A 45-year-old Brookfield man rushed onto the BNSF Railroad tracks, narrowly preventing a 22-year-old woman from jumping in front of an oncoming westbound train and killing herself on May 19 at about 5:15 p.m.
According to police, the man said he was smoking a cigarette outside his residence south of the railroad tracks when he noticed the woman heading toward the rails. The man ran after her and had made it to the second track when he grabbed the woman just as she was about to step into the path of the oncoming train, which the police report stated “was within arm’s reach” of the two.
Another witness, a 27-year-old Brookfield woman, helped the man take the woman off the railroad right-of-way. She reportedly struggled against their efforts and yelled, “Let me die!” as police arrived to assist at the scene.
A third person, who witnessed what was happening from the north side of the tracks until the westbound train obscured his vision of what was happening, called 911.
The distraught woman told police that she and her boyfriend were going to be without a home starting the following day, which prompted the attempt to take her own life. She was transported by paramedics to LaGrange Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Fingerprints solve identity crisis
A man whose driver’s license was revoked for three drunken-driving convictions stretching back to 2001 now faces a felony drug charge and a felony charge of driving while revoked after a Riverside police officer pulled him over for allegedly driving 68 mph in a 30 mph zone while southbound on Harlem Avenue on May 17 at about 2:40 a.m.
But Riverside police weren’t sure of the man’s actual identity until they checked fingerprint records, which identified him as 33-year-old Jiovanni G. Moorison of Chicago.
According to police, Moorison was on parole at the time of his arrest and has a lengthy record of arrests for drug offenses, weapons offenses and others.
Also at the time of his arrest, Moorison appeared to have a valid driver’s license. But that was because he used multiple aliases, including the name Desmond Davis. He began using the name Desmond Davis in 1998 after his first arrest, according to police, and obtained a false driver’s license in that name.
As Desmond Davis, he was convicted three times of driving under the influence. That allowed him to use his real name to avoid arrest for driving without a license unless a police agency took the time to fingerprint him.
Riverside police seized Moorison’s 2007 Chrysler sedan. A search of that vehicle uncovered open alcohol and seven individually wrapped bags containing cannabis. There was also a female passenger in the car. Police reported that Moorison had a valid order of protection against him that prohibited him to have contact with that passenger.
In addition to driving while revoked, Moorison was charged with felony delivery of cannabis, violating an order of protection, aggravated speeding and other traffic citations.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a 23-year-old Chicago man with felony fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and other offenses after he allegedly led Brookfield police on a high-speed chase that ended in North Riverside, where the driver crashed into two other vehicles.
Devon D. Almon, whose driver’s license was suspended and who was reportedly on probation for a prior drug offense, took off northbound on Maple Avenue after going around the lowered gates at the BNSF crossing in Brookfield on May 18 at about 6:15 p.m.
A police squad car was on the other side of the crossing. The officer attempted to stop Almon, who sped away, weaving through slower traffic and ignoring stop signs at the Memorial Circle, police said.
Almon reportedly crashed his 2012 Nissan Maxima into two other vehicles at Cermak and 17th Avenue, and both he and a 21-year-old passenger from Riverside jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. They were both apprehended nearby by police. The Riverside man was later charged with resisting arrest.
Two people in the vehicles reportedly struck by Almon were taken to the hospital for treatment of what police described as minor injuries.
Unfamiliar flag alarms woman
A 54-year-old Brookfield woman contacted police on May 16 to report that a neighbor in her apartment building had recently hung a “Muslim flag” on the exterior front porch of the building. It was described as a red flag with a yellow star and reportedly had “Arabic writing” on it.
The woman told police she was terrified that her neighbor might be a terrorist, that she wanted the flag removed immediately, that her father was a veteran and that the U.S. was “our” country.
A police officer informed the woman that the Constitution allows people of all faiths and backgrounds to practice their religion and that unless the neighbor was in violation of her lease agreement the flag was likely to remain in place.
Police reported that the flag resembled that of Vietnam.
Strange, drunk man visits
A resident of the 4000 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, called police on May 21 at about 1:50 a.m. to report an unknown, intoxicated man inside of her home. The subject reportedly was calm and cooperative, but incredibly drunk.
Police responded to the home and approached the subject, a 25-year-old Lyons man, who was talking to the woman in the kitchen. The woman told police she was asleep when she awoke to find the man urinating in the bathroom.
Police attempted to interview the man but he was unable to explain what he was doing in the house. He was transported to Hinsdale Hospital for treatment. The homeowners declined to press charges.
The owner of a home in the 9500 block of Garfield Avenue, Brookfield, called police on May 19 to report that a refrigerator, a gas stove and window air-conditioner were taken from the detached garage sometime between May 11 and May 16.
The owner said the overhead garage door may have been left open by mistake for that entire time. There were no signs of forced entry.
Unhappy delivery man
A resident of the 3600 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, called police to complain about a Chicago Tribune delivery man, who allegedly yelled obscene comments while throwing newspapers at apartments at about 5:45 a.m. on May 22.
The complainant surmised that the delivery man was unhappy about calls to the newspaper from residents who had not received their papers recently. On May 22, the delivery man reportedly shouted, “F— you queers!” as he delivered the papers.
Brookfield police responded to the 3500 block of Prairie Avenue after a resident there called on the morning of May 16 to complain that during the overnight hours someone broke open the gas tank cover and siphoned almost all of the fuel from the tank of her 2016 Kia, which was parked on the street.
Bricks stolen from property
A resident of the 200 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, called police on May 16 to report that between 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. someone had stolen approximately 350 red brick pavers from a stack of bricks in front of his garage.
The resident told police he used the bricks to build sidewalks and driveways and that he had about 6,000 pounds of bricks stacked by the garage. Sometime during the day, someone stole about 1,500 pounds from the stack. The bricks are valued at about $5 apiece, according to the police report.
Police noted that there had been a posting on a Brookfield community page on Facebook, stating that “free bricks” were available from another property on the same block, and that someone might have mistakenly taken the bricks without permission.
Crash with injuries
A 69-year-old Berwyn man was ticketed for failure to yield to oncoming traffic after he reportedly turned left in his 1999 Buick from northbound Harlem Avenue onto Lindberg Road in Riverside, striking a southbound Volkswagen driven by a 36-year-old Chicago woman on May 22 at 11:10 a.m.
The Volkswagen ended up on the grass parkway one the southwest corner of Harlem and Lindberg, and the driver of that vehicle was transported to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn after complaining of being in pain.
The driver of the Buick was released from the scene after being ticketed.
An 83-year-old Brookfield man notified police on May 18 at 5:10 p.m. that he’d been the victim of identity theft earlier that day.
At about 3 p.m. the victim received a call from two people purporting to be agents of the “Federal Trade System.” They informed the man that he’d won $2 million and requested he create a new bank account for his winnings.
The victim provided the callers with his driver’s license number, bank account number, debit card number, date of birth and Social Security number. When the victim went to his bank, they informed him he’d been the victim of a scam. As of the time of the police report, the man had not been bilked of any money.
Alcohol was involved
A 73-year-old Brookfield man called 911 on May 22 at about 2:45 a.m. to report that he fell down and was bleeding. Emergency personnel arrived to find the man lying on the floor covered in blood.
According to the police report, the man had been “drinking all day” and had fallen into a glass-paneled door, shattering the pane. He was taken to LaGrange Memorial Hospital.
A resident of the first block of North Herbert Road, Riverside, called police on May 21 at about 9:50 p.m. to report that two female subjects who appeared to be teenagers exit a gray Nissan hatchback and take two solar-powered garden lights from in front of his residence.
The victim confronted the two females, engaging in a brief verbal altercation with them before they got back in their vehicle and drove away westbound on East Burlington Street.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 16 to 22, 2016 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.