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Oak Forest Police reports, Sept. 8–10

MONDAY, SEPT. 10 Business Burglarized

O'Donnell Dental Care, 15028 Cicero Ave., reported a burglary sometime between Sept. 6–10. According to the complainant, sometime during those dates, an unknown person(s) broke into the business by breaking a small window and unlocking the door.

Once inside, the victim said the suspect(s) removed three BO Speakers units, an iPod, two iPads, a camcorder, a travel projector and a four-camera security system, all with an estimated worth of $5,450.

The complainant said that the last people in the business were an employee and Stanley Steamer techs, on Thursday, Sept. 6.


Party On, Dudes

Dean W. Richards, 18, of the 5800 block of S. Edward Street, Ivan Angeles, 19, of the 5800 block of S. Edward Street, Alexi K. Pajic, 19, of the 4500 block of W. 152nd Street, Midlothian, and Zachary K. Schroeder, 19, were all charged with underage consumption of alcohol after police responded to a fight in the 5800 block of South Edward Street. When officers arrived, they found Richards screaming and flailing his arms wildly, smelling of alcohol. Police took him into custody, while the others were left at the scene.

At the station, Richards was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and disorderly conduct. He was released on a $1,500 I-bond. Angeles was also charged with boisterous party/gathering, while Pajic was cited for underage possession of alcohol, boisterous party and obstructing a police officer.

I Want a Beer, But I'll Take Your Wallet

Police responded to a call in the 5000 block of 159th Street, after a resident called to report a theft. The victim told officers that a person they knew as “Bee,” came into their apartment and asked for a beer. When the victim refused, “Bee” grabbed their wallet off the table and ran out of the apartment and fled the area in her car. Th wallet contained $40, credit cards and ID. 

Didn't See That Coming 

Police responded to a report of a battery in the 5000 block of 159th Street. At the scene, officers found the victim sitting on his porch, bleeding from under his left eye. He told officers that two black males confronted him outside of his apartment and one punched him in the face, causing the injury. Officers were unable to locate the suspects.

It Looks Real To Them

Juan C. Cruz-Hernandez, 24, of the 5000 block of 159th Street, was charged with aggravated assault. Cruz-Hernandez was arrested after several residents notified the police that he was standing outside of an apartment complex with a gun.

At the apartments, officers found Cruz-Hernandez and ordered him to the ground. He instead entered his apartment, where officers located him and placed him in handcuffs. Officers found the gun in his apartment, and noted that it was an AirSoft gun, with one clip. Cruz-Hernandez said his neighbors were being loud and he was trying to scare them.

Cruz-Hernandez was fingerprinted and found to have a $200,000 bond in Orland Park for DUI. He was released on charges in Oak Forest, pending a court date, and held in until Orland Park officers came to get him.


Police Blotter information is provided by the Oak Forest Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

Bob Laird September 12, 2012 at 02:04 PM
5000 central would be north of Midway airport.
Lauren Traut September 12, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Looks like it's a typo, Bob. Jeff's clarifying. Thanks.
Thomas September 12, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Last I checked, neighbors being loud was not a reason to point anything at them, let alone an AirsoftGun. That's not only being irresponsible with something that looks realistic, but beyond dumb. This is why there are a lot of sites that stress airsoft safety like this one: http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-safety.htm. Lucky it just led to an arrest. It could have been worse. Why do you think players keep theirs in cases, even when on the fields?
Jeff Graveline September 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Bob, I fixed the typo. It was 159th, not Central. Thanks for the catch. Keep the comments coming and thanks for reading. - Jeff Graveline Oak Forest Patch.
Dave September 12, 2012 at 09:42 PM
To emphasize Thomas, I am staff member for a group that runs airsoft games and I am very much an advocate on the safety and proper use of airsoft guns. They are NOT toys and should not be treated as such. As Thomas said players keep theirs in cases on the fields [in the safe zones]. When on the fields all players are required to wear proper eye protection of a certain level. This is part of the insurance requirements for that field. Now for you people who want to play backyard games. Please don't. There are laws that forbid the discharge of airguns in the public except for the exemptions of the properly licensed and insured fields. Some more good sites http://www.illinoisairsoft.com/ with a good forum post about private/backyard events at http://www.illinoisairsoft.com/index.php?topic=5563.0 Also http://www.midwestairsofters.com/ And http://www.chicagoairsoftassociation.com/ There are many sites that talk about safety and where to find games at. The staff that run these games are on top of safety at all times and strongly discourage the activity that was involved in this incident. The problem is, it starts to give people and politicians the wrong message about people who use airsoft guns as a whole. For you parents out there with kids into airsoft. Make sure they play safe and legally.


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