An Illinois Department of Corrections senior parole agent faces a felony battery charge after he allegedly punched out another motorist during a road rage incident in Riverside on Jan. 20 at about 8:10 p.m.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Michael J. Dudzik, 49, of North Riverside, with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm for reportedly getting out of his vehicle at the corner of 31st Street and First Avenue and punching a 59-year-old Forest Park man in the face after the victim rolled down his window to exchange words about an incident that started on Interstate 55 near the First Avenue exit.
Witnesses told police that the two vehicles had been speeding in and out of traffic, with Dudzik and the victim exchanging words all the way to 31st Street, where they stopped for a red light.
There Dudzik allegedly exited his vehicle and the victim rolled down his car window. Dudzik then reportedly punched the victim directly in the face, breaking his nose, fracturing his forehead and causing lacerations to his face.
According to police, the victim was bleeding so profusely he was unable to work the swiping operation on his smartphone to call 911 immediately. He did, however, take a photo of Dudzik’s vehicle and license plate number before Dudzik drove away, police said.
The victim found his way to the North Riverside Police Department, where he was treated by paramedics. He later drove himself to Oak Park Hospital for further treatment and for a referral to a specialist, police said.
Using the photo on the victim’s cellphone, police tracked the offending vehicle to Dudzik, who turned himself in to police on Jan. 22. Police learned during their investigation that Dudzik is a senior parole agent for IDOC, has law enforcement powers and is authorized to carry a firearm.
However, police said, there is no allegation that a firearm was used during the incident.
North Riverside home burglarized
A resident of the 8100 block of 26th St., North Riverside, called police on Jan. 21 to report that someone had broken into his home and removed an Apple iMac computer and Armani watch.
The burglary happened between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the police report, and evidence suggested that a side door to the residence had been forced open. The interior of the home was ransacked, but the only items reported missing were the computer and watch.
Meter reader attacked by dogs
A Nicor meter reader contacted Brookfield police on Jan. 21 several hours after an incident in the 3400 of Grand Boulevard in which the man pepper-sprayed three dogs that charged him while he was reading a meter in the backyard of a home there.
The victim told police he knocked on the door of the home at about 10:15 a.m. and announced he was a Nicor employee before checking the gas meter. After checking the meter, he said he saw three dogs running toward him aggressively, so he pulled out a canister of pepper spray and sprayed it at the dogs, allowing him to leave the yard.
A male subject followed the meter reader and began yelling at him for spraying the dogs. The victim’s work supervisor encouraged him to file a police report. The homeowner reportedly told police she didn’t know the man was on her property before letting her dogs out.
A resident of the 100 block of Akenside Road, Riverside, contacted police on Jan. 17 to report that sometime prior to 2 a.m. someone entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of her home, and removed her purse and a laptop computer, which she had left inside.
Riverside police responded to the 300 block of Shenstone Road on Jan. 19 at about 9 p.m. after a resident called to report a male teenager wearing a black, hooded jacket inside his vehicle.
The resident yelled at the subject, who ran away southbound through nearby properties. The resident attempted to follow the subject, who may have entered a silver Toyota, which was seen leaving the area westbound on Shenstone Road.
A resident of the 3600 block of Cleveland Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Jan. 19 at about 7:35 p.m. to report that she had parked her vehicle in front of her residence in order to let it warm up before going out.
After a few minutes, the owner looked outside to check on the vehicle and reportedly saw a man wearing a blue sweatshirt and jeans standing next to the driver’s side door, which was locked.
The appearance of the vehicle’s owner startled the man, which left the area westbound through an alley.
North Riverside police responded to the 9000 block of 22nd Place on Jan. 20 after a resident called to report that her vehicle had been burglarized.
The incident happened during the overnight hours, according to the police report. The offenders entered the unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of a residence, and removed about $10 in loose change from the center console.
Brookfield police responded to the 3600 block of Arden Avenue on Jan. 22 after the owner of a vehicle reported that someone had entered it and may have tried to steal it sometime between 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 and 2:20 p.m. on Jan. 22.
According to the police report, someone entered the unlocked vehicle, which was parked in an apartment building’s lot, and tampered with the steering column. However, the attempt to steal the vehicle was unsuccessful. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle.
A 44-year-old Schiller Park man called North Riverside police on Jan. 24 to report that someone had broken into his 2000 GMC truck, which was parked in the lot at Burlington Coat Factory, 2208 Harlem Ave., between 11:55 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Taken from the unlocked vehicle were a pair of black headphones, identification cards and a bottle of perfume.
Surveillance cameras captured the incident, which happened at 12:13 p.m. A dark-colored SUV pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle and a subject exited it and entered the white truck. Two minutes later, the subject left the truck, re-entered the SUV, which left the area southbound.
A 15-year-old Brookfield girl told police that a man in his 50s driving a red pickup truck took either a cellphone photo or video of her as she walked her dog near the Zoo Stop of the Metra rail line in Brookfield on Jan. 23 at about 11:30 a.m.
The driver reportedly honked his horn at the girl, who looked that direction to see him holding up a phone and pointing to it.
More tires dumped
A resident of the 4100 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Jan. 24 to report that when he came out of his house at about 12:15 p.m., he observed five tires in the alley behind his house.
The man told police he had heard a truck idling in the alley at about 11 a.m., but didn’t think to check on it. Police notified the village’s public works department to remove the tires.
Last week’s incident was at least the sixth since the beginning of December 2015 where tires have been found dumped in alleys along Brookfield south end.
Calling all cars
A resident of the 3900 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Jan. 21 at about 5:55 p.m. to report that a raccoon was trapped in a bedroom inside her home. A police officer located the animal, which was a squirrel, and relocated it outside.
Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 3800 block of Maple Avenue on Jan. 24 at about 1:30 a.m. after a woman called to complain that an unknown man was knocking at her front door.
Police arrived to fund a subject lying in the snow in the front yard of the residence, unable to get up. The subject, who reportedly was intoxicated, told police he had been at a house party in Brookfield and was trying to find the train to get home to Downers Grove.
He apparently was unaware that he had knocked on anyone’s door. Paramedics took the subject to LaGrange Hospital for treatment.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 18-24, 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