Oak Park and River Forest police reports-Aug. 11-17

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By Amy Malina

Hellraiser has Hellcat in ankle holster

During a traffic stop, Aug. 7 at 6:27 p.m., River Forest police saw open alcohol in the car and had the driver and passengers exit. One of them told police he had an unloaded gun in an ankle holster. Justin Macias, 22, of Oak Park, was not a Concealed Carry permit holder; he was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, and his Hellcat .380 handgun was recovered by police.


In the 900 block of Franklin, River Forest police investigated the theft of a milk can, stolen Aug. 5-6. The metal milk can had been chained and padlocked to a fence in front of a residence.

A locked bike was stolen from a bike rack in the 900 block of South East Avenue during the night of Aug. 10-11. 

Auto theft

Aug. 10-11, someone stole a Dodge Caravan from the 200 block of Harrison. On Aug. 11, a Mitsubishi Lancer was stolen from the rear of the 900 block of Garfield, the thief or thieves aided by the unlocked door and the keys left inside.  


The evening of Aug. 6, a woman told River Forest police she was getting threatening phone calls at home. The wife of a male friend of the victim made the calls. Police told the offender to lay off or be arrested.


During the night of Aug. 10-11 in the 1100 block of South Highland, someone entered a Mercury Mountaineer, ransacked it, and stole cash and a GPS unit. 

A man entered an unlocked garage in the 200 block of West Randolph, Aug. 12 at 3:39 a.m., then entered the unlocked van within and stole an MP3 player and charger.

An unlocked door allowed a burglar inside a Lexus in the 400 block of North Humphrey; stolen were a handbag, a tablet, and a wallet with ID and credit cards; this took place overnight, Aug. 16-17.

In the 800 block of Highland between 2:18 and 2:38 p.m. on Aug. 17, two young teenage males reportedly stole an iPhone from an unlocked truck.

Felony DUI and drug arrests

Aug. 9 at 1:18 a.m., police stopped a car after they saw it commit several violations in the area of Park and North avenues. Driver Linnette Gavidia, 29, of Stone Park, reportedly appeared intoxicated, had no driver's license and refused both field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests. The car's center console featured a glass pipe and cannabis residue; there was also an open liquor bottle and some prescription medication. Gavidia was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence, multiple traffic offenses, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A traffic stop near Harlem and North revealed an intoxicated-looking driver and a powerful odor of pot from inside the car, Aug. 10 at 4:26 p.m. Driver Joseph M. Valdez, 35, of Berwyn, refused sobriety tests, was found in possession of 3 grams of cannabis, and was charged with DUI, possession, and traffic violations.

In the 1200 block of North Austin on Aug. 17 at 9:46 p.m., police arrested a Chicago man for aggravated DUI, aggravated driving on a revoked license, DUI, and driving uninsured; the arrestee was 34-year-old Ruben Vallejo of Chicago. 


The lock was cut on a bike stolen from the front porch of a residence in the 1500 block of Franklin, Aug. 11, but the bike was later located in Oak Park and returned to its home.

Aug. 16 between 12:30 and 1:15 p.m., someone at the Jewel in the 7000 block of Roosevelt reported the theft of a Calvin Klein wallet containing credit cards, an Illinois driver's license, and a Ventra card.

In the 100 block of Harrison, Aug. 15 between 4 and 5 p.m., someone stole a Samsung tablet left unattended on a countertop.

Someone stole credit cards from a locked locker at the YMCA in the 200 block of South Marion Street, Aug. 16 between 1:40 and 4:40 p.m.

Battery arrest

A battery-in-progress call brought police to the 7200 block of Oak, where the caller said a neighbor had just scratched and struck her boyfriend. Shannon J. Fitch, 36, of River Forest, was charged with battery and resisting arrest.


In the 1000 block of North Humphrey, someone broke a garage motion-detector light, Aug. 10. 

In the 900 block of South Humphrey, during the night of Aug. 10-11, an offender broke the window of a Dodge Neon parked in the village lot.

During the night of Aug. 15-16, in the 500 block of Taylor, someone threw toilet paper all over a house, then set one of the rolls on fire on the front porch. The porch paint was damaged. 

Possession of a stolen car

Chicago resident Nicholas Payne, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle – belonging to a Berwyn resident – in the 500 block of North Cuyler on Aug. 16. Payne was also charged with leaving the scene of, and failure to report, an accident. 

Public indecency

On Aug. 17 at 3:31 a.m., a Chicago man was arrested in the 100 block of North Harvey after police saw him on the front porch furniture of a house. He was also holding himself indecently. Bryan E. McFerrin, 23, of Chicago, was charged with public indecency.

Attempted auto theft

In the 1100 block of South Highland during the night of Aug. 16-17, two vans were broken into; someone damaged the steering columns in an apparent effort to steal the vehicles. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 11-17 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.

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Joe from South oak park  

Posted: August 19th, 2014 2:41 PM

Winter- it would either need to be broken down, unloaded in a case or not immediately accessible to meet the transport exemption under state law. So unloaded in a zippered bag in the center console is ok, but unloaded in a holster is not. Heck, technically, unloaded in a closed fannypack would likely meet the requirements of state law, but IANAL.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: August 19th, 2014 2:29 PM

So knucklehead in the report above carries without a license... He gets a uuw which is an appropriate application of the law. Does anyone think that someone with that little regard for the law is going to avoid a business because of a sticker? On the other hand, I'll avoid a posted business whether I'm carrying at the time or not. If a business owner doesn't want my business, I'll take it elsewhere. The vast majority of folks with a ccw license hold a similar opinion.

Winter Skye from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: August 19th, 2014 2:11 PM

Wed. Journal, those ads with sound are OBNOXIOUS!!! I will be clicking on this site less often if they continue. I am disappointed that someone thought this was a good idea. For the first story, why was it unlawful USE of weapon when the guy told police he was packing and the gun was unloaded?

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