A 30-year-old homeless man who is on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry was charged with one count of home invasion on July 23 after he allegedly used a ladder to climb through the window of a Brookfield apartment belonging to his ex-girlfriend.
Police responded to the residence in the 8900 block of Southview Avenue at 4:30 p.m. and located Jeremy McNair, without a shirt and sweating profusely, exiting the building. Police also reported that several items belonging to the victim were scattered on a stairwell inside the building, the parkway and the street.
McNair reportedly used an aluminum extension ladder, which was found leaning against the building, to gain access to the unit. Once inside, McNair reportedly was confronted by another man and there apparently was some type of physical altercation, according to the police report.
McNair’s former girlfriend and her 1-year-old infant were also home at the time of the incident, according to police. No one was injured.
At a hearing held Sunday at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building in Chicago, a judge set McNair’s bond at $100,000. McNair is being held at Cook County Jail and was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood on July 26. Brookfield police expect McNair to be indicted by a grand jury, at which time more charges could be added.
McNair is listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry as a sexual predator. According to the registry, he was convicted of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for an incident that occurred when he was 26 years old. The victim in that case was 16.
Videotaping up woman’s skirt
Riverside police charged Gustavo Vega, 49, of Summit, with unlawful video recording after he allegedly used his cellphone to record a video looking up a woman’s skirt on the afternoon of July 20.
According to police, Vega was on a Pace bus that was southbound on Harlem Avenue and used his phone to shoot video up the skirt of a woman across from him. Another passenger on the bus reportedly told Vega what he was doing was wrong, but he allegedly continued. That passenger then reportedly told the victim, a 30-year-old Berwyn woman, who was unaware of Vega, about what was happening. That passenger then exited the bus and called police.
Police located the bus at Harlem and Ogden avenues where they interviewed Vega, who showed them his phone, which reportedly contained the video in question. Vega reportedly told police he didn’t know how to use his phone.
Blackout after workout
A 25-year-old Riverside resident was unhurt but was taken to the hospital for observation after she reportedly blacked out at the wheel of her 2013 Volkswagen SUV, which then left the roadway and hit a tree before coming to rest on its side on South Herbert Road between Gage and Olmsted roads in Riverside.
According to police, the driver was standing about 200 feet north of the crash scene when they arrived. She reportedly told them she was driving north on Herbert Road on her way home from a workout session. She told police she must have blacked out and could not remember how the crash happened.
Police cited the woman for damage to village property and driving too fast for conditions.
A resident of the 4600 block of DuBois Boulevard, Brookfield, called police on July 18 to report that a Sony PlayStation 4 video game system and a television had been taken from her apartment, apparently at two different times.
Police did not report any signs of forced entry. The victim reportedly noticed the videogame system missing on July 16. The TV reportedly was taken between 8:45 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on July 18.
Attempted bike theft
Brookfield police charged a 44-year-old Maywood man with theft and criminal damage to property after he allegedly attempted to steal a bicycle from the rack outside the Prairie Avenue train station in Brookfield on the evening of July 18.
A patron at Irish Times, which is across the street from the station in the 8800 block of Burlington Avenue, reported seeing a subject who appeared to be trying to steal a bike from the rack by cutting the lock.
The woman confronted the man, who fled without the bike. Brookfield police used surveillance camera footage to send out a bulletin to other police departments about the incident. Oak Park police contacted Brookfield police on July 19, identifying the suspect as someone possibly involved in other such thefts in that village and Forest Park.
He reportedly was identified by the Brookfield witness and charged.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 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