Memorial Day party turns ugly in North Riverside

A booze-soaked Memorial Day party in North Riverside turned violent when a 29-year-old man decided to set fire to his girlfriend’s car, prompting the 32-year-old woman allegedly to hit him in the head with a skateboard, breaking the man’s nose and bruising his face.

Police responded to the home in the 2300 block of 9th Avenue about 10:35 p.m. on May 25 after neighbors heard sounds of items breaking inside the house and then saw a gray 1990 Buick LeSabre go up in flames behind the house.

When officers arrived, they learned that a party had been going on at the house since about 11 a.m. The house itself was a shambles, according to police, with sewage backup in the basement, mold, animal feces and open alcohol “prevalent throughout the home.”

The house was being rented by four adults and a 7-year-old boy, including the two adults involved in the altercation, according to the police report. Two other women, a man, a 6-year-old boy, and an infant girl were also present when police arrived.

What started out as a low-key party, according to the police report, got out of hand later that night after much alcohol was consumed by the adults. Police found a 28-year-old Coal City woman passed out on a bed in a bedroom. Next to her was her infant daughter, lying face-down on the mattress, police said.

Things escalated when the boyfriend and girlfriend got into an argument about his infidelity, police said. He began by allegedly throwing empty beer bottles around the kitchen, breaking them, before going outside and setting his girlfriend’s car on fire.

She responded by grabbing a skateboard and hitting him with it. When police arrived, the two were sitting on the front lawn along with another woman. The man’s face was bleeding profusely from several large cuts, police said.

Despite smashing bottles and lighting the car on fire, the man was not charged with any wrongdoing. His girlfriend declined to press arson charges against him. Meanwhile, the girlfriend was charged with endangering the life of a child, as was the Coal City woman who was passed out in the bedroom next to her infant daughter.

A 32-year-old Chicago man attending the party and a 31-year-old man who also rented the house were taken into custody because they had active warrants for their arrests.

Police contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, who took custody of the three children and sought to find them temporary placement while they investigate the circumstances.


Pawn shop robbed

Two men, one of them armed with a silver handgun and one armed with a can of pepper spray, robbed EZ-Pawn, 7361 25th St. in North Riverside on May 26 about 2 p.m., making off with an undisclosed amount of cash, and a purse and two cellphones belonging to employees of the store.

Paramedics ended up treating four people affected by the pepper spray, but no one was otherwise injured during the incident, police said.

The first offender was described as a black male in his mid-20s, about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was unshaven and wore a black fleece jacket, white-washed jeans and white Air Force One shoes. He also possessed a silver handgun.

The other offender was described as a black male in his mid-30s, about 6 feet tall and weighing 300 pounds. He had small dreadlocks, hair on his chin and wore a black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue pants and a baseball cap with an orange bill with the Disney character Simba on it. The hat still had tags on it.


Aggravated assault

Brookfield police charged a 19-year-old Burr Ridge resident with aggravated assault, reckless conduct and criminal damage to property after he allegedly fired a BB gun at a 30-year-old Brookfield man who yelled at him to drive slower on May 23 about 8:40 p.m. in the 4600 block of DuBois Boulevard.

The victim was changing a flat tire on a vehicle parked on the street when the Burr Ridge man sped past in a silver Volvo. The victim yelled to slow down and the Burr Ridge man slammed on the brakes, got out of the car and aggressively came toward the victim, police said.

When the victim retreated, the offender allegedly threw a bottle of cough syrup at the victim and, from about 30 feet away, pointed a BB gun at the victim and started shooting, damaging a window on his vehicle.

Because the offender was wearing a work uniform, police were able to track him to his place of employment, where he was arrested.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 23-31, 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