An Oak Park police officer suffered a broken arm while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect last Monday morning. Police had responded just before 11 a.m. to a report by an off-duty officer of a man with a “heavy black bag” on his shoulder riding a girl’s bike through private yards into an alley. When responding officers arrived and attempted to stop the suspect, Frederick Sawyer, 33, of 5336 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, allegedly attempted to flee. After a brief foot chase, Sawyer was caught in front of a house in the 700 block of Highland Ave. A struggle reportedly ensued between Sawyer and the officer, and both men fell to the ground, causing the officer to suffer a fracture to his right forearm. The break wasn’t particularly serious, according to police.

“[Sawyer] didn’t want to be arrested, so they both went down hard,” said Deputy Chief Bob Scianna. Sawyer, who was on parole for two of five prior convictions, was charged with two counts of Residential Burglary and Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer.

Aggravated robbery

A man walked into Game Stop, 6321 North Ave. the afternoon of Feb. 24 and implied that he had a firearm in his pocket. When the man demanded the cash from two cash registers, the clerk complied and the robber fled with an estimated $245.

Attempted armed robbery

A man approached an Oak Park woman around 6 a.m. in the 300 block of North Austin, displayed a sharp silver metallic object, demanded the woman’s purse, but fled after she refused.

Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon

Edgar D. Deleon, 26, of Fort Wayne, Ind. was arrested after police allegedly found a loaded handgun in his glove compartment.

Domestic battery

David Michalak, 46, was arrested in the 100 block of South Harvey around 11 p.m. on Feb. 24. He allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck and poured hot water over the woman’s daughter’s head.

Criminal trespass to auto

Troy D. Pounders, 24, and Dawn M. Porter, 26, both of Cicero, were arrested around 12:30 a.m., Feb. 24, after allegedly being found in an auto reported stolen from Cicero. Porter was on parole for retail theft.

Auto burglary/theft from auto

Someone entered a Chevy Blazer, parked in the lot at 520 S. Maple between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Feb. 22, and removed a radio/CD stereo and assorted clothing. Loss was estimated at $520.

Criminal damage to property

Two large pieces of flagstone were thrown through an 8-foot-square window of the Anthony Salerno Salon, 195 N. Marion between midnight and 4 a.m. on Feb. 22. Damage was estimated at $2,000.


William F. Johnston, Jr., 42, of Chicago, was arrested Feb. 25 for allegedly passing bad checks in Aug. and Oct. totalling $1,650.


Someone pried open the lock on the front door of a residence in the 900 block of North Austin the afternoon of Feb. 23. Taken were a Sony Playstation and various PS games, 15 DVDs, a radio and miscellaneous jewelry.

? Someone smashed a glass door overnight on Feb. 28 at the Onion Roll, 6935 W. North Ave and took $350.

? A spare key stored in an unsecured outside storage closet was used to enter an apartment in the 1300 block of North Harlem Ave during the afternoon of Feb. 21. Thieves stole a laptop computer, digital camera, and other items valued at $1,524.

Public Indecency

Ernest Dobry, 27, of Chicago was arrested Feb. 22 in the 900 block of South Blvd. after allegedly exposing his genitalia.

? The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from Feb. 20 through Feb. 28. 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



Just passing through town

Fifteen people?#34;three of them convicted felons?#34;were stopped by Oak Park police for a variety of reasons last week and subsequently arrested on outside warrants. Otis L. Brown, 48, a paroled convict, was charged in December with Criminal Trespass to State Property after he allegedly tried to pass himself off as a workman at OPRF. He reportedly didn’t show up for his court date, and an arrest warrant was issued. Oak Park police reintroduced themselves to Brown last Thursday when they once again charged him with Criminal Trespass after he allegedly entered the employee-only area of a business in the 300 block of Lake Street.

On Feb. 25, Eric McDonald, 44, of Chicago was stopped near Washington and Austin boulevards. McDonald, who has six prior convictions, was wanted by the Illinois Department of Corrections for parole violation.

And Christopher Lewis, 22, of Chicago, was wanted by North Riverside police on a warrant for Disorderly Conduct. Lewis was on parole for a weapons violation and aggravated battery.

? Crime plus

River Forest shoppers continue to be plagued by thieves. One River Forest woman reported that her credit card was used to make $6,134 in purchases in Ohio and Canada last week.

? Nilda E. Ruiz, 19, of Chicago was arrested after allegedly stealing keys from two women in the Dominick’s store, 7501 W. North Ave.

? Two woman had their wallets stolen while in Panera Bread, 7349 Lake St., the morning of Feb. 25.

? The previous weekend, two women had their wallets taken from their purses in separate incidents while shopping at the Jewel store, 7525 Lake St., and a woman had her wallet taken from her purse while in Whole Foods Market, 7245 Lake St.

? Someone stole a purse containing credit cards, identification, and $140 cash from PCC Wellness Center, 14 Lake St., late on the afternoon of Feb. 21.

? A man approached a woman from behind in an alley behind the 400 block of South Lombard Avenue in Oak Park the evening of Feb. 27 and wrested her purse from her. Loss estimate is $300.

? Someone stole four unsecured chainsaws from the top of a truck in the 100 block of South Scoville Ave. Feb. 21.

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