A 21-year-old Riverside man on parole for a 2013 armed robbery is back in custody and charged with the attempted armed robbery of a 24-year-old North Riverside man on Dec. 21.

The victim was walking home from work about 11 p.m. and was at the intersection of 23rd Street and Northgate Avenue when he was confronted by two men wearing dark clothing and black hooded sweatshirts.

One of the offenders asked for his wallet while the other, identified as Aireon D. Luster, allegedly pointed a gun to the victim’s head.

When the victim refused to turn over his wallet, the first offender reportedly asked Luster for the gun and then struck the victim in the face with the gun. Luster also reportedly beat the victim as well.

The victim was able to grab hold of the gun and the magazine fell out of it. The victim picked up the magazine and attempted to strike one of his attackers with it when a witness screamed, “What’s going on out there?”

The two offenders ran off and the victim called police. Paramedics treated the victim for cuts to his face, and police located a vehicle without license plates driving in the 2200 block of Northgate Avenue.

Officers chased the vehicle, which crashed at Roosevelt Road and Harvey Avenue in Oak Park. Luster was taken into custody in the 1100 block of Lombard Avenue. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Luster with attempted armed robbery. His alleged accomplice is still at large, and the investigation continues.

At the time of his arrest, Luster was on parole after serving a portion of a 10-year sentence he received for a prior armed robbery. In custody since 2013, Luster was convicted in 2016 and sent to Jacksonville Correctional Center. He was paroled on June 21, 2017.

He reportedly lived in the 200 block of East Burlington Street in Riverside, according to the police report.

Internet fraud

A 46-year-old Brookfield man went to police on Dec. 25 to report that he’d been scammed out of $700 by someone who had listed an iPhone for sale on Facebook’s “Marketplace” section.

The victim told police he negotiated the sale of the phone via Facebook Messenger and wired the money through Walmart, saying he’d release the funds after receiving the phone.

However, the victim later learned that the “seller” of the phone had retrieved the money at a Walmart in Three Oaks, Michigan, telling an employee he was the victim and claiming to have lost the receipt. 

Vehicle break-ins

A 43-year-old Westchester man contacted North Riverside police to report that his 2014 Chrysler had been burglarized while parked in the north lot at Kohl’s, 2200 Harlem Ave. on Dec. 21 between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

According to the police report, the victim likely left the vehicle unlocked. Taken from the car was a computer case containing a Macbook Pro computer and a bag containing a ring. The total value of the loss was estimated at roughly $1,330. 

OD victim revived

A Brookfield police officer was able to reverse the effects of a potentially deadly heroin overdose by administering a dose of the opioid antidote Naloxone to the 26-year-old victim on Dec. 23 about 6 p.m.

Brookfield police and paramedics were dispatched to a residence in the 3700 block of Raymond Avenue after the victim was found lying unconscious in the bathroom with a needle in his arm.

A police officer, who was the first to arrive at the scene, administered the nose-spray antidote, which somewhat roused the victim, who was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

DUI suspect hospitalized

Riverside paramedics transported a man charged with driving under the influence of alcohol to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn on the night of Dec. 24 after police reported he was so drunk that he “literally could not function.”

About 10:45 p.m., North Riverside police broadcast a bulletin after another motorist called to report a vehicle weaving all over the road near 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue. A Riverside officer located the car at 31st Street and pulled it over next to Brookfield Zoo.

The driver was extremely drunk, police said, and there were open cans of beer and an open bottle of vodka inside the vehicle.

According to police, the man’s blood-alcohol content was .358, which is more than four times the legal limit of .08. It was the single highest blood-alcohol content recorded in 2017 in Riverside, according to police.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 21-28, 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

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