A 52-year-old Warrenville, Michigan, man called police on Aug. 28 at about 1:55 a.m. to report that his 2015 Volvo S60 had been hijacked at gunpoint while he sat in the vehicle, which was parked at the northwest corner of First Avenue and 26th Street.
The victim, who was not harmed, told police that two “young” males approached on foot. One of them walked up to the driver’s side of the vehicle displaying a Glock-style handgun and demanding the car keys while the other stood at the passenger side of the vehicle.
After getting out of his vehicle and surrendering the keys, the victim ran westbound on 26th Street pursued by the gunman who demanded the victim’s cellphone. The offender broke off the foot chase to return to the victim’s vehicle, but the victim did not see which direction the vehicle went.
The victim called police from the corner of 26th Street and 2nd Avenue and told them a second cellphone was still in the vehicle, which pinged to a location in Maywood. Police searched that area without success.
While speaking with the victim, police observed a black Chevy S10 pickup truck, with its passenger side door ajar, parked in the 2500 block of 2nd Avenue. A computer check revealed that the vehicle had been stolen Aug. 27 in a carjacking incident in Chicago.
Police had the pickup truck towed to the police station to process it for evidence. At about 6 p.m. on Aug, 28 the North Riverside carjacking victim called police to report that he recovered his secondary cellphone from a grassy area near First Avenue and Cermak Road.
Unlawful use of a weapon
North Riverside police charged a 25-year-old Indianapolis man with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after reportedly finding him in possession of a loaded 9 mm handgun during a traffic stop in the 2200 block of Harlem Avenue on Aug. 27 at about 5:15 p.m.
An officer pulled over the man’s black BMW sedan because its temporary Indiana registration plates were supposed to be on a 2002 Lexus. During the stop, the driver told police the temporary plates were on the vehicle when he purchased it in July. Police also stated the man was driving on a suspended license.
The man didn’t possess a firearm owner’s ID card and a computer check revealed he was not allowed to possess a weapon because there was an active order of protection against him.
Missing an ankle monitor?
A resident of the 3900 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the morning of Aug. 27 to report that she was putting some items into her recycling bin, which is located in the alley, when she saw a Cook County electronic monitoring ankle bracelet in the bin.
A call to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the device was one they had issued to someone on probation.
Man killed by vehicle when jack gives way
Brookfield police have determined that the death of a 58-year-old LaGrange man who was killed when a car fell on him as he worked underneath it in the rear of a property in the 3900 block of Oak Avenue on Aug. 22 was accidental.
Police responded to the scene at about 6:50 p.m. after someone called to report a man who was unresponsive beneath a vehicle. Police reported two vehicles on a dirt area behind the property. The victim was under one of the vehicles and between the two were tools and a motorized jack lying on its side.
According to police, the jack is operated by plugging it into a vehicle’s power source, but the end of the cord that attaches directly to the jack was not connected. The man did not live at the address, said police, but was an on-call handyman who rented out the garage and often worked on vehicles in the rear parking spots.
Trespass to vehicle
A resident of the 2200 block of Westover Avenue, North Riverside, called police on the morning of Aug. 23 to report that when she came out to her vehicle the driver’s seat was reclined completely as if someone had slept in the car overnight.
No one in the family had moved the seat into that position the night before, according to the police report. Nothing was missing from the vehicle and there were no signs of forced entry.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Aug. 22-29 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