A 28-year-old Brookfield man whose aunt called police after she received an alarming text message asking for “help” had large amounts of drugs inside his apartment, along with a fully loaded assault rifle tucked away in an attic crawl space accessed through a hatch in a hallway, Brookfield police have reported.

Joshua A. Digweed is being held at Cook County Jail awaiting a March 4 hearing at the Maybrook courthouse. His bond has been set at $80,000. He is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession and delivery of cannabis.

Digweed, who lived in the 4100 block of Custer Avenue about a block north of Lincoln School, also was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition without firearm owner’s identification.

Police initially went to Digweed’s apartment to check on his well-being after his aunt called police about a text message and a brief phone conversation she had with her nephew. The text 

Digweed’s aunt told police she felt he might be under the influence of drugs, but she was unable to get him to tell her what he took. At first Digweed wouldn’t allow police inside his apartment, but he finally relented.

Inside, police described seeing various drugs and paraphernalia everywhere in plain sight throughout the apartment — in the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom. Among the drugs reportedly recovered by police were cannabis, heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs.

After finding rifle ammunition on the kitchen counter, police obtained a search warrant. After executing the warrant, police also reported recovering multiple loaded rifle magazines and boxes of ammunition. 

Opening a hatch in the ceiling of a hallway, police also reported finding a Smith and Wesson M&P15 rifle with a loaded magazine inserted, a round in the chamber and the weapon in firing mode. The rifle was found about a foot away from the hatch opening, police said.

Out cold

Brookfield police responded to the 8800 block of Brookfield Avenue near the train platform on Feb. 19 at 1 a.m. after receiving a report of a subject sleeping on the ground.

Upon arrival, police observed a 63-year-old Lisle man lying on the sidewalk with his hands under his head. There were drops of blood next to the man and blood around his mouth.

The man, according to police, was involved in a disturbance at a bar on 31st Street earlier that night. In that incident at the Blue Water Lounge, 9016 31st St. at about 8:40 p.m. on Feb. 18, the man accused a bartender of taking his credit card after paying his bar bill. Police asked him to check his wallet again, and he found the credit card in his pants pocket.

When found by police more than four hours later on Brookfield Avenue, the subject reportedly was highly intoxicated and couldn’t tell police how he got where he was. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

Weapons offense

Kijuan Clemons. 20, of Chicago, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after North Riverside police reported finding him to be in possession of a loaded handgun during an incident on Feb. 19 at about 2:30 p.m.

Police arrested Clemons inside Best Buy, where he and several other subjects allegedly chased three men following an alleged verbal confrontation at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.

During the confrontation at the mall, one of the subjects reportedly displayed a handgun to the three victims, who ran from the shopping center to Best Buy, where a security guard called police.

Clemons was the lone alleged offender remaining inside Best Buy when police arrived. A police officer located the handgun in his jacket pocket. The weapons offense was increased to felony status because Clemons reportedly had a prior robbery conviction.

Look out below

Riverside police continue to investigate a Feb. 17 incident in which a burning bathroom scale was hurled from an upstairs window at the Tower Apartments, at East and Forest avenues in Riverside, at about 3:20 p.m.

The scale landed in the alley behind the building, and the fire was extinguished by an employee of a business downstairs. Police said they could smell smoke and natural gas coming from the area of the apartment, and firefighters forced entry to cut off the gas supply to the stove.

No one could be found inside the apartment when the door was forced open, according to the police report. 

‘Shooters gallery’ busted

North Riverside police, as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of Central Avenue in Cicero on Feb. 17, ending in the arrest of a 51-year-old man.

Police arrived at the basement apartment of the building at about 3:15 p.m. and arrested Steven Guajardo. He was charged with possession and delivery of a controlled substance.

During a search of the apartment, police reported recovering 12 grams of heroin in 24 plastic bags along with $420 in cash, numerous empty plastic bags, and a ledger of alleged drug transactions.

Guajardo reportedly told police he allows heroin users access to the residence for $10, giving them a place to do their drugs. He referred to the apartment as a “shooter’s alley,” police said.

Package stolen

A resident of the 3000 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside, called police on Feb. 15 to report that a package that she never received a package delivered to her address several day earlier.

UPS informed the victim that the package had been delivered Feb. 11 and left at the side door. While the victim said she was at home when the package was delivered, she did not hear it being delivered and didn’t see anyone take the package.

Passed out behind the wheel

An 18-year-old Brookfield woman was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after a police officer reported finding her passed out behind the wheel of a 2003 Cadillac Seville that was stopped at the Longcommon Road railroad crossing at Pine Avenue at about 1:05 a.m. on Feb. 18.

The vehicle reportedly was stopped in front of the crossing and its trunk was open, police reported. It took multiple attempts to wake the driver, said police, who also reported a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle.

Police recovered a bag containing cannabis from the door. The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. 

Party time

Brookfield police cited a 16-year-old Chicago girl for underage drinking and breaking curfew and charged two 18 year old women for underage drinking and resisting arrest after responding to a call of a disturbance outside the Brookfield Motel, 8809 Ogden Ave., on Feb. 21 at about 2:10 a.m.

Police arrived to find eight people arguing on the east side of the building. The subjects were uncooperative with police, according to the report, and one of the 18 year olds allegedly pushed a police officer in the chest.

Eventually, police arrested the three females and sent the others on their way. The group had been at the motel, reportedly checking into a room to celebrate the birthday of a 32-year-old Chicago man.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 9 to Feb. 21, 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

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