River Forest police got sucked into the case of a man shot dead on the Northwest Side of Chicago last weekend.
While three officers were staking out North Avenue near Franklin on a state-funded traffic sting just after midnight on Aug. 28, Edwin Ramos came speeding down the street and stopped near the officers, yelling that his passengers had been shot.
Police tried to get Ramos to stop so they could call for an ambulance, but Ramos sped off down North Avenue toward Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.
River Forest officers pursued Ramos to Gottlieb, where they quickly found out that Ramos's passengers, Edward Ramos, 24, and Elzier Martinez, 21, had both been shot in Chicago, in the basement of a building on the 7000 block of Grand Avenue.
Edward Ramos was pronounced dead at Gottlieb, and the scene was turned over to the Chicago police department for further investigation.
Aside from getting pulled into the saga of Ramos' shooting, River Forest's traffic sting netted, most notably, two DUI arrests last week.
One officer staking out North Avenue overnight between Thursday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 27 stopped and arrested Valerie D. Gresham of Arlington Heights, 36, at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and North Avenue. Gresham was charged with DUI.
On a mission overnight between Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28, three officers staking out North Avenue stopped and arrested Patrick Wilkerson of Broadview, 46, near the intersection of North Avenue and Lathrop. He was charged with DUI, and his blood alcohol level was allegedly .249, more than three times the legal limit.
In an arrest unrelated to the sting, Miguel Arellano-Cervantes of Chicago, 38, was stopped the morning of Aug. 29 on the 800 block of Lathrop Avenue in River Forest and charged with felony aggravated DUI, illegal transportation of open alcohol, driving on a suspended license, and failing to reduce speed to avoid a traffic crash. He allegedly hit a parked car.
A man stole 21 jars of Oil of Olay cream from CVS, 6748 Roosevelt Rd. in Oak Park the morning of Aug. 25. The 1.7-ounce jars' total value was estimated at $419.79. The suspect allegedly put the jars in his sport coat's pockets and left the store.
A man matching a similar description stole several jars of Oil of Olay cream from CVS at 345 Madison St. in Oak Park the morning of Aug. 26, but the jars and his sport coat were later recovered at Madison and Highland.
CVS has security footage of both incidents.
Maurice Fleming Jr., 22, and Marissa M. Graves, 18, both of Chicago, were stopped and arrested early the morning of Aug. 24 on the 900 block of Madison Street in Oak Park. Graves was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, and Fleming was charged with driving with a suspended license. Graves allegedly had 1 gram of cannabis.
Shaquille A. Finley of Oak Park, 18, was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 25 on the 400 block of Ontario Street in Oak Park and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis.
Tarik Page of Chicago, 34, was arrested by River Forest police the evening of Aug. 26 at Roosevelt Road and Humphrey Avenue in Oak Park, where he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He allegedly fled police officers when they tried to talk to him and he dropped a crack pipe.
A woman parking her car behind her garage on the 1000 block of Austin Blvd. early the morning of Aug. 28 was approached by a man with a small black handgun who demanded her money. The victim ran away, yelling she did not have any money. When she returned to her car after calling Oak Park police, she found her Apple iPhone was missing from her car.
Marshun Gates of Oak Park, 26, was stopped and arrested the afternoon of Aug. 27 on the 800 block of Carpenter Street in Oak Park, where he was charged with aggravated battery. As Gates was exiting a Pace bus on the 800 block of S. Oak Park Ave., he allegedly punched the bus driver in the face, snatched her glasses and fled from the bus, several witnesses told police.
Criminal damage to property
One of the village of Oak Park's parking enforcement vehicles had its tires punctured while it was parked on the 300 block of N. Marion Street the afternoon of Aug. 24. The total damage was estimated at $106.34.
Romando Jackson of Chicago, 51, was arrested early the morning of Aug. 26 at Oak Park village hall, 123 Madison Street, where he was charged with criminal damage to property. He allegedly threw a glass bottle through a police squad car's window, and was witnessed by an officer. The cost to replace the window is $300, police said.
A handicap placard was stolen from an unlocked car parked on the 900 block of Lake Street. in Oak Park the morning of Aug. 23.
Anthony Johnson of Chicago, 49, was stopped and arrested on the 600 block of Adams in Oak Park the afternoon of Aug. 24, and was charged with four thefts. He allegedly stole mail from four mailboxes, including DVDs, credit cards and a bank statement.
A man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt snatched a duffle bag off another man's shoulder on the 800 block of Washington in Oak Park the night of Aug. 24 and ran eastbound. The duffle bag contained cash, a drivers' license, a debit card, clothes and a Guess wallet.
For the fourth time in a two-week span, a 16-foot section of copper downspout was stolen from Cavalry Memorial Church, 931 Lake St., overnight between Aug. 24 and Aug. 25. The loss was estimated at $800. The church is working with its resident beat officer and an investigator to prevent future thefts.
A man stole an iPhone out of a victim's hands on the 700 block of Austin in Oak Park the night of Aug. 26. The suspect allegedly came up behind the victim, snatched the phone, and ran away eastbound.
Someone stole a Dolce and Gabbana tri-fold wallet from a woman's purse while she was shopping the morning of Aug. 26 at Jewel, 7525 Lake St. in River Forest.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from August 23 to August 30. 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.
Compiled by Ben Meyerson