By Bob Uphues
Brookfield police are investigating a report that a man wearing a ski mask and gloves pulled a knife on a 12-year-old boy who was walking in the 3500 block of Oak Avenue on Nov. 21 at about 5:10 p.m.
No one was hurt in the incident. The victim ran away to the Brookfield Public Library, where he reported it to a librarian, who called police. The boy said he was walking northbound on the west side of Oak Avenue when he noticed a man walking toward him. He described the offender as being about 6-foot-1 and wearing dark pants, a black zippered hoodie with the hood up, a ski mask, blue gloves and red shoes.
When the offender got within 15 feet, he allegedly reached into his pocket, pulled out a knife and flicked it open, holding the blade upward at hip height.
The victim told police that he began walking backward before turning around and running away, yelling for help, to the library. It doesn't appear the offender said anything to the boy, and police could not locate anyone matching the description in the area.
Car stolen from mall parking lot
North Riverside police responded to the parking lot of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on the afternoon of Nov. 19 after a 58-year-old North Riverside man called to report that his white 2017 Ford Fusion had been stolen, along with thousands of dollars' worth of items that had been left inside.
The victim told police that he'd parked the car, which was registered to his employer, at about noon. He reportedly told police he might have left the keys inside the vehicle, in plain view. When he returned to the parking lot at about 3 p.m., the vehicle was missing, along with $2,000 in silver bars, Tiffany jewelry, a pair of sunglasses valued at $320, an Apple iPad and a MacBook laptop computer.
Surveillance video obtained from the mall reportedly showed the vehicle leaving the parking space at about 1:20 p.m.
Shortly after midnight on Nov. 24, Chicago police reported recovering the vehicle in the 1400 block of South Kostner Avenue.
Cops wonder how DUI suspect had license
A man who police say somehow obtained an Iowa driver's license while evading a DUI warrant in Illinois for three years faces a new drunken driving charge after being pulled over in Riverside on Nov. 24.
Riverside police charged Ivan Sanchez, 41, of Romeoville, with misdemeanor DUI and felony driving while suspended after an officer stopped him for allegedly speeding 54 mph in a 35 mph zone on Harlem Avenue near Longcommon Road at 3:05 a.m.
Sanchez's Illinois license had been suspended for prior DUI arrests in 2014, police said, and he was wanted on a 2016 warrant for failure to appear in court on a DUI case out of DuPage County.
However, Sanchez did have a valid Iowa driver's license, which police believe he obtained using fictitious information. Riverside police say they are asking the Illinois Secretary of State to investigate the case further.
Riverside police charged a 74-year-old Forest Park man with drunken driving after he reportedly drove his car partially off the roadway just west of Miller Road on Riverside Road, the vehicle pointing toward the Des Plaines River.
According to police, the driver was passed out at the wheel when they arrived on the scene. He reportedly told police said he was trying to get home from a bar and was so intoxicated he was later transported to MacNeal Hospital for observation.
The driver's blood-alcohol content was .225, which is nearly three times the legal limit of .08.
Home damaged with rocks
A resident of the 3900 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the morning of Nov. 24 to report that during the overnight hours someone had damaged the rear siding and a glass sliding door on the second floor of her home.
A police officer reported observing a hole in the rear siding as well as a hole in the glass door. The officer also located a probable cause of damage -- 2-by-2 inch rock, on the rear deck of the home, about 30 to 35 feet from the alley.
Zombies among us
In May Riverside's police chief warned local pet owners about a series of encounters residents reported with "zombie" raccoons and skunks, who were behaving strangely because they were suffering from distemper.
The disease can affect the respiratory, nervous and gastrointestinal systems of dogs and can be fatal.
As of Nov. 22, according to Weitzel, Riverside residents had called in 67 reports of injured or sick raccoons and skunks so far this year. Of that number, 35 were captured by police, many of the animals were already dead, and disposed of.
"This year seemed especially bad for distemper among this population," Weitzel said in an email.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 18-24 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