The Elmhurst Police Department recently reported the following arrests and citations. Persons charged with domestic battery are not named in order to protect the privacy of victims. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a conviction, and that subjects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Juveniles age 17-or-younger are not named.

Assault, battery

Oct. 2

Police said an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of W. Diversey at 2:48 p.m. for a battery report. The officer met with the suspect who advised that the victim was being rude to her so she put up her hands, did not strike the victim and then left the room. The victim stated she was afraid the suspect was going to hit her. The officer tried to make contact with the suspect again but the suspect had fled the area. A warrant will be sought for aggravated battery of a senior citizen.

Criminal damage, criminal trespass

Oct. 2

Police said officers were dispatched to the 100 block of N. Addison at 9:01 p.m. for a group of juveniles that threw a ball off the parking garage. Upon arrival, the responding officer located a

discharged fire extinguisher in the parking garage. A damage to city property report was submitted.

Oct. 1

Zoey Vanjones, 62, of Elmhurst, was cited for a city ordinance infraction for criminal damage to property in the 900 block of S. Hawthorne at 2 p.m. Police said an officer responded to the above address for the report of an intoxicated subject passed out in the driveway. When the officer arrived, he found Vanjones extremely intoxicated and had broken the front picture window, according to police.

Donna M. Weber, 59, of Des Plaines, was charged with criminal trespass to a residence in the 400 block of Addison at 5:48 p.m. Police said officers responded to the above address on a report of a subject sleeping on the back porch of the residence. The complainant advised she found Weber within the screened-in porch of the residence, according to police.

Domestic battery, domestic incident, disorderly conduct, disturbance

Oct. 6

Police said officers responded to the report of a subject being forced into a vehicle which immediately fled the scene. An ISPERN message was broadcast. Officers were able to determine the victim’s location, requested the Woodridge police to respond to the address, and officers met with the victim. Elmhurst police detectives responded to the scene to take over the investigation. An investigation is pending.

Oct. 5

Police said officers responded for a check on well-being of a subject who was outside screaming at 2:47 a.m. Officers located the victim on Salt Creek Trail. The victim was in distress, screaming incoherently and admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking crack cocaine. Medics transported the victim to the hospital.

Oct. 4

A 41-year-old Elmhurst woman was charged with domestic battery in the 700 block of Michigan at 2:01 p.m. Police said that subsequent to a verbal argument, the suspect spit on the victim and scratched his wrists and arms. Officers observed scratches on the victim’s wrists and arms.

Oct. 3

A complainant in the 400 block of N. Oak told police at 11:34 a.m. that during a verbal argument, the suspect grabbed her arm and raised his hand to punch her. No visible injuries were observed. The suspect denies any battery took place. Both parties agreed to stay away from each other for the evening.

Oct. 2

A 27-year-old Bridgeview man was charged with two counts of battery in the 700 block of S. York at 4:43 a.m. Police said the suspect fled the scene prior to their arrival. A victim told police that subsequent to an argument, the suspect struck her in the face. Officers observed an area of the victim’s forehead was swollen and her lip was bleeding.

Sept. 30

Police said officers responded to the 100 block of N. York at 2:20 p.m. for the report of a customer refusing to pay their bill. The complainant did not wish to pursue charges but wanted the subject served with a no-trespass notice. The subject was located, advised not to return to the business, and served with a no-trespass notice.

DUI, DUI-drugs, illegal transportation of alcohol, illegal possession of alcohol, consumption of alcohol by a minor

Oct. 2

Javonte A. Scott, 22, of Park Forest, was charged with no valid driver’s license, disobeying a traffic control device and transportation of open alcohol subsequent to a traffic stop near Spring and Butterfield at 6:33 a.m. Police said while searching Scott, five debit cards with five different names were located in his possession. According to police, Scott stated he did not know the owners of the cards and was going to use them for gas.

Fleeing, eluding

According to information provided last week by the Elmhurst Police Department, police reported one incident of fleeing and eluding in which drivers of a vehicle or a motorcycle reportedly fled after a traffic stop was conducted.

Harassment, threats

Oct. 3

Police said a reporting officer responded to the 900 block of S. Hillcrest at 8:04 p.m. for a harassment report. The victim advised she had received unwanted text messages from an unknown number and believed it to be the suspect. The officer contacted the suspect who related he was not sending the text messages. After the officer contacted the suspect, the suspect called the victim and violated the conditions of his bond from a recent domestic battery arrest. A warrant will be sought for violation of bail bond.

Possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance

Oct. 4

Bobbie Roberts, 47, of Elmhurst, was issued citations for disobeying a traffic control device and unlawful possession of cannabis by driver subsequent to a traffic stop near Chandler and Marion at 5:04 p.m.

Oct. 2

Deanna N. Sowa, 35, of Wheeling, was charged with two counts of felony retail theft, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug

paraphernalia and disorderly conduct in the 300 block of S. Route 83 at 4:32 p.m. Police said officers responded to the above location for someone that was attempting to sell drugs. Officers located Sowa and found that she was in possession of stolen property that was taken from Kohl’s, according to police. Police said Sowa was arrested and found to be in possession of heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Suspicious circumstances

Oct. 3

Police said officers responded to a pub in the 400 block of S. Spring at 12:35 a.m. for the report of an intoxicated male who was refusing to leave. According to police, a complainant related that the subject was bothering and arguing with patrons and was asked to leave but refused. Police said the subject, Jose L. Alanis, 33, of Elmhurst, was issued a no-trespass notice and left the area. However, police said Alanis was observed walking in the roadway after being issued the no-trespass notice, and after numerous attempts to order him out of the roadway, he was arrested and transported to the police station. He was charged with intoxicated pedestrian walking on a roadway.

Oct. 1

Police said a complainant came to the lobby of the police department at 3:21 p.m. to turn in a firearm for destruction. The complainant related she located the revolver in her deceased parent’s residence. An officer ran the serial number of the firearm and learned it was reported stolen out of Villa Park. The firearm was turned over to the Villa Park police.

Sept. 30

A complainant in the 600 block of N. York told police at 1:32 p.m. that a victim attempted to purchase groceries with a counterfeit $100 bill. The customer stated she was unaware the bill was not real and provided the officer with four additional counterfeit $100 bills. The store did not wish to pursue charges. The counterfeit bills were placed into evidence for

destruction.

A victim in the 600 block of Babcock told police at 5:27 p.m. that while he was in the basement, he heard a loud noise and a male voice yelling there was a fire. The victim ran upstairs to find the entry door to his home had been kicked in. An investigation is pending.

Theft or burglary/identity theft/fraud/forgery/deceptive practice/obstruction/robbery

Oct. 6

Theft was reported at a store in the 200 block of S. Route 83 at 1:23 p.m. A victim told police that while at the store, her wallet was stolen from her purse. Video surveillance shows the suspect engaged the victim in conversation, forced her way between the victim and her shopping cart, and concealed the victim’s wallet in her waistband. The victim received a fraud alert referencing a purchase that was attempted but denied.

Theft was reported in the 100 block of E. Brush Hill at 7:20 p.m. A victim told police she left her purse unattended at her desk. Upon returning to her desk, she learned an unknown suspect took her debit card, credit cards, Illinois driver’s license and insurance cards from her wallet.

Identity theft was reported at an auto dealership in the 200 block of W. Grand at 8:46 p.m. Police said an officer responded to the dealership for an identity theft report. An unknown suspect used the victim’s personal information in an attempt to fraudulently purchase a vehicle. When the suspect was asked to provide the physical driver’s license, he left the dealership.

Oct. 5

Deceptive practice was reported in the 500 block of Michigan at 1:10 p.m. A victim received a pop-up window on his computer stating his computer had been compromised. He called the phone number and provided the suspect with his personal information and access to his computer. The suspect instructed the victim to purchase five Google Play cards as payment to fix the computer. The victim purchased the gift cards and gave the security codes to the suspect.

Burglary to a vehicle was reported in the 600 block of County Line at 2:51 p.m. Police said four victims related their vehicles were burglarized while parked in the business parking garage. The unknown suspect(s) smashed three of the vehicles’ windows to gain access to their interiors and one vehicle was left unlocked. The items stolen from all four vehicles included: a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm handgun, a Nike duffle bag containing workout clothing, a DeWalt bag containing several hand tools and a Milwaukee portable radio. The handgun was entered into LEADS as stolen.

Oct. 4-Oct. 5

Commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 200 block of W. Lake sometime between the above dates. A victim told police that an unknown suspect broke into his company’s garage and stole a mini excavator. An investigation is pending. 

Oct. 3-Oct. 4

Theft by deception was reported in the 100 block of Virginia. A victim told police that she received a fraudulent email confirming a purchase she did not make. She called the number on the email and was told to purchase gift cards to assist in stopping the alleged fraud. The victim subsequently purchased Google Play and eBay gift cards and provided the suspect with the information

from the cards.

Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Theft by deception was reported at Elmhurst Terrace. Police said an officer responded to the above location for a fraud report. The victim related she placed an advertisement to sell an iPhone and mailed the phone to an unknown suspect. She received an email asking her to purchase Google Play gift cards to expedite the deposit to her account. The victim complied, purchased Google Play

gift cards and provided the cards’ security information to the suspect.

Oct. 1

Theft of vehicle parts was reported in the 900 block of S. Route 83 at 11:25 a.m. An unknown suspect(s) removed the victim’s catalytic converter from their Toyota Prius. 

Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Theft of vehicle parts was reported in the 100 block of Fellows. A complainant told police that an unknown suspect(s) cut the catalytic converter from his vehicle while it was parked in the parking lot overnight.

Burglary to a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Church. A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) entered her unlocked vehicle while it was parked in her driveway overnight. The suspect(s) stole two packages from the front seat.

Sept. 30

Identity theft was reported in the 400 block of Ida at 11:28 a.m. A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) used her personal information and attempted to open several bank accounts in her name. There was no dollar loss as the attempts were denied. 

Theft of vehicle parts was reported in the 100 block of E. Fremont at 11:31 a.m. An unknown suspect(s) removed the victim’s catalytic converter from their Toyota Prius. 

Sept. 29

Theft of vehicle parts was reported at an auto dealership in the 500 block of W. Grand at 10:25 a.m. Police said a silver Chrysler minivan (occupied by two unknown suspects) entered the rear lot of the dealership. The suspects used a rolling jack and Sawzall to remove a catalytic converter from a Toyota Prius and a Ford Explorer.

Sept. 15

Identity theft was reported in the 400 block of N. Elm at 10:28 a.m. Police said a victim received his billing statement from Bank of America for his credit card and observed transactions on his account that he had not authorized. Bank of America closed the account due to fraudulent activity and requested a police report.

March 17-Aug. 24

Deceptive practice was reported in the 300 block of Sunnyside. Police said a victim purchased a fraudulent time-share. An unknown suspect(s) informed the victim he owed taxes on the time share. The victim wired cash to the suspect(s) before he realized he was being scammed.

July 22

Forgery was reported in the 400 block of W. Fullerton. A victim reports she was notified by a vendor that they did not receive payment for services. The victim contacted her bank and learned an unknown suspect fraudulently altered the check and cashed it. An investigation is pending.

Nov. 1-Nov. 30, 2020

Identity theft was reported in the 1000 block of Eldridge Lane. A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) used her personal information and previous Elmhurst address to open a Verizon account sometime between the above dates. 

Warrant arrest 

Sept. 30

Police said an officer responded to the police department’s lobby at 8:44 p.m. for a subject who was turning himself in on a warrant. The subject, Bradley W. Mathis, 38, of Elmhurst, was found to have a valid warrant from the

DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, according to police. 

 

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