Chicago police on Feb. 7 reported that they had charged a 32-year-old Brookfield man with first-degree attempted murder for a shooting in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood of the city that took place in January.
In a press release, Chicago police said they arrested Nicholas Athans, of the 3900 block of Elm Avenue, on Feb. 3 at 4:45 p.m. in the 4400 block of N. Cumberland Avenue after he was identified by the alleged victim, a 35-year-old man.
According to police, Athans allegedly shot the victim during an incident in the 5300 block of West Oakdale Avenue on Jan. 16 at about 7:50 p.m. Reports at the time stated the man was shot in the leg and mouth.
In addition to attempted murder, Athans was charged with aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm, which is also a felony. A Cook County judge ordered Athans held without bond, but the Cook County Jail’s online database indicates that Athans was placed on electronic monitoring.
Athans has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for Feb. 16 in Chicago.
Weapons, drug charges follow First Ave. crash
A 22-year-old North Riverside man faces three felony charges, including armed violence, possession of a controlled substance and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance after he allegedly crashed his Chevy into a fence on Brookfield Zoo property along First Avenue north of Ridgewood Road on Feb. 7 at about 2:35 a.m.
Jonathan Bednarik, who police say was the driver, and a female passenger sustained minor injuries in the crash and were evaluated by paramedics but did not require hospitalization.
According to the police report, the vehicle was headed northbound on First Avenue when it hit a patch of ice, crossed over into the southbound lanes and then off the roadway and into the fence.
While investigating the incident, firefighters at the scene reported locating a satchel hanging from the fence near the vehicle. Inside, police found a loaded 9 mm handgun and 17 rounds of 9 mm ammunition in the bag’s main pocket.
In the satchel, police also reported finding a bag containing 11 grams of a white powdery substance, some pills and a scale. From the vehicle’s center console, police also recovered a pistol magazine loaded with .22-caliber rounds. That weapon, according to police was not in the vehicle.
In addition to the felony charges, police charged Bednarik with driving on a suspended license and reckless conduct and cited him for traffic offenses related to the crash.
Package on fire
Brookfield police responded to a building in the 4400 block of Eberly Avenue on Feb. 5 at about 4:30 p.m. after a resident called to report a package on fire near the rear door.
A resident called 911 after being alerted by a neighbor. The resident told police she stepped outside to find the package, which had been delivered by Amazon, smoldering, so she covered it with snow to put it out.
The package’s recipient, who also lived in the building, told police it contained a yoga mat. She said she had smelled something burning, but thought it was food. Other residents of the building told police that they had smelled something burning for about an hour but didn’t think much of it.
Riverside vehicle break-in
A resident of the 200 block of Scottswood Road, Riverside, called police on Feb. 3 at about 9:30 a.m. to report that during the overnight hours someone had entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway.
Security video from the residence reportedly showed someone walk from the rear of a neighboring property into her yard at about 1:10 a.m. The person opens the driver’s side door to her vehicle, opens the center console and closes it before leaving to the west.
That same morning, police also reported someone attempting to break into a garage and a vehicle in the 300 block of Fairbank Road.
The alleged offender’s image was captured on security camera video at two residences. The videos show a man wearing a black and gray jacket, a black hood, tight black pants, black shoes, black socks and a white face mask.
One of the videos also show him wearing a black glove on his left hand but no glove on his right hand. In that video he is also seen riding a yellow or orange bicycle with silver handlebars.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 1-7 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