Fight ensues after saggy-pants man ‘quartered’

A 41-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, both Brookfield residents, went outside of a local tavern to duke it out last week after the older man allegedly disrespected one of the younger man’s friends.

Police reported that, according to both combatants, the fight stemmed from an incident inside Phil’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8901 Burlington Ave., about 11 p.m. According to the police report, the older man dropped a quarter down the pants of a friend of the younger man “because the friend’s butt crack was hanging out.”

The two combatants exchanged words inside before the younger man asked the older man to step outside “to talk.”

During the “talk” the older man allegedly head-butted the younger man in the face, sparking the fight. Both men were intoxicated, police said.

The younger man told police he didn’t want to press charges. Police informed him that “asking someone to step outside to talk during an argument when both parties are intoxicated tends to result in a physical altercation.”

The older man was told not to return to the bar for the night. No information was available on whether the younger man’s friend pulled up his pants.


TV/stereos taken from vehicles

Police believe the same person may be responsible for a pair of vehicle burglaries on Jan. 10 in North Riverside, where someone removed stereo systems from the dashboards of two vehicles parked in one of the lots near the North Riverside Park Mall.

A 30-year-old Forest Park man called police at 3:55 p.m. to report that someone forced open the passenger door to his 2007 Ford pickup, which was parked at Olive Garden, 7513 Cermak Road.

Once inside the offender forced loose the entire dashboard and removed a Sony LCD TV and stereo system.

About 4:25 p.m., police got a call from a 36-year-old Chicago woman who said someone had pried open the passenger door of her 2003 GMC Yukon, which was parked in the west lot of J.C. Penney, 7507 Cermak Road.

In that incident, someone had also forced the entire dashboard loose and removed an Alpine LCD TV and stereo system.


Senior citizen’s home burglarized in scam

A 77-year-old North Riverside man, who lives on the eastern end of the village, called North Riverside police on Jan. 8 after at least $50 was stolen from his home by men posing as utility workers.

The victim told police a man wearing a yellow hard hat and reflective vest knocked on his rear door about 3:30 p.m. and identified himself as a utility worker. The victim said he asked for credentials, but the man ignored his request and stated he needed to check the pipes in the basement.

While the victim accompanied the man to the basement, he noticed two other men in his gangway. The phony utility worker said the two men were fellow workers. After spending a short time in the basement, the man in the hard hat left the house.

The victim said after the visit that he was missing $50 from a dresser drawer and documents in a closet had been disturbed.


Theft from mall kiosk

North Riverside police responded to Buckle Up, a kiosk inside the concourse at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Jan. 9 after an employee called to report more than $1,000 worth of merchandise missing.

The items went missing sometime during the overnight hours, according to the police report. About 70 items, including belts, belt buckles, necklaces, watches and pendants, were missing.


Aggravated assault

A 30-year-old Brookfield man was charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault on Jan. 8 after he allegedly threatened a 58-year-old woman and pointed a knife at the woman and another man inside a residence in the 4600 block of Eberly Avenue.

The incident occurred during a verbal altercation involving the offender and the woman, according to the police report, and ended with a 38-year-old man, who is a relative of the woman, hitting the offender in the side of the head with a broom handle.

No charges were filed against the man who struck the offender since the man was acting in self-defense.


Reckless driving in parking lot

North Riverside police on Jan. 7 charged a 22-year-old Berwyn man with reckless driving after he drove his 2001 Jeep Cherokee at a high rate of speed in the parking lot near Jewel and Best Buy in the North Riverside Plaza at Harlem and Cermak at around 12:30 p.m.

The Jeep came to rest within a few feet of a parked car after completing a full 180-degree spin out, “which caused the tires to smoke and squeal,” according to the police report.

The man was also cited for driving on a suspended license and driving a vehicle with expired registration.


Felony cannabis possession

A 23-year-old Jesse Eskridge, of Brookfield, and 21-year-old, Destiny Hodge, of Bridgeview, face felony drug possession charges after police reported finding them in possession of almost 150 grams of cannabis while responding to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment in the 9500 block of Burlington Avenue on Jan. 8 at about 9:15 p.m.

Police learned that the Eskridge’s 23-year-old girlfriend arrived home that night after being bailed out of Cook County Jail to find Eskridge and Hodge on a mattress set up in the living room of the apartment.

The girlfriend, who is also reportedly pregnant with the Eskridge’s child, screamed at the Hodge and then punched her in the face before leaving the apartment.

When police arrived they found the Eskridge, Hodge and Hodge’s 1-year-old child inside the apartment. The infant reportedly was lying on the couch within inches of a plastic bag containing the cannabis.

Both Eskridge and Hodge were charged with felony possession of cannabis. Hodge was also charged with child endangerment.



  • A resident of the apartment building at 22 East Ave. in Riverside contacted police on Jan. 5 at about 5:55 p.m. after his girlfriend called him to report someone had tried to break into their apartment.

Police reported observing several pry marks on and damage to the door of the apartment. Heavy locks prevented entry from being gained, police said.

Police also reported seeing pry marks on the doors of three other units. However, according to the police report, the people living in those units said the damage was old.

  • A resident of the 4200 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on the afternoon of Jan. 5 to report that someone had burglarized her garage sometime after Jan. 2 at 8 a.m.

Among the items taken were a Honda commercial floor buffer, a Honda commercial floor polisher and Clark/Encore commercial floor scrubber and an auto fryer. The combined value of the items stolen was estimated to be more than $20,000, according to the police report.

  • A resident of the 4200 block of Deyo Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police to report that during the overnight hours of Jan. 8-9 someone entered his unlocked 2015 Hyundai SUV, which was parked in his driveway, and stole a pair of work boots, a toolbox containing tools, a disc golf bag and disc golf discs and a wallet.


Mystery solved

A resident of the 4600 block of Blanchan Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Jan. 7 at about 6:30 p.m. to report finding suspicious “human footprints” in the snow on his driveway. The footprints led to the rear yard where they ended at a rear basement window. The window appeared undisturbed.

The responding officer informed the resident that on Jan. 6, police responded to a burglar alarm at the residence. While checking on the property at that time, officers walked to the rear of the residence causing the “human footprints” to be made there.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 5 to Jan. 11, 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