An argument about a child knocking over a bike led to a bloody altercation at the North Boulevard Metra station, 1019 North Blvd., the night of Feb. 16. According to Oak Park Police Commander Clemet Harbour, James J. Radocha and Charlene Kloka were loitering in the station’s shelter when two sisters, one from Maywood and the other from Waukegan, entered with two children.

Radocha, whose last known address is 3810 Maple, Brookfield, reportedly became angry when one of the children knocked his bike over while rough-housing. After words were exchanged, Radocha allegedly went to his backpack and pulled out a box-cutter. He allegedly cut both women across the mid-section. The women, 17 and 22 years old, who suffered serious cuts, were rushed to RUSH Oak Park Hospital for treatment. Radocha was taken to West Suburban Hospital.

“They had pretty bad cuts,’ said Harbour of the two women, who were released the next day.

Radocha was charged with four counts of aggravated battery and is being held in Cook County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. Kloka, who gave an address in Momence Park, was charged with battery after she allegedly pushed and kicked one of the women.

Oak Park police said they’ve dealt with Radocha on at least two occasions since last July. On Feb. 13, Berwyn police reportedly found him asleep at a table in the McDonald’s at Cermak and Ridgeland.  Radocha told an officer he had no place to stay, so he was taken to the police station until a ride back to Brookfield could be arranged.


A gunman accosted an Oak Park man on the 1150 block of South Humphrey Avenue, the afternoon of Feb. 24, demanding “Give me what you got.” He then grabbed a chain and diamond pendant off the man’s neck, then entered his car and stole a cellphone and $5 in coins.

A boy walking on the 500 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of Feb. 24, was jumped by two youths who pinned him against a fence and stole an iPod from his pocket.

Violation of court order of protection

Donald Hoffenkamp of New Lenox was arrested for the third time in two years, Feb. 20, for violating a court order of protection. Hoffenkamp, who was previously arrested in August, 2007 and April, 2006, was arrested on a signed complaint from an Oak Park woman.


Two 20-foot sections of copper gutter, valued at $2,500, were stolen off a home on the 1000 block of Belleforte Avenue, overnight Feb. 24.

A Fuelman credit card from the Park District of Oak Park was used to purchase $851.68 worth of gasoline over 20 visits to gas stations in Oak Park and Berwyn between Dec. 18 and Jan. 17.

Two men in hooded jackets jumped into an unlocked car idling on the 1100 block of Chicago Avenue, the evening of Feb. 19. An Oak Park officer was able to follow the car to an alley on the 700 block of North Lotus Avenue in Chicago, where the two men jumped out of the car and fled.

Two men in hooded jackets entered a cellphone store on the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue, the afternoon of Feb. 21, and stole three cellphones, valued at $1,100.

Chantel Stinson, 39, of 4918 W. Augusta Blvd., was charged with felony retail theft after she allegedly place 80 bags of candy in her personal bag and left the Dominick’s store, 259 Lake St., without paying, the evening of Feb. 21.


Brute force was used to open a rear door on the 800 block of North Harlem Avenue during the day, Feb. 19. A jewelry box and diamond necklace, valued in total at $1,800, were stolen.

Someone broke the rear door of a home on the first block of South Austin Boulevard, the evening of Feb. 20. Gold jewelry, valued at $400, was stolen.

An unlocked side door allowed someone to enter a garage on the 200 block of Clinton Avenue, overnight Feb. 19. The burglar broke the rear window of a car and stole a designer bag, laptop computer and accessories, valued at $1,500.

Thieves entered a garage on the 1000 block of North Grove Avenue via an open overhead door during the day, Feb. 20, and stole a stationary bike and a saw.

A digital GPS device, valued at $500, was stolen from an unlocked car on the 300 block of Harrison, overnight Feb. 17.


With the benefit of a license plate that fell off his car, police located Thomas E. Williams, 45, at his home at 1846 N. Merrimac Ave., Chicago, shortly before 7 a.m., Feb. 24, following a traffic accident on the 700 block of North Austin Boulevard. Williams allegedly failed a breathalyzer test.

Magin Cardoso-Meniola, 19, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 1300 block of South Austin Boulevard around 1 a.m. Police say he had no valid license and failed a field sobriety test.

Saddam A. Imtairah, 27, of 1012 S. Mason Ave., was reportedly found passed out behind the wheel of a running car just before 8 a.m., Feb. 23, on the 100 block of South Grove Avenue. Police charged Imtairah, whose car’s plates were suspended for no insurance and whose license was revoked, with illegal transportation of alcohol and with unlawful use of a weapon for the nearly 9-inch blade allegedly found in the car.

Pablo V. Perez, 27, of Chicago was reportedly found unresponsive in a running car sitting in the left turn lane on the 800 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, allegedly smelling strongly of alcohol. Perez, who was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, reportedly refused both field sobriety and breathalyzer tests.

Jennifer A. Reipich, 31, of 1079 Cunningham Lane, Palatine, who was reportedly involved in a traffic crash on the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue, the afternoon of Feb. 22, was allegedly found unconscious with a nylon cloth around her arm, numerous hypodermic syringes on the center console, and an infant in a child car seat on the rear seat. A foil packet containing suspected heroin was allegedly found in her purse, she reportedly had no proof of insurance and was charged with endangering the life of a child and driving on the sidewalk.

Driving on revoked license

Matthew Ristau, 31, was arrested at his home at 25 Main St., Glen Ellyn, the morning of Feb. 22, on charges of allegedly failing to stop for police following an incident in Oak Park, Feb. 15. Police say Ristau was driving on a revoked license and had an active Chicago arrest warrant for possession of drugs.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Feb. 18 to Feb. 24. 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

Feel good stories of the week

A Northwest Side Chicago woman was accosted by a man as she exited the Blue Line station, the evening of Feb. 24. When the woman ignored the man’s personal questions and request to talk with her, he grabbed her ponytail and jerked her backward. The woman then pulled out a canister of mace and sprayed him in the face and mouth, then ran to her boyfriend’s residence.

An Oak Park woman walking in an alley on the 200 block of North Cuyler Avenue, the afternoon of Feb. 21, was grabbed by a teenage boy who refused to let go of her wrist until the woman spun around and punched him in the nose. He then ran off.

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