Bike thefts continue to be a persistent headache in Oak Park and River Forest, but Oak Park police arrested four adults and three juveniles in separate bike theft incidents last week. Fabian G. Pamplin, 20, of 135 S. Central was arrested, the afternoon of July 20, for allegedly attempting to cut the lock on a bike on the 900 block of S. Lombard.

Cortez Taylor, 19, of Chicago was arrested on the 900 block of N. Mayfield, July 21, for allegedly taking a bike from a yard on the 500 block of S. Lombard. That residence was also found to have been burglarized.

Three juveniles were arrested the same day for theft: a Chicago juvenile at his home on the 5500 block of W. Congress for the theft of a bike on the 700 block of S. Harvey; an Oak Park juvenile for the theft of a bike outside Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville; and a third juvenile on the 500 block of Franklin in River Forest.

Dennis D. Broderick, 40, of 4909 W. Huron, was arrested, the night of July 26, after being found on a bike allegedly stolen from a garage on the 600 block of S. Wesley.

Brandon L. Heard, 27, of 114 Washington was arrested on the 5900 block of Madison, the morning of July 27, after allegedly stealing a bike from a garage on the 200 block of S. Euclid.

Also on July 21, four 14- to 16-year-old boys “riding up and down” streets, were questioned by River Forest after they were observed stopped in front of the bike rack at Keystone and Central. They claimed they were on their way to the Oak Park Public Library. The next afternoon, a group of nine 11- to 13-year-olds, riding four bikes, were stopped near Linden and Thatcher and shooed from the area.

There were also several instances of bike parts being stolen off locked bikes last week, including on the 800 block of Lake and 200 block of N. Scoville.

Bikes were also stolen on the first block of Lake, 500 block of N. Elmwood, 500 and 800 blocks of N. Oak Park, 400 block of N. Cuyler, 200 block of N. Scoville, 400 block of Augusta, 600 block of S. Ridgeland and 1000 block of Ontario.

Battery, assault, disorderly conduct, etc.

Karla A. Arellano, 23, of Chicago, and Ryan Castronova, 19, of 6611 Roosevelt, Berwyn, were arrested the morning of July 25 after allegedly repeatedly striking an Oak Park man.

Ramus L. Steward, 24, of 1228 N. Hayes, was arrested on the 1000 block of N. Austin, the afternoon of July 25, after he allegedly punched a Chicago man in the face and head. He was also charged with reckless driving and criminal damage to property.

Will D. Bryant, 31, of 131 N. Cuyler, was arrested around 4 a.m., July 26, after he allegedly threatened to harm his girlfriend.


Matthew M. Pink, 23, of Buffalo Grove, was observed by police in a car parked in a permit lot on the 200 block of Flournoy, the afternoon of July 21. Police questioned Pink, whose car did not have a permit for the lot. A search of the car allegedly turned up a hypodermic syringe full of a brown liquid under the car seat, along with a white powder, which field tested positive for heroin.

The afternoon of July 25, Jason Klein was arrested after allegedly being found in possession of five baggies of heroin and a hypodermic needle inside the Starbucks, 7201 Lake St.


Arturo Marin, 25, of Joliet, was allegedly observed in the driver’s seat of a car blocking traffic in the intersection of Harlem and Madison around 1:20 a.m., July 25. Police say he smelled strongly of alcohol, had a half-empty bottle of liquor in the car, and failed a field sobriety test.

Reckless conduct

Steven Roberson, 26, of 1100 S. Cuyler, was arrested at Children’s Memorial Hospital, the night of July 22, and charged with two counts of felony reckless conduct for his alleged part in injuries suffered by his 6-week-old son. The little boy is being treated for second-degree burns and what is described as a spiral fracture of the left femur.

Vehicle burglary

Jeffrey T. Jankovsky, 45, of Elgin, was arrested after he was allegedly observed attempting to open car doors on the 1000 block of Lake. A name check turned up two DuPage County arrest warrants.

Cars were burglarized on the 700 block of S. Lombard, 400 and 800 blocks of S. Taylor and 800 block of S. Ridgeland in Oak Park. Cars were burglarized on the 7200 and 7300 blocks of Division, 7400 block of Augusta in River Forest, and two were ransacked on the 7700 block of Madison.


Angel Torres, 27, of Cicero was arrested, the night of July 25, for a retail theft at CVS Pharmacy, 6748 Roosevelt.

Cassandra Jones, 25, and Deedra Massey, 40, of 5338 W. Kinzie allegedly walked out of the Dominick’s, 259 Lake, without paying for merchandise, July 23. Jones was arrested immediately and Massey a while later on the 500 block of S. Lombard.

Outside warrant

Police arrested at least 10 individuals on outside arrest warrants after being stopped last week:

Tyrone R. Rogers 25, of 314 N. Waller, was stopped on the 1200 block of S. Austin in Cicero, the afternoon of July 21. Besides a suspended license, Rogers was wanted on three separate arrest warrants. His passenger, Gregory Lynn Brown, 26, of 5431 W. Harrison, ran off but was captured nearby. He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for possessing a .38 caliber handgun.

Bryan E. McFerren, 18, of 436 S. Maple was stopped near his home, the morning of July 23, by detectives conducting an investigation. He was wanted on an Oak Park warrant alleging theft and a Cook County Sheriff’s warrant for burglary.

Pompey Hicks, 48, of the 900 block of S. Humphrey, was arrested on a Cook County Sheriff’s warrant, the afternoon of July 21. Hicks was charged with DUI after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the 200 block of S. Austin around 1:30 a.m., Jan. 24. On April 23, Oak Park police went to his home and arrested him for failing to appear in court on the charges.

Sonia Harris, 38, of 4717 Monroe, was stopped on the 100 block of S. Oak Park Ave., the afternoon of July 22. Harris, who was paroled in February from her latest drug possession conviction, was wanted for parole violation.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from July 20-July 27. 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.

-Bill Dwyer

Crime plus

A familiar name

Chronic troublemaker Artis Liddell, 32, was arrested, the afternoon of July 23, on the 900 block of Madison after he allegedly refused to leave a store.

Liddell, who has a criminal history going back 10 years, which includes burglary, assault, drug possession, battery of a policeman, and criminal trespass to property, is well known to Oak Park police. He was arrested on the 900 block of Madison St. last August after he allegedly knocked an Oak Park man to the ground and kicked him numerous times. He was arrested four times in 2007 for criminal trespass, aggressive panhandling or possession of drug paraphernalia, culminating in a 150-day sentence in Cook County Jail.

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