By Bob Uphues
A 37-year-old homeless woman found asleep on the sidewalk outside a business in the 9200 block of Ogden Avenue on the afternoon of Feb. 22 told police that she had been sexually assaulted sometime between Feb. 20 and 22 by a man inside a room at Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., next door.
According to the police report, the victim only knew the offender by his first name and that he promised her he could "get her out of her situation" – homelessness. The victim told police she did not want to have sex with the man, but that she could not get him off of her.
Paramedics took the woman to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, where she was examined and where investigators collected evidence. Police also searched the motel room, collecting evidence including clothing, bedding and other items.
The man who rented the room had left the motel about an hour after checking in on Feb. 20 at 3:45 p.m., according to the motels' owner. The man used a Florida ID while checking in, according to the report.
Can't just go a-shootin'
Cook County Forest Preserve District police charged a 35-year-old Brookfield man with unlawful use of a weapon after he reportedly fired a shotgun about five times into the ground of the forested area behind a home in the south Hollywood section of Brookfield on Feb. 20 at about 2:20 p.m.
A resident of the 3800 block of Woodside Road called police after hearing the shots. When an officer arrived, a witness said they went outside and observed two men, one of whom was holding a shotgun and aiming it at the ground. The witness reportedly yelled at the two men, who ran away into the backyard of a nearby house.
The man who allegedly fired the shots told police that just oiled his shotgun and fired a handful of shots into the ground to test it. Police took the man into custody and recovered the shotgun, turning both over to Cook County Forest Preserve District police.
Not true love after all
A 44-year-old Bolingbrook man called Brookfield police on Feb. 17 at about 10:35 p.m. to report that his car had been stolen from the Shell gas station at 3100 Maple Ave. by a woman he'd met earlier in the day.
The victim told police the vehicle belonged to his roommate, a LaGrange Park resident, and that he used the car to pick up a woman he met online that day. He said he met the woman outside of a currency exchange on 17th Avenue in Maywood and the two hung out all day before stopping at the gas station at 31st Street and Maple Avenue.
The victim went inside to get some cigarettes, leaving the woman inside the car, next to the gas pumps, keys in the ignition. When he came back out, the car was gone.
A little after midnight, Maywood police reported that the unoccupied vehicle had been located and towed to a lot in Melrose Park.
North Riverside police responded to the 8000 block of 31st Street on Feb. 22 after a resident called to report that sometime between 2 and 10 a.m. someone had entered his vehicle and removed a Kenwood radio/CD deck from the dashboard.
Police reported no signs of forced entry. The vehicle's owner said he believed someone used a tool, like a Slim Jim, to gain entry.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 17-23, 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.