Man had gun, say cops

A 22-year-old Berwyn man faces weapons and drug charges after he reportedly brandished a handgun during an altercation outside a Brookfield tavern on March 29 at about 1:30 a.m.

According to the police report, Jerry Petracek Jr. was inside Brixie’s Saloon, 9526 Ogden Ave., with some friends when a member of his party got into a verbal altercation with a 27-year-old Chicago man. The altercation was broken up by tavern employees and Petracek’s group left the bar.

Ten minutes later the Chicago man also left the bar and saw the subjects he had trouble with in the parking lot. Another verbal altercation between the Chicago man and a member of Petracek’s party got physical. At that time, according to witnesses, Petracek pulled out a black semiautomatic handgun, which he reportedly racked, as if to put a bullet in the chamber.

The altercation ended and Petracek and others drove off in a blue Hyundai, driven by Petracek, according to police. Officers found the vehicle in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts at Ogden and Maple avenues, where witnesses reportedly identified Petracek as the person who displayed the gun.

Police also reported finding a 9 mm handgun in the trunk of the car and an ammunition clip loaded with 14 rounds in the glove box. Inside the trunk, police also reported finding plastic bags containing more than 220 grams of cannabis, more than 20 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, a pair of digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Petracek was charged with felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He has a preliminary court hearing scheduled at Maybrook on April 3.

Armed robbery charge for teen

A Riverside teenager charged with armed robbery in Oak Park last week is a suspect in a pair of auto thefts reported in Riverside in March, according to Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested by Oak Park police about 4:15 p.m. on March 25 as he was walking on Austin Boulevard near the scene of the robbery, which happened earlier that afternoon.

According to Oak Park police, the boy confronted a woman in the 900 block of South Austin Boulevard about 1:50 p.m., brandishing a revolver and demanding her purse. The woman gave the boy her purse and he fled on foot. Police later found a revolver and the victim’s purse inside a garage in the first block of Garfield Street.

At 4:15 p.m., police received a call from a witness who said an unknown male was entering the garage where the items were found. Police arrived on the scene and found the teen walking nearby. He was reportedly identified by the victim.

Weitzel said the same youth is suspected of stealing the same automobile twice in Riverside on March 7. The first time it was stolen, the car was found behind an apartment building where the teen lived, said police. Later in the day the car was stolen again and found on the West Side of Chicago. The vehicle had been involved in a hit-and-run accident and had sustained heavy damage.

Teens charged with burglary

Brookfield police charged have three teenagers with burglarizing several vehicles in the 4500 block of Park Avenue on March 25 at about 3:15 a.m.

Police received a call from a witness who stated that he saw three subjects wearing black, trying to open doors of vehicles parked on the street. When police arrived on the scene, the subjects ran and began trying to evade officers by running through backyards in the 4500 block of Oak Avenue.

All three were subsequently taken into custody and were identified by the witness, according to police, who later discovered that several cars had been entered on Park Avenue.

Lyons resident Patrick Finnegan, 18, was charged with one felony count of burglary along with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count each of resisting arrest and criminal damage to property.

Two juveniles, age 15 and 16, each were charged with five counts of burglary, two counts of criminal damage to property and were cited for curfew violations. The minors were petitioned to juvenile court.

Mysterious text message

A North Riverside resident went to police on March 28 after receiving the following text message on his phone: “Yo. Just shot and killed Ruben we still dumping the body in the river.”

The text message came from a phone number in western Massachusetts, said police, who notified the Massachusetts State Police. Police in Springfield, Mass., were also notified of the text message and the number it came from.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 25-31, 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.

Man with a knife

An 18-year-old Brookfield man told police that he and his 11-year-old cousin were threatened by a man with a knife as they walked near the Congress Park train station about 7:30 p.m. on April 1.


The victim told police he and his cousin were walking northbound on Deyo Avenue and then headed west toward the train station and tunnel. The two decided not to walk through the tunnel and began climbing the railroad embankment east of the tunnel.


At that time, someone described as a white male in his mid-30s, with a scruffy beard and a closely cropped hair, about 5-foot-11, weighing about 220 pounds and wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt with blue writing on it and a red and white baseball cap, walked out of the Congress Park tunnel.


The man was talking to himself, said the victim, and then yelled out, “I will kill you!” When the victim asked if the man was talking to them, the subject stated, “I guess I [expletive] am” and pulled out a silver pocket knife, opening the blade.


The victim and his cousin ran over the railroad tracks to get away from the knife-wielding man, according to the police report. Police searched the area but could find no one matching the description of the offender.


Police continue their efforts to identify the offender, said Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak.