Man thrown onto el tracks in attempted robbery

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

A man was knocked onto the CTA Green Line's tracks Friday night after a struggle with another man who tried to steal his wallet.

The victim was sitting on the Green Line's Harlem platform Oct. 25 when a 30- to 40-year-old man approached him and began to struggle with him, reaching for the victim's front pocket, which contained his wallet.

The man failed to get his wallet, but the victim was knocked onto the train tracks. The offender then fled westbound from the platform and out onto Harlem.

The suspect was described to police as being roughly 5-feet, 9-inches tall, with a thin build and facial blemishes. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Armed robbery

Two men approached a victim from behind the night of Oct. 25 on the 400 block of Berkshire Street in Oak Park and threw him to the ground. One man placed a blue steel automatic handgun to the victim's head, while the other man took a blue Verizon cell phone from the victim's pocket.

An 18- to 22-year-old man handed a note to the clerk on the night of Oct. 26 at 7-Eleven, 240 Chicago Ave., that demanded all the cash in both registers. The man then lifted up his shirt to show a black handgun tucked into his waistband. The clerk handed over the cash, and the man got into a car that drove away eastbound on Chicago Avenue.


A 15- to 20-year-old boy walked up to a man on the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road in Oak Park the afternoon of Oct. 26 and hit him on the head with something. The boy then stole the man's wallet, with $60 in cash, and ran down Harvey Avenue, getting into a white car that drove away northbound.

An 18-year-old boy grabbed a victim on the 200 block of South Oak Park Ave. the night of Oct. 28 and dragged him to the ground while trying to take his bag. A witness screamed, though, and the boy fled with an accomplice to a waiting Nissan sedan.

Four 15- to 19-year-old boys pulled up in a van behind a victim the night of Oct. 31 in the parking lot of Valero Gas, 100 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, got out and started punching him. One of the boys stole the victim's mp3 player and his 24-inch men's bicycle.

Warrant arrest

Pasquale Fico, 37, was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 26 at the intersection of Harlem and Central avenues in River Forest, where he was taken into custody on a Chicago warrant for theft.

Curtis Mayfield Jr. of Oak Park, 38, was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 28 on the 300 block of South Grove Avenue in Oak Park on a warrant for assault from Jasper County, Mo.

Marcus P. Turner, 35, was arrested the night of Oct. 28 at the intersection of Franklin and North avenues in River Forest, where he was taken into custody on a warrant for probation violation for battery.

Retail theft

Josalyn Juarez, 27, was arrested the night of Oct. 26 at Jewel, 7525 Lake St. in River Forest, and charged with felony retail theft as well as attempted escape from an officer. She allegedly stole $70.16 worth of toiletries, and then tried to climb out a window when an officer left the room to let her change clothes.

Three men in their 20s tried to steal $280 worth of Red Bull and Monster energy drinks the afternoon of Oct. 28 from Jewel, 7525 Lake St. in River Forest. They fled when a manager followed them into the parking lot.

Two 15- to 18-year-old boys stole a box of Snickers and a box of Sour Power candy just after midnight on Oct. 29 from the shop at Valero Gas, 100 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park.

Shannon Morris of Chicago, 37, was arrested the morning of Nov. 1 on the 300 block of Randolph Street in Oak Park, where she was charged with felony retail theft from CVS, 345 Madison St. in Oak Park.

Two shirts and a pair of pants were stolen the afternoon of Nov. 1 from a display at Muse, 106 N. Marion St. in Oak Park.

Barbara Kratochvil of Chicago, 37, was arrested the afternoon of Nov. 1 at CVS, 6748 Roosevelt Rd. in Oak Park, and charged with retail theft.

Obstructing justice

Chastity Williams, 30, was arrested by River Forest police early the morning of Oct. 29 at the intersection of North and First avenues, where she was charged with traffic violations as well as obstructing a police officer.

She allegedly crossed over the center line of the road, then refused to identify herself to police when they asked her for ID, saying she didn't have a drivers' license. She also allegedly got out of the car when police told her to stay in the vehicle, and struggled with police when they tried to arrest her.


Someone stole a wooden donation box at Panera Bread, 7349 Lake St. in River Forest, overnight between Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. The box contained approximately $15 in cash.

A black iPhone was stolen from an unlocked, unsecured classroom at OPRF High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave. in Oak Park mid-day on Oct. 29.


Gary Hernandez, 21, was arrested the night of Oct. 29 at the intersection of Harlem and Augusta by River Forest police, where he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, DUI, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and driving without insurance.

He allegedly was hit by a car at the intersection of North and Harlem avenues, then fled down Harlem until he got in another accident and flipped his car. He was transported to Loyola where he was treated for minor cuts and bruises.

Amy Linkins-Bergau of Oak Park, 39, was arrested the evening of Oct. 29 on the 300 block of Augusta Street in Oak Park, and was charged with DUI.


A silver iPod Nano was stolen from a Mitsubishi Eclipse parked on the 7200 block of Central Avenue in River Forest just after midnight on Oct. 31. The car's passenger side window had been smashed.

Two Fossil watches, an Apple iPod and a girls' silver bicycle were stolen from an apartment on the 300 block of South Austin Blvd. on the afternoon of Oct. 29.


Demetrius Jones of Chicago, 24, was arrested the afternoon of Nov. 1 on the 400 block of South Humphrey Avenue in Oak Park, and charged with assault to a woman from Chicago.

Car theft

A silver 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe parked behind a building on the 400 block of South Cuyler Avenue in Oak Park was stolen overnight between Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.


An Oak Park juvenile was arrested for possession of cannabis the afternoon of Oct. 26 at OPRF High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave. in Oak Park.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. 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 Ben Meyerson

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Posted: November 9th, 2010 5:02 PM

I have to admit that when I read the article the omission of the suspect's race stood out to me. There would be value here in describing the skin color of a dangerous at-large criminal. It's not racist to include it %u2014 just a factual account from the witness.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 9th, 2010 11:22 AM

You said that knowing about race depends upon the incident. In this incident, the perp is on the loose and is a very dangerous person, given that he could have killed the victim simply for whatever money was in his wallet. A person like that should be apprehended as soon as possible and yes, it is PC garbage and typical of OP "news" reports. Funny how important the writer felt it was to mention the facial scarring but not the color of his skin. LOL-whatever--I know your agenda.


Posted: November 8th, 2010 10:30 PM

Violet: Point out exactly where I stated that "description of complexion color is immaterial" in the headline case. I was responding to Mike's comment, as indicated by "Mike:"; do you typically respond to the name Mike? And what "PC crap" are you referring to? I haven't minced my words. I think you need to find your "blue aura" and calm down.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 8th, 2010 2:17 PM

Anon: In this instance, it is very important to know as many details of the perp as possible since he's on the loose! If he had already been arrested, I suppose it wouldn't matter. For you to claim that a description of complexion color is immaterial is absurd and shows how crazy this PC crap has gotten. Not suprised, though...(Signed, a mixed-ethicity human being)


Posted: November 8th, 2010 9:10 AM

"Mike": apparently you read things selectively. I've often seen perps described as black on this site. I've also seen white perps described on this site. Sometimes this information is omitted. Is race an important bit of information? Yes, for the police, but only sometimes for civilians- it depends on the incident. Your race-baiting, white victimhood stance is tired. Stop playing the "race card" and grow up.


Posted: November 5th, 2010 5:32 PM

violet dont you know that this is oak park and diversity is a corner stone of the community. The reporters cant possibly mention race....what if the perp is non-white???? well its appearant that hurting peoples feelings is more important to the newspaper than catching this scum. violet, get used to it.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 11:33 AM

*Sigh* I just re-read the account and the victim described the perp as having facial blemishes so his complexion must have been also mentioned to police. This is madness, plain and simple, and does a gross diservice to the community! How the hell can anyone who may have witnessed someone run away that evening possibly identify the perp with this scant info?

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 11:30 AM

For Ben the compiler: In describing the dude who threw a man onto the tracks (attempted murder), I notice that his skin color was not mentioned. Why is that? This seems to happen quite a bit with OP news. It is NOT racist to describe the complexion of a perp. In fact, it is irresponsible journalism to omit such a description if available. I am not accusing you of deliberately doing this, but simply reminding reporters on OP crime that race is a huge descriptor if the perp hasn't been nabbed!

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