'Wii Need to Talk' about Stolen Games: Police Blotter
Oak Forest Police blotter, Sept. 15–16
SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
Racial Profiling Punch
Police were contacted by a citizen driving along 159th Street, who stated they witnessed a battery in the street. The witness told police that while driving, they saw a male Hispanic walking across the street, when a red, extended cab pickup truck stopped and the driver exited the truck. The driver of the truck then punched the Hispanic man in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.
When police arrived at the scene they could not locate the victim. However, shortly after the victim contacted police from a parking lot in the 5000 block of 159th Street. Police responded and spoke with the victim, who said the man yelled at him and was said something about him being a Mexican immigrant.
The victim, who was intoxicated, was taken to South Suburban Hospital dur to complaints of elbow pain.
Pushing it Too Far
A domestic battery victim came into the Oak Forest Police Department to file a complaint against Kevin Barrientos, 19, of the 5700 block of Victoria Drive. The victim told police that Barrientos was her on-again, off-again boyfriend of 4–5 years and that he shoved her head into the passenger window of his car as they were driving home from a party. The victim further stated Barrientos shoved her out of the car and was yelling at her the entire way home.
Officers went to the home where Barrientos was thought to be staying, but could not locate him.
Officers prepared a complaint packet for the victim and explained how to obtain an arrest warrant for Barrientos.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 15
Not So Fast, That's Our Water Line
Police were notified of an attempted burglary in the 5700 block of Vine Drive. The complainant told officers that an unknown suspect entered the home and attempted to remove the copper water line inside the garage and utility room, before fleeing.
Where's My Bike?
A theft victim reported to police that his son's metallic blue BMX bike was stolen from the park behind 15601 S. Central Avenue. The son reported that the bike was secured and that the combination lock was left at the scene. The bike is valued at $150.
Tracking Down Car Criminals
Police responded to a call from the victim of a burglary to vehicle. The victim told police that he was at his neighbor's house watching television when he looked out the window and saw two white, male suspects next to his son's car, with the door open. The victim said that he watched one subject shove something up his shirt, and then both suspects fled in oppisite directions.
The victim and his son then canvased the area, finding the two suspects at Jesk Park, at the corner of Victoria Drive and Ridgeland Avenue. The suspects fled again and the victim called police.
The son told officers his driver's license, social security card and about $20 were the only items in the wallet. The victim said he did not want to sign complaints and just wanted his wallet returned.
Wii Need to Talk
Police were dispatched to the 5200 block of Woodland Drive for a report of a theft. At the scene officers spoke with the victim, who stated several Wii games and accessories were missing and that they thought Zachary R. Leonard, 18, of the 5200 block of Woodland Drive, had taken and sold the items.
While speaking with the victim, Leonard entered the home and spoke with the officer. Leonard admitted to taking the Wii games and accessories and selling them.
Leonard was taken into custody and charged with theft-domestic related.
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