Two thwart Brookfield suicide attempt
Two people reportedly prevented a 21-year-old Brookfield woman from jumping in front of a fast-moving train and killing herself on July 4 in Brookfield.
According to Brookfield police, the woman ran away from a barbecue outside a home in the 3800 block of Grove Avenue at about 2:50 p.m. and headed north. Two women who were at the get-together hopped in a van and chased after her, finding the woman on the platform of the train station at Prairie Avenue. The woman reportedly was leaning over the edge of the platform, preparing to jump on the tracks as a train approached.
Before that happened, she was tackled by the two others, who held her until police arrived. The suicidal woman was taken to LaGrange Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
Riverside home break-in
The owners of a home in the 100 block of Michaux Road, Riverside, called police on July 3 at about 7:20 a.m. to report that their home and adjacent coach house had been broken into.
The home is being rehabbed and no personal effects were stolen from the property, according to police, but several areas of the house appeared to have been rifled through. An empty bourbon bottle was discovered in an upstairs bedroom.
Entry to the main home appears to have been through a rear window. Entry to the coach house appeared to have been made by someone breaking a clasp while pushing in the door.
Garbage cans up in flames
Brookfield firefighters responded to the alley behind the 9400 block of Washington Avenue at about 11:05 p.m. on July 4 after receiving a report of a fire there. When they arrived, firefighters found two plastic garbage cans fully engulfed in flames.
The residents of the home where the garbage cans were located said they had been shooting off fireworks, but had finished two or three hours earlier. Firefighters determined that unextinguished fireworks placed in the garbage cans caused the fires.
Felony charges for 4th DUI arrest
A 32-year-old Chicago man remains in Cook County Jail on $25,000 bond after he was charged with his fourth drunken driving arrest since 2005, North Riverside police said.
Police were called to the parking lot of Goodwill, 1900 Harlem Ave., at about 4:20 a.m. on July 4 to assist with a motorist asleep at the wheel of a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria. When they arrived, police reported that the vehicle was parked in the lot, but the engine was still on and the car was in drive. The driver, who was asleep, had his foot on the brake.
After the driver, identified as Mensah D. Wilson, woke up, police were able to turn off the engine and determine that Wilson appeared to be intoxicated. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly .144, which is nearly two times the legal limit of .08.
Police also learned Wilson had three prior DUI arrests and at least two prior convictions in 2005 and 2008. He also had previous convictions for driving on a suspended or revoked license in 2008 and 2011.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony charges against Wilson for driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license.
Caught with stolen bike
North Riverside police on July 8 charged an 18-year-old Maywood man with possession of stolen property for riding a bicycle that had been reported stolen on July 6.
Police were called to the 2200 block of 9th Avenue at about 5:35 p.m. on July 6 after a resident there noticed that a blue mountain bike was missing from his garage. Someone also appeared to have rifled through the center console of his vehicle, which was parked in the garage.
Just before 1 a.m. on July 8, a North Riverside police officer observed two subjects on bicycles southbound in the 2200 block of First Avenue. One of the subjects was riding a bike that matched the description given in the July 6 burglary.
The owner of the bike was able to identify it as the one stolen, but the man riding it told police he had bought it from another person in Maywood for $25.
Police charged the man on the stolen bike with a misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property. At the time of his arrest, the alleged offender was out on bond for a pending drug case, police said.
A 20-year-old Maywood man who was with the alleged offender was not charged. However, police took the bicycle he was riding for “safe keeping” after the man reportedly told the officer he had “rented” it from a friend, but could provide no other information.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 1-8, 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.