Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel lamented that Halloween has turned into a “drunk fest” following a pair of alcohol-related arrests — one involving an allegedly drunk man trick-or-treating with a 7 year old and a drunken driver crashing into another vehicle stopped at a red light — in the village on Oct. 31.
Police were called to the 200 block of Addison Road at about 7:20 p.m. after residents complained that Jeffrey A. Lustro-Dufrain, 27, of Palos Hills, threatened them when they failed to hand him a glow stick that they were handing out as Halloween favors to trick-or-treaters.
Lustro-Dufrain, who was accompanying his girlfriend’s 7-year-old son, reportedly told the victims that he would “come back with my homies and take care of this party.”
When police arrived, Lustro-Dufrain was so drunk he had collapsed and couldn’t get up off the ground. Paramedics ended up taking Lustro-Dufrain to the hospital for treatment of an alcohol overdose.
Asked why she let Lustro-Dufrain take her son trick-or-treating, the boy’s mother, a Cicero resident, reportedly told police that she figured Riverside residents gave out “better Halloween treats.”
Lustro-Dufrain was charged with two counts of assault and one count of endangering the life of a child. The boy’s mother was also charged with endangering the life of a child. Police also notified the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services.
Additional charges may be filed, police said.
In addition, Riverside police charged Emiliano Velazquez-Reyes, 30, of Chicago with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, after he reportedly drove his vehicle into the rear of a minivan stopped at a red light in front of Hauser Junior High on Woodside Road at about 4:40 p.m.
Two North Riverside women, ages 47 and 27, who were inside the minivan were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Velazquez-Reyes reportedly ran from the scene but was found intoxicated and covered in grass stains and dog feces in the 200 block of Woodside Road. He had been hiding in the backyard of a resident who owned a dog, police said.
Children were out trick-or-treating on Woodside Road at the time of the crash, according to police.
“Regrettably, Halloween and the events surrounding it have become nothing more than a drunk fest for some adults,” Weitzel said.
Weapons recovered during domestic call
Riverside police charged a 51-year-old resident of the 300 block of East Quincy Street with domestic battery, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of weapons and ammunition without a FOID card after she allegedly pointed a handgun at her husband and threatened to kill him.
Police responded to the home at about 10:45 p.m. on Oct. 28 after a man called to complain that his wife pointed a weapon at him during a physical altercation. Officers arrived, ordered the woman out of the house with her hands up and took her into custody.
The woman reportedly denied any weapons were inside the house, but police received permission from the victim to search the house. Police recovered five long guns (both rifles and shotguns), two handguns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
A 9 mm handgun found in the living room was loaded with a round in the chamber, according to police. The other weapons weren’t loaded. Neither the victim nor the woman, both of whom were described by police as intoxicated, possessed a firearms owner identification card.
- A resident of the 200 block of Lawton Road contacted Riverside police on Oct. 29 to report that during the overnight hours, someone broke a window on his garage to gain entry and stole a blue mountain bike.
In addition, the offender entered an unlocked vehicle inside the garage and removed loose change from the center console.
- A resident of the 300 block of Herrick Road, Riverside, contacted police on Oct. 26 to report that someone entered her unlocked garage overnight and removed two bicycles. One bike was described as a royal blue Diamondback Outlook mountain bike. The other was described as a blue Trek mountain bike.
- A resident of the 7700 block of 26th Street, North Riverside, reported that overnight on Oct. 28-29 someone shattered the rear driver’s side window of his Ford pickup truck, which was parked at the rear of the property, and removed a gas-powered leaf blower, two gas-powered trimmers and a chainsaw. In all, the items were valued at more than $1,000.
- A 66-year-old Westchester resident contacted police on Oct. 28 to report that someone stole a laptop computer from his vehicle, which he had dropped off for service at a business in the 8900 block of Fairview Avenue at 4:30 p.m.
The man went to get some coffee while his vehicle was being serviced. When he arrived home later that day, he noticed the computer missing from a bag that was on the back seat.
- A resident of the 9100 block of 26th Street, Brookfield, reported that during the overnight hours of Oct. 31-Nov. 1 someone entered her unlocked 2007 Ford Escape and rifled through the glove box.
- Riverside police reported that at least three vehicles were broken into overnight on Oct. 28-29 in the 200 block of Lionel Road, the 300 block of Olmsted Road and the 7300 block of Ogden Avenue. Among the items taken were wallets, which were found on the ground in a nearby backyard, and a school-issued laptop computer.
A 48-year-old Brookfield bicyclist suffered minor injuries after an SUV ran into him inside the parking lot at Mr. Submarine, 9016 47th St. in Brookfield on Oct. 27 at about 11:40 p.m.
The victim said he was had just picked up a sandwich and was leaving the parking lot toward the northeast when the SUV, driven by a 43-year-old Brookfield man, pulled into the lot and struck him, causing him to fall off his bike. The victim reportedly was wearing dark-colored clothing and, with rain coming down, it was difficult to see him, the SUV driver reportedly told police.
The SUV driver helped the victim off the ground, gave him $50 to repair the bike and drive him home. The victim decided to call police when he started feeling pain in his left shoulder. Paramedics transported him to LaGrange Memorial Hospital for treatment.
No one was ticketed by police.
North Riverside police responded to the food court at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Oct. 31 at about 4:30 p.m. after a 28-year-old Cicero man claimed he’d been threatened by a man brandishing a knife.
The victim told police he was trick-or-treating at the mall with his 9-year-old son when a subject grabbed his son’s shoulder. The victim confronted the subject, who reportedly displayed a knife and threatened the victim, who called police.
Riverside police charged a 32-year-old Berwyn man with disorderly conduct after he allegedly got out of his vehicle and swore at and made rude gestures to a 45-year-old Brookfield woman whose driving upset him on Oct. 26.
The man told police that the woman was driving too slowly while eastbound on Washington Avenue in the vicinity of Riverside-Brookfield High School, and that he passed her on the right while she was at the stop sign at Golf Road. The victim told police the man was tailgating her while she was northbound on Prairie Avenue and eastbound on Washington Avenue.
The man alleged that the woman swerved to the right at the stop sign to try to prevent him from getting around her. A short time later both vehicles were stopped at a red light on Ridgewood Road in front of the high school.
At that time, the man allegedly got out of his vehicle, told the woman she didn’t know how to drive, called her a “bitch” and gave her the middle finger several times. The victim caught that part of the interaction on video and called police to report the incident.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 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.