Local Crime from 16th District 4-4-18
A WOMAN was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other charges following her arrest at about 4:05 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the 3300 block of North Newland Avenue, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
A man and a witness reported that they were standing between their parked cars when a speeding vehicle drove toward them and almost struck one of them, and that the driver stopped her vehicle, drove in reverse and asked if they knew how to fix a radiator, according to police.
The man reported that the driver was allegedly slurring her speech and that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on her breath as she started to shift her vehicle through different gears and that he saw the front windshield of her vehicle was broken and the front end of her vehicle was damaged with steam rising from it before she drove the vehicle forward and struck a tree and a parked vehicle, and then drove in reverse and struck a light pole, police said.
The man reported that he announced that he is a police officer before he reached inside her vehicle and pulled the key out of the ignition and that the woman exited the vehicle, advanced toward him and allegedly hit him in the right side of his face with her left hand, according to police.
The man reported that he held the woman until officers arrived and she was arrested, police said.
The suspect was identified by police as Tara A. Stepanian, age 35, of the 2900 block of North Mason Avenue. She was charged with battery, obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding and driving without a valid driver’s license, police said.
EMPLOYEES of the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant, 4245 N. Milwaukee Ave., reported that the business was robbed at about 7:50 p.m. Saturday, March 31, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
A 30-year-old employee reported that while he was taking out the garbage a man entered the unlocked rear door, pointed a handgun at him, struck him in the head, knocked him to the floor and said to stay down or he would shoot him, according to police.
A 51-year-old employee reported that the man approached him in the front of the restaurant and demanded money as he pointed the gun at him, and punched him in the left forearm, pressed the handgun against his chest and took his wallet containing $150 in cash from his pants and $150 in cash from the register, police said. The employees reported that the incident was recorded on the restaurant’s video surveillance system, according to police.
The man was described as having a dark complexion, between 5-11 and 6-2 and between 190 and 225 pounds, and wearing a black bomber-style jacket with a red symbol on the back, blue jeans with a hole in the left knee and black shoes with a black bandana with white graphics covering his face and a large yellow metal ring on his left hand ring finger.
A MAN WAS stabbed at about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the 4800 block of West Byron Street, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
The 31-year-old man reported that as he was walking in the gangway of his residence, a man approached him from the alley, called toward him and demanded money, and that after he ignored the man, the man stabbed him in the chest with an unknown object and ran away northbound through the alley, according to police.
The man was treated at Community First Medical Center, police said.
The assailant was described as black, between 5-6 and 5-8, 160 to 180 pounds with brown eyes, and bald.
A WOMAN reported that she was robbed at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in front of the Dollar Tree store, 3232 N. Harlem Ave., according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
The 20-year-old woman reported that after she exited her vehicle and was walking toward the store, a man grabbed her from behind, put his hands over her mouth and said "gimme your purse," and that when she told him she did not have a purse, she elbowed him with her right arm, according to police.
The woman reported that the man twisted her body around and threw her to the ground and that as she kicked and screamed, he pulled her shoes from her feet and threw them to the ground and took her iPhone cell phone valued at $800 and fled through an alley, police said.
The man was described as 5-11 and 6-0 with a black shaved hairstyle and wearing a white hooded jacket.
A WOMAN reported that two men broke into her apartment in the 3400 block of North Cicero Avenue at about 11 p.m. Saturday, March 24, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
The 19-year-old woman reported that two men wearing masks entered her apartment and one of them asked her to empty her purse and took her cell phone while the other man pointed a black handgun at her, and that both men entered another room and took a debit card, a Hewlett-Packard computer and an Apple computer valued at $900 before both men exited her apartment, according to police.
The men were described as black and Hispanic and age 22.
A MAN REPORTED that a man attempted to lure his two daughters into his vehicle at about 1:20 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the 4800 block of West Patterson Avenue, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
The man reported that while his 14-year-old and 11-year-old daughters were cleaning the front yard, a green 2006 Nissan Altima automobile approached them from an alley and the driver stopped his vehicle and motioned for both girls to enter his vehicle, according to police. The man reported that after his older daughter told her younger sister to go inside their residence the driver motioned for her to enter his vehicle again before he continued to drive away southbound through the alley, police said.
The man was described as white, age 35 to 45 and wearing a gray jacket.
THE OWNER of M and R Auto Service, 8300 W. Irving Park Road, reported that the business was burglarized between 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, and 8 a.m. Thursday, March 29, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
The owner reported that when he returned to the business he discovered that the front door had been unlocked and that several sets of vehicle keys and $100 in cash were missing, and that four vehicles were missing from the parking lot in front of the business, including a silver 2001 Chrysler Voyager, a silver 1999 Honda Accord, a green 2000 Dodge Caravan and a white 1998 Honda Accord, according to police.
A WOMAN reported that her home in the 7000 block of West Henderson Street was burglarized between 11 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. Saturday, March 31, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.
The woman reported that when she returned home she noticed the front and rear doors had been opened and that she discovered that the rear door had been forced open and that 12 pairs of shoes and jewelry were missing, according to police.