A staff member at Central School in Riverside called police on May 11 about 1:10 p.m. to report a suspicious male subject hanging around the school around noon that day.

According to police, the subject, described as a thin, white male, about 35 to 40 years old with longer, dark hair and wearing a gray jacket and brown pants, “appeared to be intrigued with the children playing on the [playground] equipment” and was “staring at them for some time.”

Staff members reportedly noted that the man’s behavior was odd and that he appeared to try to conceal his identity whenever a staff member walked toward him, police said.

At no time did the man make any contact or converse with any child or adult, according to police.

Stolen autos recovered in North Riverside

Two stolen vehicles were recovered in North Riverside last week, both of them in the vicinity of Cermak Road and 17th Avenue.

On May 9 about 12:45 p.m., police responded to an apartment building in the 9200 block of Cermak Road after receiving a complaint that an unfamiliar car was parked in a tenant’s space. The 2013 Ford sedan, belonging to a Plainfield man, had been reported stolen out of Chicago on May 8. All four windows were open and the key was in the ignition.

Police contacted the owner who had a relative claim the vehicle.

On May 13 at 11 a.m., police received a call regarding a 2014 Chrysler sedan parked in front of a building at the corner of 17th Avenue and 23rd Street. That vehicle had been stolen out of Chicago on May 7, police said. All four windows were open slightly.

The owner of the vehicle, who had a spare key, came to claim it later that day.

Battery causes fire

Brookfield police and firefighters responded to the house at 4412 Blanchan Ave. on May 12 about 3:20 a.m. after a resident called to report his residence filling up with black smoke.

Firefighters doused the fire in the basement, the cause of which appeared to be related to a battery for the sump pump. Minor damage was confined to the basement, according to the police report. No one was injured.

Yelling at loud library patron

Police were called to the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., on May 10 at 3:25 p.m. by a library employee after two library patrons using the library’s computers got into an argument.

A 68-year-old man upset at 58-year-old man and 50-year-old woman for being too loud told the couple to be quiet. Later the upset man raised his voice and called the other man a “fruit,” prompting a brief face-to-face argument between the two after which they both sat down and continued with what they were doing.

The subject upset by the noise was told to not make any further disturbances or to visit a different library if he didn’t like the noisy environment in Brookfield.

Falling down drunk

Brookfield police responded to the vestibule of the Prairie Avenue train station on May 14 at about 12:20 a.m. after receiving a report of a man down on the floor.

Police arrived to find a 67-year-old homeless man lying on the floor of the station vestibule, unable to get up. The man was reportedly highly intoxicated and was transported to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. A bicycle the man had with him was taken by police for safekeeping.


Brookfield police charged a 43-year-old Brookfield woman with driving under the influence after they reportedly found her passed out behind the wheel of her 2015 Chevy SUV just south of the BNSF Railroad tracks on Maple Avenue on May 12 at about 2 a.m.

An officer was able to wake the driver only after opening the car door and speaking to her. The driver appeared intoxicated and reportedly admitting drinking alcohol. Her blood-alcohol content reportedly was .178, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 9-15, 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.