High School parent arrested for making threats

Riverside police on Sept. 10 charged a 46-year-old Brookfield man with disorderly conduct after he reportedly made threats against Riverside-Brookfield High School staff and board of education members because he reportedly was unhappy with “Muslim teaching going on on the eve of Sept. 11,” according to police.

The man, who has a child enrolled at the high school, called the school on Sept. 9 to state his “dislike for the curriculum that was being taught about Muslims,” said police and allegedly made threats against the teacher.

In a second phone call, the parent reportedly continued to make anti-Muslim statements and made other, unspecified threats. His statements alarmed school officials, who called police.

Riverside police took the man into custody at his Brookfield home. He reportedly told police he never intended to hurt anyone.

Fight in food court

North Riverside police responded to the food court at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Sept. 11 at about 8:55 p.m. after receiving a report of a fight there.

A 20-year-old Chicago man observed running from the scene was taken into custody and was later banned by mall officials when he was alleged to have been one of the combatants.

A witness told police she saw two groups of males line up across from one another and then suddenly run towards each other, fighting with one another. Some of the subjects picked up chairs and began throwing them, according to the witness. The subjects ran from the scene when mall security arrived.

False gun report

Two people who reportedly concocted a story about a gun-wielding ex-boyfriend last week in Riverside have been charged with disorderly conduct for making a false report.

A 19-year-old Riverside woman, allegedly abetted by her 26-year-old brother, reportedly called police to report that her ex-boyfriend had just pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her about 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the 100 block of East Quincy Street. She gave officers a description of, and license plate number for, her ex-boyfriend’s vehicle. The ex-boyfriend, a 24-year-old Cicero man, was picked up by police about 20 minutes later.

However, police learned that the woman and the ex-boyfriend were involved in an ongoing dispute and that the woman and her brother made up the story as retaliation. Police reportedly recovered text messages between the woman and her brother about making up the story.

While the woman’s ex-boyfriend was not charged with any gun-related offenses, police did take him into custody after learning there were two active warrants for his arrest — one for a traffic offense and one for drunken driving.

Bike stolen from garage

A resident of the 400 block of Selborne Road, Riverside, reported to police that sometime between 1 and 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, someone entered her detached garage and removed a blue Trek men’s mountain bike valued at about $500.

According to the police report, the overhead door to the garage was left open overnight.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 4-13, 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