A 32-year-old Downers Grove woman faces battery charges after she allegedly punched out another woman over a dispute about a cigarette.

The victim, a 25-year-old Lyons woman employed at a store in the North Riverside Plaza Shopping Center, 2200 Harlem Ave., was standing outside the store having a smoke when the offender asked to bum a cigarette.

When told she didn’t have a spare, the offender asked for a drag of the victim’s cigarette. The victim obliged and the offender took the cigarette and walked away, giving the victim a middle finger for her troubles.

The victim tried to stop the offender from walking away, but the offender allegedly grabbed the victim’s arm, causing her to fall to the ground, and then began “delivering a flurry of punches” to the victim’s face and head.

The victim yelled for help and three other people pulled the offender from the victim. The offender was arrested a short time later in the shopping center by police.


Brookfield police responded to the 2900 block of McCormick Avenue on June 30 after a resident called to report that more than $1,000 in cash had been stolen from her home.

The victim said that several days earlier she had cashed multiple checks totaling $1,088 and placed the money in an envelope that she kept in a dresser drawer. When she went to get some money from the envelope a few days later, the envelope was missing from the drawer.

In addition, the victim said that it appeared some other dresser drawers might have been opened.

A resident of the 3600 block of Rosemear Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that during the overnight hours of June 29-30, someone entered his unlocked 2010 Ford and removed about $3 in loose change and an old Motorola flip phone from the vehicle.

A Brookfield police officer on patrol was flagged down by a resident of the 3500 block of Rosemear Avenue on the morning June 30. The resident told the officer that the driver’s side door to his 1993 Land Rover was ajar and that items were thrown around the inside of the vehicle.

Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.

Riverside police responded to an apartment building in the 7300 block of Ogden Avenue on July 1 after a resident there reported that someone had attempted to force open the front door to her unit.

The resident told police that the incident occurred sometime after 8 p.m. on June 29. Police observed pry marks on the front door and a pry mark to the outside building door. No pry marks were found on a second building entry door, but police reported that door was easily opened with a credit card.

No entry was made into the resident’s apartment.

Put down the phone

Brookfield police charged a 28-year-old resident of the village with several traffic citations after he reportedly lost control of his 2005 Chevy Suburban and crashed it into a parked car in the 3800 block of Raymond Avenue on June 27 at 8:25 p.m.

According to police, neither alcohol nor drugs were involved in the crash. Rather, the driver told police that while he was southbound on Raymond Avenue he looked at his cellphone and lost control of the steering wheel.

The driver was cited for improper use of an electronic communications device, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured vehicle.

They just like rabbits

Brookfield police were dispatched to the 3100 block of Maple Avenue on June 28 at about 8:30 p.m. by a 911 caller complaining about two subjects, a male and a female, taking pictures of houses in the area.

An officer located the two subjects, a 57-year-old mom and her son, in the 3300 block of Maple Avenue. The mom told the officer that while they were walking to the train station, they saw some rabbits and stopped to snap a few photos, because they enjoy wildlife.

The woman showed the officer the photos of rabbits in front of various residences that were on her phone. The officer advised the woman to be cautious when taking photos of residences, because it might alarm the inhabitants.

The woman also told the officer that their conversation was going to make her late for her train, so the officer gave her a lift to the train station.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 26-30, 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.

—Compiled by Bob Uphues