Riverside police charged school bus driver Gabriel Heredia, 25, of Cicero, with domestic battery and criminal trespassing in the harassment of his ex-girlfriend at the MacNeal Physicians Group building, 3722 Harlem Ave., last week.

According to police, Heredia was waiting for his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of the building when she arrived for work at about 10 a.m. Sept. 9. As the woman pulled into the lot, she saw the school bus that Heredia drove, but didn’t see him.

Heredia approached her as she parked her car, police said in the report, and the two exchanged words. Heredia reportedly followed the woman into the building, waited for her in the lobby as she checked in and then followed her down a stairwell where he allegedly cornered her between two banisters.

The woman called out to co-workers, who called police. Heredia fled and was arrested driving his school bus at Haas and Ogden avenues. Heredia, police said, had been warned that he was not allowed in the medical building because of other reports about harassment of this woman.

Attempted armed robbery

Employees at Dunkin’ Donuts, 9200 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield, called police just before 3 a.m. Sept. 11 to report that a man wielding a pipe wrench had tried to rob the store.

According to police, the man was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled closely around his face. He brandished the weapon at employees, who fled the store out a rear door.

The offender fled the scene before police arrived and employees reported that nothing appeared to be missing from the store.


Brookfield police reported that during the overnight hours of Sept. 9-10, an unknown offender broke into Moldau Restaurant, 9310 Ogden Ave., but apparently left empty-handed.

Police said that the offender appeared to gain access by prying open a door on the east side of the building and shattering a glass interior door to gain access to the dining room. While it appeared that the area near the cash register had been disturbed, money was found to be in the register itself and nothing else appeared to be missing from the restaurant.

Two garages in the 2300 block of 10th Avenue, North Riverside, were burglarized during the overnight hours of Sept. 7-8. To gain access to one of the garages, the offender removed glass louvers from a window.

Once inside, the offender rummaged through a 2002 Buick taking a set of keys and a remote entry pad for the vehicle from the glove box.

The second garage was entered through an unlocked service door. Taken were a snow blower, a gas-powered weed whacker and a small generator. A global positioning system unit was also taken from a Cadillac parked in the garage.

On Sept. 8, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., someone smashed out the rear passenger-side window of a Plymouth van parked outside Chili’s, 7225 Cermak Road, North Riverside, and removed a Toshiba laptop computer and electrical equipment.

On Sept. 9, a 57-year-old Brookfield woman reported that someone had broken into her unlocked Ford Escort, which was parked in the lower-level lot on the east side of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road. A regulator was taken from an oxygen tank left in the vehicle, which was parked in the lot from 2 to 4:30 p.m.


Riverside police charged Chicago resident Ramiro Regaldo, 36, with aggravated driving under the influence after pulling him over for alleged erratic driving while eastbound on 26th Street near Harlem Avenue at 1 a.m. Sept. 5.

According to the police report, Regaldo was driving a white Chevy van without working tail lights. An officer reported seeing the van drive into the oncoming lane of traffic before pulling Regaldo over at 26th Street and Riverside Drive in Berwyn.

Police allegedly recovered an open 12-pack of beer between the two front seats, an open beer in the cup holder and an open empty bottle on the floor. Regaldo appeared intoxicated, police said, and failed field sobriety tests. His blood-alcohol level was reported to be .220, which is nearly three times the legal limit of .08.

Police also learned that Regaldo’s driver’s license had been suspended for a previous DUI and that he had also been arrested for DUI in 2004. In addition to the suspended license, Regaldo also reportedly did not have vehicle insurance for the van, leading to the felony upgrade on the DUI charge.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Sept. 3 to Sept. 13 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