Armed robbery reported in North Riverside

A 49-year-old Oak Park woman told North Riverside police she was robbed of her purse while walking to her vehicle, which was parked in the North Riverside Park Mall overflow lot near Tony’s Finer Foods, on Dec. 14 at about 3:20 p.m.

According to the police report, the offender was described as a white male with blue eyes. He was about 5-foot-10, weighed about 180 pounds and was wearing a black sweatshirt, blue shirt and a blue ski mask.

The victim told police she had just opened her car door when the offender approached her from behind. He reportedly stated he had a gun and that he would shoot her unless she gave him her purse.

After taking the woman’s purse, the offender ran north toward Olive Garden restaurant. At that point the woman began to scream and called police. Two witnesses told police they saw a man with a blue ski mask take a purse from the victim.

Police later discovered a blue ski mask in the roadway near the south curb in the 7200 block of Cermak Road, near a bus stop. The victim and two witnesses reportedly identified the ski mask as the one the offender was wearing.

A search for the offender was unsuccessful.

Student charged with threat to teachers

Riverside police charged a 17-year-old Riverside-Brookfield High School student with two felony counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct after he reportedly threatened to stab two teachers who, he felt, were disrespecting him.

After confronting the teachers about 11:40 a.m. on Dec. 13, the boy ran out of the school and was detained about a block away by Brookfield police, who handed him over to Riverside police. According to the police report, the boy overheard the two teachers talking about his grades and felt they were being disrespectful.

He denied ever threatening to stab the teachers, according to police, who searched his locker and found no weapons. No weapons were ever displayed, police said.

Pit bull attack

A 58-year-old Brookfield woman called police on Dec. 10 about 10:15 a.m. after two stray pit bulls reportedly attacked her dog while on a walk in the 4500 block of Prairie Avenue.

According to the police report, two black pit bulls ran up to her dog and bit the dog several times before a vehicle pulled up and the driver was able to control the two pit bulls, put them in the vehicle and drive away.

The canine victim was taken to the veterinarian by its owner for treatment.

Aggravated battery

Two brothers from LaGrange Park face felony battery charges after they reportedly fought with police officers trying to clear the Cordial Inn, 9207 31st St. after a fight inside the bar that left tables and chairs overturned and broken beer bottles covering the floor about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 15.

As officers attempted to get people to leave the bar, James Desanto, 23, and Anthony Desanto, 27, reportedly refused orders to go outside. As a police officer attempted to take James Desanto into custody, Anthony Desanto reportedly intervened and elbowed the officer in the chest.

After police detained Anthony Desanto, they again attempted to take custody of James Desanto, who reportedly resisted police and kicked a police officer in the chest.

A third man, a 26-year-old LaGrange Park resident, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing for refusing to leave the bar when ordered to.

In all, officers from seven other neighboring police agencies responded to the scene in order to control and disperse the large crowd.

A little help?

North Riverside police responded to a residence in the 2200 block of Desplaines Avenue on Dec. 12 about 4:50 p.m. after an 84-year-old woman called to request assistance.

When police arrived, they talked to the woman and an 84-year-old male friend, who said they were fine. However, they were having trouble figuring out how to work the DVD player.

The responding officer helped set up the DVD player properly before leaving the two to enjoy a movie

Felony DUI

A 38-year-old LaGrange woman was charged with felony drunk driving after North Riverside police reported her driving a 2003 Cadillac erratically southbound on First Avenue from 26th Street on Dec. 15 about 2:50 a.m.

A computer check showed that the driver, Yolanda Childs, was driving on a suspended license for a prior DUI. A breath test conducted about an hour and a half later showed her blood-alcohol level to be .192, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 10-15, 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

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