A Lyons man arrested in October 2017 and charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon following an altercation involving two other men on the Barrypoint Road bridge has been sentenced to three years in prison for the offense.

On Jan. 15 during a hearing at the Maybrook courthouse, 22-year-old Amir Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge. Judge Pamela A. Leeming presided over the case.

The incident happened on the afternoon of Oct. 4, 2017, when Johnson, who was on a bicycle, encountered two men who were in a vehicle near Ogden and Joliet avenues. All three men, who police say were members of street gangs, knew each other from a prior altercation.

Johnson fled on his bicycle toward Riverside, but the two men drove after him and confronted Johnson on the bridge, throwing his bicycle into the river. Johnson responded by pulling a handgun from his backpack and pointing it at the two.

When they didn’t back down, Johnson ran to the intersection of Barrypoint and Fairbank roads where the driver of a passing vehicle, believing Johnson to be the victim of a crime, invited him into his car and began driving him to the Riverside police station.

A short time later Johnson told the driver to stop, got out, threw the gun toward the river and ran back toward the bridge, where he was apprehended by police. Another officer detained the other two men, who were charged with mob action and reckless conduct. They later pleaded guilty, sentenced to one day time served and were released, said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

Officers spent six hours searching for the gun Johnson threw toward the river, finding it in a rocky, wooded area near the riverbank, about 300 feet west of the bridge.

Diamond ring missing from jewelry store

An employee of Kay Jewelers at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, contacted police on the afternoon of Jan. 18 to report that while performing an inventory of the store’s merchandise staff discovered that a 14-karat white gold diamond ring valued at $2,300 was missing.

The ring had last been inventoried by staff on Jan. 13, according to the police report.

Who are you?

A resident of the 3100 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Jan. 22 just before midnight after seeing an unknown man wearing all black wandering around his property.

At first the resident saw the man sitting on his front porch, but the man silently walked away when the resident opened the front door. A short time later, the resident went out his back door and noticed the service door to his garage open.

Inside the garage, a refrigerator door was open and it appeared as if someone opened a bottle of wine and took a drink from it. The resident exited his garage and saw the same man walking away through the gangway and was last seen running southbound on Prairie Avenue.

Reckless driving

North Riverside police cited a man who reportedly drove his red Ford at speeds upwards of 60 mph in a 15 mph zone while traveling south approaching 25th Street on the ring road in the parking lot of the North Riverside Park Mall on Jan. 16 at about 9:55 p.m.

The vehicle blew through the stop sign at 25th Street and continued at a high rate of speed until a police officer was able to catch up with and stop the vehicle  on the west side of the mall.

Police issued the driver tickets for reckless driving, disobeying a stop sign and speeding.

Drug-related crash

A 69-year-old Hometown man told police he’d snorted heroin from a bag just prior to rear ending one vehicle while southbound on Harlem Avenue at Lindberg Road in Riverside and then losing control of his 1999 Toyota, which left the roadway, took down a traffic signal at Addison Road and then slammed into a parked car in the 3200 block of Harlem Avenue, which set off a chain reaction of crashes damaging three more parked cars on Jan. 27 at about 6 p.m.

Police found the heavily damaged Toyota and the driver just west of Harlem Avenue on Herrick Road. A passenger in the vehicle had fled the scene, said police, who were not able to locate him.

The driver appeared to be under the influence of some sort of narcotic. Police reported finding a small plastic bag containing a white powder residue and also a short straw containing the same residue in the back seat area.

Police charged the driver with driving under the influence of drugs and cited him for leaving the scene of an accident and several other traffic offenses. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 15-27 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