Eugene P. Casale, 32, of the 400 block of South Wesley, was arrested May 3 on a variety of charges related to two alleged instances of domestic battery against a senior citizen, one on April 22 and one on May 1. Besides being accused of punching an elderly man in the arm and spitting in his face, he is also accused of striking the man in both thighs and arms with a hammer. Casale, who at last word was being held in Cook County Jail on a $100,000 bond, is charged with three counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated domestic battery, and two counts of aggravated battery of a senior citizen.
A man approached a woman in the 100 block of South Austin Blvd. the evening of May 3. Showing a "small, rusty revolver," the man said "What do you value more, material things or your life?" He then forced the woman to walk into an alley at Adams Street, and relieved her of an ATM card and LINK card, a cell phone, a gold band with 3½ carat diamond and another gold ring. Total loss was estimated at $1,520.
? A man approached another man in the ally in the 100 block of North Humphrey just after midnight May 7. After placing a hard object against the man's back, he demanded money, and the victim handed over his wallet containing miscellaneous credit cards and a driver's license.
? Ronald E. Thompson, 27, of Chicago, was stopped after his Green Jaguar matched the description of a car that had left the scene of a disturbance the evening of May 4. Besides determining that Thompson's license was revoked, his registration suspended, and that he couldn't provide proof of insurance, police say he was allegedly sought on warrants for domestic battery in Oak Park and traffic violations in Hinsdale.
Freddy L. Washington, 56; Rickie J. Cole, 51; and Christopher M. Smith, 40, were arrested after allegedly stealing pallets from the Jewel store, 7525 Lake St. the morning of May 8.
? A man had his wallet picked after bending over to give another man a plastic produce bag at the Dominick's store, 7501 North Ave. the afternoon of May 3.
? A Fed Ex package containing 18 Ralph Lauren towels valued at $900 was taken from the vestibule of a building in the 100 block of Harrison Street the afternoon of May 2.
? A man walked into a store at 250 Chicago Ave. just after noon May 4 and solicited currency, then grabbed an unknown amount of cash from an open tip jar after being told to leave. A witness managed to snatch some of the money back, but the thief pushed his way past and ran out of the door.
Theft of auto
An Oak Park woman had her 2005 Mercury Mariner valued at $30,000 stolen out of a village parking lot at 834 Lake St. the night of May 3. Also taken with the vehicle were four Army uniforms, a cell phone, and a purse containing credit cards and $20 cash. The vehicle was recovered the following evening.
Burglary to auto
A thin man with a goatee pried the rear door lock of a vehicle in the 1000 block of South Gunderson the afternoon of May 3. Missing were assorted power and hand tools valued at $3,075. The man was then observed entering a 1994 Pontiac; police have the license plate number. A man off a similar description was observed on Westgate breaking off the door handle of a 1996 Nissan around 9:30 p.m. May 3 in an unsuccessful attempt to break in to the car.
? Someone broke the front passenger window of a 2004 Buick Century parked in the West Sub lot, 3 Erie Ct., during the day May 5. Some 35 CDS and a case, valued at $805 were stolen.
? Someone broke into a Honda Civic parked in the rear of the 700 block of North Elmwood overnight May 1 by unknown means and stole the radio. Loss was $200.
? Someone punched out the lock on a 2002 Chevy Van in the 100 block of South Grove the afternoon of May 6 and stole tools valued at $2,400.
? A chop saw was stolen from a Ford van parked in the 1150 block of South Elmwood the morning of May 6.
? Three vehicles were burglarized after having their front side windows smashed overnight on May 7, including a 2002 Toyota Camry in the 100 block of South Euclid, a 2002 Hyundai Sonata in the 100 block of South Elmwood, and a 1995 Toyota Camry in the 200 block of South Elmwood. Losses were $185 to $350.
Theft from auto
Automotive wheelcovers were popular targets last week, with nine vehicles victimized by hub cap thieves in four days, most overnight. Various hub caps, wheel covers and rims valued at between $100 and $600 were stolen off cars parked in the 300 and 400 blocks of South Lombard, the 400 block of South Taylor, the 200 block of South Marion, 1100 block of South Lombard, the 800 block of South Wesley, the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue and two in 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue.
Possession of drugs
Desmonds Y. Coburn, 31, of 320 Wisconsin was stopped after he was allegedly seen running from a backpack that had been ransacked. A search turned up a 4-inch metal tube and a small packet of suspected cocaine.
Several bike thieves used the threat of violence to take bikes last week. A male Oak Park juvenile was identified by one theft victim as the person who displayed a 4-inch knife in the 400 block of East Avenue the afternoon of May 5 and said "Give me the bike, I'm not even in the mood."
? On the evening of May 2 two male Chicago juveniles approached an Oak Park youth near Madison and Austin Blvd. After threatening to hurt him, both juveniles grabbed the bike, but the owner was able to ride off west to the police station. The two would be thieves were caught further east on Madison.
? Three Chicago juveniles were positively identified the afternoon of May 4 as the persons who stole a bike and scooter from the rear yard of a home in the 400 block of North Scoville.
? Other bikes were stolen in the 1100 block of Fair Oaks and the 1100 block of Hayes, both on May 8.
? The above reported incidents are from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from May 2 through May 9. 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
Oak Park cops grabbed eight individuals on outside warrants last week, six of them while they were traveling through Oak Park. A name check during a traffic stop at 1 a.m. May 6 determined that Terrance L. Monroe, 46, of Chicago was wanted on felony fraud charges in Las Vegas.
? On May 5 Danyell Griffith, 25, of Chicago was found to be wanted by the Kane County Sheriff for failing to appear at a court date for driving with a suspended license.
? Around 2 a.m. May 6 Quinzola Wright of Chicago was allegedly found to be driving on a suspended license, and also had an outstanding warrant from Oak Brook for theft.
? The afternoon of May 5 Charles Berry, 31, of Des Plaines, was questioned by police for soliciting money in the roadway on Austin Blvd. near the Eisenhower and found to be wanted by the Cook County Sheriff on a bond forfeiture warrant, as was Porshia L. Manning of Westchester, who was stopped for traffic that same afternoon.
? Around 10 p.m. May 2, Samuel L. Smith 25, of Bolingbrook was stopped and ticketed for an alleged traffic violation, and was determined to be wanted by the Cook County Sheriff on a bond forfeiture for another traffic offense.