North Riverside police say they are not pursuing charges against a 53-year-old Broadview man accused of trying to run down an acquaintance in the parking lot of Jewel, 7201 W. 24th St., because the alleged 35-year-old victim refused to cooperate with officers.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim lying in the middle of the parking lot with a crowd gathered around him. The victim was conscious and received treatment from paramedics.
Witnesses told police that the victim and another man were arguing and swearing outside the Jewel east entrance. The other man then got into a black Chevy Impala and, according to a witness, said, “You need to run, m———–; I’m gonna run you over.”
The victim walked away, but the car drove toward him, causing the victim to dodge out of the way. Witnesses said they believed the car grazed the victim, who then tried to shield himself behind light poles and other vehicles while the Impala circled him before driving away.
Two witnesses followed the Impala and gave police a license plate number registered to a Broadview man. The victim was uncooperative and refused to sign complaints. He also said he didn’t know the driver, who had only asked him for cigarettes.
Police, however, said video surveillance footage showed that the two men arrived in the parking lot in the Impala prior to the verbal altercation.
Brookfield apartment burglarized
The occupant of an apartment in a building in the 3400 block of Maple Avenue reported on Oct. 26 that between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. someone pried open the rear entry door and removed two Movado watches valued at $2,600, plus $6 in currency from a shelf in the living room.
Witnesses told police they saw an unknown Hispanic male, about 17 years old, about 5-foot-7, clean-shaven with an eyebrow piercing, a thin build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and work gloves, inside the building around 2 p.m.
Teen charged with obstructing justice
North Riverside police are petitioning a 17-year-old North Riverside male to juvenile court for obstruction of justice after he refused to cooperate with officers who came to his aid during an incident on Oct. 25 at 5:11 p.m.
Officers were dispatched to Desplaines Avenue, just in front of the village’s fire station, for a report of a brown Dodge pickup truck chasing a subject on foot.
The responding officer saw a teenage boy, whom he recognized from previous contacts with police, standing in the middle of Desplaines Avenue with his hands up in the air as the brown truck approached him.
The police officer drove his squad car in front of the truck, stopping it, and told the boy to wait on the sidewalk while he interviewed the seven people inside the truck. However, the juvenile walked away, prompting the officer to radio more police to detain him.
The driver of the pickup truck reportedly told police they were driving down 25th Street when the juvenile and two others flashed gang signs and threw a rock at them. The subjects in the vehicle were released without charges.
Another officer tracked down the juvenile, who was reportedly uncooperative and had to be taken to the ground to be handcuffed. Because of the juvenile’s extensive criminal history, said police, the boy was charged with obstructing justice.
Battery no treat at Halloween party
Riverside police charged two Chicago men with battery on Oct. 29 after they allegedly shoved a 20-year-old Lemont man into the street, causing him to cut his hands. When police arrived on the scene in the 100 block of East Quincy Street at 9:56 p.m., they met the victim who said he was attending a Halloween party when the two subjects, later identified as Tyler Baldermann, 21, and Jonathan Baldermann, 23, pushed him to the street.
Tyler Baldermann reportedly told police he punched the victim, because he believed the victim burglarized his residence five years ago.
Brookfield vehicle break-ins
Several vehicles were broken into in Brookfield in the past week, with items stolen from some of them.
The gear shifter was taken from a 2000 Chevy van parked in the 9000 block of Burlington overnight on Oct. 23-24.
Stereo speakers were taken during the evening of Oct. 25 from the trunk of a 2008 Chevy parked in the 4500 block of Sunnyside.
Someone cut through the fabric top of a 1997 Chevy Cavalier convertible parked in the 8900 block of Gerritsen and rummaged through the vehicle overnight on Oct. 24-25.
A battery cover was stolen from a Mack semi-tractor truck, and four batteries were stolen from an International Harvester semi-tractor, Oct. 26-28. Both were parked in back of a business in the 9100 block of Plainfield Road.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 24-30, 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