By Bob Uphues
A Chicago man on parole for a 2011 armed robbery conviction now faces felony DUI charges – his second such offense – after being arrested in Riverside last week.
Eddie Rosado, 36, was charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated driving while revoked and numerous traffic offenses after being stopped by a Riverside police officer on Dec. 10 at about 4 a.m. for driving erratically while southbound in the 3300 block of Harlem Avenue.
The officer reported that Rosado's 2014 Jeep Wrangler crossed the double yellow center line three times before the officer could curb the vehicle in the 4000 block of Harlem Avenue. According to police, Rosado "could barely stand" at the time he was arrested.
Police said Rosado has used false names, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers to dodge the criminal justice system in the past couple of years, and even obtained an Illinois driver's license with a Novi, Michigan address. Riverside police learned his real identity through a fingerprint check.
Police said Rosado has more than 40 prior arrests ranging from traffic offenses to domestic battery to aggravated vehicular hijacking and armed robbery.
The Illinois Department of Corrections website indicates that Rosado was convicted in August 2011 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for armed robbery. He was paroled in January 2019.
He previously served time after being convicted in 2009 of aggravated DUI and failure to report an accident that involved an injury or death. That same year he was convicted of possession of a controlled substance.
Disturbance at the mall
A 23-year-old Skokie man and a 20-year-old Chicago man were charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and disorderly conduct after getting into a shouting match with another group of people near the food court of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Dec. 11 at about 6:30 p.m. and leading someone to call police to report a man with a gun.
The incident initiated a large police response, including multiple K-9 units looking for a weapon, which was not recovered.
An off-duty police officer apprehended the Chicago man after he fell down while running away near a bus shelter in the 7400 block of 25th Street. The off-duty officer reported that the man had dropped and then picked up a handgun during the pursuit.
However, police were unable to recover any weapon.
The Skokie man was arrested inside a boot store near the mall food court. He reportedly told police he and a friend had driven to the mall in a pickup truck, which they'd parked near J.C. Penney.
The two had been drinking, the man reportedly told police, and the Chicago man was acting "foolish" when he began yelling and throwing gang signs at another group of people.
The Chicago man claimed he was unarmed and said the reason he had fallen down was that he'd just tested positive for COVID-19. He showed a text message to police indicating that he had, indeed, tested positive the day before.
Jewelry missing from store inventory
North Riverside police responded to Kay Jewelers at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Dec. 10 at about 5:25 p.m. after the store manager called to report a theft of jewelry.
The manager related that during an inventory conducted in late November she learned the store was missing five gold rings valued at about $8,000.
Catalytic converter thefts continue
Brookfield police reported two more instances of catalytic converters being sawn from the undersides of vehicles last week, both of them in the same general neighborhood during the overnight hours of Dec. 10-11.
A resident of the 9400 block of Lincoln Avenue called police on the morning of Dec. 11 to report that the catalytic converter had been cut from a 1998 Toyota 4Runner, while a resident of the 9300 block of Washington Avenue called that same day to report a catalytic converter cut from a 2005 Honda.
North Riverside police reported a pair of similar thefts in late November.
Box containing skull stolen
A resident of the 4300 block of Eberly Avenue, Brookfield, went to police on Dec. 8 to report that a package delivered to his home at 7:30 a.m. that day had been stolen by the time he arrived home from work that evening.
The box, delivered by the U.S Postal Service, reportedly contained a human skull valued at $2,500. The victim told police he buys retired medical supplies.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 7-Dec. 13, 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