Man arrested for alleged threats, brandishing knife

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Riverside police charged Cicero resident Michael Brennen, 56, with two counts of aggravated assault and one charge of unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly said he was going to stab another man while riding a Pace bus southbound on Harlem Avenue on Jan. 24 around 2:55 p.m.

Berwyn police initially received a 911 call from two 15-year-old Lyons girls who said they were riding on the bus when Brennan reportedly pulled out a folding knife from his pocket and made threatening comments toward a black man who was riding the bus.

According to the police report, Brennen said, "I hate you [expletive]. I'm going to stab them."

The girls and Brennen got off the bus at Ogden Avenue, where the girls reportedly made eye contact with him. When the two girls ran away, he allegedly followed them and yelled, "Come back!" to them.

Police apprehended Brennen near Harlem and Ogden avenues, and reportedly recovered a folding knife. He denied opening the knife on the bus and was uncooperative with police.

The Pace bus company filed a disorderly conduct complaint against Brennen, while the parents of the two girls filed aggravated assault counts against him. Riverside police added the weapons charge.


? A resident of the 4100 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, reported that between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 27, someone burglarized the family home, stealing over $2,000 in home electronics, jewelry and cash.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry at the home, but that items, including several DVD players, digital camera equipment, a TV, a Playstation 2 video game system, were missing from several rooms.

? Sometime between Jan. 26-28, someone entered a possibly unlocked 1997 Nissan Maxima parked in a driveway in the 3500 block of Kemman Avenue, and removed a DVD player and black work jacket.

? During the overnight hours of Jan. 23-24, someone entered a 2005 Jeep Carryall parked in a driveway in the 3300 block of Grand Boulevard, Brookfield, and stole a gym bag containing a karate uniform and karate gear. On Jan. 25, LaGrange Park police recovered the gym bag near Brook Park School. The karate uniform was missing from the bag.


Brookfield resident Theresa Saucedo, 25, was charged with driving under the influence after she allegedly crashed her 2003 Acura into a gasoline tanker truck that was pulling into a gas station on Harlem Avenue near Lindberg Road at 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 26.

According to the report, Saucedo told police she had been drinking at Lalo's Restaurant nearby prior to the incident.

Although not seriously injured, Saucedo was transported to MacNeal Hospital. She refused to submit to sobriety tests. She was also charged with improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Revoked license

A Lyons man who previously had his car seized by Riverside police after he was convicted for driving on a revoked license, faces the same penalty after his arrest by Riverside police on Jan. 29.

Police pulled over Jorge A. Barragan, 32, just before 5:30 a.m. for having an obstructed windshield. A check of his name revealed that Barragan's license had been revoked for a previous DUI conviction. In addition, Barragan had his license suspended in the past on four other occasions, prompting the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to prefer a felony charge of driving while revoked.

According to police, the black 2004 BMW SUV Barragan was driving can be seized if he's convicted.

Criminal damage

Brookfield police reported that between 8 and 10 p.m. on Jan. 25, an unknown person punctured the tires of four vehicles parked in the Sokol parking lot, 3909 Prairie Ave.

Tobacco compliance

Brookfield police announced that on Jan. 27, officers and minor agents conducted tobacco compliance checks at 19 locations in the village, and that 17 of the businesses complied with state laws regarding the sale of tobacco products to minors.

Two businesses were cited for selling tobacco products to minors under age of 18, including CVS Pharmacy, 8911 Ogden Ave., and Village Pantry, 3100 Maple Ave. Both businesses faced a village adjudication hearing on the citations.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside and Brookfield police departments from Jan. 21 through Jan. 29 and which represents a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

?"compiled by Bob Uphues


In the story "Pizzeria, bakery replace former Brookfield businesses," (News Jan. 25) Peter and Lily Vasic's nationality was incorrectly reported. They are Serbian, from the former Yugoslavia. The Landmark apologizes for the error.

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