A North Riverside police officer who was driving south on I-55 on June 14 at about 3:25 p.m. ended up pursuing and apprehending several people involved in an alleged carjacking after a stolen Dodge Ram truck crashed into another vehicle at 63rd Street and Cass Avenue in Westmont.
Illinois State Police were pursuing the Dodge Ram, when the truck passed the North Riverside officer in the emergency lane at a high rate of speed. The North Riverside officer pursued the truck, which exited I-55 at Cass Avenue and sped northbound at speeds surpassing 90 mph.
The truck avoided a spike strip at 67th Street but crashed into another pickup truck at 63rd Street. The North Riverside officer ordered the 20-year-old driver of the Dodge Ram out of the vehicle at gunpoint as well as a 36-year-old woman. A 21-year-old woman inside the Dodge Ram appeared to be injured. Police reported recovering a handgun inside the Dodge Ram. Illinois State Police took over investigation of the incident.
The driver of the other truck refused medical treatment, police said.
Unlawful use of a weapon
An 18-year-old from Hammond, Indiana, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the life of a child after he allegedly pointed a handgun at three other people during a verbal altercation in the parking lot of North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on June 13 at about 4:10 p.m.
According to the police report, the man was shopping at the mall with a 21-year-old man, 26-year-old woman and a 2-year-old child when three people began throwing up gang signs at them.
The three men followed them outside as they exited the mall and got into their vehicle. But when one of the three men punched the rear window of the vehicle, the 18-year-old got out of the car and pointed the handgun at them before leaving. Security camera video reportedly confirmed that the man pulled out the gun and pointed it at the other men.
Someone who witnessed the incident called 911 and police stopped the vehicle on Cermak Road near Home Avenue in Berwyn. The 18-year-old reportedly was sitting next to the 2-year-old in the backseat, with the handgun in his lap. Police said the gun had been reported stolen out of Gary, Indiana.
In addition to charging the 18-year-old, police cited the 21-year-old driver of the vehicle with unlawful possession of cannabis.
Mall kiosk burglarized
Security cameras at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, reportedly captured video of two people burglarizing a jewelry kiosk at 8:55 p.m. on June 14.
The kiosk owner called police on June 15 after realizing that six boxes of jewelry valued at between $4,000 and $5,000 were missing from a drawer where they had been stored when he closed the kiosk the previous evening.
Video reportedly showed the two men burglarizing the kiosk before exiting the mall through the food court and getting into a dark-colored SUV.
Planters stolen from Brookfield home
A resident of the 4300 block of Elm Avenue, Brookfield, called to police to report that between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on June 19 someone had stolen two large planters full of plants from in front of his home.
The total value of the planters was estimated to be about $350.
Felony charges in hit and run
A 26-year-old LaGrange Park woman faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries after she allegedly drove off after hitting and seriously injuring a 48-year-old LaGrange Park woman riding a bike at 17th Avenue and 23rd Street in North Riverside on June 13 at about 12:15 p.m.
Witnesses told police that the driver of the vehicle momentarily got out of the vehicle after striking the bicyclist, who was in the bike crossing, but then left the area. Police obtained license plate information from witnesses, and the driver was charged on June 20.
The victim suffered a fractured disc in her spine, police said.
Burglary to vehicle
A resident of Kimbark Road in Riverside called police on the morning of June 17 to report that someone had burglarzied her vehicle during the overnight hours.
The vehicle was locked and the offender gained entry by breaking out the passenger side window. The offender removed a gym bag containing boxing gloves, shoes and gym clothes.
North Riverside police responded to the 2300 block of 4th Avenue on June 17 after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours of June 16-17, someone entered his unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, and removed a black backpack containing a Dell laptop computer, several hand tools and some keys.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 13-20 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