, Alvarez tried to break the bags of heroin open to scatter the evidence.

"This guy is outrageous," said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel. "He fought with officers when they took him into custody and has been a complete idiot in our lockup."

Alvarez was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, felony obstruction of a police officer for destroying evidence, as well as charges of resisting arrest and child endangerment.

Weitzel said the child was Alvarez's daughter. The girl was turned over to a family member who lives in Lyons.

At a court hearing on Saturday, a judge denied Alvarez bond. He remains in Cook County Jail.

Alvarez's extensive criminal history includes convictions for burglary, assault, invasion of privacy, theft, robbery, obstruction of justice, smuggling and eight convictions for drug-related offenses.

He has used 10 alias dates of birth, nine alias names and five alias Social Security numbers, according to police.

When he was picked up in Riverside, Alvarez had succeeded in collecting $50 from people whose homes he visited or met on the street, said Weitzel.

"He self-admitted that he was going to use the money to buy more heroin," said Weitzel.

In a press release, Weitzel expressed dismay that Alvarez was even out on the street instead of behind bars.

"Based on Alvarez's history as well as his actions in this case, it is simply deplorable that he is still out on the street looking for crimes of opportunity, purchasing drugs and looking for new victims to con by using a 3-year-old as a ruse," Weitzel said. "I believe that the public must be protected from him."

 

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