OL man charged with making threats

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  An Oak Lawn man was charged with disorderly conduct Oct. 18 after telling a woman that her brother had one week to live, police said.
  Pawel Pitton, 19, was arrested at his home shortly after he appeared in the driveway of a house in the 9300 block of Austin Avenue with a baseball bat and his face covered and asked the woman where her brother could be found, according to reports.
  The woman told Pitton her brother was not home. Pitton responded, “he has a week to live” before driving away on northbound Austin Avenue in a white car.
  The woman tried to call her brother before calling police. Her brother told police he’s had trouble with Pitton in the past. Police went to Pitton’s Oak Lawn home and spotted a white Toyota Corolla in the driveway. He was wearing the clothing described by the victim’s sister, according to reports.
  Pitton told police, “I’m sorry I went there. Am I in trouble?” He denied having a bat or anything covering his face. He was positively identified by the woman he encountered in the driveway.

Barefoot and lead foot — Chicago woman charged in OL with multiple traffic offenses

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A woman driving through Oak Lawn 30 miles above the posted speed limit with an open bottle of cognac next to the driver’s seat was charged Oct. 12 with aggravated drunken driving and several other violations, police said.
  Nicole M. Townsend, 27, of Chicago, also was charged transportation of open alcohol, speeding, driving without insurance, driving with an obstructed windshield, driving on a suspended license and blocking an intersection after being stopped at the 111th Street and Cicero Avenue at 2:19 a.m., according to reports.
  Townsend was clocked at 65 miles per hour near 103rd Street and Cicero Avenue, police said. She acknowledged that the speed limit was 35 miles per hour and believed she was driving about five miles over the limit, according to reports.
  Police noticed an odor of alcohol on Townsend’s breath. She had bloodshot eyes and “thick tongued” speech, they said. She exited car without shoes and was told to put them on before police proceeded with field sobriety tests, police said.
  Townsend said she was returning from a birthday party at 147th Street and Burnham where she had three drinks. Her blood alcohol level was .191, police said.
  She laughed and said, “I failed. I drunk. I been drinking all night,” police said.
  Townsend later said she was driving much faster, police said.
  “I was only going about 80,” she said, according to the report. “We were on the highway when you stopped me. Honestly, I shouldn’t have been driving. It was a long night. But the speed limit was about 75, and I was going about 85 or 90. It was real close. I’m confused. How can my license be suspended if I’ve never had a license? That doesn’t make sense. I never took the written test.”

Driver and passenger pull a hit-and-run play near Worth baseball diamond

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  The driver and passenger of a van fled on foot Oct. 15 after striking a wooden barricade and damaging a backstop at Peaks Park in Worth, police said.
  The 2000 maroon Dodge Caravan struck the 18-inch barricade at 2:36 a.m. and continued into the park where it hit the chain link backstop of a baseball diamond located on the southeast corner of the park, according to reports.
  A witness told police that she heard the “screeching of brakes and a thump.” She went outside and heard the driver racing the engine in an attempt to leave. The driver and passenger eventually got out of the van and ran toward Oak Park Avenue, the witness said.
  The van was headed north on Lloyd Drive at a high rate of speed, according to police. It made a slight left turn and continued across the park property, striking the barrier before running into the backstop. The van had front-end damage, and a three-foot section of a utility pole was lodged beneath the frame, police said.
  The witness said both the driver and passenger were young males who wore hooded sweatshirts and shorts. The van is registered to a Worth residence, but police were unsuccessful in getting a response at the apartment, according to reports.

Name game — men lie to cops about monikers

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  An Oak Lawn man was charged with driving on a suspended license and arrested on three outstanding warrants Oct. 18 but not before lying about his identity, Hickory Hills police said.

  David Wesley Jr., 36, was stopped in the 7700 block of 95th Street for having an expired vehicle registration, according to reports.

  Police subsequently learned that Wesley Jr. was wanted on warrants for failing to appear in court in Montgomery, Ill., and Aurora and disorderly conduct in Kane County, according to reports.

  When he was pulled over, Wesley Jr. identified himself as David Wesley III, the name of his 18-year-old son, police said. He said he did not have any identification. Police, however, believed he was older than 18.

  In fact, Wesley III was a passenger in the car, who also lied about his identity when questioned by police. He was given a warning about lying about his name.

Man arrested with plethora of burglary tools

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Merrionette Park man was charged with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools Oct. 9 after attempting to open car doors in a garage of an Oak Lawn condominium, police said.
  Joseph A. Robinson, 19, was arrested at 9:03 p.m. in the parking lot of the condo in the 10300 block of Austin Avenue, according to reports.
  Robinson had a screwdriver, folding knife and two padlocks as well as a backpack that contained a flash light, latex gloves and a folding hex key tool, police said.
  A witness, who lives in the building, called police and said he saw two men in the parking garage checking for unlocked car doors. Police arrived and saw Robinson walking away from the building followed by the witness, who was pointing at him.
  The witness said he called police shortly after hearing noises in the garage, which is located beneath his unit. He activated security cameras that are focused on his two parking spaces and saw two men wearing hooded sweatshirts trying to enter the cars, police said.
  The witness said Robinson ran toward a car parked in the corner of the garage in an effort to hide after another resident entered the garage. The resident did not recognize Robinson and questioned him, police said.
  Robinson said he was there to visit his mother, but the resident did not believe him because she said she knows everyone who lives in the building. Robinson entered the building’s hallway and went upstairs, followed by the first witness, who saw him exit the building via the Austin Avenue door as police arrived.
  The man with Robinson was not found. Witnesses said he wore a black hoodie, a dark hat, which he wore backwards, and dark basketball shorts. He was last seen in the building’s hallway.
  The witness who encountered Robinson in the garage told police that the two padlocks on her storage unit were gone, but nothing was missing. The locks were not secured. She positively identified Robinson as the man she saw in the parking garage, police said.
  Robinson told police he was at the building visiting a friend who he met on Oct. 8 at the basketball court at Little Wolfe Park in Oak Lawn. He said he did not know his friend’s last name or the condo unit in which he lived, according to reports.
  Police asked him to call his friend, but Robinson said his phone was not on, police said. Robinson later told police he was in the garage while his friend went upstairs to get cigarettes, according to reports.