By Bob Uphues
A man who robbed a Riverside convenience store clerk at gunpoint on June 19 is the same man responsible for similar robberies in Chicago, Oak Park and Westchester, according to police.
Riverside responded to 7-Eleven, 2600 Harlem Ave., at about 4:05 a.m. on June 19 after the clerk dialed 911 to reported he just been held up. According to the clerk, the man entered the store and requested a box of cigarettes. When the clerk turned his back, the man reportedly pulled a black handgun from a white bag and ordered the clerk to put all of the money from both registers into a blue bag that he produced.
After the clerk emptied the registers, the man demanded cigarettes as well. According to the police report, the clerk handed over 23 packs of cigarettes. The man then ordered the clerk to a corner of the store and fled southeast through the parking lot.
The clerk reportedly described the offender as a light-skinned Black man, wearing a light blue surgical mask, a gray shirt, gray pants with a black stripe and a blue baseball cap with the words "King of" on it.
Surveillance video indicated that the robbery took place between 3:42 and 3:45 a.m. During their investigation, Riverside police learned that a man matching the same description attempted to rob a BP gas station minimart in the 880 block of Mannheim Road, Westchester, at about 3:25 a.m. that same morning.
Woman injured in crash
Paramedics transported a woman to the hospital after a 2007 Buick Lucerne driven by a 40-year-old Bourbonnais woman, traveling northbound in the 2900 block of Harlem Avenue, crossed the center line and struck the victim's 2020 Toyota Camry.
The impact of the crash forced the Lucerne off the roadway, where it struck shrubbery in front of 2901 Harlem Avenue. The woman driving the Camry complained of neck pain and was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn. The driver of the Lucerne initially refused medical attention.
According to police, the driver of the Lucerne said she reached down for a pack of cigarettes, causing her car to veer over the center line. She did not appear impaired by alcohol or drugs, police said, though officers summoned paramedics again when the woman began falling asleep while talking to them, perhaps indicating a medical issue.
The extent of the victim's injuries was unclear from the police report. Police cited the driver of the Lucerne for driving in the wrong lane and having no proof of vehicle insurance.
DUI suspect flying down Harlem
Riverside policed charged a 21-year-old Chicago man with drunken driving and aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reported seeing a Toyota traveling at 76 mph in a 35 mph zone while southbound on Harlem Avenue from Longcommon Road on June 19 at about 12:25 a.m.
The officer caught up with the vehicle at Olmsted Road and reported that the driver showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. At the police station a breath test reportedly revealed the man's blood-alcohol content to be .175, which is more than two times the legal limit of .08.
Hitting the gas
- A 30-year-old Lombard man was cited for aggravated speeding and other offenses after he was stopped by police for driving a motorcycle 85 mph in a 35 mph zone while eastbound in the 8000 block of Cermak Road on June 14 at about 4:30 p.m.
An officer on patrol caught up with the motorcycle when it reached heavy traffic near Harlem Avenue and arrested him. According to police, the man was not licensed to operate a motorcycle. He was cited for that offense as well as for driving an uninsured vehicle.
- North Riverside police arrested a 19-year-old Berwyn man and cited him for speeding more than 35 mph over the limit after an officer on patrol clocked his black Volkswagen going 71 mph in a 35 mph zone while northbound on First Avenue at 26th Street on June 14 at about 9:25 p.m.
The driver reportedly told the officer he was driving so fast because he was trying to get home to his pregnant girlfriend. Another juvenile in the vehicle was not cited, but was given a ride to the police station in order to wait for the driver to get his citation issued.
Police towed the vehicle from location of the stop on First Avenue.
Party tent stolen
Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 3100 block of Prairie Avenue on June 20 at about 12:50 p.m. after a resident called to report that sometime in the past hour, someone had stolen a black pack-away party tent, which she'd left outside of her fence near the alley.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 14-21, 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.