Domestic Battery, Public Exposure: Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through November 19, 2018

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Editor’s Note: These police reports represent incidents through November 19, 2018. Charges for those cited in this time period include instances of domestic battery and one of public exposure.

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Domestic Battery

Irving C. Hudson, 40, 3032 Western Ave., Park Forest, was arrested on November 16 and charged with domestic battery after police were dispatched to the 100 block of Larue Street to investigate a report of domestic violence.

According to police, Mr. Hudson said that when he got home from work he went into his bedroom and a family member followed him and began arguing with him. As they were arguing, Mr. Hudson told the family member to leave his bedroom. According to the report, Mr. Hudson told police that he stood up and allegedly grabbed the family member around the neck and threw her to the floor, according to police.

Domestic Battery

Tahir J. Abdul Shakur, 45, 402 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on November 16 and charged with domestic battery after police were dispatched to the 400 block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance.

Mr. Shakur allegedly grabbed a family member by the arm and pushed her to the floor, according to police. Mr. Shakur then allegedly grabbed the family member by her coat, pulled her into the laundry room, and pushed her out the door of the residence, according to police.

Public Exposure

Reginald R. Eiland, 26, 3234 Western Ave., Park Forest, was arrested on November 16 and issued municipal citations charging public exposure, littering, and resisting a peace officer with a mandatory hearing date of December 6, 2018, at the Park Forest Police Department courtroom.

Police were dispatched to a business in the first block of Main Street at 2:36 PM in response to a complaint of an unwanted subject. While on their way, SouthCom Dispatch advised responding officers that a man in a green jacket had repeatedly pulled his pants down in the store and was no longer wanted at the store.

Upon arrival, police encountered a man matching the description standing near the south and of the checkout registers. The man was later identified as Reginald Eiland. Mr. Eiland’s pants were pulled down far enough that multi-colored underpants could be seen while he was standing, according to police.

Two employees signal to officers that Mr. Eiland was the subject in question.

A sergeant told Mr. Eiland that he was to leave the store and Mr. Eiland allegedly became argumentative. He was escorted outside by police. Mr. Eiland was “clearly intoxicated,” staggering, spitting when he spoke, and smelled of alcohol, according to the report.

Police spoke with an employee at the store who said that Mr. Eiland allegedly pulled his pants down several times, fully exposing his underwear, according to police. The employees at the store wanted Mr. Eiland permanently banned from the business.

Outside the store, Mr. Eiland allegedly threatened to come back and “shoot up” the store and to shoot officers, according to police. He was told to leave the store and that he could be arrested if he returned. He eventually departed and began walking northbound on the east sidewalk of Western Avenue, according to police.

An officer departed the area and within a few minutes travel north on Western Avenue, the direction that Mr. Eiland was walking. At the north intersection of Dogwood Street and Western Avenue, the officer observed Mr. Eiland standing on the east sidewalk facing east near the landscaped corner allegedly with his penis out in his hand, allegedly waving his penis up and down outside of his pants, possibly after completing urinating on the bush, according to police.

The officer radioed that he would be stopping Mr. Eiland due to the alleged new violation, according to police.

Reckless Driving, Uninsured Motor Vehicle

Quincy C. Owens, 18, 323 Neola St., Park Forest, was arrested on November 16 and charged with reckless driving, improper lane usage, speeding, uninsured motor vehicle, and possession of cannabis when an officer driving south on North Orchard Drive at 3:08 PM saw a purple vehicle traveling northbound on Orchard Drive at a high rate of speed, according to police.

As the purple vehicle continued to travel north on Orchard Drive, its rate of speed began to increase, according to police. As the vehicle approached a curve in the road, it began to fishtail and spin out of control, went over the curb, and came to rest on a grassy area, according to police.

The officer performed a U-turn and activated the squad car overhead lights. The officer met the driver, Quincy Owens, who exited the vehicle. The officer asked Mr. Owens why he was driving so fast. Mr. Owens stated that he just left school at Rich East High School and was on his way to Eastgate to pick up his friend, according to police. The officer again asked Mr. Owens why he was traveling so fast on Orchard Drive and Mr. Owens “could not give a straight answer,” according to the report.

While approaching the vehicle, the officer could smell burnt cannabis coming from inside the car. Police recovered two bags of suspect cannabis from inside the vehicle. Mr. Owens was placed in handcuffs and arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and transported to the Park Forest Police Department, according to police.

Driving While License Was Suspended

Demario Viverette, 29, 309 W. Glengate Ave., Chicago Heights, was arrested on November 17 and charged with driving while license was suspended, obstructing identification, and no rear registration light when an officer was stopped at a red traffic signal facing east on Lakewood Boulevard where the road intersects with Forest Boulevard at 10:41 PM.

The officer was behind a 2011 Toyota Camry that did not have a rear registration light, according to police.

The officer activated his emergency lights and curbed the vehicle on Juniper Street near Forest Boulevard. After apprising the driver, Mr. Viverette, of the reason for the stop, the officer requested that Mr. Viverette furnish his driver’s license and proof of insurance. Mr. Veverette provided a valid insurance card but told the officer that he did not have a driver’s license or any identification on his person.

A passenger in the vehicle was identified and released from the scene to walk to a friend’s nearby residence, according to police.

Mr. Veverette allegedly provided police with an incorrect first name, according to the report.

Obstructing a Peace Officer

Ramsey M. Johnson, 32, 15831 Turner Ave., Markham, was arrested on November 19 and charged with obstructing a peace officer and given a mandatory court date of January 14, 2019, at Markham Courthouse. Mr. Johnson was also issued a municipal citation charging disorderly conduct with an optional court date of December 6, 2018, at the Park Forest Police Department.

An officer responded to a business in the 400 block of Sauk Trail at 12:20 AM to investigate a report of a customer dispute. While on the way, dispatch said that a man wearing a dark jacket and beige pants was verbally arguing with a customer and allegedly made threats about possessing a firearm, according to police.

When the officer arrived, an employee indicated that Mr. Johnson was the subject allegedly causing the disturbance. The officer asked Mr. Johnson if he was okay or if he needed medical assistance. Mr. Johnson allegedly replied with “incoherent mumbling and profanities,” then allegedly told the officer that he was going to “beat his ass,” according to the report.

Mr. Johnson appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, according to the report. The smell of an alcoholic beverage “emanated from Johnson’s person and his speech was distinctly slurred,” according to the report.

Another officer arrived to assist. Due to the alleged threats regarding a firearm, police began to conduct a protective patdown of Mr. Johnson’s left pocket. Mr. Johnson allegedly pulled his left arm away from the officer and allegedly used his left hand to swing toward the officer’s face. The officer used both hands to grab Mr. Johnson’s left arm. Mr. Johnson allegedly clenched both his fists, tensed his arms, and began to pull away “as if he was preparing to fight,” according to the report.

Two officers grabbed each of Mr. Johnson’s arms respectively and forced him to the sidewalk, according to police. He was transported to the Park Forest Police Department.

Domestic Battery

Mykol G. Cooper, 24, 66 Blackhawk Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on November 19 and charged with one count of domestic battery, one count of unlawful interference with the reporting of domestic battery, and processed on a bond forfeiture warrant on a charge of failing to appear at a court date on a count of criminal trespass to a residence.

Police were dispatched to the first block of Blackhawk Drive at 3:13 PM to investigate a domestic disturbance. When police arrived, they spoke with Mr. Cooper who said he and a family member were getting ready to go to the store. While inside a car, Mr. Cooper and the family member were involved in a verbal argument. Mr. Cooper pulled the emergency brake inside of the vehicle and then walked eastbound on Blackhawk Drive.

Back at the residence, Mr. Cooper allegedly pushed a family member near the kitchen area causing the family member to fall to the floor, according to police.