Felony Burglary, Battery: Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through November 27, 2018

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Police remind residents to avoid a $25 ticket and move their vehicles from designated snow routes when there will be at least 2 inches of snow. (Photo: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Editor’s Note: These police reports represent incidents through November 27, 2018. Charges for those cited in this time period include instances of battery, domestic battery, and one man who was charged with felony burglary.

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Battery

Mykol G. Cooper, 26, 66 Blackhawk Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on November 20 and charged with violation of an order of protection and battery after police were dispatched to the first block of Blackhawk Drive to investigate a report of a suspicious subject.

While on their way, dispatch told police that the complainant reported that someone was banging on his front and back door. Upon arrival, an officer spoke with Mykol G. Cooper. Mr. Cooper told police that he had just returned home that day after being released from the Cook County Jail after being arrested the previous day on a charge of domestic battery.

Upon returning home from jail, Mr. Cooper told police that he did not have keys to the house so he decided to put new locks on the doors. His girlfriend arrived at the residence with their children and began banging on the rear door of the home to be let inside. She then went to the front door and pounded on that door, according to police.

Mr. Cooper yelled at her from inside the house that he was “not about to play games with her because they just got out of court today,” according to the report. Mr. Cooper then told her that he was going to call the police before she did, according to police.

Mr. Cooper showed an officer a copy of a Cook County Court Order of Protection issued on November 20, 2018, and in effect until November 19, 2019. The order of protection listed Mr. Cooper as the respondent and his girlfriend as the protected party, along with her children.

Police asked Mr. Cooper if he planned to allow his girlfriend into the residence. Mr. Cooper responded that he would not, according to police. Another officer approached the front door of the residence to speak with Mr. Cooper and Mr. Cooper allegedly began to yell profanities and scream loudly at the officer, telling the police to leave.

At this time, officers were permitting the girlfriend and the children to go inside the house.

As one officer proceeded inside the house to speak with the girlfriend, Mr. Cooper allegedly pushed himself into that officer, causing the officer to stumble back into the storm door, according to police. Two other officers grabbed Mr. Cooper and the officer Mr. Cooper allegedly pushed placed Mr. Cooper under arrest.

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

Domestic Battery, Criminal Damage to Property

Kennya M. Watkins, 22, 406 Stanton St., Park Forest, was arrested on November 23 and charged with domestic battery and two counts of criminal damage to property after police were dispatched to the 100 block of Ash Street in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance.

While on their way, dispatch told police that a woman in a yellow coat reportedly had a hammer and was allegedly damaging property.

Upon arrival, an officer observed several windows broken at a residence in the 100 block of Ash Street. A woman in a yellow coat, later identified as Kennya Watkins, was walking south from that residence carrying an unknown object, according to police.

Police handcuffed Ms. Watkins and detained her pending further investigation. Ms. Watkins threw down the item she was carrying which turned out to be a caulking gun, according to police.

A witness said he was confronted by Ms. Watkins that morning in the parking lot, and Ms. Watkins allegedly scratched his face with her fingernails.

He went into the house and called the police.

When he was inside his house, he observed Ms. Watkins allegedly break several windows at a residence in the 100 block of Ash Street. Police determined that a west side kitchen window was broken, there were two broken southside living room windows, a half-moon window on the east door was broken, and one vehicle in the parking lot had a broken window as well.

Ms. Watkins’ vehicle was parked in the middle of Court A-7. That vehicle was towed and an administrative seizure was approved by a sergeant.

Domestic Battery

Karla M. Fox, 40, 4493 Provencetown Dr., Country Club Hills, was arrested on November 24 and charged with domestic battery after police were dispatched to the 100 back of Hay Street in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance.

While on their way, dispatch advised police that a woman said she and her boyfriend were in a verbal argument in a vehicle while they were on their way home. Dispatch stated that both parties were now on Hay Street and still arguing, according to police.

hen police arrived, they observed a woman, later identified as Karla M. Fox, walking southbound on Todd Street on the sidewalk. She was allegedly yelling profanities while she approached a home in the 100 block of Hay Street. Ms. Fox reached the driveway of that home and the stated, “Motherf—–g cops ain’t going to do sh-t,” according to police.

An officer attempted to speak with Ms. Fox and asked her what happened. Ms. Fox allegedly continued to yell profanities at the officer and said she did not need help and instructed him to leave. That officer and another attempted to speak with Ms. Fox and gather more information but were met with more hostility from Ms. Fox, according to police.

Ms. Fox appeared to be extremely intoxicated and remained belligerent and uncooperative, according to police.

Police spoke with a man who asked one of the officers to come into his residence to speak with him. The officer observed that the man had a fresh laceration above his right eye. That eye was extremely swollen and bleeding, according to police.

The man said that he and his girlfriend, Ms. Fox, were driving home when a verbal argument began about their relationship. When they arrived home, they continued to argue and Ms. Fox became upset and allegedly struck the man in the face above the right eye when he was looking the other way, according to police. He was uncertain if Ms. Fox allegedly struck him with her hand or an object because he was looking the other way.

Police provided the man with information on the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and advised him on how to procure an Order of Protection, according to police.

Felony Burglary

Owen M. J. Thompson, 19, 16056 Legion Ct., Plainfield, was arrested on November 26 and charged with felony burglary and possession of a controlled substance when police were dispatched to the 100 block of North Orchard Drive to investigate a report of subjects pulling on door handles in parking lots.

Police spoke with a witness at Ludeman Center who said that he was inside a house and a patient advised him that someone was pulling on his car door handles. The witness went out to his vehicle, opened the passenger side front door, and observed Mr. Thompson inside of his vehicle with the registration of the witness’s vehicle, according to police.

Police transported Mr. Thompson and another man to the Park Forest Police Department for further investigation. The other man stated that he wanted an attorney. Police searched him, inventoried his property, and placed him into a cell.

Another officer searched Mr. Thompson and located a clear plastic Ziploc bag containing three capsules with the words “Ampheta Salts 20mg” in Mr. Thompson’s left sock, according to police. That Ziploc bag containing the capsules and an I-Pass, and another Ziploc bag containing a green leafy substance suspect cannabis, were recovered and placed into evidence, according to police.

While speaking with police, Mr. Thompson allegedly stated that he was hired by someone at Ludeman Center to shovel snow. While he was there, he allegedly related that he began looking into vehicles for a later so he could smoke some weed, according to the report.

Mr. Thompson related that he did not recall taking the transponder and thought that it belonged to him.

Police placed Mr. Thompson in a cell.

Cook County Felony Review approved a Class 3 felony burglary charge, according to police.

In addition to the other charges, Mr. Thompson was also issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis.

The other man was released without charges.