Man faces weapons charges after police chase

A 35-year-old man, who fled Lyons police after allegedly pointing a handgun at a worker rehabbing a house during a verbal altercation in the 8100 block of Salisbury Avenue, was apprehended near a motel in the 8800 block of Ogden Avenue in Brookfield on Dec. 4 after a short vehicle pursuit.

Lander D. Richardson was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated assault, child endangerment and violating an order of protection. He is being held at Cook County Jail with his bond set at $200,000.

According to Lyons police, Richardson formerly worked for a contractor who was rehabbing a house in the 8100 block of Salisbury Avenue. Around 9:30 a.m., Richardson allegedly went to the house and confronted his boss about getting more hours. The conversation turned into an argument and another employee intervened, at which time Richardson allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at him, reportedly saying, “Bitch, what are you going to do about it? You’re not the one taking money away from my family.”

After someone yelled police were coming, Richardson got into a 2000 Plymouth Voyager, which was driven by his girlfriend, and fled the scene. The woman’s child was also in the vehicle.

Police located the vehicle at First and Ogden avenues. At that time, Richardson allegedly pointed his gun at his girlfriend and ordered her to evade police.

She eventually drove into the parking lot of the Brookfield Motel, 8809 Ogden Ave., where Richardson got out and began running away, and police reported seeing him throw a black object over a fence into the alley behind the motel.

Police eventually captured Richardson in a vacant lot at the corner of Ogden and Custer avenues. They reported recovering a loaded 9 mm Taurus handgun in the alley behind the motel. The gun was reported stolen out of Leake County, Mississippi, said police.

Richardson’s girlfriend was not charged. He awaits a Dec. 24 hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse.


Quite a night

A 27-year-old Orland Park man racked up a $400 bar bill at a Bridgeview strip club and then got so lost on his way home that he ended up lost in the middle of downtown Riverside an hour later early on Dec. 7, said police.

An officer on patrol reported observing a 2013 Toyota driving erratically before it came to abrupt stop on Forest Avenue and sat for several seconds before taking a right turn at about 2:30 a.m.

The officer stopped the vehicle an interviewed the driver, who reportedly appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. Police said the driver, later identified as Sahil J. Desai, admitted drinking to excess, smoking cannabis and sorting cocaine that night at PoleKatz Gentlemen’s Club before getting in his car and driving home.

Police reported recovering a glass jar containing cannabis, a plastic bag containing a small amount of cocaine and a receipt in the amount of $403.50 and time-stamped 1:36 a.m. from a bar located inside the strip club.

Desai was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and cited for several traffic offenses.


Hit and run suspect arrested in Riverside

Chicago resident Miguel Mendez, 44, faces felony drunken driving charges after he allegedly struck another vehicle at the intersection of Archer and Central avenues in Chicago and fled the scene at about 10:55 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Riverside police received a call from the victim in the crash, who followed Mendez’s vehicle to northbound First Avenue at Forest Avenue in Riverside. The victim stated that Mendez was driving a silver Jeep, which was “all over the road.” Police located the vehicle, which had a damaged front end and was traveling at about 5 mph, at 26th Street and First Avenue.

The victim, a 53-year-old Houston, Texas, police officer in town to visit family, identified Mendez as the driving the vehicle that struck his. Police reported finding cans of beer inside Mendez’s vehicle. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly .249, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.


Charged with stealing eyeglass frames

North Riverside police arrested two California women on Dec. 6, charging them with felony retail theft after they allegedly stole more than two dozen pairs of eyeglass frames from Pearle Vision, 7222 Cermak Road.

According to police, Karina Y. Gomez, 33, used a fraudulent credit card and fraudulent Puerto Rican driver’s license to rent a vehicle in Elk Grove Village. About 1:30 p.m., Gomez and Lilly E. Vargas, 36, entered Pearle Vision in North Riverside, where they began acting suspiciously, according to a store employee.

The employee stated that Gomez took frames from Vargas and slipped them into the lining of her jacket. As the two left, the employee confronted the women, who ran from the store.

Police located the vehicle at Park Avenue and Cermak Road, where they took the women into custody. Police reported recovering 25 pairs of frames, valued at $8,958, inside the jacket lining. In a duffel bag inside the vehicle, police reported recovering another 137 pairs of eyeglass frames.

In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials stated Vargas had been deported twice, in 2009 and 2012, and that that agency would be lodging a hold on Vargas at her bond hearing.

Gomez is being held at Cook County Jail with her bond set at $100,000. Bond information was not available for Vargas.


Garage burglary

While on patrol on Dec. 3 about 3:50 a.m., a North Riverside police officer reported a large bag of tools unattended behind a guard rail adjacent to the parking lot of the Bar-Tini Lounge, 2433 Desplaines Ave.

Police later learned the tools came from the unlocked garage of a home in the 2400 block of Keystone Avenue, directly behind the bar.


Man struck by vehicle near tracks

Riverside police ticketed a 46-year-old Riverside man after he reportedly struck a 78-year-old Westchester man who was walking across Longcommon Road on the north side of the railroad tracks in downtown Riverside on Dec. 4 about 6:30 p.m.

The victim said he checked to make sure Longcommon Road was clear of traffic before crossing from west to east. But as he was crossing, he was struck by a 2007 Toyota that turned right onto Longcommon Road from Pine Avenue.

The car was moving slowly when it struck the victim, who was knocked onto the tracks. The victim suffered leg and hip injuries and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

While the victim was not in a marked crosswalk, Illinois law requires motorists to yield to pedestrians. The driver was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care while operating a motor vehicle.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 1-7, 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