A 29-year-old LaGrange Park man called police on Aug. 14 at about 5 a.m. after a woman he’d taken to an Ogden Avenue motel for “some fun” drove away with his car and cellphone while he was in the shower.
The man said he’d met the woman at a liquor store in Bensenville three days earlier and that they’d arranged to meet in the northwest suburbs for some drinks and food. After hitting a couple of bars and a restaurant, the two went to the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield where the victim told police he was “going to have some fun.”
After about an hour and a half of fun, the victim went to take a shower. When he got out, the woman was gone, along with his car and his cellphone. According to the police report, the victim admitted he believed the woman may have been a prostitute, but he denied paying for sex.
The man’s vehicle was entered into the police computer system as stolen and the information was sent out to area departments.
Child-luring investigation ends in arrest
Riverside police charged a 30-year-old Cicero man with two counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly offering two girls, ages 12 and 14, alcohol and cigarettes to entice them into his vehicle back in May.
Police arrested Mousa Ahmad at his residence on Aug. 13, following a three-month investigation assisted by the West Suburban Drug and Gang Enforcement task force.
On May 27, police received a 911 call reporting that a man in a vehicle had approached two girls while they were walking in the 3000 block of Harlem Avenue, attempting to talk them into his gray 2010 Honda.
The driver of the vehicle rolled down the window and reportedly told the girls, “Hey, come over here” and reportedly telling police he thought the girls were “pretty” and admitting to police that he offered them cigarettes and alcohol.
Ahmad, who has no prior criminal history, also reportedly told police he just wanted to “have them hang out with him at his house.”
After the Honda approached the girls for the second time while they were walking down the street, one of the girls pulled out a cellphone and took a picture of the vehicle and license plate. The car left the scene at that point.
Last week, the vehicle traveled through an area where a camera read the license plate, which police enhanced to track the vehicle to a Cicero address, where Ahmad was arrested. Police impounded Ahmad’s vehicle to process it for additional evidence.
Police tag graffiti artist
Riverside police on Aug. 9 arrested a 23-year-old Berwyn man, charging him with criminal defacement of property, following a seven-month investigation.
On Jan. 28, police reported that the word “fungi” spray painted across an extensive portion of the rear wall of the building at 363 E. Burlington Street. Police submitted a spray paint can left at the scene to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab to analyze whether any fingerprints were left on the can.
According to police, investigators were also able to match the style of the graffiti with other instances of graffiti in Lyons and Berwyn. It was the man’s fourth arrest for criminal defacement, a misdemeanor, according to police.
Officer hurt arresting subject
A Brookfield police officer suffered a severe ankle injury that will keep him off the streets for a couple of months after falling down a flight of stairs while trying to take a subject into custody on Aug. 8.
Rogelio Valdez, 62, of Brookfield, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, which is a felony, after he allegedly pushed a police officer while being taken down a flight of stairs in an apartment building in the 8600 block of Brookfield Avenue at about 11 p.m.
Police had been called to the building because Valdez and a 43-year-old woman were having a verbal altercation. While police were interviewing the two involved in the altercation, Valdez reportedly became combative and was placed under arrest.
After police handcuffed him and led him onto the stairwell, Valdez continued to resist, according to the police report. Valdez reportedly pushed back against an officer, causing him to trip and fall down the stairs, breaking his ankle. The officer reportedly required surgery.
Riverside police charged Lyons resident Ashley S. Coleman, 33, with aggravated driving under the influence after an officer stopped her vehicle near the intersection of Harlem and Ogden avenues on Aug. 9 at 11:40 p.m. A computer check revealed that the car’s registration had been suspended for traffic violations.
Police reported that Coleman’s driver’s license previously had been suspended for prior DUI convictions. She also appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the Aug. 9 incident, according to police, and she was arrested for DUI.
Due to a juvenile being a passenger in the car at the time of the incident, the DUI charge was upgraded to a felony by the arresting officer.
Coleman was also charged with aggravated driving while revoked, aggravated DUI-second offense and endangering the life of a child.
- Someone removed an air-conditioning unit from the window of a Brookfield business to gain entry and steal a cash box from the front counter.
Both doors to Debbie’s Dog Grooming, 9101 Ogden Ave., were locked when the owner arrived for work on Aug. 9 at 8:30 a.m., but the AC unit was missing and counter drawers had been rifled through.
The incident happened sometime after 1 p.m. on Aug. 6.
- A resident of the 4000 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Aug. 10 to report that someone had burglarized her home sometime between 3:30 and 5 p.m. that day.
According to police, someone appeared to have forced open the rear storm door to the home to gain access. Jewelry boxes were found strewn around a bedroom and dresser drawers had been rifled through. A laptop computer was reported missing.
- A resident of the 4600 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Aug. 13 to report that someone had attempted to pry open the rear door to her apartment. The pry mark was first noticed on Aug. 7, according to the police report. It was unclear when the mark was made.
- A resident of the 9300 block of Lincoln Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Aug. 9 to report that sometime after Aug. 4 someone had stolen tools from the garage. Police reported that there were no signs of forced entry to the garage.
- Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 9000 block of Grant Avenue on Aug. 9 after a resident reported his garage had been burglarized sometime during the previous week.
Missing from the garage were several tools, including a cordless drill, rotary saw and skill saw. The battery charger and batteries for the tools were also taken. There was no forced entry to the garage, according to police. The overhead door may have been left open.
A resident of the 3700 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Aug. 13 to report that his dark green Gary Fisher 21-speed mountain bike was stolen from the rear of the property sometime between 9:15 and 10:40 a.m.
The bike, which was valued at $350, reportedly was left unlocked.
- Brookfield firefighters responded to the 3500 block of Park Avenue at about 9:55 p.m. on Aug. 11 after someone called to report a car on fire at the rear of a property there. A police officer who was the first to arrive reported that the 2005 Mitsubishi Galant was fully engulfed in flames.
It was not possible to determine the cause of the fire, according to the police report, but one of the owners reported that about two months ago, the vehicle had struck something in the roadway and ever since had been making a loud noise whenever the accelerator was pressed.
The car had been driven home at about 8 p.m. and had been sitting parked at the residence since that time.
- Brookfield fire officials said an early morning fire reported at a residence in the 9400 block of Ogden Avenue on Aug. 9 resulted from a lightbulb igniting clothes inside a closet.
Firefighters responded to the scene at 3:40 a.m. and evacuated the building. Inside one apartment, black smoke billowed from the bedroom closet where the fire started. Firefighters extinguished the fire. No one was injured.
More graffiti reported
A week after a graffiti spree on the south end of Brookfield, police reported three more incidents on Aug. 11 and 12.
On Aug. 11, a pair of incidents were reported in the 9000 block of Rochester Avenue and the 4100 block of Park Avenue. On Aug. 12, graffiti was found spray painted on a fence belonging to a property in the 9100 block of Plainfield Road.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 8-14, 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.