Felony Forgery: Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through October 29, 2018

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Editor’s Note: This police beat coverage represents reports through October 29, 2018. Charges for those cited in this time period include assault, disorderly conduct, domestic battery, and felony forgery.

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eNews Park Forest reports this information because the public in the United States has the right to know.  When that information is withheld or under-reported, it leaves questions.  We also want to show the work that the police force does every day that is not reported.  Police in Park Forest respond to thousands of calls per year, the vast majority of which do not end up with arrests.  Whether it’s conducting a routine investigation, pulling over a drunk driver, or responding to a possible theft at a store, the work of the police officer deserves acknowledgment by the public.

Felony Forgery

Kinyada T. Sargent, 27, 333 Bensley Ave., Calumet City, was arrested on October 23 and charged October 25 with felony forgery after an extensive investigation that began October 23 at approximately 1:47 PM when police responded to the 200 block of Berry Street in reference to a report of a suspicious circumstance.

Dispatch told police that the complainant did not recognize a white Buick which was parked in the driveway of the house and a delivery truck had dropped off a washer/dryer that was sitting in the driveway. The complainant additionally told dispatch that there was an ongoing issue of suspicious activity at the residence.

When police arrived, a woman, later identified as Kinyada Sargent, and a man were standing on the driveway. The man was attempting to move the appliances closer to the truck and an attempt to load them into the back of the vehicle, according to police. After several more inquiries, police told Ms. Sargent that she and the man were being taken into custody under suspicion of identity theft.

An officer conducted a custodial search of Ms. Sargent and discovered a debit card and a Social Security card with someone else’s name on them. The officer conducted an inventory of the contents of Ms. Sargent’s vehicle and discovered 16 pieces of mail addressed to the resident at the home in the 200 block of Berry Street where police discovered Ms. Sargent and the man. The mail was from various banks and financial institutions, according to police.

This report is incredibly detailed and involved. Ms. Sargent did not provide police with a statement but asked for a lawyer. She was charged with felony forgery and placed in a holding cell pending transport to Markham Courthouse for a bond hearing.

Assault

Jose Q. Arque, 40, 316 Boston St. N., Chicago Heights, was arrested on October 24 and charged with assault when police responded to the 400 block of Suwannee Street at 8:53 PM to investigate a report of assault.

The complainant told police that he was in front of a home in the 400 block of Suwannee Street speaking with a friend when a white four-door vehicle pulled up next to him. The driver of the vehicle, who he knew as Jose Arque, started talking to him and allegedly called him a “bitch.”

The complainant told Mr. Arque to move on and drive away.

Mr. Arque then allegedly told the complainant that he would kill him. The complainant told police that he heard Mr. Arque allegedly cock a gun and, being afraid for his safety, turned around and started walking toward his home.

Mr. Arque then drove away, according to police.

he complainant said he never observed a gun but believed that Mr. Arque had one, according to police. Police conducted a law enforcement database search and discovered that Mr. Arque had a valid warrant on a charge of domestic battery out of Hazel Crest. The complainant said that he would sign complaints if police located Mr. Arque.

At 9:22 PM, a Richton Park police officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle police were seeking. Richton Park officers and officers from Park Forest stop the vehicle in the 100 block of Sauk Trail. Mr. Arque was a passenger in the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Police searched the vehicle and found no weapon.

Mr. Arque was transported to the Park Forest Police Department where he denied assaulting the complainant. He was charged with assault and processed on the arrest warrant. He was placed in a cell pending transportation to Markham Courthouse for a bond hearing.

Domestic Battery

Renardo N. Harris, 18, 453 Dogwood St. D-11, Park Forest, was arrested on October 25 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to the 400 block of Dogwood Street to investigate a report of a domestic dispute.

According to police Mr. Harris had allegedly been disrespectful to a family member. The family member refused to allow Mr. Harris to come into the residence because of the way he was allegedly acting. Mr. Harris then allegedly used an object to break the north door of the residence and push it open.

Mr. Harris was still denied entry by the family member who blocked his way at the door. Mr. Harris then allegedly pushed the family member towards the kitchen, according to police.

Mr. Harris was arrested, charged, and placed in a cell pending transfer to Markham Courthouse for a bond hearing, according to police.

Disorderly Conduct

Municipal Citation: No Arrest

Arthurene Davis, 70, 95 Norwood Blvd., Park Forest, was issued a municipal citation charging disorderly conduct after police responded to the first block of Forest Boulevard in reference to a threat complaint. Communications advised police that the complainant said a man pulled a knife on her while she was walking her dog, a six month old black short-haired pointer/lab mix puppy, after her dog started barking at the man.

The complainant was walking her dog and her one-year-old daughter when her dog began to bark at Mr. Davis after he exited a vehicle. Mr. Davis stated, “You better shut him up.” The complainant said, “Excuse me?” Mr. Davis then allegedly reached into his right pocket and pulled out what appeared to be a pocket knife. The complainant reassured Mr. Davis that her dog was “just a puppy” and wouldn’t harm him. The dog was on a leash, nowhere near Mr. Davis, according to police.

The complainant asked Mr. Davis, “Is that a knife?” Mr. Davis then allegedly displayed the knife with the blade extended in front of his body and began to walk toward the complainant, her daughter, and the dog.

The complainant said she became fearful for her daughter’s safety, picked up her daughter and ran back toward her house.

When an officer responded to her home he was greeted by the dog at the front door. The dog did not bark or growl at the responding officer, according to police. The complainant eventually signed a municipal citation charging disorderly conduct.

DUI

Larry D. Moore Jr. 28, 171 Lester Rd., Park Forest, was arrested on October 27 and charged with failure to give information after striking an unattended vehicle and driving under the influence.

Police responded to the 100 block of Lester Road at 5:41 AM in reference to a report of a suspicious vehicle. When police arrived, they observed a gray Ford stopped in the roadway facing northbound on Lester Road. The Ford had struck the rear of a parked and unoccupied vehicle, according to police.

An officer observed a man, later identified as Larry Moore, in the driver’s seat of the Ford. Mr. Moore appeared to be sleeping, according to police. His eyes were closed and his head was leaning back, according to police.

The officer observed that the vehicle Mr. Ford was in was running and the gearshift was in drive.

The officer knocked on the window to wake Mr. Moore.

The officer told Mr. Moore to place the car in park and open the door. Mr. Moore initially appeared confused, according to police, but eventually followed instructions.

After opening the car door, the officer could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Mr. Moore’s breath, according to police.

Mr. Moore had bloodshot, glassy eyes, and allegedly admitted to drinking. The officer conducted field sobriety tests after which he arrested Mr. Moore and transported him to the Park Forest Police Department. Mr. Moore’s vehicle was towed.

Retail Theft

Kenneth Blair, 25, 1641 Buena Vista Ave., Chicago Heights, was arrested on October 29 and charged with retail theft after police were dispatched to a business in the first block of South Orchard Drive to investigate a report of retail theft.

SouthCom Dispatch told officers that a man allegedly took a bottle of liquor from a store employee and left the store on foot without paying.

Police spotted a man matching the description, later identified as Kenneth Blair, near West Rocket Circle. Upon seeing the Park Forest Police Department squad vehicle, Mr. Blair allegedly ran eastbound from West Rocket Circle between houses and between Rich and Gold Streets, according to police.

Officers set up a perimeter in the area.

Police eventually took Mr. Blair into custody after locating him in the backyard of a home in the 200 block of Rich Street, according to police. An employee from the store positively identified Mr. Blair as the alleged offender.

The manager later provided police with a DVD containing video of the alleged incident recorded by security cameras.

Mr. Blair was transported to the Park Forest Police Department where he was later processed on a charge of retail theft and assigned a court date of December 3 at Markham Courthouse, according to police.