Thanks in part to a pair of sharp-eyed witnesses and the cooperation of North Riverside police, Riverside police charged a 31-year-old Aurora man in connection with the robbery of an 80-year-old Riverside woman near the intersection of Delaplaine and Gage roads on June 23 just after 5 p.m.

Javier H. Garibay was being held on $70,000 bond at Cook County Jail Monday and faced a June 26 court appearance for his alleged role in the robbery. The victim was treated at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for injuries to her hands and legs.

Garibay reportedly followed the woman from near the Harlem Avenue rail crossing into Harrington Park, where he pushed her to the ground from behind and grabbed her purse. Garibay allegedly fled from the scene with the woman’s purse, but the attack was witnessed by two people, a 36-year-old Riverside woman and a 22-year-old Berwyn man. The Berwyn man pursued Garibay for a time before losing him.

Riverside police called neighboring towns for assistance and two North Riverside bike patrol officers spotted Garibay in the 300 block of East Burlington Street, where they apprehended him a half-hour after the attack took place. He had $40 on his person when apprehended.

Later Garibay allegedly told police they could find the woman’s purse in the alley behind the 3400 block of Harlem Avenue. He also reportedly told police that he had taken the train to Cicero to buy drugs and had walked to Harlem Avenue to board the train back to Aurora. He had no money, however, and allegedly told police it would be easier to rob someone for the money than panhandle for it.

Garibay was charged with aggravated robbery, a Class 1 felony; aggravated battery to a senior citizen, a Class 4 felony; and felony theft. He was also wanted on three warrants, including a theft warrant by the Aurora Police Department.

Drug offenses

 Riverside police charged Melrose Park resident Frank A. Stroh, 45, with possession of a controlled substance after responding to the report of a suspicious person carrying a bucket and squeegee in the 100 block of East Burlington Street at 11:18 a.m. on June 20.

After police asked Stroh if he would consent to a search, Stroh reportedly tried to flee but was apprehended almost immediately. In Stroh’s front-right pants pocket, police reported finding a syringe wrapped in a washcloth along with a brown substance that field-tested positive for heroin.

He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

 Riverside police charged a local resident with possession of 30 grams of cannabis after the man, during a routine traffic stop, reportedly told officers that they could find the marijuana near his computer at his home in the 200 block of East Quincy Street.

According to the report, police stopped Jeffrey S. Smith, 35, because the vehicle he was driving in the 300 block of East Quincy Street at 8:25 p.m. on June 25 wasn’t currently registered. After finding out Smith was driving on a suspended license, police took him into custody. While in police custody, Smith reportedly told police there was cannabis at his house, and police obtained a consent to search the residence. The cannabis was right where Smith told police he kept it.


 Riverside police charged Maywood resident Emilio Aquino, 49, with a felony count of driving under the influence after an officer reported Aquino’s 1990 Honda Accord following another vehicle too closely at 10:17 p.m. on June 24.

According to the police report, Aquino’s car was almost at the bumper of the vehicle in front of it, as it was traveling on First Avenue near Forest Avenue. During the traffic stop, the officer reported that Aquino appeared intoxicated and that there was an open can of beer next to the gear shifter.

After allegedly telling the officer he had no license or insurance, Aquino was arrested. A breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .150, nearly twice the legal limit. The Cook County State’s Attorney approved a felony charge of aggravated DUI under the state’s new Michael Gordon Law, since Aquino did not possess a valid license or insurance. He was also cited for several traffic violations.

 Brookfield police charged LaGrange Park resident Robert W. O’Connor, 28, with driving under the influence after an officer reported O’Connor’s 1994 Buick two-door crossed the double yellow line and weaved between lanes while eastbound on Ogden Avenue from the 9400 block just after 3:30 a.m. on June 24.

During the ensuing traffic stop, O’Connor reportedly failed field sobriety tests, while a breath test at the station revealed a blood-alcohol level of .143. In addition to DUI, O’Connor was also cited for improper lane usage and driving on a suspended license.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from June 18 through June 24 and represent 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