Oak Lawn police investigate a meat retreat

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  The assistant manager of an Oak Lawn grocery store was unsuccessful Oct. 1 in his attempt to stop a thief in the parking lot of the store, police said.
  The offender placed $56 worth of meat into a cart at Jewel-Osco, 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave., and walked along the back of the store before leaving without paying for the merchandise at 5:10 p.m., police said.
  The assistant manager chased the offender into the parking lot and struggled with him until the assistant manager was shoved to the ground, police said. The man wore a grey shirt, black pants and had a tattoo on his neck, according to reports.
  The assistant manager was not injured and the merchandise was recovered. Another employee told police he recognized the man from high school and could identify him.

Concerned citizen? Police not buying it

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Worth man charged with drunken driving after striking an SUV told police his eyes were watery and glassy out of concern for the passengers of the vehicle he hit, police said.
  John J. Gubbins, 37, was charged with drunken driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and having no insurance following the accident, which occurred at 6 p.m. near 111th Street and Oak Park Avenue, according to reports.
  The driver of the SUV told police he stopped at a red light at 111th Street and Oak Park Avenue. When the light turned green, he proceeded but had to slow down because the car in front of him made a right turn. When he stopped, he was hit from behind by the Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Gubbins.
  Gubbins told police he had just left a liquor store and was driving east on 111th Street. When the light turned green, he proceeded but the SUV in front of him stopped and he rear ended the vehicle. He said was returning from work and was headed to his parents’ house.

  Police said he had an odor of alcohol on his breath and glassy, watery eyes. He denied that he was drinking but later admitted that he drank two beers. He failed or refused to perform field sobriety tests, police said.
  He gave police an expired insurance card, but told officers, “I have insurance. I’ll pay for the damage. Can we get this done?” according to reports.

Police News from 10-10-13

Chicago Ridge

 Alex Smith, 27, of Orland Hills; Thaer Banibaker, 25, of Burbank; and Oscar Sanchez, 25, of Chicago, were charged with disorderly conduct Oct. 2 after a disturbance in the 10000 block of Harlem Avenue, police said.

Hickory Hills

  A package of headlights was reported stolen Oct. 6 from Auto Zone, 8764 W. 95th St.
  Shawn M. Moore, 23, of Burbank, was charged with disorderly conduct Oct. 5 after a disturbance at Parkview Park, 85th Street and 82nd Avenue, police said.

Oak Lawn

  Terrell D. Johnson, 26, of Hazel Crest, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, failure to signal, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol Sept. 22 after a stop at 95th Street and 68th Court, police said.
  Brittany M. Caldario, 22, of Burbank, was charged with drunken driving and damage to village property Sept. 26 following a stop in the 9200 block of Cicero Avenue, police said.
  Na Asia S. Jones, 20, of South Holland, was charged with retail theft Sept. 26 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
  John R. Damarjian, 22, of Alsip, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, no insurance and driving without a valid license Sept. 26 after being stopped at 98th Street and Central Avenue, police said.
  More than $2,000 worth of hand tools were reported stolen Sept. 26 or 27 from a car in the 9000 block of Cicero Avenue.
  Edward J. Crofton, 39, of Evergreen Park, was charged with drunken driving Sept. 27 after a stop at 95th Street and 52nd Avenue, police said.
  Lucinda Garza, 43, of Burbank, was charged with theft Sept. 27 after allegedly stealing on several occasions cash from the cash register or cash bags at Target, 4120 W. 95th St., where she was employed, police said.
  Brian P. Earner, 27, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use, speeding and failure to signal Sept. 28 after he was stopped at Southwest Highway and Kilbourn Avenue, police said.
  Armando Martinez, 21, of Blue Island, was charged with retail theft Sept. 28 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
  Jonathon W. Mysiewicz, 26, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving, no insurance, improper lane use and a median violation Sept. 29 after a stop at 110th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.
  An Oak Lawn woman’s cell phone was reported to be taken from her hand Sept. 30 while she sat on a bench at the Metra station, 5120 W. Museum Drive. The woman told police a man approached her from behind, took the phone and fled south on 51st Avenue, police said.
  Two sets of golf clubs valued at $4,000, a torch kit and a leak tester kit were reported stolen Oct. 2 or 3 from a car in the 4000 block of 91st Place.

Area police departments
Chicago Ridge..... 425-7831
Evergreen Park... 422-2142
Hickory Hills........ 598-4900
Oak Lawn.......... 499-7722
Palos Hills........... 598-2272
Worth.............. 448-3979

Three charged in road rage rumble

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  Three men were charged with battery Sept. 30 following an Oak Lawn road rage incident, police said.

  Edgar Hernandez-Sanchez, 28, of Blue Island; Horacio Lagunas, 46, of Orland Park; and Servando Hernandez-Sanchez, 29, Dixmoor, attacked a 37-year-old Orland Park man after he pulled in front of them near 87th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
  The complainant said the incident took place at 6:49 a.m. when Lagunas got out of his van, walked to the victim’s car and proceeded to punch and kick him, according to reports. He said the offenders were driving behind him on northbound Ridgeland Avenue and flashed their headlights at him.
  The victim got out of his car and tackled Lagunas. The other men in the van joined in the fracas, punching and kicking him while he was on the ground, police said. The man had a cut on his neck and a bruise on his forehead, police said.
  The alleged offenders told police that the complainant cut them off in traffic, causing them to brake hard to avoid hitting him. They honked their horn, which led the victim to exit his car, approach the van and hit Lagunas, police said.

Punches and grabs lead to arrest in Worth bar

  • Written by Bob Rakow

 A dispute in a Worth bar led one man to be charged with battery after punching another patron, police said.
  Alex E. Ryan, 21, of Worth, was arrested at 1:12 a.m. Friday after twice punching a man who asked him not to touch his girlfriend, police said.
  The man told police Ryan grabbed his girlfriend’s hand, and the woman said Ryan also touched her buttocks.
  The man asked Ryan to keep his hands off his girlfriend, causing Ryan to punch him in the cheek, knocking him to the ground. He got up and Ryan punched him in the forehead.

  Ryan, who police said was highly intoxicated, admitted to police that he hit that victim, according to the report.