North Riverside police charged a 38-year-old Cicero man with battery after he allegedly touched the shoulder and held the hand of a 6-year-old boy who was eating with other children at a table in the food court of North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Oct. 13 at 4:25 p.m.

The mother of the victim told police that the adults and children were eating at separate tables, but close by one another, when the man approached the boy, grabbed his shoulder and then held his hand. The boy’s mother said she immediately confronted the man and alerted a security guard who notified police.

According to police, the man initially gave them a false name, but they identified him later through fingerprint records. He reportedly was also wanted by Cicero police on a bond forfeiture warrant for battery, which was issued in November 2020.

In addition to battery, police charged the man with obstruction and disorderly conduct.

4-car crash at First and Forest

Riverside police cited a 76-year-old Riverside man for disobeying a traffic signal and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash after reportedly driving his 2020 Toyota Camry westbound through a red light at First Avenue and Forest Avenue, resulting in a four-car crash on Oct. 12 at 5:35 p.m.

No one was seriously hurt, according to the police, who used surveillance camera video to determine that the Camry ran the red light. It first struck a northbound silver Chevy Cruze, which then collided with a black Ford Escape, also northbound in the inside lane of traffic. The Camry then struck a red Hyundai Sonata, which was facing southbound in the left-turn lane waiting for traffic to clear.

The driver of the Camry reportedly told police he had a green light, but video evidence showed otherwise, according to the police report.

Theft

  • A resident of the 3200 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Oct. 10 at about 6:35 p.m. to report that someone had removed two Amazon packages from the front porch of her residence about 15 minutes earlier.

A doorbell camera reportedly captured video of a heavyset, Hispanic woman, about 35-40 years old, with brown, medium-length hair and carrying a bag approach the home, take the packages and return to a black two-door car, possibly a Chevy Cobalt that was last seen southbound on Prairie Avenue.

One package contained shoes was valued at $155 while a second package contained grilling tongs valued at $15.

  • A resident of the 2200 block of Forest Avenue, North Riverside, went to police on Oct. 11 to report that an inflatable Halloween decoration had been stolen from her front lawn the prior day.

The victim provided police with grainy security camera video showing someone wearing a dark jacket and light pants and carrying a backpack take the decoration and leave northbound toward Cermak Road.

  • Brookfield police received a call from a resident of the 4100 block of Park Avenue on Oct. 14 reporting a package theft. The victim told police that on Oct. 8 she received a shipment of medication through the U.S. Postal Service. 

The medication was inside a ripped package placed inside another USPS shipping bag. Missing from the package was a 30-count bottle of prescription pills.

  • North Riverside police responded to the 2500 block of Keystone Avenue on Oct. 15 at about 9:10 a.m. after a resident reported that someone had stolen his Fixation Eastside bicycle valued at about $530 from the side of his residence.

The bike was parked in a fenced-in area and a doorbell camera reportedly captured video of a man walking through the backyard toward the house and bike at about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.

DUI

  • Riverside police charged a 49-year-old Chicago woman with driving under the influence of drugs after an officer on patrol reported seeing her behind the wheel of a silver Chevy that was traveling at 14 mph in a 35-mph zone while southbound in the 3100 block of Harlem Avenue on Oct. 12 at about 3:25 a.m.

Police said the woman was driving erratically while continuing south and the officer pulled her over in the parking lot of the gas station at Harlem Avenue and East Quincy Street.

It was there that the driver reportedly told police she had taken suboxone within the prior six hours and heroin in the past day. Police also reported recovering 10 capsules containing white powder along with several small straws inside the vehicle.

  • North Riverside police charged a 23-year-old Chicago man with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and cited him for multiple traffic offenses after police reported seeing his tan Kia traveling at 70 mph while northbound in the 2200 block of Desplaines Avenue on Oct. 15 just before 8 a.m.

Police gave chase eastbound on Cermak Road and last saw the vehicle turn southbound on Harlem Avenue. A short time later police found the vehicle unoccupied and parked in the right-turn lane of northbound Harlem Avenue at Cermak Road.

Another police officer reportedly saw a woman walk from the vehicle into McDonald’s, and officers located her and the man later identified as the driver inside the restaurant.

The man appeared under the influence of alcohol and drugs, police said, and officers reported finding multiple open bottles of alcohol inside the Kia. They also found an unknown pill and a brown substance that were sent to the state police crime lab for testing.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 10-16, 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