Cops: Brookfield man threatened woman with knife

A 38-year-old Brookfield man faces felony aggravated battery and other charges after he allegedly threatened a 40-year-old woman with a knife during an altercation inside an apartment in the 8800 block of Ogden Avenue about 9:15 p.m. on March 24.

Police said Samir M. Ali and the woman had been drinking when Ali accused the woman of sleeping with a neighbor. During the argument, Ali allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen, pushed the woman into a bedroom wall and pressed the knife tip to her neck while threatening to “stab you and throw you out the window.”

“No one will care because you are an immigrant,” Ali said to the woman before repeatedly slapping her in the face, according to police. When the woman threatened to call police, Ali allegedly snatched the phone from her, dragged her off the bed by her hair and slapped her several more times.

The woman fled the apartment and ran to a nearby Laundromat, where she used someone’s cellphone to call police.

Police took Ali into custody at the apartment a short time later. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the felony charge against Ali. 

Brookfield police charged him with several misdemeanors, including aggravated battery, domestic battery and interfering with domestic violence reporting. 

Teens’ canoe capsizes

A canoe ride on the Des Plaines River turned dangerous last week, when three Riverside boys, ages 13 and 14, ended up in the water when their canoe capsized just upstream of the Barrypoint bridge.

Riverside police Officer Mike Panek, who is a trained diver in the U.S. Naval Reserve, was on patrol near the bridge when he saw the three boys in the river, trying to pull a flooded canoe to the shore around 2:30 p.m. on March 28.

Panek at first grabbed a “throw bag,” which can be used for water rescues, from his squad car and headed down to the river bank, where he helped pull two of the boys from the frigid water. One of the boys was able to exit the river on his own.

“[Panek] said the boys were definitely in a panic and the icy cold water was taking its toll on them,” Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

All three boys were taken to Loyola University Medical Center as a precaution and released shortly after.

“Officer Panek’s experience and training as a United States Navy diver had a real impact on how the incident was handled,” said Weitzel, who reported that the three boys entered the river, along with four friends in another canoe, around Groveland Avenue. When the boys’ canoe capsized, the other tried to circle back to help, but were unable to do so. They exited the river without incident a few hundred yards south of the Barrypoint bridge.

The boys had planned to steer the canoes to the area near the Riverside Library, then get out and walk the canoes back home.

Man pulled from creek in Feb. found dead

Brookfield police reported Monday that a man who attempted to drown himself in Salt Creek back in February was found dead on March 28 in his home in the 3700 block of Forest Avenue after apparently overdosing on prescription pills.

The man’s aunt found him unresponsive and sitting in a chair in a second floor bedroom about 7:50 a.m. In a small garbage basket nearby, police reported recovering 10 empty bottles for various prescription drugs.

On Feb. 22, the man waded into Salt Creek but was pulled out by a police officer who happened to be walking in the parking lot behind village hall at the time. Police reported finding a suicide note on that occasion inside the man’s residence. 

Felony DUI

Rafael Arellano, 25, of Mount Prospect, faces felony drunken-driving charges after a police officer reported Arellano’s 2009 Ford pickup traveling westbound in the 7200 block of Ogden Avenue in the eastbound lanes on March 30 about 4:30 a.m.

Police said Arellano drove on the wrong side of the road for more than a half mile, until a Riverside police officer was able to pull his squad car in front of the pickup truck at Gage Avenue.

Arellano’s blood-alcohol level was reportedly .123, which is more than the legal limit of .08. At the time of his arrest, Arellano’s license was suspended, police said.

“If Mr. Arellano had not stopped, he would have eventually crashed and could have caused a serious injury or death to another motorist,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

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