Two teenagers have been charged with two counts each of felony battery for their alleged roles in the beating of a 17-year-old girl in Brookfield on Feb. 6.
According to the police report, Derrick L. Collins Jr., 18, of Brookfield allegedly struck the girl with a baseball bat while Chukwuemeka Adindu, 19, of North Riverside allegedly beat her.
Both men are being held at Cook County Jail awaiting a Feb. 26 court date at Maybrook. Adindu’s bail was set at $150,000, while Collins’ was set at $100,000.
When police arrived at the scene near the intersection of Garfield and Arthur avenues just before 10 p.m. on Feb. 6, they found the female victim severely beaten. Blood was running down the left side of the girl’s face, and several of her teeth were missing or damaged, police reported. The girl was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.
The victim, who was driving another vehicle, reportedly told police that a silver Pontiac had been following her for a majority of the night. She stopped at the intersection of Garfield and Arthur to see who it was following her.
The Pontiac pulled up alongside her vehicle, and the victim reportedly recognized the driver of the other car, Collins, from school.
Collins and two others reportedly exited their vehicle. The victim opened her car door, according to the heavily redacted report, and she saw Collins wielding a baseball bat. She tried to grab the bat, but was allegedly beaten by the three men who fled the scene before police arrived.
Collins turned himself in to police just after midnight on Feb. 7, and a second teenager, who was not charged, also turned himself in for questioning that day. On Feb. 8 police interviewed others at Riverside-Brookfield High School. Whether they were suspects, witnesses or the victim is unclear, because the information is redacted in the report.
Police arrested Adindu at his North Riverside home on Feb. 8. Both he and Collins were charged with aggravated battery causing bodily injury and aggravated battery on a public way.
Battery charge for
The 39-year-old manager of a shoe store at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, was charged with battery for allegedly making an unwanted pass at a 19-year-old female employee inside the business last week.
According to police Omoruyi Osagiede, of Lynwood, called the employee into a back room of the store on Feb. 10 at 7:20 p.m. in order to show her pictures of cars for sale on his iPod. The employee had previously expressed interest in buying a car.
While the employee was viewing the pictures, Osagiede reportedly moved behind her, hugged her around the waist and began kissing her on the neck, allegedly telling her “I want you to be mine.” He then reportedly turned her around and began kissing her mouth before the employee pushed him away and returned to the front of the store to help customers.
The employee reportedly told police that the surveillance camera in the back room had been turned off. The employee left work at 8 p.m. and reported the incident to police later that night.
Osagiede turned himself in to police on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., according to the report, and was charged with battery. He has a court date at Maybrook on March 15.
Car parked at mall burglarized
North Riverside police reported that on Feb. 7 between 7:40 p.m. and 9 p.m., someone broke into a 2001 Chevy Tahoe parked in the west lot at J.C. Penney at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, and removed an in-dash stereo/CD player.
According to the report, the SUV’s driver’s door lock had been pushed in and there was damage around the base of the gear shift, leading police to surmise that there had been an attempt to steal the vehicle.
Felony DUI charges
Bellwood resident Miguel Perez-Torres, 44, faces felony drunk-driving charges after being pulled over in Riverside just after 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 12. Police received a 911 call of someone driving recklessly while northbound on First Avenue from Ogden.
An officer reported that Perez-Torres’ 1998 Chevy truck struck the curb at 31st Street and swerved within its lane of travel before he stopped the vehicle in the 2600 block of First Avenue.
According to the report, Perez-Torres appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly .153, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08.
The Cook County State’s Attorney approved felony charges, police said, because Perez-Torres’ driver’s license had been suspended for a DUI charge on Jan. 27.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Feb. 8 to Feb. 14 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