A 43-year-old Chicago man who reportedly brandished a gun during an argument in North Riverside on the morning of Dec. 16 was charged with being an armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony punishable with between 6 and 30 years in prison, if convicted.

According to the police report, Daniel D. Sample was waiting in line with several others outside OctaPharma Plasma, 7379 25th St., at about 8 a.m. when he got into an argument with others upset at him blowing cigarette smoke in their direction.

Sample allegedly pulled a two-tone Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun out of his pocket and pointed it at the people arguing with him. One of the people standing in line told police he ran to his vehicle and called 911.

A North Riverside police officer on patrol at the nearby North Riverside Park Mall responded to the scene and reported locating Sample walking westbound in front of Urban Air.

Ordered to stop, Sample reportedly ran around the west end of building into the alley behind it and kept running eastbound until police took him into custody. Police reported recovering the gun on the ground behind the building.

A security camera at OctaPharma Plasma reportedly captured video of Sample brandishing the handgun, which he took from his right jacket pocket, during his altercation with others outside the business.

As of Dec. 19, Sample remained in custody at Cook County Jail with his bond set at $200,000. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood on Dec. 20, after the Landmark’s press deadline.

Attempted trespass to vehicle

North Riverside police charged two juveniles with attempted criminal trespass to a vehicle and resisting arrest after someone called to report two people pulling on the door handles of cars parked in the food court lot of North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Dec. 15 at about 9:05 p.m.

Police located two boys walking westbound in the parking lot and attempted to talk to them, according to the police report, but the two ran from police, who took both into custody a short time later. Security camera video reportedly showed the boys pulling on the door handles of two Kia sedans and one Hyundai Sonata.

Kia and Hyundai models have been popular targets for car thieves recently due to the ease with which their ignitions can be tampered. The boys reportedly told police they were just walking past the vehicles and did not try to open the doors.

Sex offender charged with failing to register

A 47-year-old Brookfield man who is a convicted sex offender was charged last week for failing to register with police since 2019 after an interaction with a female motorist led the woman to call police.

The 23-year-old woman phoned police on Dec. 15 at about 2:15 p.m. to report that a man driving a white box truck had attempted to flag her down in the 9100 block of 31st Street. The man did not say anything to her or make any physical contact, but the box truck followed the woman’s vehicle for a short distance before leaving in an unknown direction.

A short time later, the woman flagged down an officer canvassing the area, and she pointed out the box truck parked in the alley near where she’d last seen it. The truck driver, Steven Converse, reportedly told police he was returning to work and that the interaction with the woman was simply him waving her to turn onto northbound Park Avenue in front of him.

While running Converse’s driver’s license, police learned he was an Illinois sex offender whose registration status was listed as non-compliant. The Cook County State’s Attorney approved charging him with a felony for failing to register.

The Illinois State Police sex offender list classifies Converse as a sexual predator, who was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of an 11-year-old victim when Converse was 34 years old.

DUI crash

Riverside police charged a 24-year-old Cicero woman with driving under the influence of alcohol after she allegedly lost control of her 2014 Honda and crashed it into a traffic signal at Kimbark Road and Park Place before coming to a rest on the lawn of Ascension Lutheran Church on Dec. 15 at about 12:50 a.m.

No one was hurt, but the airbags in the vehicle deployed. The driver told police she was coming from a Desplaines Avenue bar in North Riverside and that she was trying to avoid another vehicle that was headed toward her just before the crash.

A breath test reportedly showed the woman’s blood-alcohol content to be .186, or more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Package thefts

  • A resident of the 2800 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside, called police on Dec. 17 to report that an Amazon delivery driver had left a large box containing a stroller on the side of the building instead of in the lobby.

The victim did not immediately see the notification of delivery, and when she went to retrieve the box, it was gone.

  • A Brookfield resident went to police last week to report that between Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, someone removed two packages containing clothing that had been delivered to his residence by FedEx.

Counterfeit $100 bill

North Riverside police responded to Dunkin Donuts, 8360 Cermak Road, on Dec. 18 at about 4:10 p.m. after the store owner called to report that a couple had just tried to pay for items using a counterfeit $100 bill.

An employee confronted them about the fake bill and the couple reportedly said they’d stay until police got there, but they were not around when an officer arrived. North Riverside police notified the U.S. Secret Service of the incident and took possession of the counterfeit bill.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 12-18, 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