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Condo Lobby Dispute Leads to Assault Charge

River Forest Police Department reports from Dec. 16-24.

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Theft Report

An officer responded to the 400 block of Clinton reference the theft of copper piping from a building’s air conditioners unit on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.. The incident occurred between Dec. 13-14 The value of the loss was not estimated by the owner at the time of the report.   

Assault Arrest   

Officers responded to the 400 block of Clinton reference an assault in progress on Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. The victim related that she found an unauthorized person in her condo lobby and when asked to leave he caused a disturbance and made threatening gestures towards the victim. The offender, John D. Morgan, 31, of Chicago, was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor assault.          

Criminal Damage to Property Arrest

Officers responded to the 400 block of Ashland reference the damage of three coach lights on a garage on Dec. 18 at 7:30 a.m. The complainant related that she observed a subject break the lights on the condo property. The offender, David B. Hisel, 47, of  Joliet, was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property.   

Retail Theft Report  

Officers responded to 7231 W. Lake St., Ulta Beauty, reference the theft of $469 worth of cologne on Dec. 18 at 9 p.m.. The offender had fled the store with the merchandise. A search of the area netted the recovery of the offender’s jacket and one bottle of cologne. Based on eyewitness accounts and security footage, detectives are actively investigating the incident.                  

Criminal Damage to Property Arrest

Officers responded to a call of a vehicle being “keyed” at 7200 Division, Dominican University Priory Campus, on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. The victim related that she saw a subject, who is known to her, use a key to scratch the paint on her 2003 Chrysler Sebring. The offender, Thad Prather, 48, of Riverside, was taken into custody at the scene. Prather admitted to the damaging the victim’s vehicle and commented that it was done due to an ongoing dispute with the victim, according to police. Prather was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

Retail Theft Investigation

Officers responded to 7706 Madison, Gunzo’s Hockey, for the theft of a two knit hats on Dec. 19 at 2:45 p.m. Two juvenile offenders were involved in the incident and they were located a short distance away from the store. Store management did not want to pursue criminal charges and the merchandise was returned to the store.

Theft Arrest

Officers responded to the 7200 block of Central reference the theft of metal wire from the rear of 7245 W. Lake St., Whole Foods Market, on Dec. 23 at 9 a.m. The offender, Tyran L. Lockett 24, of Chicago, was found in possession of wire cutters and a large spool of steel wire, police said. He was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor theft.

DUI Arrest 

An officer observed a vehicle commit an traffic violation in the area of Division and Harlem at 2:15 a.m. on Dec. 24. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver appeared to be exhibiting signs of intoxication, police said. The driver, Ixiel Hernandez, 29, of Oak Lawn, failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. A Breathalyzer Test at the station revealed that the driver’s BAC was .190, which is over two times the legal limit. Hernandez was charged with misdemeanor DUI and other traffic offenses.                      

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