Woman beaten in River Forest, allegedly by boyfriend

River Forest police said a woman was beaten, allegedly by her boyfriend, until she was bleeding from injuries to her head at Chicago and Lathrop avenues around 4 p.m., March 2. The victim was treated by River Forest paramedics but declined to go to the hospital. The offender, a 24-year-old Melrose Park man, was located at his home. He reportedly refused to cooperate and actively resisted officers. He was charged with felony resisting arrest, misdemeanor domestic battery and criminal damage to property. 


Witnesses chased off a young man with a backpack who was using a black Sharpie to scrawl graffiti on the stone face of the Chase bank at 1000 Lake St. around 7 p.m., March 8. Oak Park police arrived too late to nab the tagger.

The owner of Altamira Art Glass reported someone cracked the glass on the front window of his store in the 200 block of South Marion Street, the morning of March 6. Damage was estimated at $500.


Someone removed a wallet from an open briefcase at the River Forest Starbucks, 7201 W. Lake St. sometime between 4 and 6:15 p.m., Feb. 26. Lost were cash, identification and credit cards.

A wallet was lifted from a purse slung over a chair at Panera Bread in River Forest, 7349 W. Lake St., on March 4 around 3 p.m.

A black LG cellphone was removed from an unattended jacket pocket in the 6000 block of North Avenue, the evening of March 3. Total estimated loss was $160.

Someone removed an unattended pink Canon micro-shot camera from a table in a hospital room at West Suburban Hospital in the first block of Erie Court around 8 p.m., March 9.

A locked bicycle was removed from a bike rack in the 400 block of Lake Street, the morning of March 9. Loss was $640. 


A house in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue was burglarized, March 4 during the day, when someone entered through a front door with a faulty locking mechanism. The house was ransacked and a Toshiba laptop computer was taken. Total estimated loss was $200.

Someone tried, but failed, to pry open the door of a basement apartment in the 200 block of North Grove Avenue during the day, March 4. 

Someone entered a house in the 1200 block of North Euclid Avenue, the evening of March 4, by prying open the lock on the front door. Once inside, offenders ransacked the second floor and removed jewelry and $185. Loss was estimated at $7,285.

An unlocked garage was burglarized, overnight March 7-8, in the 1000 block of South Harvey Avenue. 

Someone entered an unsecured cellar underneath a house in the 900 block of South Humphrey Avenue, March 3-7, and removed three plastic bins containing electrical outlets, switches and boxes. Loss was estimated at $400.

A unit in the Holley Court residences was burglarized by someone who used a pry tool to open the locked front door of the apartment during the day, March 7. The victim found the apartment ransacked and a black Avartec laptop, socks and miscellaneous jewelry were removed. 

Auto crimes

An unlocked Honda parked behind the 600 block of Garfield, overnight March 5-6, was ransacked. A Garmin GPS worth $100 was removed.

A 31-year-old Berkeley woman was arrested by Oak Park police, March 9, after she failed to return a 2012 Dodge Avenger to the Oak Park Enterprise Car Rental location and did not respond to a certified mail demand for the car’s return.

Someone tried to pry open the passenger side window of a 2000 Chrysler van parked during the evening, March 9, in the 900 block of Wenonah. Damage was estimated at $100.

Someone punctured the front and rear driver’s side tires on a vehicle parked in the 900 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Feb. 2-8.

Someone ransacked an unlocked Toyota Camry parked overnight, March 7-8, in the 1000 block of North Humphrey Avenue.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed March 3-9 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest. 

—Compiled by Jean Lotus

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Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...