North Riverside police charged a 56-year-old Schaumburg man with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly used it to threaten someone who temporarily parked in the rear parking lot of a business in the 8900 block of Cermak Road on the night of Sept. 7.
The victim told police he pulled into the lot to drop off a friend who lives next door to the business. The victim reportedly had previous run-ins with personnel from the business, who say the victim sometimes parks in the lot and smokes cannabis there.
On Sept. 7, the alleged offender reportedly exited the business and got into a verbal altercation with the victim before walking to his vehicle and retrieving a handgun and tapping on the window of the victim’s car with it.
The victim then drove off and called police. They interviewed the alleged offender, who essentially confirmed the victim’s account of the incident. Police later got his consent to search his vehicle and located the pistol in a holster placed between the driver’s seat and center console. Another handgun was retrieved from a case on the back seat.
DUI charges in Brookfield crash
Brookfield police charged a 23-year-old Chicago man with driving under the influence and several other traffic offenses after he reportedly crashed his gray 2013 Ford Focus into two vehicles parked in the 3100 block of Grand Boulevard on Sept. 8 about 11:10 p.m.
According to the police report, the driver reportedly had taken prescription pills prior to getting behind the wheel and police reported finding an empty Monaco can inside the Ford, which was headed south on Grand Boulevard and crashed into a Ford SUV and a Ford van, which were parked on the street, facing north.
The driver, who was not injured in the crash, was also cited for driving on the wrong side of the road, illegal transportation of open alcohol and driving on a suspended license. His blood-alcohol content was reported to be .15, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08.
Riverside police responded to an apartment building in the 3400 block of Harlem Avenue on Sept. 4, after a resident called to report that someone had entered her unit and stole two cellphones and an Apple iWatch.
The victim told police she noticed the items missing the day before and that they must have been taken while she was gone between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept. 2, when the unit was unoccupied.
Police reported there were no signs of forced entry.
Fire damages Brookfield home
No one was injured, but a home was left uninhabitable on Sept. 10 after a fire touched off in the basement of a brick bungalow in the 3600 block of McCormick Avenue in Brookfield.
Two people evacuated from the home safely after it began filling up with smoke around 3:15 p.m. Firefighters from Brookfield received aid from Riverside, LaGrange Park, Lyons, Oak Brook and Westmont.
According to a police report on the incident, the fire appears to have started in the basement laundry room in the southwest corner of the home, and foul play was not suspected.
Catalytic converter theft
- North Riverside police responded to the 2300 block of Burr Oak Avenue on the morning of Sept. 8 after a resident called to report that someone had sawn off the catalytic converter from her Hyundai. The vehicle had been parked in front of the victim’s residence since Sept. 2.
- A resident of the 3900 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, went to police on Sept. 7 to report that, sometime during the early morning hours of that day, someone tried to remove the catalytic converter from a 2006 Ford pickup truck.
The thief did not manage to cut the device off, but a large slice was visible in the catalytic converter.
Brookfield police reported that two bicycles left unsecured behind an apartment building in the 4100 block of Maple Avenue in Brookfield were stolen overnight on Sept. 5-6.
According to police, a private security camera recorded two people taking the bikes and riding off around 4:25 a.m. on Sept. 6. The bikes were described as a black and blue Trek 4900 Alpha and a gold Raleigh Hybrid.
North Riverside police charged a 20-year-old Berwyn man with drunken driving and aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reported clocking the man’s black Nissan Altima traveling at 68 mph in a 35 mph zone while westbound in the 7500 block of Cermak Road on Sept. 7 about 11:30 p.m.
The vehicle pulled over in the 2200 block of Northgate Avenue and the driver appeared intoxicated and reportedly admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel. Police also reported observing an open beer can in the car’s center cup holder.
A breath test revealed the driver’s blood-alcohol content to be .132, which is more than the legal limit of .08.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 4-11, 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