Park Forest Police Blotter Reports For April 1 – April 7, 2018

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Inside the Park Forest Police Station. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Editor’s Note: This police blotter report covers April 1 through April 7, 2018. Charges include obstructing identification, two DUIs, and  driving while license was suspended. We are working to provide more details in reports now that we offer subscriptions. Thank you for your patience. Please look for more Wednesday, May 9.

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 entail 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 acknowledgement by the public.

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DUI, Driving While License Suspended

Dominique P. Harper, 22, 424 Tamarack St., Park Forest, was arrested on April 1 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while license was suspended, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and improper parking/standing on a roadway.

Officers were dispatched at 3:19 AM to Sauk Trail and Westwood Drive to check on the well-being of a motorist. Dispatch advised officers that a vehicle was stopped in front of Rich East High School at the three way stop light with a woman asleep behind the wheel.

When officers arrived, they observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection of Sauk Trail and Westwood Drive facing east bound. An officer approached the passenger side of the vehicle and observed a woman, later learned to be Dominique P. Harper, sleeping in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition, according to police. The vehicle was running. The officer also observed that Ms. Harper’s foot was on the brake and the gearshift was in drive.

The officer knocked on the passenger side window twice. Ms. Harper woke up and stared at the officer both times and fell back to sleep, according to police. The officer approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and knocked on the front driver side window. Ms. Harper woke up and stared at the officer who advised her to roll down her window. She did so and the officer advised her to put her vehicle into park.

Domestic Battery

Hakishia E. Robinson, 38, 328 Todd St., Park Forest, was arrested on April 1 and charged with one count of domestic battery after police were dispatched to the 300 block of Todd Street to investigate a report of domestic battery.

Possession of Cannabis Citation

Christopher D. Davis, 24, 1631 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights, was issued a traffic citation charging speeding and two municipal citations charging possession of cannabis and unlawful use of a weapon when an officer patrolling at 2:15 AM on April 2 in the area of Western Avenue and Birch Street observed a vehicle traveling 55 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone, according to police.

Mr. Davis was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, according to police. His vehicle was towed and seized per village ordinance and Mr. Davis was transported to his residence in Chicago Heights, according to police. The officer asked Mr. Davis if he had any weapons or anything illegal in the vehicle. Mr. Davis advised that he did not and pulled out metal knuckles from the glove box, according to police.

Obstructing Identification

Edgar Chrystal, 722 E. 105th Place, Chicago, was arrested on April 3 and charged with one misdemeanor count of obstructing identification when an officer driving on Berry Street noticed a vehicle parked on the sidewalk obstructing the walkway, according to police.

The driver of the vehicle was issued a parking citation charging parking on the sidewalk and released from the scene.

Mr. Chrystal, a passenger in the vehicle, allegedly provided the officer with several false names, including Michael L. Crystal, age 17, and a few minutes after that telling the officer that he was 18, according to police. Mr. Chrystal then told the officer that his name was Michael Crystal, age 19. He then told the officer that his name was Michael Latrell Crystal.

At this point, Mr. Chrystal was taken into custody.

When police inventoried his property, the officer located a Cook County Pre-Trial Services Card with the name Edgar Chrystal on it. Police then discovered that Mr. Chrystal is currently on parole with the Illinois Department of Corrections. IDOC decided to not issue a parole violation warrant with respect to this incident, according to the report.

Criminal Damage to Property

Deshone Reed, 44, 4557 imperial Drive #3E, Richton Park, was arrested on April 4 and charged with one count of criminal damage to property after police were dispatched to the 200 block of Rich Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. Mr. Reed allegedly kicked the front door of a residence, causing the door frame to splinter, according to police.

Driving While License Suspended

Jovan T. Blair, 23, 383 Hickory St., Chicago Heights, was arrested on April 5 and issued citations charging failure to signal and driving while license was suspended. Mr. Blair was also issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis. An officer observed the vehicle Mr. Blair was driving allegedly turn onto Westwood Drive from North Orchard Drive without the use of a turn signal, according to police. Mr. Blair was unable to provide a drivers license but did produce valid proof of insurance. Police discovered that Mr. Blair’s driver’s license had been suspended since October 11, 2017. Police also learned that Mr. Blair had a warrant for his arrest issued by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office citing failure to appear on a charge of driving while license was suspended, according to police.

DUI

Jamaal V. Bristol, 42, 3619 N. Krestel Ave,. #301, Waukegan, IL, was arrested on April 7 and charged with driving under the influence when an officer noticed a vehicle parked in the parking lane on the west side of Indianwood Boulevard approximately 50 feet from the intersection of Marquette Street facing southbound with the engine running in the lights on.

Mr. Bristol, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, appeared to be asleep at the wheel, according to police.

The officer began to knock loudly on the vehicle’s windows. After several loud knocks, police were able to wake Mr. Bristol. Mr. Bristol was not able to properly lower the driver’s side window, according to police. Instead, he continuously lowered other windows other than the driver’s window. This happened several times, according to police. Mr. Bristol then pressed down on the gas several times in confusion, revving the engine, according to police.

This incident occurred after 3:10 AM, according to police.

An earlier publication of this article indicated in the Editor’s Note that the reports were through March 7, 2018, instead of April 7, 2018.

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