By Bob Uphues
Man stabbed outside Brookfield bar
A 27-year-old Villa Park man, who was stabbed in the abdomen outside a Brookfield bar early Sunday morning, is expected to survive, according to police.
Brookfield Police arrested a 30-year-old LaGrange Park man and held him in custody until Monday night, when he was released without being charged. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office rejected pressing felony charges against the man, who reportedly claimed he acted in self-defense.
According to the police report, the incident occurred in the parking lot outside Brixie's Saloon, 9526 Ogden Ave., about 4 a.m. on Feb. 2. The suspect reportedly was sitting in his vehicle when someone bumped his car while entering a vehicle parked next to it.
An argument ensued during which the suspect allegedly pulled out a trench knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen. The suspect reportedly left the scene but was detained
a block away in the parking lot of a gas station at Ogden and Eberly avenues.
Police said they recovered a black knife with brass knuckles around the handle from the front passenger seat of the suspect's vehicle.
"They say he's going to live, but they want to keep him in the hospital for a week," said Petrak of the victim. "The knife nicked his liver. He was lucky to survive."
Cops: Stepson threatened with gun
Brookfield police charged a 62-year-old man with misdemeanor aggravated assault after he reportedly pointed a handgun at his 43-year-old stepson during a confrontation inside a home in the 3100 block of Harrison Avenue around 8:35 p.m. on Jan. 31.
Police reported the victim overheard his stepfather yelling to his mother that he wanted to shoot the victim. When the victim confronted his stepfather about his statements, the stepfather allegedly went into his bedroom, came out with the gun and said, "I'm going to shoot you."
The victim then went into his bedroom and phoned a family member about what had happened. Police recovered a .22-caliber handgun from a dresser drawer in the stepfather's bedroom. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 14 at the Maybrook courthouse.
Brookfield police called for a "soft" lockdown at Congress Park School on Jan. 30 after someone called police around 11:45 a.m., reporting that two masked men had broken into a home in the 4300 block of Arthur Avenue 15 minutes earlier.
When police arrived at the scene, they observed shoe prints in the snow leading to the front door, which was unlocked. Several rooms of the home, which has been vacant for a number of years, had been ransacked.
According to the police report, no one called police until the two men left the house, carrying suitcases. The men walked to the alley where they entered a dark-colored sedan and drove away to the north.
Catalytic converters stolen
North Riverside police reported five incidents last week in which catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles parked on residential streets.
Three of the incidents were reported on Jan. 27 in the 2200 block of 14th Avenue, the 2400 block of 8th Avenue and the 2200 block of 5th Avenue.
Two more incidents were reported Jan. 29 in the 2300 block of 8th Avenue and 2200 block of 11th Avenue. All of the incidents appeared to have taken place during the overnight hours.
Wanted man nabbed at funeral home
A 25-year-old Romeoville man was arrested and taken into custody by Cicero police outside a North Riverside funeral home on Jan. 31 around 6:35 p.m.
Cicero police staked out Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 Desplaines Ave., after being informed that a man wanted in connection with a weapons case would be attending a wake that night.
About 6:15 p.m., a large group of males, whom police identified as members of a street gang, gathered in front of the funeral home, including the wanted man who was taken into custody at 25th Street and Keystone Avenue.
Passed out on bench
A 22-year-old Chicago man was hospitalized after Brookfield police found him extremely intoxicated and passed out on a bench in front of Irish Times, 8869 Burlington Ave. on Feb. 2 around 3:20 a.m.
The man's blood-alcohol level was reportedly .314, or nearly four times the legal limit for driving. It was not clear how long the man had been on the bench. Irish Times closed at 2:30 a.m., said police.
Due to the man's condition, police had paramedics transport him to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for observation.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 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