A 26-year-old Brookfield man has been charged with criminal sexual assault after he allegedly assaulted a female houseguest who was asleep in a bedroom of his apartment in the 4500 block of Maple Avenue on the morning of Feb. 10.
Mladen Sibinac is free while awaiting trial after posting 10 percent of the $40,000 bond set by a judge during a hearing at the Maybrook courthouse on Feb. 11.
Police responded to the apartment at 7:44 a.m. and arrived to find the victim inside a bedroom along with her husband and Sibinac. The victim and her husband were visiting from out of state and were staying overnight at the apartment, which is shared by Sibinac and his girlfriend and other roommates, police said.
Six people were inside the apartment when police arrived and police learned the group had been out drinking at a club prior to coming home. The victim fell asleep while her husband was elsewhere in the apartment.
While the husband was away from the room, Sibinac allegedly entered, got into the bed with the sleeping woman and began groping the victim. The victim's husband rushed to the bedroom when he heard his wife scream his name. The door reportedly was locked, so he kicked it open to find Sibinac trying to escape through an open window.
The victim's husband pulled Sibinac into the room and detained him there until police arrived. Paramedics took the victim to LaGrange Hospital to be examined while police collected evidence from the scene and interviewed everyone who was in the apartment at the time of the alleged assault.
An Oak Brook police officer served as a Serbian translator during the interviews, police said.
Gun recovered in Riverside used in 2018 shooting
State police have confirmed that a Glock 19 handgun outfitted with a drum-style magazine that was found by Riverside police at the scene of a crash in Swan Pond Park last August was used in a shooting on Chicago's West Side in early 2018, according to Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.
Riverside police found the gun near the site of the crash, which happened as police chased a vehicle allegedly driven by Bellwood resident Derrius Burns, 26, around midnight on Aug. 11, 2018.
Burns fled the scene on foot, talked his way into a nearby home and convinced a resident to let him call someone for a ride home. Burns was able to elude that manhunt but was arrested in Chicago in December.
At the time of his arrest, Burns was on parole and previously had served eight years for an attempted murder conviction.
Weitzel said state police confirmed that the weapon found near the vehicle Burns was driving in Riverside matched ammunition used in a non-fatal shooting in Chicago in 2018. The victim in that case, said Weitzel, was not cooperating with police.
Burns remains held without bond at Cook County Jail.
Men using stolen credit cards busted
An alert employee at the Riverside Post Office, 45 E. Burlington St., became suspicious and called police when two men attempted to purchase money orders for $995 with credit cards that kept being declined.
The two men, it turned out, had previously stolen $2,000 in LaGrange, police said, and were attempting to do the same in Riverside using credit cards taken in vehicle and residential burglaries in Chicago.
Ashwan L. Jones, 22 and Keshaun A. Bullock, 27, both of Chicago were charged with unlawful possession of stolen credit cards.
Police said Jones, Bullock and another man had been committing burglaries and then using stolen credit cards and fake IDs to open fraudulent bank accounts before committing crimes.
Police arrested Jones and Bullock as they exited the post office. Officers also confiscated a handgun in the getaway vehicle, which the men had rented through a car-sharing app. The owner of the car had nothing to do with the crime, police said.
Riverside police responded to the 300 block of Shenstone Road on Feb. 5 at about 7:30 p.m. after someone called to report seeing a white male in his 40s, with short hair and glasses and wearing all dark clothing enter his backyard through a break in neighboring fences and then enter the driver's side door of his vehicle.
The suspicious man fled the area when he and his intended victim made eye contact through the kitchen window. No loss was reported.
A resident of the 4500 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on Feb. 6 to report that someone had entered his SUV, which was parked in the driveway of his home, and removed a battery jump pack and a wheel from the rear cargo area.
The victim said he was sure he locked his vehicle, but police reported no signs of forced entry.
Brick through window
Brookfield police responded to the 4500 block of Sunnyside Avenue on the morning of Feb. 10 after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours someone had thrown a brick through the rear window of her vehicle, which was parked in the driveway.
Police observed a large landscaping brick partially inside the vehicle, but it looked as if no entry had been made. The victim told police she had no idea who might have done it.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 4-11 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.