Brookfield police cleared a Sept. 8 incident in which police were led on a chase through the village, with the arrest of a Romeoville man on Oct. 6.

Police charged Kevin A. Bruhn, 40, with felony counts of fleeing and eluding and driving on a revoked license along with several misdemeanor charges after DuPage County authorities learned that Brookfield police had an active warrant for Bruhn’s arrest. DuPage County Sheriff’s Police had arrested him on an outstanding warrant for driving on a revoked license.

According to the report, Bruhn allegedly admitted that around 12:05 p.m. on Sept. 8, he was sitting in the parking lot of the Pioneer Motel, 8835 Ogden Ave., in his 1997 Mercury Sable with his girlfriend when police activated emergency lights behind him. Panicking, Bruhn allegedly told police he ordered the woman out of the car because she was carrying crack cocaine, and because he had crack and a crack pipe on his person.

He then allegedly took off out of the parking lot and led police on a chase through east central Brookfield, bailing out of his car in the 3900 block of Oak Avenue and hiding in some bushes until police left the area.

Police recovered his vehicle, recovering two crack pipes, a cell phone and a switchblade knife. Back at the motel, a guest registry showed that Bruhn and his girlfriend were checked in as guests.

In addition to the felonies, Bruhn was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without headlights, failure to signal, disobeying five stop signs and speeding. According to the report, he was also wanted on outstanding warrants by the Illinois State Police (aggravated driving while revoked), the Cook County Sheriff’s Police (possession of a controlled substance) and the McCook Police Department (fleeing/attempting to elude).


North Riverside police charged two people in connection with a pickpocket incident at Kohl’s, 2200 Harlem Ave. at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8. According to the report, Chicago residents Eugene Robertson, 37, and Victoria Davis, 38, were caught on store surveillance cameras stealing items out of the purse of an 83-year-old Elmhurst woman, while engaging in a friendly conversation with her.

Security personnel initially caught Davis taking something from the purse, after which the two alleged offenders got into a checkout line and inspected what they got. They then went back and Robertson allegedly made the second heist, taking credit cards and ID from the woman.

Police responding to the store arrested the two and charged them with felony theft from a person.

Attempted scam

North Riverside police are warning residents to be aware of a scam that was attempted Oct. 7 in the village. At 11:26 a.m. a woman described as Hispanic, in her 30s or 40s, with bleached blond hair and wearing a black jacket and a long black skirt rang the bell of a residence in the 2200 block of Keystone Avenue.

She told the homeowner that she needed to check the home’s smoke detectors. When the homeowner refused, the woman said if she wasn’t given entrance to the home, she would write tickets to the homeowner.

At that point the homeowner’s son came to the door and told the woman to go ahead and write the tickets and that he was calling police. The woman fled to a waiting maroon Ford Windstar with a tinted rear window. Two men were seen waiting in the van, which sped away northbound.


LaGrange Park resident Tory A. Grossi, 25, was charged with driving under the influence after allegedly failing to navigate the dead end at 31st Street and Desplaines Avenue and barreling his 1998 Ford SUV straight into the front of a brick home in the 200 block of Desplaines Avenue just after 4 a.m. on Oct. 5

Grossi was injured in the crash, suffering cuts and bruises. He was transported to Loyola Medical Center and released to police custody later that day. He refused to submit to any sobriety tests. The home also suffered damage including a ruptured gas line.

In addition to DUI, Grossi was charged with violating the terms of his restricted driving permit, the result of a previous DUI conviction, according to police, and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.

n Riverside police charged Burbank resident Antonio Gavina, 31, with driving under the influence after police allegedly found him passed out behind the wheel of his black Pontiac in the middle of First Avenue near Salt Creek at 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 8. After talking with Gavina, who reportedly appeared intoxicated, police administered field sobriety tests, which Gavina failed. A portable breath test at the scene showed a blood-alcohol level of .155. At the station it registered at .07. He was also cited for illegal parking on a roadway.

n Chicago resident Cathryn B. Gran, 46, was charged with driving under the influence after she was stopped for allegedly speeding 50 mph in a 35 mph zone and swerving from lane to lane while southbound on First Avenue near Salt Creek. She refused to take field sobriety tests and breath tests.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Oct. 3 through Oct. 9 and represents a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

?”compiled by Bob Uphues