Riverside police have made three visits to Riverside-Brookfield High School this week, arresting two students and looking for another juvenile who apparently had been a student at RB until Friday.
On Monday, Riverside police arrested a 16-year-old girl from Brookfield and charged her with battery after she allegedly hit another girl in the face with a key that had a padlock attached to it, Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said.
Then, on Tuesday morning, 17-year-old Alexander Murcuia of Broadview was arrested and charged with the unlawful use of a weapon on school grounds after school officials searched him and found a folding knife that he allegedly tried to hide in his shoe. The knife was not displayed at any time by Murcuia, Weitzel said.
The blade of the knife was a little more than 3 inches long, said District 208 Interim Superintendent David Bonnette. Murcuia was spotted by school officials in the Rockefeller Avenue parking area after school had started Tuesday morning. He was brought inside the school and searched by school officials who then called the Riverside police after finding the knife. Murcuia is currently indefinitely suspended from RB, pending further action.
Today, Weitzel reported that Riverside police went to RB, 160 Ridgewood Road, looking for a female student who was wanted on an aggravated robbery warrant. The female student had been charged with committing three street robberies in Chicago, but had been released by Cook County juvenile authorities and required to wear an electronic monitoring device.
Weitzel said his department was notified that the juvenile had somehow cut off or disabled the electronic monitoring bracelet and had not been checking in as she was supposed to.
When Riverside police officers went to RB this morning they were told that the student was no longer a student at RB as of Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, Weitzel said. Riverside police went to the juvenile’s home in the 300 block of East Burlington Street in Riverside and reportedly were told that the 16 year old has been living in Chicago.
However, Riverside police believe that the 16 year old splits her time between Riverside and Chicago and they continue to search for her.