Ermest E. Bryant, 55, of Forest Park walked through the front door of a residence on the 800 block of Gunderson Avenue the evening of April 22 without permission. The couple who lives there told Bryant to leave, but he didn’t respond.

“He said he had word there was a party there,” said Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Bob Scianna.

Bryant was grabbed and restrained by another resident of the building and held for police.

Aggravated battery

A juvenile was arrested the evening of April 16 following a fight on the 600 block of South Ridgeland Avenue. An Oak Park man was reportedly stabbed in the leg and back. The teen was turned over to Cook County juvenile authorities.

Aggravated assault

  • Three men in a passing silver sedan fired a BB-type gun at a group of people standing on the 200 block of Keystone Avenue around 9 p.m. April 20.
  • The evening of April 20, a River Forest juvenile was among several people who assisted a teenage girl who was being attacked by a 15-year-old boy on the 1000 block of Lake Street. Sometime later, the 15-year-old came back to the cybercafé and told the River Forest boy, “Next time don’t have your girlfriend fight for you. If I ever see you again, I’ll slit your throat.”


  • Someone punched the lock on a 2003 Ford E250 van the morning of April 16 on the 100 block of South Ridgeland Avenue. Nine nail guns and two circular saws valued at $3,700 were stolen.
  • Thieves broke the window of a 2003 Honda in the West Suburban Hospital parking garage the afternoon of April 16 and stole a radio and radar detector valued at $675.
  • Six rolls of copper wire valued at $360 were stolen from an unlocked van on the 300 block of South Clinton Avenue the afternoon of April 16.
  • Sometime during the day April 18 someone pried the rear door of a residence on the 1000 block of South Harvey Avenue, ransacked two bedrooms and stole a 30-inch, flat-screen television.


Gloria Molden, 42, of the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue was allegedly observed striking two parked cars as she attempted to park in a lot on the 700 block of Lexington Street. Police say Molden had slurred speech and failed a field sobriety test and that they recovered a bottle of Tequila and seven cans or bottles of beer from the front seat of her car.

Vehicle theft

A 2007 Cadillac Escalade, parked overnight April 16 in a rear parking lot on the 1100 block of Pleasant Street, was stolen by thieves who broke the rear passenger window. The following afternoon, the OnStar tracking device located the car in Elgin. Police there recovered the car and arrested three suspects.

Retail theft

A man in his 20s walked out of a video store on the 200 block of Lake Street the night of April 17 with five DVDs.


  • A woman had her purse stolen as she sat eating in a restaurant on the the 1000 block of Lake Street the afternoon of April 21.
  • A woman watching a movie on the 1000 block of Lake Street the afternoon of April 18 had her purse stolen.
  • A woman left her purse unattended the evening of April 22 in a shopping cart in Whole Foods Market, 7525 Lake St. She lost $140 cash, her driver’s license and a checkbook.
  • A jean jacket containing a cellphone, keys and a wallet was stolen from a bench at the Metra station, 1119 North Blvd., the afternoon of April 18.
  • A woman had her handbag-containing a cellphone, wallet and eyeglasses-stolen from a day room in a church on the 700 block of Jackson Boulevard the morning of April 22.
  • Downspouts were stolen off buildings on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Edmer Avenue and the 300 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, April 18-20.
  • Two 50-gallon water heaters, valued at $800, were stolen from a storage area on the 200 block of Lake Street between April 12-16.


A woman walking in front of Oak Park and River Forest High School the evening of April 22 had her purse yanked off her shoulder. The thief ran to a waiting car and drove off.

Felony traffic

Benito Gonzales, 37, of Chicago was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 1100 block of Garfield Street around 1:30 a.m., April 19. A name check revealed both that his license was revoked and that he was wanted on a warrant in Will County for driving while his license was suspended.

Domestic battery

An Oak Park juvenile walking on the 200 block of Flourney Street the evening of April 21 was grabbed by the shirt by two other teens, who tried to drag him to the ground. The teens then walked away.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from April 16 to April 23. 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 Bill Dwyer

Crime Plus

Time for a license examination?

An 83-year-old hit the gas instead of the brake while in a church parking lot on the 900 block of North Harlem Avenue the morning of April 22. She drove through a fence and into a home and garage.

Not a good idea

A prisoner being held by River Forest police, the afternoon of April 20, admitted to having eaten a quantity of heroin before he was arrested April 19 and was taken to RUSH Oak Park Hospital for treatment.

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