Brookfield police charged a 52-year-old Chicago man with misdemeanor criminal trespassing after he reportedly entered the garage of a home in the 3600 block of Forest Avenue and was chased down by two neighborhood residents, who held him down until police arrived at the scene about 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 25.

According to the police report, a homeowner was inside his residence when he looked at the video feed from his surveillance camera and observed a subject exiting his garage. The homeowner went outside and confronted the subject, who began quickly walking northbound in the 3600 block of Forest Avenue.

The homeowner got into his vehicle to follow the subject while a neighbor began chasing the subject on foot. At Lincoln Avenue, the homeowner got out of the vehicle and the subject allegedly tried to punch him, but instead grabbed the homeowner’s shirt and ripped it off him.

The neighbor, who in the meantime had called 911, arrived and the two were able to take the subject to the ground, where they held him until police arrived.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office declined to file felony burglary charges against the man, prompting police to charge him with the misdemeanor offense. He was also charged with battery. He faces an Oct. 25 court date at Maybrook. 

Man reports robbery, gets arrested

A 42-year-old Cicero man waved down a police officer in the 8300 block of Cermak Road at about 10 p.m. on Sept. 21 to report that about 30 minutes earlier he’d been robbed by three men while walking in the grass along the north side of the 7600 block of Cermak Road.

The victim stated that as he was walking a brown, four-door, older-model Chevy Caprice with fancy rims slowed down behind him on the roadway. Three men jumped out of the vehicle and then started punching and kicking him, causing him to fall to the ground. The offenders took $50 in cash, a Ventra card and a state ID.

The offenders were described as black males in their 20s, all wearing red shirts and black hats. Police reported that paramedics could find no visible signs of injury and the victim refused medical attention.

Police also determined the victim was wanted on a warrant by Cook County Sheriff’s Police related to a child endangerment case and took him into custody.

Man found dead in car

North Riverside police say the death of a 28-year-old Chicago man, who was found unresponsive inside a vehicle parked in the 2200 block of Hainsworth Avenue on Sept. 26 about 11:05 a.m., may have been caused by a medical condition. No foul play is suspected.

The owner of the vehicle was reported missing by Chicago police about 2 a.m. on Sept. 26. Police had been called to the block to speak with a resident about a theft. At the same time, they were asked to check on a vehicle parked in a no-parking zone. Inside they found the man on the front seat of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were not releasing the name of the man until family members were notified. An autopsy is being conducted the by the Cook County Medical Examiner. 

First the car, then the garage

A resident of the 3600 block of Madison Avenue, Brookfield, called police about 4:50 a.m. on Sept. 20 after she observed two unknown subjects in the backyard of her home, apparently trying to break into the garage.

The victim told police she heard noises coming from the backyard. When she looked out a rear window, she saw a subject dressed in all black clothing standing near the service door of the garage. The second subject, who was taller, stood behind the first.

The victim called police and then yelled out the window at the subjects, who left via the alley.

Police reported that the door frame of the garage had been damaged, with a piece of the frame found on the floor inside the garage. A steel plate from the door was also on the ground and the door knob was dented.

Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle inside the garage, but the homeowner reported the vehicle had been broken into during the overnight hours of Sept. 18-19, when it was parked on the street.

The vehicle was unlocked at the time, according to police. Taken from the vehicle was a Victoria’s Secret wallet containing a driver’s license and a debit card. Fifty dollars in cash was taken from a cup holder.

Dogs attack, kill friend’s pet

A Chihuahua named “Chula,” owned by a Countryside man, was killed on Sept. 18 after it was attacked by three dogs during a visit to the home of the owner’s friend in Brookfield.

When Chula’s owner entered the backyard, his friend told him it might not be a good idea to have his small dog there, since his dogs recently went after and killed a rabbit. But since the friend’s dogs were inside the house, Chula’s owner felt safe putting his dog on the ground.

Sometime later, the friend’s wife came out of the house and the three dogs ran outside, attacking Chula. The dog died later that night at the Berwyn Animal Hospital. Chula’s owner also suffered a bite on his right hand while trying to separate the dogs.

The owner of the three dogs was ticketed for letting two of their rabies inoculations lapse. 

When you gotta go …

Brookfield police cited a 25-year-old LaGrange Park man for public urination after an officer on patrol spotted him relieving himself in the alley behind the 8800 block of Burlington Avenue on Sept. 25 at about 2:50 a.m.

The man told police he needed to use the bathroom, but the bar he sought to enter was closed for the night.

Police responding to a call of reckless driver in the vicinity of Ogden Avenue and DuBois Boulevard in Brookfield on Sept. 21 at about 10:45 a.m., spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 9400 block of Ogden Ave.

The officer also observed three men in the parking lot, urinating near a dumpster. Asked what they were doing, the men reportedly told police they were eating lunch at the restaurant and didn’t think there was a bathroom inside.

All three were cited for public urination. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 19-26, 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