Cops: Man with machete robbed ex-roommate

Lisle police charged Brookfield resident Charles V. Taylor, 28, with robbery, aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly threatened a former roommate with a machete to force payment of a debt.

According to police, Taylor became upset with his former roommate because the man owed him money. He went to a residence in the 4900 block of Spencer Avenue in Lisle about 10:30 p.m., Aug. 6, allegedly threatened the former roommate with the machete and then took a television and a small amount of cash from the victim.

Around 11:30 p.m., Lisle police contacted Brookfield to help them find Taylor, who was believed to be driving to a house in the 3100 block of Vernon Avenue. Brookfield officers were waiting at the house when Taylor drove up in his 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo and took him into custody. He was later handed over to Lisle police.

According to the DuPage County Jail website, Taylor’s bail was set at $4,000. He is no longer listed as being in custody at the jail.

Lisle police stated Taylor lived in Brookfield, but it’s unclear if he lives at the address full time or was just visiting. Brookfield police list his address as being in Montrose, a small rural village near Effingham in southern Illinois.

Taylor does have a relative who lives on Vernon Avenue, according to police.

Party-goer charged with felony battery

Riverside police have arrested the man suspected of breaking a beer bottle over a relative’s head at a family party on Aug. 3 in the 500 block of Byrd Road.

Daniel Herrera, 23, was charged on Aug. 8 with aggravated battery, a felony, and is free while awaiting trial after posting bond following a court hearing on Saturday in Chicago.

Detectives on Aug. 7 visited Herrera’s last known address in the 2700 block of 55th Street in Chicago, where they took him into custody without incident.

Herrera is suspected of hitting his cousin, a 45-year-old Berwyn man, on the head with a beer bottle during a late-night altercation in the backyard of the Riverside home, where the family had gathered to celebrate a child’s birthday.

The blow on the head knocked out the victim, who also sustained puncture wounds to his upper chest, consistent with being stabbed by the bottle. Police and officials at MacNeal Hospital, where the victim was taken by his wife, are still unsure how the victim received the chest wounds. He could have been stabbed or he could have fallen on broken glass when he hit the ground.

On Aug. 4 Riverside police arrested a 31-year-old Chicago man at the Byrd Road home and charged him with misdemeanor battery. He reportedly punched someone who tried to intervene in the altercation between the victim and Herrera.

Stuck on the tracks

A 46-year-old Forest Park man, arrested for drunken driving about 9 p.m. on Aug. 8, told police he couldn’t remember how his 2000 Honda Accord ended up getting stuck on the Canadian National Railroad tracks about 15 feet east of Desplaines Avenue at Traube Street in North Riverside.

The vehicle appeared to have veered left and off the road while heading south on Desplaines Avenue. The front tires of the car cleared the first rail of the north set of tracks before getting stuck.

According to police the man’s blood-alcohol level was .231, which is nearly three times the legal limit of .08. In addition to DUI, he was cited for driving on the sidewalk and driving off the roadway.

Drag racing on 31st Street

A 17-year-old Riverside boy and an 18-year-old Westmont woman were charged with misdemeanor speeding on Aug. 7 about 12:50 a.m. after a North Riverside police officer clocked a red Chevy and a black BMW drag racing at 70 mph in a 35-mph zone while eastbound on 31st Street approaching Desplaines Avenue.

When asked for her driver’s license, the Westmont woman reportedly handed the officer a traffic ticket. The area is particularly dangerous for anyone racing while heading east, because 31st Street dead-ends at Desplaines Avenue. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 4-10, 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