One week after he was arrested for the battery of a River Forest teenager, Christopher Meeks, 21, was arrested for his alleged part in a street robbery. Meeks, of 9636 S. Oakley, Chicago, who is on parole from a 2006 conviction for the criminal sexual abuse of a 15-year-old, was one of three men charged with the robbery of an Oak Park man on the 1000 block of Lake on Sept. 11.

Also charged were Raymond L. Grant, 18, of 1037 Elgin, Forest Park, and Malcolm C. Benford, 17, of 125 N. Lorel. The three were arrested at 9412 S. Kedzie, Chicago, the afternoon of Sept. 11. Benford, was also wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants. Meeks had been arrested the night of Sept. 5 after allegedly punching a River Forest boy in the face while on the 900 block of N. Kenilworth.

In other robberies, two men in their late teens or early 20s attacked an Oak Park woman on the 100 block of S. Taylor around 1 a.m. Sept. 12, knocked her down, punched her in the face and stole her purse.

On the afternoon of Sept. 13, an Oak Park boy riding on the 200 block of Harrison was knocked off his bike by another boy, who took the bike and rode away on it.


Burglars entered a residence on the 800 block of S. Cuyler the evening of Sept. 12 through an unlocked front porch door, broke a window and stole a laptop computer.

Seven cars, all unlocked, were burglarized Sept. 4-10. Various personal items, including cellphones, digital cameras and loose change, as well as a boxed, unassembled lawnmower, were stolen from the cars, on the 400 block of S. Ridgeland, the 600 block of Fair Oaks, the 500 block of Forest, the 100 block of Linden, the 1000 block of S. Oak Park Avenue and the 100 block of N. Euclid.

Thieves entered another unlocked car, in the rear of a residence on the 100 block of Bishop Quarters Lane, overnight Sept. 7 and took the garage door opener, entered the garage and stole two bikes valued at $1,000.

Two bikes, tools, a GPS device and an in-dash stereo were stolen from an unlocked garage on the 800 block of S. Harvey overnight Sept. 7.

Overnight Sept. 8, thieves broke a car window on the 400 block of N. Humphrey and stole a case of CDs.
Burglars entered a garage on the 1100 block of N. Grove overnight Sept. 12, broke the window of a Mercedes, and stole a GPS device.


Derrick L. Hutcherson, 52, of 113 N. Kostner, was arrested the afternoon of Sept. 11 and charged with a retail theft at Borders Books, 1144 Lake.

Monica Ashley, 21, of 120 S. 5th, Maywood, was arrested on the 7200 block of Lake the afternoon of Sept. 11 after she allegedly stole merchandise from Borders Books.

Anthony T. Anderson, 44, was charged with felony retail theft after he allegedly stole $43 worth of body products from Jewel, at 7525 Lake in River Forest, Sept. 6.

Anthony Jones, 34, of 3542 W. Franklin, Bellwood, and Brandon Cade, 21, of 1531 S. St. Louis were arrested Sept. 10 after they were allegedly observed putting boxes containing alcohol in a car outside Dominick’s store, at 259 Lake.

A Chicago boy was stopped the afternoon of Sept. 8, while riding a bike on the 6400 block of North Ave. He was charged with felony theft after the bike was determined to be reported stolen on Aug. 29. Bikes were also stolen from a storage locker in an apartment building on the 100 block of Washington, the 900 block of N. Austin, the 100 block of N. Grove, the 6700 block of Roosevelt, the 100 block of S. Taylor, the 600 block of S. Maple, and the first block of Lake. Bikes were stolen in River Forest on the 100 block of Gale and from Keystone Park.

Residential burglary

Laurice M. Asberry, 33, was arrested Sept. 7, at her home at 2629 Pirates Cove, Schaumburg, for an alleged burglary on the 700 block of Washington on March 23.


James C. Cullen, 22, of 21 Indian Dr., Clarendon Hills, and Saifu Carter, 27, of 1206 Madison, Maywood, were stopped and arrested by police on the 1150 block of S. Maple the afternoon of Sept. 10. Cullen allegedly was in possession of two bags of heroin reportedly bought from Carter. Carter, who was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, was paroled Dec. 30 from a conviction on aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

The morning of Sept. 10, police arrested Victor Satisfield, 49, and Veronica Pace, 47, both of 1213 N. Austin, and charged them with possession of a controlled substance.

Aggravated assault of a police officer

A River Forest police sergeant attempting to deal with a criminal trespass subject was attacked last Thursday. The officer observed Christopher Brooks, 31, of 5012 W. Concord Place, Chicago, on the front lawn of a Forest Avenue home, being confronted by the homeowner.

When Brooks started walking down the middle of Madison, the officer attempted to talk him to the sidewalk, but Brooks allegedly screamed at him, threw a punch at him and reached into his back pocket. As the officer grabbed Brooks and took him down to the pavement, an open 3-inch folding knife fell out of his back pocket. Brooks was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Criminal damage to property

Vandals with BB guns caused expensive damage at several locations in Oak Park. A large window at Animal Care League, 1013 Garfield, was damaged overnight Sept. 13.  The loss was $1,500. Overnight Sept. 12 eight windows at the Oak Park Conservatory were damaged. Overnight Sept. 10 a car window on the 100 block of Humphrey was damaged, and the afternoon of Sept. 11 a window on the first block of Superior was damaged.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Sept. 7 to Sept. 14. 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

June DUI suspect arrested again

An Oak Park woman charged with three counts of aggravated DUI following a June car crash in Oak Park that sent three people to the hospital was arrested by River Forest police Sept. 11 and charged with driving on a suspended license. Nikki Klassert, 21, of 706 N. Austin, allegedly ran a stop sign at Lathrop and Washington just after 1 a.m. Police arrested her when her license came back as suspended for the DUI charges. She also reportedly had no valid insurance.

In the June 18 incident in Oak Park, Klassert was allegedly speeding eastbound on North Boulevard when her SUV broadsided a car occupied by a Franklin Park couple. The driver suffered a broken arm, a broken collarbone, a lacerated spleen and forehead lacerations and the passenger suffered a broken arm. A 61-year-old Oak Park woman crossing North Boulevard at the time was also injured.

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