Oak Park police arrested a 39-year-old Chicago man after he was slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and found unresponsive with a loaded gun in his hand at 10:26 p.m., May 19 in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue. The suspect did not have a valid driver’s license or auto insurance and was also found to be under the influence of alcohol.
He was charged with aggravated unauthorized use of a weapon, driving under the influence, and driving without a valid license and car insurance. He is being held for bond hearings.
Aggravated unlawful use of weapon arrest
- A resident of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood was arrested for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured vehicle at 10:16 a.m., May 16 in the 800 block of Jackson Boulevard. The suspect, 41, was driving a black Jeep when he was stopped in traffic and exited his vehicle. Police thought he seemed disoriented, but the man was cleared by the Oak Park Fire Department and it was determined he had no alcohol in his system. An investigation found that the suspect had a loaded handgun in the Jeep, as well as a suspended license and no vehicle insurance. He was brought into custody and held for a bond hearing.
Aggravated assault arrest
- Chicago resident Mack E. Scales, 40, was arrested after being positively identified as the offender who brandished a knife at an employee of Jewel Osco, 438 Madison St., and damaged store property before fleeing the store at 9:49 a.m., May 21. Scales was also arrested for resisting a peace officer, after he was approached by officers outside the store and refused to comply with verbal commands from Oak Park police officers and struggled with officers as he was taken into custody. He was taken to the police department and held in lieu of a bond hearing.
- Chicago resident Hunter Kendall, 24, was arrested after being positively identified as the person who pulled a knife and threatened to cut an employee and security guard at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple St., at 5:25 a.m., May 22; officers apprehended Kendall after he fled the hospital. A name check revealed a Chicago warrant was out for Kendall for retail theft.
Aggravated domestic battery arrest
- After turning himself in to police, a 42-year-old Chicago man was charged May 18 with aggravated domestic battery and home invasion that occurred May 12, when he allegedly forced his way into the victim’s apartment, beat her in the face and body and choked her, then took $4,000 from her apartment before he left. The suspect was processed and held for bond hearing.
- A Florida resident was arrested at 5:08 a.m., May 20 after being positively identified as the person who shoved a CTA employee at 1116 South Blvd. then fled down the tracks and jumped the fence into Forest Park. He is being held in lieu of bond.
- A resident of the first block of West Washington Boulevard, was arrested May 19 after being identified in a photospread as the perpetrator of an Oct. 18 burglary in the first block of West Washington Boulevard. He was processed and held for bond hearing.
- A red Milwaukee Sawzall was taken out of the victim’s unlocked 2008 Ford F350 truck that was parked in the 1500 block of North Austin Boulevard between midnight and 6 a.m., May 17. The estimated loss is $150.
- Someone broke into the office of Park Avenue Coin Laundry, 910 S. Oak Park Ave., and removed several bottles of detergent and then pried open two cash register drawers, taking cash, between 5:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., May 18. The estimated loss is $500.
- A Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X13 laptop, a Swiss Gear bookbag and a black wallet, containing debit and credit cards, vaccine card and cash, were taken from a 2015 Chevy Equinox with a rolled down driver’s side window between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., May 19 in the first block of Erie Court. The estimated loss is $1,480.
- While an Oak Park resident was sitting on the couch in her living room, an unknown man walked into her house through the unlocked backdoor; the victim told police she and the offender locked eyes in the hallway but did not speak to each other and the man fled shortly after through the back door at 12:48 p.m., May 20 in the first block of Chicago Avenue. No loss was reported.
Recovered stolen vehicle
- The silver 2006 Ford Fusion reported stolen out of Oak Park Oct. 4 was recovered in Emmett, Michigan by Emmett Township police May 17.
These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports through May 17 to May 23 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.