By Bob Uphues
Man charged for attack outside Brookfield bar
A 28-year-old Western Springs man faces a charge of felony aggravated battery after he reportedly beat a 28-year-old Chicago man outside a Brookfield bar in November.
Brookfield police took Matthew A. Radtke into custody on Dec. 13 as he was leaving a residence in North Riverside. Radtke had been identified as the offender by several witnesses in the days after the alleged attack, which occurred outside of The Sanctuary, 3747 Grand Blvd., just after 1 a.m. on Nov. 18.
The victim was at the bar with two friends when he reportedly bumped into a woman, spilling her drink. He reportedly apologized, but a man described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, later identified as Radtke, allegedly shoved him in the face, spurring a verbal altercation between the two.
The parties were separated and the victim left the bar, where Radtke reportedly attacked him, knocking him to the ground and kicking him in the face repeatedly. Radtke fled before police arrived at the scene, where they found the victim lying on the ground, unconscious and bleeding from the mouth.
Police did find Radtke's 2007 Hummer parked outside the bar and watched it for several hours, but no one came to claim it by 6:30 a.m. The victim and several witnesses identified Radtke in a photo lineup, and police viewed video surveillance footage as well.
On Dec. 13 after receiving information that Radtke might be at a residence in the 2400 block of 6th Avenue in North Riverside, police reported finding his car in the driveway. They waited until he came out of the residence and got into the vehicle to arrest him.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office charged Radtke with one count of felony aggravated battery. He is free on bond awaiting trial.
Felony retail theft
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved felony retail theft charges against Jennifer Tidwell, 32, of Burbank, in connection with an incident at the CVS, 9139 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield on Dec. 17.
The manager of CVS called police about 11:30 a.m., reporting that a woman who had shoplifted there in the past was back inside the store. Police waited outside the store and watched the female suspect get into the car, which drove off. Police stopped the car at Broadway and Park avenues.
Police reported recovering 17 items, mostly boxes of over-the-counter medications, inside a bag lined with aluminum foil. More items were found inside the trunk of the car.
She is being held at Cook County Jail with her bond set at $20,000, awaiting a Jan. 10 hearing at the Maybrook courthouse.
A resident of the 9400 block of Congress Park Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Dec. 17 that overnight someone entered the garage and rifled through two vehicles parked inside. Taken from the glove box of one of the vehicles was a Garmin Nuvi global positioning system unit.
Police stated that the garage and vehicles were unlocked.
Also that night, a resident of the 4500 block of Deyo Avenue, Brookfield, reported that someone tried to force open the garage door, but failed to get inside. A muddy shoe print was found on the door.
On Dec. 18, a resident of the 4100 block of Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, reported that during the overnight hours someone punched out the lock of the rear door of a work van and removed two hammer drills, an impact driver, a power grinder and an electric meter from inside.
Also overnight on Dec. 17-18, someone entered the garage of a home in the 3900 block of Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, and removed items from two vehicles parked inside.
A Fender guitar and other musical equipment were taken from one vehicle. A Garmin GPS unit was taken from the other.
During that same time period, a resident of the 3900 block of Park Avenue told police that someone kicked open the locked service door to the garage and removed a bicycle from the building.
Counterfeit bills at the movies
The manager of Classic Cinemas at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, called police after he discovered five counterfeit $20 bills among the cash receipts on Nov. 18.
Employees subsequently told the manager that a suspicious-looking man purchased tickets to see The Hobbit, at about 6 p.m., bought food and then requested that the employees give him change for the $20 bills.
Police confirmed the bills were fake and contacted the U.S. Secret Service field office in Chicago, where the bills were sent.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 17-20, 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.