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Police Blotter: Telephone Harassment, DUI Arrests

The following arrest information was supplied by the Lemont Police Department April 7-13. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

DUI

Romeo Mejia, 42, of the 3400 block of West 71st Street, Chicago, was arrested following a traffic stop at 13100 Archer Avenue. Mejia was charged with driving under the influence and appeared at the 26th and California courthouse for a bond hearing.

Telephone Harassment

Zbigiew Kasprzyk, 46, of the 100 block of Antia, Mt. Prospect, was arrested following an incident on the 1200 block of Covington Drive. Kasprzyk was charged with telephone harassment and appeared at the Bridgeview courthouse for a bond hearing.

Speeding, No Valid License

Jose Martinez-Juarez, 36, of the 600 block of Francis Street, Joliet, was arrested at 8:26 a.m. following a traffic stop on the 17300 block of 127th Street. Martinez-Juarez was charged with no valid license and speeding. He was issued a May 17 court date at the Will County Courthouse.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Driving While License Suspended, Speeding

Ruben Munoz Jr., 32, of the 600 block of Columbia Street, Joliet, was arrested at 12:47 a.m. following a traffic stop at New Avenue and Timberline Drive. Munoz was charged with driving while license suspended, speeding and no insurance. He was issued a May 3 court date at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

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Adam April 19, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I know that this comment has been made before on this site, & I'm not usually one to throw bombs, but are you more likely to be stopped "driving while Hispanic" in Lemont? It is somewhat concerning that so many Hispanic surnames pop up on the Lemont police blotter for "No Valid License" or "No Valid Insurance" - "following a traffic stop". I read the police blotter daily & have noticed a pattern that has been bothering me for quite some time now. I recognize that Lemont is an affluent area & has a relatively low Hispanic population, so when I see the same kind of thing week after week it raises a certain level of suspicion. It's not my intention to take away from the good work that the Lemont Police Dept. does, but I see a pattern here. Is the Lemont PD looking for to pull over drivers/vehicles that fit a certain profile? I can only speculate on how or why this seems to be occurring with such frequency. Whether these stops are done consciously or not, I think it bares giving a second thought. But, I could be wrong. I’M NOT SAYING – I’M JUST SAYING, if you know what I mean.
nick April 20, 2013 at 02:28 AM
If they have a license insurance,and not drinking or speeding then their name wont be in here. Obey the law and no worries. Stop with the race blame and find something better to worry about. You have bigger issues im just saying.
Mmmm April 20, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Even if they are "only pulling over Hispanics" obviously its working out... seems like a lot of Hispanics are breaking the law. Call it racism or whatever you want, but it is what it is. Go after those who are known to be repeat offenders. If i was a cop i would pull over every Hispanic and African American i saw on the road. They commit more crimes than whites. Yet the white population is much larger... hmmm...tells you a lot.
Mmmm April 20, 2013 at 08:57 AM
i agree with you 100%. call it racism or whatever you want. I call it going after those who you know most likely are breaking the law. Its good policing. Find a pattern and go after it.
jack April 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Also keep in mind where most of the stops occur. We are in close proximity to 3 very heavily Hispanic areas, Joliet, Bolingbrook and Romeoville. There is also a large number of Eastern Europeans in Lemont, and you see those names pop up all the time.

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