Oops ... teen gunmen think better of robbing armed cop

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Two teenagers quickly decided that they'd picked the wrong guy to rob just before 3 a.m., Aug. 18. The two were on the Chicago side of the 1300 block of Austin Boulevard when Maywood Police Officer Eddie Harris pulled into his driveway on the Oak Park side. According to Harris, the teens crossed the street and approached him, one of them holding what appeared to be a handgun pointed down at the ground. When Harris drew his own gun and announced that he was a police officer, the two would-be bad boys took off running northbound on Austin.

Domestic battery

?  Edward Jones, 37, of the 800 block of South Lyman Avenue, allegedly grabbed a woman and slammed her to a bedroom floor, then grabbed her by the face and smashed her nose the morning of Aug. 20. He fled, but the victim signed a formal complaint.

?  Eric J. Baker, 45, of Forest Park was arrested Aug. 21 for an alleged battery that occurred the morning of Aug. 20 in Mills Park.

Violation of Order of Protection

Howard Kahn, 46, of the 5200 block of Hutchinson in Chicago, allegedly violated a court order of protection Aug. 19 by calling a woman on the telephone.


?  Four Oak Park residents were struck by BBs in the 500 block of Wesley the afternoon of Aug. 20. The four say they saw a teenager holding a rifle-like object standing on a roof in that same block immediately after they were struck.

?  In what police believe to be a "spillover" incident, two young Chicago men walking toward Division Street shortly before 1 a.m., Aug. 21, were chased by a group of some 10 men to the 1000 block of North Taylor Ave. One of the men was struck repeatedly with fists and an unknown object. In a possibly related incident, a young man was apprehended several minutes later in the 1200 block of North Lombard Avenue. He was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon after being found in possession of metal knuckles with an attached knife.

Public Indecency

A man driving a van in an alley on the 1000 block of South Kenilworth the afternoon of Aug. 14 stopped to ask a woman for directions. As the woman approached the van, she saw that the man had exposed his genitals and was masturbating.

Burglary, attempted burglary, etc.

?  Burglars took advantage of an unlocked front door on an enclosed porch, then broke an inner window to enter a house on the 1100 block of North Humphrey Avenue during the day, Aug. 18. They stole two gold rings and eight gold necklaces, valued at $1,600.

?  Someone broke a garage window in the 1100 block of North Lombard Avenue, Aug. 19. Once inside, they stole a motorbike, a 2-ton hydraulic jack, tools, a radio and baseball equipment valued at $2,933.

?  Andre Johnson, 34, of Chicago was arrested after allegedly being observed removing a basement window screen and entering a house on the 400 block of North Oak Park Avenue the morning of Aug. 20.

?  A man was observed standing on a garbage can attempting to enter a residence on the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard the afternoon of Aug. 17 after breaking the window. He fled after a witness yelled at him.

?  Someone broke a 3-foot-by-6-foot glass front door at Motor City, 516 Madison St., overnight on Aug. 19. Four 20-inch chrome wheel rims, valued at $2,750, were stolen.

?  A man was observed by a witness entering an unlocked 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 parked at Oak Park and River Forest High School the afternoon of Aug. 20. The man stole some $2,000 worth of tools before being run off by the witness.

?  Someone entered an unlocked Dodge van the evening of Aug. 19 on the 200 block of Euclid Avenue and removed a wallet containing $60 cash and $86 in gift cards.

Criminal Trespass to Auto

Akil K. Ellis, 25, of the 5800 block of Superior in Chicago was stopped for traffic the night of Aug 16. A check revealed that the car he was driving had been reported stolen out of Chicago, and that he was sought on a bond forfeiture warrant in DuPage County.

Theft of Motor Vehicle

A 2004 Jeep Liberty was stolen from an alley behind the 300 block of Lathrop Avenue in River Forest the afternoon of Aug. 21.

Possession of Controlled Substance, etc.

?  Andrew T. Martin, 26, and Thomas Martin, 27, both of Bartlett, were arrested just after noon, Aug. 16, after a responding River Forest officer allegedly observed them injecting themselves while sitting in a car in the McDonald's parking lot at 626 N. Harlem Avenue. Thomas was also held on four outside warrants for theft, retail theft and possession. Andrew also has a warrant for failure to appear at a court date.

?  Randy McKenzie, 38, of the 5500 block of Gladys in Chicago was stopped for suspicious activity around 3 a.m., Aug. 15, near a business in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue that has suffered several break-ins recently. McKenzie allegedly told officers that he had a broken galss pipe in his pocket, and officer did allegedly find a pipe with copper mesh and burn marks on it.

Disorderly Conduct, etc.

Carl S. King, 19, of Forest Park was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest after the car he was in was pulled over near Lake Street and William Avenue, late on Aug. 20. According to River Forest police, King was uncooperative and refused to produce any identification.


? An unknown man stole a woman's wallet out of her purse while she shopped in the Jewel Store, 7036 Roosevelt Road, the afternoon of Aug. 17.

? A River Forest woman had her wallet stolen Aug. 18 while in Panera Bread.

? A woman had her wallet stolen out of her hand while shopping at the North Avenue Fresh Market, 6209 W. North Ave. the afternoon of Aug. 21.

Retail Theft

? Two digital cameras valued at $1,799 were stolen from a display case in Wolf Camera, 128 N. Oak Park Ave., some time between Aug. 9 and 15.

? Thomas J. Jamell, 51, was charged with Felony Retail Theft the afternoon of Aug. 18 after allegedly stealing over $150 worth of meat from Whole Foods Market.

? These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from August 15-21. 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

Drawing attention

James L. Drink, 33, of 1131 N. Austin Blvd. was arrested by police after responding officers, called to a disturbance at that address the night of Aug. 18, recognized Drink as being wanted by Chicago Police on a Domestic Battery warrant. The woman he was arguing with, Nikki A. Bell, 25, of Hillside, was also arrested after a name check determined she was wanted on an Oak Park warrant for Theft.


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