In what police suspect is a burglary-turned-home invasion, a man described as over six feet tall and heavily built with a scruffy beard, kicked in the door of an elderly couple living on the 800 block of South Clinton the afternoon of Jan. 17. The husband had just returned home after picking up groceries when he heard the front doorbell ring. Thinking it was a package delivery, he finished putting the groceries away before going to the door. When he got there, the door flew open forcefully.
The man's wife was in the bedroom reading when she heard what she thought were construction noises. "I heard this terrible cracking sound," said the woman. "I thought they were doing construction. There was thudding and slamming and banging." When she went out to investigate, she saw a large man standing over her husband, who was prone on the floor.
"He was laid flat on the floor," she said.
The intruder said simply, "I want money." The woman went back to the bedroom and retrieved $20. She handed it to man, who stuffed it in his pocket and immediately left the house without saying anything, and ran eastbound on Harrison Street.
Two men approached a man as he exited the CTA Green Line at Ridgeland Avenue and South Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17. When one of the men displayed a handgun and demanded the victim's property, the victim turned over $240 cash and a cellphone, as well as IDs. The two men then fled on an eastbound Green Line train.
A man in a hooded sweatshirt approached two woman walking on the 200 block of Forest Avenue just before 9 p.m., Jan. 18. The man grabbed one woman by the neck and kicked her in the shin repeatedly as he demanded money. Forcing her to the ground, he then kicked her in the head multiple times. When he began chasing the other woman, the first woman ran to a nearby house and sought help. The man then fled. Both women refused medical attention.
? Robert Palomo, 45, was arrested after kneeing a juvenile male in the groin the afternoon of Jan. 21 on the 6300 block of North Avenue. The boy reportedly refused to move his vehicle, which was blocking the driveway to Palomo's business.
? John G. Stigailo, 55, of the 700 block of Ontario Street, surrendered to police the afternoon of Jan. 20 on a charge that he choked an Oak Park juvenile on Jan. 12.
Possession of a controlled substance
Christopher J. Colby, 21, of Marengo was found lying unresponsive at the Shell gas station lot, 1 South Harrison around 9:30 p.m. Jan. 20. He was allegedly in possession of a needle, a spoon and a baggie containing nine capsules of suspected heroin. After treatment at West Suburban Hospital he was transported to the police station and processed.
Phillip D. Weekly, 24, of Chicago was arrested after allegedly attempting to cash two fraudulent $900 checks at the Fifth Third Bank, 840 S. Oak Park Ave., the morning of Jan. 19.
Criminal damage to property
? A home on the 900 block of Park Avenue suffered approximately $2,000 damage after someone smashed an art glass porch lamp, broke a fence, and smashed the outer pane of a two-by-four-foot thermal window.
? Two cars were damaged in Oak Park overnight Jan. 21, both with pry bars. A Chevy Cavalier on the first block of Lake Street suffered $100 damage, and a Chevy Caprice in the 200 block of Madison sustained $200 damage.
? Someone broke the rear window of a Chevy Malibu parked on the 900 block of Garfield Street between Jan. 17 and 19. Loss was $300.
? A Ford Expedition parked on the 900 block of Garfield Street had its rear window smashed sometime between Jan. 16 and 18.
A River Forest juvenile was arrested after allegedly throwing a butcher knife at someone attempting to call police during a domestic disturbance on William Street. The caller reportedly suffered a cut to the leg. The juvenile reportedly "flipped out" after being told he had to go to school.
Theft of auto
A man and woman entered a 1997 Nissan Altima left running and unlocked outside the Fresh Market, 6209 W. North Ave., on Jan. 21. While the owner went about her business in the store, the couple drove away eastbound in the $4,000 car.
Tommie L. Basset, 20, was arrested the morning of Jan. 21 after allegedly taking a portable CD player from Coconuts without paying for it. According to River Forest police, Basset was out on a personal recognizance bond for an alleged retail theft Jan. 20 in Chicago.
It was a busy 24 hours for the store's staff. Later that afternoon, a juvenile was arrested for retail theft. The following morning two brothers were stopped by store security after attempting to steal three Playstation games.
? The afternoon of Jan. 19, someone stole an unattended wallet containing $180 cash, a cellphone, and credit cards from a room at the Baird & Warner offices, 805 Lake St.
? Sometime during a two-week period, someone removed a total of $146 in cash from a purse stored in an unattended, unsecured closet in the Sylvan Learning Center, 520 S. Maple St.
? Sometime during the day on Jan. 13, someone removed $120 from a wallet in a purse hanging in a closet in Irving School, 1125 S. Cuyler Ave.
? Around 3 p.m., Jan. 16, two men entered A Matter of Style Salon, 114 N. Marion St., and removed a wallet containing $65, credit cards and identification, as well as $15 from a tip jar.
? Stephanie Harris, 36, of Forest Park, was arrested near Chicago and Oak Park avenues the morning of Jan. 22 after allegedly being observed driving her Ford Explorer at a high rate of speed. Police say that Harris was "lethargic, glassy eyed, and very disoriented."
? Jeffrey Feliciano, 38, of Berwyn was allegedly found slumped over in his car around 3:40 a.m., Jan. 16, on the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue. Police report Feliciano smelled strongly of alcohol, had blood shot eyes, and failed a sobriety test.
? Frank Debits, 60, of the 500 block of North Harvey Avenue was stopped for traffic on the 100 block of North Ridgeland around 1:30 a.m. Jan. 19. He allegedly had bloodshot eyes, a strong odor of alcohol, and slurred speech.
Criminal trespass to auto
Sedrick Holman, aka LaShawn Herrod, was arrested just before 2 a.m., Jan. 20 on the 600 block of South East Avenue after being found in a van reported stolen out of Chicago on Dec. 30, 2005. Holman?#34;or Herrod?#34;was also charged with obstructing a police officer.
Driving while license suspended
Ronald D. Carr, 53, of the 500 block of North Austin Boulevard was stopped for a traffic violation around 1:45 a.m. in the 200 block of South Austin. A name check revealed that Carr's license was suspended, and that he was wanted by DuPage County on a warrant for driving on a suspended license.
? These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
?#34;Compiled by Bill Dwyer