Brookfield woman slugged with coffee mug

A 30-year-old Brookfield woman suffered head injuries after being struck by a Hershey’s Kisses coffee mug, allegedly wielded by a 25-year-old neighbor, during an altercation in the 3400 block of Park Avenue on July 31.

According to police, some children were throwing a ball against the victim’s vehicle around 8:20 p.m. Another woman told the kids to stop and went into the house to notify the vehicle’s owner.

When the owner came out, a neighbor began to yell, “Come at me, bitch!” and reportedly came at her aggressively, allegedly striking the victim at least five times in the head with the mug.

Police charged the alleged mug-wielding suspect with one count of battery. The victim was treated at LaGrange Hospital.

Criminal trespass to vehicle

An 18-year-old Chicago man and a 19-year-old Chicago woman were charged by North Riverside police with criminal trespass to a vehicle on July 31 after they were found to be in possession of a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van that appeared to have been stolen from someone in Chicago.

Someone contacted police at about 6:15 a.m. on July 31 after seeing the 18 year old walking down the 2300 block of Forest Avenue. When the suspect saw the witness, he walked to the 2300 block of Keystone Avenue, where he got into the van, which police found to be registered to a Chicago resident

Police approached the van and found the woman and man inside. An officer asked the woman, who gave an address on Chicago’s West Side, what she was doing in the area. The woman said she was picked up by a friend who lived nearby, but was unable to tell the officer exactly where her friend lived or who owned the van.

Police contacted the owner of the van, who said no one had permission to use the vehicle.

Brookfield business burglarized

Brookfield police reported that sometime between the hours of 11 p.m. on July 30 and 2:30 a.m. on July 31, someone pried open the east door to Danny’s, 9123 Ogden Ave., and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash register.

The break-in was discovered by a driver making a bread delivery to the business, according to police, who reported that the door had been damaged and parts of the locking mechanism were observed on the floor.

Get those bikes locked up

  • A resident of the 9000 block of Sheridan Avenue, Brookfield, called police on July 28 to report that she noticed her dark burgundy women’s Schwinn bike missing from the garage the day before.

The woman surmised that the bike was probably taken on July 21, on which day her neighbor found her dogs loose in the alley because the gate was left open. She didn’t put the two events together, she told police, until she noticed the bike missing.

  • A Riverside woman contacted police on July 28 to report that her son’s black and red Specialized Hotrod 24 7-speed mountain bike was stolen from the backyard of their home in the 100 block of Addison Road.

The bike, which was parked by the back deck, was last seen about 8 a.m. on July 27 and observed to be missing around 11 a.m. on July 28.

  • A resident of the 300 block of Eastgrove Road, Riverside, called police on July 29 to report that his bicycle was stolen from a shed in the backyard. The bicycle, a green Giant 10-speed mountain bike, was last seen about noon on July 28. The owner noticed that the bike, valued at $300, was gone about noon on July 29.

  • A 30-year-old Berwyn man called North Riverside police about 2:20 p.m., Aug. 2, to report that his bike had been stolen from a rack outside the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

According to the victim, the green men’s Cannondale Quick CX3 bike, valued at $800, had been secured to the rack with a chain and lock.

  • A resident of the 4100 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Aug. 3 to report that his silver and blue Rallye mountain bike was stolen during the overnight hours from the backyard.

The victim told police he saw a red pickup truck with a lot of bicycles in the rear bed in the alley behind his house after he discovered the bike missing. The truck was last seen heading east in an alley south of Ogden Avenue.

Wheel stolen from car

A 22-year-old Berwyn resident called police on July 29 at 9:45 p.m. to report that a wheel had been stolen from her 2000 Chrysler Concorde while it was parked at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

The victim stated she arrived for work at the mall at about 4:45 p.m., parking her vehicle in the lower-level parking garage. When she arrived back to her vehicle at about 9:20 p.m., the front driver’s side wheel was removed and replaced with a concrete block. 

Not really suspicious

Riverside police responded to the downtown train platform, 90 Bloomingbank Road, at about 11:40 .m. on Aug. 1 after a Metra train conductor removed a “suspicious” suitcase from the inbound train and placed it on the platform before continuing on in to Chicago.

Metra personnel reportedly told Riverside police that the abandoned suspicious suitcase was the responsibility of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad police.

Riverside police were able to determine that the suitcase was filled with clothes and contacted BNSF police, who discovered that the owner of the suitcase was at Union Station and made arrangements for the suitcase to be placed on the next train into the city. 


  • A 19-year-old Brookfield man faces drunken driving charges and a slew of other offenses after he allegedly lost control of his 2005 Dodge Neon while southbound on Barrypoint Road at Millbridge Road, drove over the sidewalk, struck a stop sign, ran over some bushes and drove through a residential front yard before returning to the roadway and then jumping the curb again, striking the guardrail near the Barrypoint Road bridge.

Police were called to the scene at about 12:45 a.m. on July 28 by a resident who heard what sounded like a traffic accident. When police arrived, there was no car at the scene. However, a Lyons police officer radioed that there was a damaged disabled vehicle sitting in the 8000 block of Ogden Avenue.

The driver was reportedly visibly intoxicated and told police he was coming from a friend’s house in Berwyn, where he’d been drinking. Police reported finding a mostly empty beer bottle inside the vehicle, along with an empty six-pack container and a small plastic bag containing cannabis. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly .125, which is more than the legal limit of .08.

Police also reported that the man was able to slip off his handcuff while in the booking room and walked into the adjacent interview room, where he reportedly urinated on a chair, the floor and a wall.

In addition to DUI, he was charged with possession of cannabis, criminal damage to property, improper lane usage, driving on a sidewalk, damage to village property, transporting open alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident.

  • Riverside police charged a 30-year-old Berwyn man with DUI after he reportedly passed a police vehicle at 52 mph in a 30 mph zone on Harlem Avenue on Aug. 1 at about 1 a.m.

Police stopped the vehicle in the 7100 block of Ogden Avenue and administered field sobriety tests to the driver, who reportedly failed the tests. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly .16, which is twice the legal limit.

  • Brookfield police charged a 35-year-old Cicero man with DUI on Aug. 2 at about 1:45 a.m. after an officer reported seeing the man behind the wheel of a 2006 Dodge Charger swerving onto the double yellow line while northbound in the 2900 block of Maple Avenue.

The man reportedly failed field sobriety tests and his blood-alcohol level was reportedly .236, which is almost three times the legal limit. Police also reported finding an open 200-ml bottle of vodka inside the vehicle.

Vehicles damaged in Brookfield

  • Two vehicles parked on the south end of Brookfield had windows shattered, possibly by BBs or pellets, during the overnight hours of July 27-28, police say.

A resident of the 4300 block of Arthur Avenue called police to report that two driver’s side windows of her 2006 Dodge Caravan appeared to have been damaged by a BB or pellet. No entry was gained to the vehicle.

Meanwhile, a resident of the 4200 block of Blanchan Avenue called police after she observed her 1993 Saturn, which was parked at the rear of the property, had its driver’s side window shattered. Again, no entry appeared to have been made.

  • Police on July 28 responded to Danny’s Italian Pizza, 9123 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield, after the owner of a 2002 Ford Windstar van reported that while he was inside the business for less than 10 minutes getting food for delivery, someone had shattered his vehicle’s windshield.

Police believe the windshield was damaged by a rock found lying next to the passenger side of the vehicle in the parking lot.

  • A resident of the 3500 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, told police that he went outside to drive to work at about 4:30 .m. on July 30. He cleaned off the windows of his 1996 Toyota Camry and then sat down in the driver’s seat.

At that point, the rear windshield shattered and the man ran inside his residence. The man didn’t report the incident until later that afternoon, because he said he didn’t want to be late for work. 

Fire in the hole

While on patrol at about 4 a.m. on Aug. 3, a Riverside police officer reported observing a portable toilet on fire in Big Ball Park, at Longcommon Road and Delaplaine Road.

The officer was able to control the blaze with his fire extinguisher and keep it from spreading to nearby trees until firefighters arrived to douse the flames. The portable toilet was heavily damaged by the flames.

Too drunk

Brookfield police were called to the alley behind the 9200 block of Ogden Avenue on Aug. 2 at 9:25 a.m. after a resident reported that there was a man in a gray shirt sleeping at that location. While the resident was on the phone with police, the man sat up and then walked away.

But just before 11 a.m., a Brookfield woman called police and reported that the man was back, lying face down in the same alley behind two garbage cans.

Police found the man, a 46-year-old resident of Hodgkins, who appeared to be highly intoxicated and unable to tell officers why he was there. Paramedics transported the man to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for evaluation. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 28-Aug. 3, 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