Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- These police reports include arrests through April 30, 2019. Charges for those arrested include criminal damage to property, battery, felony armed habitual criminal.
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John A. Woods, 38, 517 Birch Dr., Glenwood, was arrested on April 25 and charged with one count of battery after officers were dispatched to the 200 block of South Orchard to investigate a report of a disturbance.
According to the police report, upon arrival to the scene, an officer spoke with a man who told the officer he had been waiting for the PADS shelter to open when he was approached by two subjects. Allegedly, the subjects started to beat him for no reason. The complainant was unable to give any further information about the alleged fight but related to officers that he would be able to identify the subjects who allegedly attacked him and wished to pursue complaints.
While speaking to the complainant, an officer observed that he had a swollen lip and blood coming from his nose, according to the report. Paramedics responded but he signed a refusal form to be transported to the hospital. An officer photographed his injuries.
While an officer was speaking to the complainant, another officer stopped a subject on the 40 block of Hemlock who was identified as John A. Woods. The complainant was escorted to the scene and identified Mr. Woods as one of the subjects who had allegedly struck him. Mr. Woods was transported to the police department. Mr. Woods appeared to have a red substance on his left arm that was consistent with the appearance of blood, according to the report. A sample was collected with a swab and placed in evidence.
According to the report, officers also stopped another subject near the 10 block of Hemlock who was transported to the police department. This man was eventually released without charges.
Officers also spoke to a PADS volunteer, who related that allegedly, the complainant had engaged in a physical fight with two subjects that she did not recognize in front of the church. In an attempt to stop the altercation, she yelled that she would call the police. Allegedly, the subjects stopped and fled eastbound towards Hemlock Street. The PADS volunteer was unable to make a positive identification of the subjects on the scene.
Officers read Mr. Woods his Miranda warnings which he acknowledged, signed, and voluntarily waived, according to police. Mr. Woods related to officers that, while he had been waiting for the shelter to open, he had seen the complainant staring at him. Mr. Woods asked the complainant why he was staring at him to which the complainant allegedly replied by “yelling and screaming nonsense,” according to the report. Mr. Woods said the complainant ran up to him and he believed the complainant would strike him, so he allegedly punched him in the face, according to police. They allegedly continued to fight until the PADS volunteer yelled that she would call the police.
Mr. Woods was arrested and processed with one count of battery and given a court date of June 3 at the Markham Courthouse.
NO ARREST: Administrative Adjudication Complaint
Harold C. Williams, 34, 3244 Western Ave., Park Forest, was issued an administrative adjudication complaint charging disorderly conduct after police responded to the 3200 block of Western Avenue in reference to a report of a disturbance. According to the complainant, Mr. Williams allegedly pulled a gun on someone after a dispute over garbage cans. Due to the conflicting statements from Mr. Williams, the complainant, his family, and an independent witness, police decided that Mr. Williams would not be taken into custody. The complainant wished to pursue the matter further and subsequently signed a complaint which was scheduled to be heard on May 9 at the Park Forest Police Department. Mr. Williams was released and his firearm was returned to him on the scene, according to police. He was not arrested.
Officers spoke Mr. Williams who had been standing near his vehicle in the parking lot. Mr. Williams related to officers that he had placed his trash where he had been instructed and had gone back inside his apartment when he allegedly observed another resident bring the trash bag back over to his porch and place it there. Mr. Williams than exited his residence and confronted the other resident asking him what he was doing and telling him he had placed the trash bag where management had told him to. Allegedly, the other resident became belligerent with Mr. Williams and threatened him at which time a verbal argument ensued. According to the report, the argument progressed and almost turned physical. At this point, Mr. Williams said that several other people had come out of the other resident’s apartment and both men backed off and walked back to their respective apartments.
Mr. Williams stated that he attempted to speak to the other resident civilly about the issue when he first confronted him, but allegedly the other resident was very upset and allegedly was the primary aggressor in the incident. Officers advised Mr. Williams that it had been alleged that he had pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the other resident to which Mr.Williams denied. According to the police report, Mr. Williams stated that he did have a concealed carry permit and did have a concealed handgun in a holster at his right hip, but never displayed or eluded to the fact that he had a gun. Mr. Williams guessed that allegedly the other resident may have observed that he had a handgun on his waist during the altercation, but that he did not take it out and point it at him at any time.
An officer spoke to an independent witness, according to the report, who alleges that she was in her apartment when she heard yelling coming from outside. When she walked outside, she allegedly observed Mr. Williams and the other resident standing in close proximity while yelling and cursing. The other resident was allegedly acting belligerent and said he was going to “Kick Mr. Williams’ ass.” The two eventually separated, and the witness claims to have not seen Mr. Williams display or point a gun at the other man at any time and never heard mention of it until police informed her of the situation. The witness advised that she did not know Mr. Williams personally other than knowing that he had recently moved into his apartment, and neither did she know the other resident or his family personally.
An officer advised Mr. Williams that she was going to remove his firearm from the holster and unload and secure it until the investigation was concluded. Mr. Williams complied and according to the report, the officer took possession of the handgun, a black Taurus sub-compact pistol, and subsequently unloaded it. Mr. Williams was found to have a valid Illinois concealed carry permit.
According to the police report, it was determined that due to conflicting statements Mr.Williams would not be taken into custody. The other resident wished to pursue the matter further and subsequently signed an administrative adjudication complaint against Mr. Williams for disorderly conduct. Mr. Williams signed and received a copy of the citation and was assigned a court date of May 5 at the Park Forest Police Department. Mr. Williams’ firearm was returned to him on the scene.
Felony Armed Habitual Criminal
Machello D. Leggans, 37, 9 E 113th Pl, Chicago, was arrested and charged with one count of armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony, and issued traffic citations for speeding, failure to signal when required, and improper lane usage.
On April 27 at approximately 2:50 AM, an officer was conducting stationary speed enforcement of eastbound traffic on Route 30 while parked on Indiana Street just south of Route 30 facing west. After monitoring traffic for approximately ten minutes, the officer observed a white SUV allegedly traveling eastbound on Route 30 at a high rate of speed. The officer activated the front-mounted radar on the patrol vehicle and allegedly observed the SUV was traveling at 64 mph in a posted 40 mph zone, according to police.
According to the police report, the officer pulled onto Route 30 and followed the alleged offending vehicle eastbound. Prior to reaching the intersection of Route 30 and Orchard Drive, the SUV allegedly slowly veered from the center lane of traffic into the curb lane of traffic without signaling. After this, the vehicle allegedly veered to the leftmost portion of the curb lane and regained the center of the curb lane.
The officer followed the vehicle to the intersection of Route 30 and Western Avenue. Allegedly, the vehicle signaled to turn southbound on Western Ave and did so on a green traffic signal. However, the vehicle allegedly turned into the center lane, failing to remain in the curb lane on a right-hand turn, according to police. According to the police report, the officer activated the emergency lighting on his patrol vehicle and curbed the vehicle on Western Avenue just north of Illinois Street.
The officer approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, later identified as Marchello D. Leggans. Mr. Leggans was wearing a t-shirt imprinted with “security” on the front and rear and when asked where he worked at, Mr.Leggans stated that he worked security at a martini bar, according to police. The officer then asked Mr. Leggans if he was armed or unarmed security to which Mr. Leggans allegedly stated he was unarmed.
The officer informed Mr. Leggans the reason for the stop and asked Mr. Leggans how many drinks he had consumed that night. Mr. Leggans allegedly replied that he had consumed two drinks, the last drink two hours prior, and apologized to the officer. According to the report, the officer detected the odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and another officer arrived on the scene to assist.
Mr. Leggans was found to have a valid Illinois Driver’s License and no concealed carry license on file. The officer requested that Mr. Leggans submit to a field sobriety test and directed Mr. Leggans to the rear of his vehicle for testing. The officer conducted a protective pat-down for weapons and asked Mr. Leggans if he had any weapons on his person to which Mr. Leggans allegedly denied. According to the police report, the officer felt a hard metal object in Mr. Leggans cargo pocket on his right leg. Mr. Leggans stated that the object was brass knuckles which the officer retrieved from the pocket. No other weapons or contraband were located on Mr. Leggans.
According to the report, the officer asked Mr. Leggans if there were any weapons inside the vehicle to which Mr. Leggans allegedly responded, “No sir.” The officer asked Mr. Leggans if he was sure and Mr. Leggans allegedly replied, “Not that I know of,” but stated that he believed there could be some knives in the trunk of the vehicle.
The officer asked Mr. Leggans if he had any medical conditions that would hinder him from performing field sobriety testing and allegedly, Mr. Leggans stated that he had a titanium left ankle and right shin but believed he would be able to walk in a straight line. Mr. Leggans informed the officer that he normally wears glasses but confirmed he could see the officer’s fingers approximately twelve inches from his face. Mr. Leggans allegedly requested the front light bar to be turned off on the patrol vehicle because it was too bright, and the officer deactivated all front facing lights on his patrol vehicle.
The standardized field sobriety tests were explained and demonstrated for Mr. Leggans and he confirmed that he understood the instructions. According to the police report, in the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, Mr. Leggans had equal pupil size, showed no lack of smooth pursuit, and showed no vertical or horizontal nystagmus. In the walk and turn test, Mr. Leggans was unable to maintain the correct starting position due to his large stature and allowed to stand with his feet slightly apart. Allegedly, Mr. Leggans took thirteen steps forward none heel to toe, made an improper turn by stepping off the line, and took thirteen steps back, none being heel to toe and used his arms for balance.
According to the report, the officer elected not to have Mr. Leggans perform the one leg stand due to Mr. Leggans’ injuries and because of the injuries and Mr. Leggans lack of ability to perform the standardized field sobriety testing, the officer discontinued his DUI investigation for the time being.
The officer informed Mr. Leggans that brass knuckles were illegal in Illinois and asked Mr. Leggans if there were any other weapons in the vehicle. Allegedly, Mr. Leggans responded by saying, “Uh, I don’t know.”
The officer asked Mr. Leggans if there was a firearm inside the vehicle to which Mr. Leggans allegedly took a long pause and replied, “I don’t think so…if it is it’s not mine…if it is it’s in the trunk.” The officer again asked Mr. Leggans if there was a firearm in the trunk and Mr. Leggans allegedly replied, “No sir, I said there could be.”
According to the report, the officer informed Mr.Leggans he was going to be detained and placed handcuff on Mr. Leggans for officer safety.
The officer conducted a search of Mr. Leggans’ vehicle and according to the report, located one Astra Model A-75 9mm pistol which contained five live rounds of ammunition in the magazine with the action empty in the rear of the vehicle with the handle facing the driver’s side of the vehicle. The officer also located one black expandable metal baton located in the crack of the driver’s seat. The officer conducted a LEADs inquiry on the firearm which yielded no record on file and further confirmed that Mr. Leggans did not possess an Illinois FOID card.
According to the report, the officer informed Mr. Leggans he was under arrest and read Mr. Leggans his Miranda Rights which he confirmed he understood and agreed to speak with the officer. Mr. Leggans confirmed he was not armed security and when the officer asked if he carried the firearm for personal safety, allegedly, Mr. Leggans replied, “Yes sir,” and confirmed it was the only gun in the vehicle. When asked if the gun was stolen, Mr. Leggans responded, “Uh, I just bought it, bro.” Mr. Leggans then informed the officer he was a convicted felon, according to the report.
Mr. Leggans was transported back to the Park Forest Police Department and Mr. Leggans’ vehicle was towed and an administrative seizure was placed on it according to the police report. The officer photographed the recovered brass knuckles, pistol, and baton.
According to the report, the officer conducted a criminal history search of Mr. Leggans and learned that on September 28, 1999, Mr. Leggans was found guilty of armed robbery in Cook County, Illinois, and on November 12, 2003, Mr. Leggans was found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon in Cook County, Illinois.
Mr. Leggans was subsequently issued traffic violations for speeding, failure to signal when required, and improper lane usage. Mr. Leggans was also charged with one count of armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony, and was to remain in custody pending transportation to the Markham Courthouse for a mandatory appearance.
Marcy Franklin-Brown, 47, 131 Blackhawk Dr., Park Forest, was arrested and charged with violation of an order of protection and domestic battery. On April 27, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Blackhawk Drive for the report of a domestic disturbance.
According to the police report, upon arrival, an officer witnessed the caller and Ms. Brown both outside the front door of the residence yelling at each other while Ms. Brown was loading up her personal belongings in a vehicle parked in the driveway. The officer spoke with the complainant who related that she had an active order of protection against Ms. Brown, but had allowed her to stay at the residence. She claimed that she had a verbal argument with Ms. Brown earlier in the day about Ms. Brown coming to pick up her daughter who was also staying at the residence. That day, allegedly, Ms. Brown had arrived at the residence and attempted to enter through the rear. She was unsuccessful because the complainant had already locked the door, and Ms. Brown went to the front door, allegedly pushing it in with such force that it struck the complainant, causing her to lose her balance and fall onto the floor. While inside the residence, Ms. Brown allegedly began to collect her belongings and bring them out to her vehicle. The police were called while Ms. Brown was still inside the residence.
The complainant further related that a physical altercation between her and Ms. Brown ensued, and the complainant alleged that Ms. Brown grabbed her from behind around the neck in a choking fashion and threw her down onto the bed. The complainant related that she grabbed a small mallet-type hammer to defend herself, but Ms. Brown allegedly reached for the hammer and the two began to pull it back and forth. It was later learned the hammer was not used by either party, according to the report. During the incident, the complainant repeatedly told Ms. Brown to leave the residence but Ms. Brown allegedly refused.
According to the police report, officers then spoke with Ms. Brown who related that she had come to the residence to pick up her daughter and some belongings and that the complainant had told her she had lifted the order of protection prior to going to the residence. Ms. Brown advised she was living at the resident prior to this incident and had been in a relationship with the complainant for 30 years. Ms. Brown admitted to officers that she did push the door to get past the complainant, but denied having any type of physical contact with her.
Due to the alleged violation of the active order of protection and the complainant relating that Ms. Brown allegedly had choked her, officers determined Ms. Brown to be the aggressor in this incident, according to police. Ms. Brown was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Ms. Brown was processed and charged with violation of an order of protection and domestic battery. She was to be transported to the Markham Courthouse for a bond hearing.
David P. Head, 40, 123 Hemlock St., Park Forest was arrested and charged with one count of battery and one count of resisting a peace officer. On Saturday, April 27 at approximately 4:10 PM, officers responded to the 100 block of Hemlock Street to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. According to the police report, officers were notified that one of the subjects inside the house had a knife.
Upon arrival to the scene, officers observed a male subject, later identified as David P. Head, allegedly yelling and walking around the front yard. The officer did not observe a knife in Mr. Head’s hand. One officer told Mr. Head to turn around, however, Mr. Head allegedly replied, “No,” and stood in front of the officer with his legs spread apart, his knees bent, and his chest out in a fighting stance, according to police.
The officer then pushed Mr. Head to the ground and told him to put his hands behind his back.
Mr. Head’s arms were tense and he allegedly pulled away from the officer. Officers then pulled Mr. Head’s arms behind his back, applied handcuffs to his wrists, and escorted him to the squad car. According to the report, one officer smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Mr. Head’s breath.
One officer spoke with a witness who stated that she did not really know what happened, but she had been upstairs when she heard Mr. Head and her a relative arguing in the kitchen. Allegedly, she had walked downstairs to see her the relative cut Mr. Head in the hand. She also stated that she had heard Mr. Head and her the relative arguing the previous night.
According to the police report, officers spoke with the man Mr. Head had been arguing with who told officers that Mr. Head had allegedly been drinking alcohol since 7:00 AM, according to the report. In the afternoon, Mr. Head had been upstairs blasting music, according to the report.
The man said he had called his mother to inform her of this and his mother spoke to Mr. Head on the phone. While the man was still in the kitchen, Mr. Head came downstairs and confronted him, allegedly calling him a “snitch.”
Allegedly, Mr. Head then went back upstairs to fetch a BB gun. However, he returned to the kitchen without a BB gun and allegedly pushed the man’s face with his hand. A physical fight ensued and, when both men were on the ground, the man had a pocket knife open in the front pocket of his sweatshirt which Mr. Head grabbed with his right hand. Mr. Head did not use the knife and let go of it. Allegedly, the fight was over then and Mr. Head went outside.
According to the report, the officer questioning the man observed stains on his sweatshirt that appeared to be a red liquid and the man showed the officer a scratch mark on his neck.
Another officer spoke with a witness who related that she had been inside the residence when she heard Mr. Head and the man fighting in the kitchen. She allegedly observed the man pull a knife out on Mr. Head and could provide no further information.
Officers also spoke with another resident at the address who claimed that he allegedly heard Mr. Head and the man arguing inside the residence and observed them fighting in the kitchen. He allegedly attempted to break up the fight but did not observe a knife during the fight.
According to the report, officers escorted the man to the Park Forest Police Department and took pictures of his injuries and clothes. He confirmed that the red liquid stains on his sweatshirt were blood from Mr. Head’s hand.
Mr. Head was also transported to the police station, where he was processed and placed in a cell without incident though he was allegedly intoxicated when he was placed in the cell. Mr. Head was charged with one count of battery and one count of resisting a peace officer. Mr. Head received an I-Bond was advised of his court date of June 17th at the Markham Courthouse.
Driving on as Suspended License
Latoya O. Goodwin, 36, 7014 S. Carpenter, Chicago, was arrested and charged with domestic battery and driving on a suspended license. On Sunday, April 28 officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Arrowhead Street in reference to a report of a fight in progress.
According to the police report, officers were informed that a man had allegedly been stabbed with a screwdriver and that the alleged offender was a female subject named “Tonya” who was currently holding a wrench, according to the report. Prior to arriving on the scene, officers were informed that the alleged offender had left in a white colored Chevrolet.
As an officer neared the vicinity, he saw a white colored Chevrolet Impala being driven by a woman turning west onto Algonquin Street from Allegheny Street. An officer found the aforementioned vehicle and affected a traffic stop, curbing the vehicle.
Upon arrival to the scene, officers spoke to a man who appeared to have a laceration under the corner of his right eye that was bleeding, and blood was observed on his hands and clothing, according to police. The man told officers that earlier in the day he had been at his friend Latoya O. Goodwin’s house in Sauk Village. Allegedly, while he was at Ms. Goodwin’s house and when she was cooking a meal for them, they allegedly got into an argument. To resolve things, the man asked Ms. Goodwin to drive him to a relative’s house in Park Forest. He stated that they used Ms. Goodwin’s vehicle, but that he had been driving it.
Allegedly, during the drive to Park Forest, Ms. Goodwin got angry with him over contacts and texts she found on his phone and she allegedly began to hit him with an open hand and closed fists while he was driving.
The man claimed that when he finally made it to Arrowhead Street, he almost crashed the vehicle while trying to fend off Ms. Goodwin from allegedly attacking him, according to police.
After pulling up in front of the residence he got out of the vehicle, and “without any provocation,” according to the report, Ms. Goodwin grabbed a wrench that was inside the trunk and allegedly struck him on the side of the face with it. According to the report, the man repeatedly stated that he did not want to press charges against Ms. Goodwin or have her arrested and denied that he had physically hit Ms. Goodwin.
According to the police report, the man was informed that his injury would require stitches to close the wound and he was informed of his Illinois domestic violence rights as well as given information on how to obtain an order of protection.
Officers spoke to the man’s relative who related that just moments earlier, she allegedly heard Ms. Goodwin and the man outside the home arguing with each other after they pulled up. The man came to the door and asked her to call the police at which time she noticed that he was bleeding and he told her that Ms. Goodwin had allegedly hit him with a wrench, according to police.
An officer spoke with Ms. Goodwin who was appraised with the nature of police contact. According to the report, the officer noted at this time that Ms. Goodwin had blood on her hand and clothing and told her to step out of the vehicle where she was handcuffed and detained.
Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and observed a crescent-style wrench on the driver’s seat that was noted to have a small stain which appeared to be blood, according to police. Additionally, police located and recovered a large carving knife from the driver’s side storage panel. A red stain which also appeared to be blood was noted on the trunk of the vehicle, according to police.
Ms. Goodwin was transported back to the residence and the male subject positively identified her as the person who allegedly hit him with the wrench, according to police. Ms. Goodwin was additionally learned to have a suspended driver’s license, according to police.
At the Park Forest Police Department, Ms. Goodwin stated that she sustained injuries and complained of head and shoulder pain from the man and that she was allegedly initially attacked by him in the car while they were driving. According to the police report, her injuries included scratch marks on her shoulder and left arm.
According to the report, an officer read Ms. Goodwin her Miranda Rights which she acknowledged and waived agreed to speak to the officer without the presence of an attorney.
Ms. Goodwin had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from her breath as she spoke to the officer, according to police.
Ms. Goodwin’s account to the officer was that she was preparing to make herself and the man something to eat when for unknown reasons, he became agitated and a brief physical altercation ensued between the two of them. The man then told her that he wanted to go to his relative’s house in Park Forest.
When they neared the outskirts of Park Forest, Ms. Goodwin alleged that he began to repeatedly reach over and try to slap at or punch her. Ms. Goodwin stated that she did not know the reason why he was so agitated and when asked about his purported actions, Ms. Goodwin reiterated several times “Because he has to be right,” according to the report.
Ms. Goodwin allegedly admitted to hitting the man with the wrench and was unsure of how many times she did so, according to police. Ms. Goodwin reiterated several times that she did not want to press charges and she was informed of her Illinois domestic violence rights.
Ms. Goodwin was processed and charged with one count domestic battery and one count driving on a suspended license. Her court appearance for the driving while license suspended charge was scheduled for June 3 at the 6th District Cook County Courthouse in Markham.
Criminal Damage to Property
Qindall K. Jones, 20, 503 Illinois St., Park Forest, was arrested and charged with one count of criminal damage to property. On April 30, officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Western Ave to investigate a report of criminal damage to property.
Upon arrival to the scene, an officer observed that an east side lower glass window was shattered with glass on the interior of the residence, according to the police report. The officer then noticed the north side lower bathroom window screen was lying on the ground.
The officer spoke with a witness who had observed Mr. Jones allegedly break the north side bathroom window screen to the residence, according to police. Mr. Jones had seen the witness watching him and then ran east to the main door of the residence, according to police. The witness then heard a loud bang near the east side of the residence and walked around the residence and saw Mr. Jones on the interior of the residence allegedly picking up broken glass, according to police.
According to the report, the officer spoke to another witness who said that he saw Mr. Jones allegedly pull the north side window screen from the bathroom exterior of the residence. Mr. Jones then ran around to the east door and allegedly kicked in the glass window next to the entrance door and entered the residence attempting to pick up the glass, according to police.
According to the report, Mr. Jones was not present on the scene at the time of the investigation. An officer contacted Mr. Jones and informed him to report to the Park Forest Police Department to speak with him regarding the incident. Mr. Jones contacted and informed dispatch at approximately 2:20 PM that he was home and he wanted officers to come to pick him up, according to police. An officer went to Mr. Jones’ home on Illinois Street and placed him under arrest.
Mr. Jones was arrested and processed on one count of criminal damage to property and held pending bond. Mr. Jones posted bond and was given a court date of June 17 at Markham Courthouse.