Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– One man was arrested and charged with felony criminal damage to property and other charges after he allegedly attempted to carjack two vehicles in the 211th Street Metra Parking Lot. The man had been thrown off the Metra train because of a verbal argument with his girlfriend, according to police.
Police were dispatched to the 211th Street Metra lot on July 4 at 11:45 p.m. Upon arrival at the scene, Officer Habecker was flagged down by two witnesses who stated that a white male in a white shirt and khaki shorts was driving a van in the Metra Lot when he crashed the van into a pole and ran away from the scene to Homan Avenue. One of the witnesses advised the officer that the suspect was on Homan Avenue, lying in the street. Officer Habecker located the suspect, later identified as Nathan A. Monacelli, and called for an ambulance to respond to the scene.
The owner of the van advised police that she had just gotten off the train and walked to her vehicle with her friend and her friend’s children. She had put the children in the vehicle and was trying to put the stroller into the van when she observed Monacelli approach her. She got into the driver’s seat of the vehicle when Monacelli allegedly grabbed her arm, causing scratches to her arm, in an attempt to get her out of the vehicle. She then stepped on the gas pedal and attempted to drive away from Monacelli, at which point Monacelli allegedly picked up the baby stroller that was still outside the vehicle and threw it at the van. At that point, she looked back over her shoulder and drove into the light pole which was just East of her parking stall, causing extensive damage to the front and driver’s side of the van. When she struck the light pole, the airbags in the vehicle deployed, and the alleged offender then ran towards Homan Avenue.
Another witness reported that the alleged offender attempted to get into her vehicle as well.
According to police, Monacelli told them that earlier in the evening of July 3, he and his girlfriend went to the Taste of Chicago, and were drinking. They then watched the fireworks and took the Metra train back. While on the train, he and his girlfriend were in a verbal argument, and Monacelli was told to leave the train by the Metra Police. He allegedly told police that he was very intoxicated and did not know where he was. He then walked up to a car and began to pound on the windows and the side of the vehicle with his fists. The woman inside the car had her doors locked and would not let him in and then drove around him to get away. He stated that he does not recall the events after this incident, according to police.
Nathan A. Monacelli, 25, 515 N. Madison Ave., Bradley, IL, was arrested on July 3 and charged with felony criminal damage to property, two counts of misdemeanor battery, reckless conduct, and disorderly conduct.