Brookfield police charged an 18-year-old Brookfield man and a 17-year-old juvenile with assault and disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened a teenager as he walked with friends in the 8600 block of Brookfield Avenue on Aug. 21 at 3:55 p.m.

The victim told police he was walking home from school when the 18 year old alleged offender yelled at him from his car and began displaying gang signs. When police arrived, the victim’s mother was standing between her son and the two alleged offenders, and police detained the two before they could get back into their vehicle.

According to the police report, the alleged offenders apparently believed the victim was responsible for damaging the 18 year old’s car the night before. After driving past the victim and staring him down, the 18 year old reportedly parked his vehicle farther down the street and got out, waiting for the victim.

The 18 year old then allegedly began demanding to know the victim’s name and accused him of damaging his car. Then the 18 year old reportedly ran at the victim with the tire iron, stating, “I’m gonna kill you.”

No one was injured. Police reported finding a tire iron in the vehicle.

Suspicious incident

Brookfield police responded to the vicinity of Vernon and Shields avenues in response to a suspicious person complaint. A 9-year-old girl said that while she was walking in the area a man in his 30s pulled up alongside her and asked her if she needed a ride.

The girl ran home to tell her mother and the vehicle was last seen eastbound on Shields from Vernon. The driver was described as a black male with short hair and wearing a multi-colored T-shirt. 

Sorry about that

Riverside police responded to the 400 block of Uvedale Road on Aug. 28 at about 1:45 p.m. after a woman called to report her vehicle had been stolen from the driveway of a residence there.

The woman told police she was a dog walker and that the residence was her client’s. While walking dogs around the block she left the key fob inside the unlocked vehicle. As she went inside to let the dogs back into the house, she heard the vehicle start up and head out of the driveway.

Sometime later, police learned the vehicle was back in the driveway and alerted the owner, who claimed it. While police were on the scene, a mechanic approached police and advised that he was supposed to pick up a car, which was to have the keys inside, on Uvedale Court, but accidentally went to a Uvedale Road address instead.

Once he realized his mistake, he drove the vehicle back to return it.

Vehicle break-ins

North Riverside police reported three burglaries to vehicles during the early morning hours of Aug. 21, after someone called to report a suspicious vehicle parked with no lights on in the vicinity of 9th Avenue and 24th Street. In addition, the witness reported one person looking into vehicles with a flashlight.

The vehicle, a black four-door Ford Focus, left the area eastbound on Cermak Road.

The witness told police that the vehicle drove down 9th Avenue with no lights on and parked near 24th Avenue. A man in his 20s dressed in a striped shirt got out of the vehicle and began looking into vehicles until he observed the witness. He then got into his car and drove away at a high rate of speed.

Police searched the area and observed a vehicle in the 8700 block of 26th Street with its trunk open. The inside had been ransacked, but the only thing missing, according to the owner, was a few dollars in loose change. The vehicle had been left unlocked.

In addition police discovered two other vehicles that had been entered, one in the 2200 block of 9th Avenue and one in the 2300 block of 9th Avenue. Both vehicles had been left unlocked. Nothing of value was reported missing from either vehicle.

Punched out in parking lot

A security officer and North Riverside police responded on Aug. 24 at 6:10 p.m. to the parking lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, to a report of a man down near Entrance 1.

Officers observed the victim, who had a laceration on the right side of his head, lying on the ground. Paramedics transported him to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment.

A witness told police that the victim was walking through the parking lot when a newer model gray SUV, possibly a Dodge Journey, pulled up alongside of him. A man got out of the SUV and punched the victim, knocking him to the ground. The vehicle then left the area south, toward 26th Street.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 21-30, 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