An alert North Riverside police officer, acting on information provided to area police agencies by Brookfield Police, appear to have put an end to a rash of BB-gun related vehicle damage complaints in Brookfield and nearby communities.
Since early January, Brookfield police reported approximately 24 instances of car windows shot out by a BB-type weapon. In early February, Brookfield police developed information on a group of juveniles suspected of the acts, as well as similar crimes in North Riverside, Riverside and LaGrange Park.
On Feb. 2 at approximately 5 p.m., North Riverside police stopped a black 2006 Chevy Impala in the area of 23rd Street and 17th Avenue. Three boys?”a 16 year old from LaGrange Park, a 15 year old from North Riverside and a 16 year old from Brookfield?”were taken into custody, and police reportedly recovered two BB guns from the vehicle. During questioning the three suspects implicated two other boys.
Brookfield police petitioned five boys to Juvenile Court. The 16-year-old LaGrange Park boy and 15-year-old North Riverside boy were charged with eight counts each of criminal damage to property.
A 15-year-old LaGrange Park boy was charged with four counts of criminal damage to property, while a 15-year-old Brookfield boy and 16-year-old Brookfield boy were each charged with three counts of criminal damage.
Meanwhile, Riverside police charged the 16-year-old from LaGrange Park, the 15-year-old from North Riverside and the 16-year-old Brookfield boys with five counts each of criminal damage to property.
? The owner of Complete Auto, 8926 Ogden Ave., reported to police that over the past several weeks, he has noticed items?”old vehicle parts, lights and tools?”missing from the rear gated parking area of the business but had not reported them. Then on Jan. 30, while the owner was inside the business, the alarm went off. Although he initially found everything to be in order, he later found that a door had been damaged by someone who had attempted to pry it open.
? Sometime in the overnight hours of Jan. 29-30, someone tried to break into the Moldau Restaurant, 9310 Ogden Ave., by forcing the east entrance to the business. Entry wasn’t gained, but the deadbolt lock on the door was damaged. A week earlier, a west window at the restaurant had been broken.
? Two Riverside-Brookfield High School students were charged with battery for their alleged roles in a fight at the school, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside, at 11:40 a.m. on Feb. 1.
According to police, the fight was part of a longer feud that started in Brookfield a week earlier. That incident was not reported to police.
Words exchanged in the hallway at RBHS escalated into blows, and a 16-year-old Brookfield youth was hospitalized with an injury to his eye. Ernest Daniels, 17, of Brookfield and a 16-year-old Brookfield boy were charged with misdemeanor battery.
? Brookfield police charged Forest Park resident Michael A. Roldan, 20, with battery after he allegedly punched a 25-year-old Brookfield man in the face several times around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 in the 4600 block of Madison Avenue.
According to the police report, the victim claimed he and Roldan had been drinking, and that he refused to give Roldan a ride home. Angered by the refusal, Roldan then allegedly punched the victim in the face several times and kicked him in the ankle. Roldan reportedly told police that the victim instigated the altercation.
The victim was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment of his injuries.
? Chicago resident Myles Cornelious, 35, was charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of resisting arrest in the wake of an incident that played out on Harlem Avenue in Riverside and later in the North Riverside Police Department lobby on Feb. 5.
According to the report, Riverside police received a call at 6:40 p.m. from a clerk at the Minuteman gas station, 3346 Harlem Ave. of an argument in the lot there. When police arrived, they found a 44-year-old Chicago woman, who reportedly told them that her boyfriend, whom she identified as Cornelious, had struck both her and an 8-year-old girl who was a passenger in the car.
Police contacted Cornelious, and asked him to surrender to police. At 11:15 p.m. Cornelious appeared at the North Riverside police station, where he was handcuffed. When two Riverside police officers arrived to take him into custody, Cornelious allegedly became combative and tried to flee, and a Riverside officer was slightly injured in the scuffle.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Jan. 28 through Feb. 5 and which 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