Man detained after 25-minute foot chase

Riverside police, on Aug. 14, arrested a former resident of the village and charged him with criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and battery to a police officer after he led officers on a 25-minute foot chase through the village’s northeast end.

Police were called to the 300 block of Selborne Road about 11:30 a.m. by a resident reporting that she discovered her 25-year-old son, who was no longer welcome at the home, in the basement in what police described as a “drug-induced state.”

Officers located the man in a bedroom of the home. According to police, an officer issued the man an official trespassing warning after an incident at that location two weeks ago. This time, according to police, he was to be arrested.

The man indicated he’d cooperate and said he needed to tie his shoe. When he bent down to tie his shoe, however, the man allegedly lunged at the police officer and knocked him to the floor. He then ran out of the house and fled through the backyard.

Police, getting assistance from North Riverside and Lyons police, set up a perimeter between Selborne, Downing, Audubon and Evelyn roads. After about 25 minutes, police located the man and tackled him to the ground to take him into custody.

During the chase, said police, many residents came out of their homes to point out where the man had fled.

Police said the man was on probation for a felony drug arrest at the time of the Aug. 14 incident. He reportedly has been arrested 16 times in the past.

Video doesn’t lie

An 18-year-old Cicero man faces a disorderly conduct charge after filing a false police report that he’d been robbed on Aug. 15 about 6:55 p.m., North Riverside police have reported.

The Cicero man reportedly called police and said he was driving eastbound on Cermak Road, starting to make a right turn onto southbound Harlem Avenue when a heavyset man jumped in front of his vehicle.

The vehicle didn’t strike the man, who allegedly threw a drink and a cookie at the car. The driver said he offered the man $15 for the loss of the food and drink, but the man grabbed his wallet and took out more cash, threw the wallet back at him and walked away.

Police detained a subject matching the description of the alleged robber at Harlem Avenue and Roosevelt Road. The man told police the car actually did hit him as it turned onto Harlem Avenue and that he threw the items at the car to alert the driver to his presence. The driver gave him $30, the man said, so he wouldn’t call police.

North Riverside police viewed video from a red-light camera positioned at the corner and determined that the car, in fact, had struck the pedestrian and that he handed him cash without any force involved.

The driver later reportedly admitted that the man had never taken his wallet. In addition to disorderly conduct, the driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Punched in the face

A 22-year-old man from Schmiechen, Germany, flagged down a Brookfield police officer on Aug. 15 just before 1 a.m. at the corner of Windemere and Oak avenues to report that he’d just been punched in the face.

The victim told the officer that he was walking eastbound in the 9000 block of Ogden Avenue on his way to buy a lighter. He was then approached by an unknown subject who asked him if he had a lighter. When he told the man no, the subject reportedly punched him in the face and ran northbound on Oak Avenue.

Police said there was slight redness under the man’s left eye, as if he’d been struck.

Trouble in Aisle 2

An altercation in the frozen food section of Aldi, 2000 Harlem Ave. in North Riverside, ended with a 58-year-old Blue Island woman being cited for assault and a 51-year-old Cicero woman being booked on a traffic warrant.

The Cicero woman told police she said “excuse me” to a child before opening the door to a cooler. That upset the Blue Island woman, who told police the door almost struck her grandson. She also reportedly threatened to, according to police, “beat [the victim] up outside in the parking lot.”

The victim called police, who determined that she had been threatened. However, they also found her to be wanted by DuPage County Police for failing to appear in court for driving while suspended and speeding. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 10-16, 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