A North Riverside police officer observed an attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking, Sept. 14, in a BP gas station on Harlem Avenue. He saw a suspect exit a silver Infiniti sedan and approach the driver of a 2015 Dodge Charger who was standing at a gas pump. The suspect allegedly had two pistols drawn.

On seeing the officer approach, the suspect returned to the Infiniti and the car sped westbound on 26th St. at an increasing rate of speed. The car reached 93 mph as it crossed 1st Avenue. The officer reported the Infiniti made an abrupt turn onto 6th Avenue toward Cermak Road.

At that point, the officer was ordered to end the pursuit. 

The victim was unharmed and unable to provide a detailed description.

A license plate check indicated the Infiniti had been stolen in a carjacking out of Maywood. Later on Sept. 14, the car was found by Chicago police, unoccupied on the 4600 block of S. Ellis in Chicago.

Fraud with Microsoft’s name

Both the Brookfield and the North Riverside police departments reported incidents of alleged fraud last week. In both instances, the come-on was related to alleged fraudulent actions involving the victims’ bank accounts and Microsoft.

On Sept. 15 in Brookfield, the victim said, he had received multiple calls identified as coming from PNC Bank and Microsoft saying that $15,000 in fraudulent charges had been made on his account. He was told to spend the money remaining in the account on gift cards that he could use “to remake new accounts.” The man purchased $1,500 in Target gift cards and presented the numerical codes from those cards to the alleged perpetrators. It was only then that he believed he had been scammed. He called PNC and was told his accounts were in order. 

Meanwhile in North Riverside on Sept. 17, a woman was at her job on Cermak Road in Berwyn searching YouTube. Her computer locked and then offered messages telling the user to contact Microsoft to unlock the device. The alleged Microsoft employee told her that $12,500 had been withdrawn from her account at BMO Harris and that the only way to retrieve those funds was to withdraw an additional $12,500 and deposit it into a Bitcoin machine nearby. She was also told that if she raised questions at the bank while making the withdrawal, she might be blackmailed and charged with possessing child pornography. 

When she contacted her bank after making the Bitcoin deposits, she was told that her bank account was in order. 

Hit-and-run

On Sept. 15 an auto-bicycle hit-and-run took place at 1st Avenue and 31st Street. The unknown driver of a Chevrolet Suburban was turning left from 1st Avenue onto 31st Street when it hit a bicycle rider crossing 31st. The accident took place at 4:45 p.m. and resulted in several 911 calls to Brookfield police. 

Witnesses said the bike rider was in his late 50s, wearing a neon shirt. He was reportedly on his feet after the accident and was transported to Loyola University Medical Center by Riverside paramedics. 

The show must go on

A performance of the play Coastal Disturbances, which is currently being performed on the volleyball court at Brookfield’s Ehlert Park was disturbed Sept. 18 when residents of a neighboring house cranked up their music to an “extreme” level according to a police report. 

Disorderly conduct charges were brought.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 13-19 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 Dan Haley