Man who stabbed brother gets 5 years

A 53-year-old Chicago man who stabbed his brother in the leg with a box cutter during an argument over a woman while the two were inside a truck driving through Riverside last July pleaded guilty on April 16 to aggravated domestic battery and received a five-year prison sentence.

Larry Brown, who has an extensive criminal record dating back more than 30 years, with convictions for burglary and drug possession, is at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet after being sentenced by Judge Gregory Ginex at the Maybrook courthouse.

Brown and his brother were both passengers in a box truck that was headed to a storage facility in Romeoville on the afternoon of July 27, 2014. The two had been arguing throughout the day over a woman who had intimate relationships with both of them.

The argument escalated inside the truck and while the truck was heading south on Harlem Avenue at Addison Road, Brown pulled out a box cutter and stabbed his brother in the thigh twice. Brown’s brother kicked him out of the van and police found Brown with blood on his shirt and holding a napkin to his head.

Police also stopped the truck he had been thrown out of and found his wounded brother inside, with his leg wrapped in plastic wrap and a shirt.


Convicted of domestic battery

A Riverside man, charged last year with a felony for allegedly strangling his girlfriend because he believed she was being unfaithful to him, was found guilty on April 16 of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor and was sentenced to 364 days in Cook County Jail.

Willy J. Stroger, 38, who previously was sentenced to six years after being convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault  in 1993, was arrested outside a building in the 3100 block of Harlem Avenue on May 31, 2014. 

He had been pepper-sprayed by his girlfriend, who reportedly told police he’d struck her several times and attempted to strangle her after he confronted her about cheating on him.

Stroger was credited with serving 329 days in jail at the time of his conviction for the misdemeanor. He had been in jail since being arrested last year.


Laptops taken from school

The principal of Komarek School, 8940 24th St. in North Riverside, reported to police on April 16 that, sometime after 4:25 p.m. on April 15, someone had stolen five Macbook Air laptop computers from the school’s library.

The laptops, which cost about $900 each, were used for testing on April 15 and all computers were accounted for on a cart by the librarian at the end of the school day, according to police.

When the librarian returned the following morning, she noticed that the computer cart looked disheveled and that five computers were missing. After failing to find the laptops anywhere else in the school, officials called police.


Vehicle break-ins

Three Brookfield residents reported that their vehicles had been burglarized between April 18 and 20 on the village’s north end.

A resident of the 3600 block of Forest Avenue said someone rifled through her unlocked 2012 Toyota Sienna during the overnight hours of April 19-20. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle. The owner said she did find cigarette ashes on the front passenger seat and that she didn’t smoke.

Another Forest Avenue resident contacted police to report that someone took a yellow DNKY coat valued at $300 and a cup containing about $2 in loose change from her 2007 Chevy Malibu, which was parked in the lot of her apartment building.

According to police, the unlocked vehicle was entered during the overnight hours of April 19-20.

Finally, a resident of the 3200 block of Park Avenue reported that her 2014 Nissan Pathfinder was burglarized between 4 p.m. on April 18 and 7:40 a.m. on April 20.

The victim told police that the vehicle likely was unlocked. Missing from the vehicle were three sets of Beats headphones, three pairs of sunglasses, 14 Nike soccer balls and other miscellaneous items.

Four teenagers from Berwyn and Cicero called North Riverside police on April 14 to report that several items, including a Fender Stratocaster guitar and school bags, were taken from the trunk of a 2012 Mazda 3, which was parked and unlocked, in the east lot of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, for about 50 minutes on the afternoon of April 14.

The four boys had gone to the mall to hang out after getting out of school around 2 p.m. When they returned to the car at 3 p.m., the items were missing from the trunk.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 13-20, 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

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