A California man with a nationwide arrest warrant was held on bond last week after he chased a man into an Amazon Fresh parking lot, jumped on top of a car, and stomped in its windshield.

According to North Riverside police, a 41-year-old man driving a white Lincoln Navigator with Washington plates rushed into the parking lot of the grocery store on the 7200 block of 24th Street, parked across two spaces and ran into the store. About five minutes later, he came out and jumped on top of a gray Volvo and kicked in its windshield. He got back into his car and drove off.

Police followed the man out and pulled him over in a traffic stop.

“What happened over there?” an officer asked.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” the man said.

The owner of the Volvo, a 50-year-old Illinois man reported that he believed the man in the Navigator wanted the same parking spot, but because he didn’t get it, honked at the Volvo and drove aggressively around it. There was no contact between the two men.

After searching the Navigator, police found a wallet with a California driver’s license that matched the description of the man. As part of the investigation, they also learned he was wanted on a national, extraditable warrant out of the Brazoria County Texas Sheriff’s office on charges of possession of a controlled substance. 

The man was charged in North Riverside with misdemeanor criminal damage. He also was held on the arrest warrant and was scheduled for a bond hearing.

Driving with past DUI convictions lands man in jail

A man with seven past DUI convictions was arrested and held on bond last week after he was pulled over for making an illegal left turn at a green light.

The North Riverside man was waiting for the light at the intersection of 26th Street and First Avenue when he accelerated from the left lane and turned into the path of oncoming traffic to turn onto southbound First Avenue. An oncoming car had to brake suddenly to avoid the Toyota the man was driving, police said.

When an officer pulled him over, he handed him his Illinois state I.D. and reported that his license had been revoked for a DUI.  He told police his wife wasn’t feeling well and he needed to take her home to Berwyn. 

The officer pointed out that he was going the wrong way.

After an investigation, police learned the man had seven past convictions from 1997 to 2021 in several counties.

He was booked on several charges regarding driving on a revoked license, and for failing to yield when turning left to oncoming traffic.

The man is schedule for a bond hearing next week.

Smoke bomb obscures jewelry theft at JC Penney

A man set off a smoke bomb in the JC Penney at the North Riverside Mall last week and stuffed more than $400 worth of merchandise into his jacket.

After employees reported a strong scent of smoke in the men’s department, authorities reviewed surveillance tape and discovered a man lit a smoke bomb in the area. Amid the chaos, the man chose a purse and jewelry from a display and tucked them in his jacket. 

Security found the man on the lower level of the mall. They found eight items in his jacket totaling $418.98.

The man was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft and one count of disorderly conduct. He is set to appear at the Maybrook courthouse in October.

These items were obtained from the North Riverside Police Department reports dated Sept. 4-11 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest. 

Compiled by Landmark Staff