A 42-year-old Chicago man who was employed through a third party as a security guard at Jimmy Jazz at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, faces a felony weapons charge because he was armed with a loaded pistol without possessing either a Firearm Owner ID or concealed carry license while also being on parole as a convicted felon.
North Riverside police responded to the clothing store Jimmy Jazz on Nov. 25 at 3:18 p.m. after a mall security supervisor called to report an unfamiliar security guard with a gun visibly tucked into his waistband inside the store.
Police confirmed the man, identified as Tony Echoles, was employed by a third-party security firm, but a supervisor there reportedly said Echoles was not authorized to be armed.
Echoles reportedly also did not possess the state certification needed to work as a security guard and learned that as of Aug. 2 he was on supervised release for a prior felony conviction.
That prior conviction, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections’ website, which spells the man’s last name “Echols,” was for murder in 2005. At that time, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison and was set to be paroled from Pinckneyville Correctional Center on Aug. 1, 2022. He had been in custody since his arrest in 2002.
In 1998, Echoles was convicted of possessing a stolen motor vehicle and received a five-year sentence.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charging Echoles with felony unlawful use of a weapon and the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole warrant for his arrest.
According to the police report, Echoles admitted his employer didn’t know he was armed and that the pistol belonged to his wife, who was unaware he took it to work.
DUI charge after Riverside hit-and-run crash
Riverside police charged a 49-year-old Stickney man with drunken driving after he allegedly plowed his SUV into two cars parked in the 3500 block of Harlem Avenue and then fled the scene on Nov. 23 at about 5:50 p.m.
When police arrived at the scene of the crash, the offending vehicle was gone but one of the damaged parked cars had maroon paint transferred onto its rear end and pieces of the offending vehicle were left lying in the roadway.
As Riverside police investigated the crash scene, Stickney police radioed that they’d spotted a maroon SUV with heavy front-end damage last seen pulling into a garage in the 3900 block of Clinton Avenue.
Riverside officers arrived at the garage and knocked on the door, and the alleged offender, who appeared intoxicated, opened it and confirmed he’d just parked the van there.
Police took the man into custody. According to police, the man’s blood-alcohol content was .186, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
- A Brookfield man whose blood-alcohol content reportedly was more than three times the legal limit faces drunken driving charges after his 2009 Kia rear-ended a 2019 GMC Acadia, which was stopped at a red light on 31st Street at Golfview Avenue on Nov. 25 at about 6:50 p.m.
No one was hurt, but the Kia’s front bumper was wedged under the rear of the GMC, whose exhaust pipe had completely penetrated the Kia’s front license plate. Police also noted smoke heavily billowing from the Kia.
More than an hour after the crash, according to police, the driver of the Kia submitted to a breath test which indicated his blood-alcohol content to be .258. The legal limit is .08.
In addition, he was cited for driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured vehicle.
- North Riverside police charged a 26-year-old Elmhurst woman with drunken driving after her southbound car allegedly crossed the center line and sideswiped a northbound vehicle in the 1900 block of Harlem Avenue on Nov. 24 at about 3:05 a.m.
A portable breath test at the scene of the crash reportedly indicated the woman’s blood-alcohol content to be more than twice the legal limit. She also failed field sobriety tests but did not supply a breath sample at the police station, according to the report.
Brookfield business burglarized
Police responded to Carstar Scola’s Collision Center, 9110 Ogden Ave., on the morning of Nov. 21 after an employee called to report that the business had been broken into overnight.
The offenders ransacked desk drawers and the keys to three vehicles parked in the garage were missing, but the police report did not specify any other missing items.
Security video reportedly showed a white Jeep Cherokee pull up to the southeast overhead door at 3:12 a.m. on Nov. 20. Several people wearing all black clothing and gloves exit the vehicle and proceed to open the overhead door to enter the business. Four minutes later all of the offenders are seen leaving, closing the overhead door behind them and driving away westbound on Ogden Avenue in the Jeep, which did not have any license plates.
The business’ burglar alarm at the southeast entrance apparently activated at 3:12 a.m. and 3:18 a.m. on Nov. 20, but no one called police, thinking those might have been false alarms.
License plate stolen at mall
Someone called North Riverside police last week to report that between 1 and 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 someone removed the rear license plate from his vehicle, which was parked in the upper-level deck near J.C. Penney at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.
Christmas lights vandalized
A resident of the 3900 block of Oak Avenue, Brookfield, went to police on the morning of Nov. 24 to report that during the overnight hours someone appeared to have deliberately cut the electric cords to Christmas lights decorating the property for the holidays.
Police noted that the wires were cut, diagonally, on both sides of the property leaving them to also conclude the damage was intentional. According to the homeowner, the vandalism of the decorations has been an issue in previous years but that no police reports had been made in the past.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 21-27, 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