River Forest man charged with criminal sexual assault

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

River Forest police have arrested a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at a residence in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue during the early morning hours of June 22.

Police responded to the residence about 3:20 a.m. after the victim appeared at the police station to report the incident. Officers said they found the front door of the residence open and arrested Santos C. Berrones, 32, of River Forest, without incident. 

According to a press release, the victim was at a restaurant in Chicago and then was driven to the residence by Berrones. That is when the alleged sexual assault occurred.

The victim escaped Berrones and flagged down an Uber driver in the street, according to police.

She told the Uber driver what happened and was driven directly to the River Forest Police Department. The Uber driver reportedly told police he witnessed Berrones attempt to drag the woman back into the residence. 

The Cook County State's Attorney's Felony Review Unit assisted in the investigation, which resulted in a charge of criminal sexual assault against Berrones, who will appear at a bond hearing on June 24 at the Cook County Courthouse, 26th and California in Chicago.

"We are thankful that the victim was able to get away from her assailant and not sustain additional serious injuries," Deputy Chief James O'Shea said in the press release. "We applaud the Uber driver for being a Good Samaritan and a great witness during those early morning hours."

Robbed at gunpoint while parking car

Two men robbed a female motorist at gunpoint in the 500 block of North Cuyler Avenue at 7:51 p.m. on June 20 as she parked her vehicle, Oak Park police reported.

The victim, whose age was not given in the police report, was sitting in her vehicle when one of the men reportedly pointed a silver gun at her and said, "Do not scream; just give me the money."

He then took the victim's black North Face purse, which contained an iPhone 7 and $20, according to police. The estimated loss is $570.

The offender and his accomplice then fled the scene in a brown 2012 Chevy Malibu. That vehicle was later discovered unoccupied in an abandoned lot in the 800 block of Parkside in Elmhurst, police said.

The Malibu was originally reported stolen out of Chicago on June 17.

 

Burglary and theft arrest

Cortez Taylor, 26, of the 5800 block of W. Augusta in Chicago, was arrested in the 500 block of Pleasant Street at 8:27 p.m. on June 19, and charged with burglary to an automobile, which occurred in the 200 block of South East Avenue. He was also charged with theft of lost or mislaid property that occurred in the 400 block of Lake Street. No additional information was given about either alleged crime.

Burglary to garage

A garage was burglarized in the 1100 block of North Elmwood sometime between 8 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. on June 20. The burglar used a cutting tool to cut away a section of siding next to the closed overhead garage door. The burglar then entered the garage and stole a John Deere lawn mower and a McLane edger. The estimated loss was $940.

 

Burglary to motor vehicle

A white 2005 GMC Savana was burglarized in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue sometime between 8 and 9 a.m. on June 21. The burglar entered by means of an unlocked door and stole two checkbooks, an $800 Menards rebate check and $40 in cash. The estimated loss is $840.

A red 2009 Toyota Sienna was burglarized in the 1100 block of Home Avenue sometime between 9 and 11:09 p.m. on June 20. The burglar entered the unlocked vehicle and ransacked the glovebox. No loss was reported.

 

Theft

An Oak Park juvenile was the victim of theft in the 300 block of South Boulevard at noon on June 21. The victim was approached by three males between the ages of 13 and 17. The thieves grabbed a black iPhone 4 with a cracked screen from the victim's hand and fled eastbound on South Boulevard from Ridgeland. The estimated loss is $100.

 

Battery at BP gas station

An attendant at the BP gas station, 100 Chicago Ave., was the victim of battery at 1:36 p.m. on June 21. A man entered the store and struck the victim in the face causing a small cut on his upper lip. The batterer was described as a black man between the ages of 25 and 30, about 5-foot-11, with a heavy build, short black hair, a beard and wearing a white T-shirt, black gym shorts with a red and white design on the side and black shoes.

 

Robbery

A Chicago resident was the victim of robbery at the intersection of Harlem and Thomas at 12:45 p.m. on June 16. Three men in a white Buick Park Avenue exited the vehicle and one of them reportedly stated: "Take everything out of your pocket." "Do what he said," one of the other men added. The victim handed over $15 and the three men fled eastbound in their vehicle. All three were described as black men in their 20s. Two had dreadlocks — one of them wore a white T-shirt and blue "Robbin" jeans with glitter on the back and the other a red jogging suit. The third man was described as wearing a white tank top and black jeans.

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, June 16-22, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

Contact:
Email: tim@oakpark.com

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