North Riverside police charged a 17-year-old from Berwyn with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful use of a weapon and criminal damage to property after he allegedly tried to stab an 18-year-old Berwyn man with a knife and then used the weapon to puncture his victim’s car tire during an altercation in the parking lot of the North Riverside Post Office, 7300 25th St., on June 20 at about 4:30 a.m.

The victim told police he knew his assailant and that he had parked in the post office lot while waiting to pick up someone getting off work from Wendy’s, because the alleged offender was also a Wendy’s employee and he wanted to avoid him.

While the victim was waiting in his vehicle, the juvenile offender allegedly approached with a pocket knife and unsuccessfully tried to stab the victim, who struggled with the offender inside the vehicle before being able to drive away.

The offender then reportedly used the knife to puncture the rear driver’s side tire, and he also allegedly threw a brick at the vehicle as it drove away. The victim called police, and a police officer located the offender nearby and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. Police reported finding a knife in the offender’s pants pocket.


Brookfield police charged a 26-year-old Oak Lawn woman with drunken driving and other offenses after she reportedly drove her gray 2005 Honda Accord into a boulder at the west end of the Rockefeller Avenue parking lot outside Riverside-Brookfield High School at about 6:15 a.m. on June 22.

A witness told police he was getting ready for work when he heard a loud crash outside. He looked outside and saw that the vehicle had struck the boulder and that a woman was the driver.

She subsequently took the temporary plates off the vehicle and was picked up by a red vehicle, which drove away, leaving the Honda at the crash scene. Police stopped the red vehicle at Forest Avenue and Kimbark Road in Riverside, where they arrested the woman suspected of driving the Honda.

Security camera video reportedly showed the Honda turn west on Ridgewood Road from northbound First Avenue at 6:06 a.m., the car the turns right on Golf Road and then west into the Rockefeller Avenue parking lot before driving straight into the boulder.

Riverside police charged a 34-year-old Chicago woman with drunken driving and aggravated speeding after an officer stopped her blue Ford Mustang, which he had clocked traveling at 86 mph while southbound on Harlem Avenue from East Burlington Street on June 20 at about 3:20 a.m.

The officer first observed the car traveling at 81 mph in the 3200 block of Harlem Ave., and began following it after the car stopped for a red light at Burlington. When the light turned green, the Mustang reportedly accelerated quickly past 80 mph, nearly hitting another vehicle at Joliet Road before pulling over a short distance later.

The woman reportedly was in possession of two receipts, one from a Chicago nightclub and another from Round One in North Riverside, showing purchases of alcohol.

A 27-year-old Lyons man was charged with drunken driving June 25 after allegedly driving his car over a traffic light before his vehicle, which had sustained heavy front-end damage, was stopped by police at the intersection of Bloomingbank and Barrypoint roads in Riverside.

The driver told police he believed he hit a fire hydrant in front of a middle school, but police later observed the traffic light down at Woodside/Kimbark/Park Place near Hauser Junior High.

The man reportedly told police he had been drinking at a bar prior to driving. In addition to DUI, police charged him with leaving the scene of a crash and damage to village property.

Catalytic converter stolen

North Riverside police responded to the 2200 block of 7th Avenue on the morning of June 24 after a resident called to report that the catalytic converter had been removed from his 2008 Honda CR-V. The vehicle had been parked overnight on the street.

Water balloon ambush

A 34-year-old Riverside man went to police on the afternoon of June 23 to report that he was riding his bike at about 1:45 p.m. in the 400 block of Nuttall Road when someone in a passing car threw a water balloon at him, hitting him in the chest.

The man wasn’t hurt and said he didn’t want to pursue charges, but he got a photo of the vehicle and asked police to talk to the occupants, who were described as teenagers.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 20-27 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