Elmhurst Police Reports
The Elmhurst Police Department recently reported the following arrests and citations. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a conviction, and that subjects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Juveniles age 17-or-younger are not named.
Criminal damage or defacement to property/criminal damage to a vehicle/criminal trespass to property/criminal trespass to a vehicle/damage to city property/damage to property
March 8-March 9
A victim in the 100 block of E. Grand told police that between the above dates, an unknown suspect(s) drilled a hole into the gas tank of his vehicle causing damage. A matter of record.
Police said a suspect stayed at a local hotel in the 300 block of N. Route 83 from late February into early March. A hole in the bathroom door consistent with a kick and a broken floor tile were found while a suspect was staying there. He admitted to the damage and an agreement was made between the suspect and the hotel staff; the suspect was made aware he would pay for the damage once he got the money. Hotel staff at that time just wanted the room paid for and didn’t want to sign complaints. After realizing the credit card on file was now overdrawn and would not complete the transaction of owed money, hotel staff now wanted to sign complaints. Attempts to contact the suspect were unsuccessful.
Criminal sexual assault
Police said that during a sexual assault investigation at a hospital in the 100 block of E. Brush Hill Road at around 7:28 p.m., a victim advised a sexual assault happened at an unknown location last week. The victim did not want any law enforcement action taken and had left the hospital before an officer arrived. The sexual assault evidence kit was placed into evidence at the Elmhurst Police Department.
Disorderly conduct, trespass notice
Disorderly conduct was reported at a car dealership in the 400 block of W. Lake St. at around 7:26 p.m. Police said a suspect became upset when he was advised that he would not be able to obtain financing for a vehicle because of his credit. The suspect said that he would come back and damage some cars in the lot. Report is made as a matter of record.
Delia M. Gonzalez, 36, of Chicago, was charged with disorderly conduct-public intoxication, near Church Street and Kenmore Avenue at around 6:59 a.m. Police said officers were dispatched for an intoxicated subject at the intersection. Officers located Gonzalez who allegedly had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her breath and had difficulty balancing.
Domestic incident, domestic battery
A 19-year-old Chicago woman was charged with domestic battery at a college in the 100 block of S. Prospect at around 1:59 a.m. Police said officers responded to the college for a possible domestic between a boyfriend and girlfriend. The victim had visible injuries and the suspect was taken into custody.
A 29-year-old Elmhurst woman was charged with domestic battery in the 100 block of W. First St. at around 8:03 p.m. Police said officers were called to the south side train platform for the report of a female pushing a male. The victim advised he was trying to help the suspect by gathering documents she needed for job applications. He said she pushed him to the ground. The victim had visible bruises on himself.
Officers responded to the report of a domestic situation the 100 block of E. Belden at around 6:25 a.m. A victim told police that both her daughter and her friend punched her in the face. The suspects advised that victim ran through the house and fell. No arrests made due to conflicting stories.
DUI, DUI-drugs, illegal consumption or possession of alcohol by a minor, illegal transportation of open alcohol, illegal possession of open alcohol, possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance
Police said that subsequent to a traffic crash in the 100 block of Myrtle at around 2:16 p.m., the suspect, Andrew M. Riemer, 18, of Mundelein, was found to be driving while under the influence of drugs and was in possession of heroin. Riemer was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, DUI-drugs, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, improper lane usage and no insurance.
Sildi Drabo, 24, of Chicago, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and also was issued a citation for no overnight parking, in the 300 block of N. Oaklawn Ave. at around 3:40 a.m. Police said while conducting overnight parking enforcement, a reporting officer located a subject sleeping inside the listed vehicle. Contact was made with Drabo, the occupant, whom police said had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and consented to search of his vehicle. According to police, two plastic straws with white powdery residue were located and Drabo admitted to using them to ingest cocaine. Also located was a baggie containing .3 grams of cocaine, police said.
• Jesus Gutierrez-Sosa, 22, of Addison, was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, driving while license suspended, no rear plate light and no insurance subsequent to a traffic stop in the 700 block of N. Church Road at around 12:45 a.m.
• Officers responded to the 300 block of N. Highview at around 3:39 p.m. for the report of subjects shoving each other. The suspect was using the victim’s cell phone which had a low battery. An argument and physical altercation ensued when the suspect did not return the cell phone. Due to mutual combatants and no complaints to be signed, no arrests were made.
• A complainant at a high school in the 300 block of W. St. Charles told police that he observed a juvenile who appeared to be intoxicated walking inside the school. The suspect was located and admitted to consuming alcohol in the area of Chicago. The suspect was cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Aleksandras Zakarauskas, 21, of Oakbrook Terrace, was charged with DUI, improper lane usage and expired registration subsequent to a traffic stop near Route 83 and Lake at around 12:25 a.m.
• Andre Vena, 30, of Cedar Lake, Ind., was charged with fleeing and eluding, driving while license suspended, speeding, improper lane usage and failure to signal subsequent to an attempted traffic stop near North Avenue and Berteau at around 1:23 a.m. Police said the vehicle Vena was driving refused to stop and fled away from the reporting officer at a high rate of speed. Police said Vena was later located at his home and placed into custody. He was found to be a fugitive from justice out of Indiana, according to police.
• Police said that subsequent to an attempted traffic stop for speeding near North and Clinton at around 7:22 p.m., a suspect vehicle fled eastbound on North Avenue, failing to yield for the reporting officer. No pursuit was initiated. An investigation is pending.
A victim in the 200 block of Claremont Avenue told police at around 6:51 p.m. that a suspect has continuously contacted him in person and via telephone over the past few months in regards to a personal matter. No complaints are to be signed at this time. The suspect was contacted and was told to cease contact with victim.
Leaving the scene of an accident
Police said Phillip Breckler, 29, of Elmhurst, was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident and improper lane usage after striking an attended vehicle near Butterfield at Commonwealth Lane at around 3:33 p.m.
Possession of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, controlled substance
• Kiana Martinez, 19, of Lombard, was issued a citation for possession of cannabis subsequent to a traffic stop near St. Charles and Route 83 at around 12:24 a.m.
• Victoria Stachura, 25, of Schiller Park, was charged with possession of cannabis and speeding subsequent to a traffic stop near Grand and Industrial at around 12:05 a.m.
• Jaslynn J. Turner, 24, of Bellwood, was issued a citation for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding following a traffic stop near St. Charles and Fair at around 1:18 p.m.
Stephanie Sieja, 19, of Elmhurst, was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and expired registration subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Route 83 at around 11:03 p.m.
• Chelsea Chambers, 23, of Wheaton, was issued a citation for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding subsequent to a traffic stop near St. Charles and Fair Avenue at around 11:28 p.m.
Theft/burglary/attempted theft or burglary/identity theft/fraud/forgery/deceptive practice/obstruction/robbery
• Police said that while patrol officers were on patrol, they observed two subjects enter a pharmacy in the 100 block of W. North Ave. carrying a large purse which appeared to be empty. The officers observed the subjects inside the store walking around and then leaving the store without purchasing any items, according to police. Upon making contact with the subject next to their vehicle, police said it was learned that Ana Rabago, 24, of Chicago, stole merchandise from the pharmacy. Jonathan Azuara, 23, of Chicago, was found to be in possession of cannabis. Rabago was charged with retail theft and Azuara was issued a citation for possession of cannabis.
• A victim in the 400 block of N. Oak St. told police at around 4:50 p.m. that her husband received a phone call from Verizon Wireless located in Indiana. The Verizon employee advised that his wife was currently in the store and was attempting to purchase a phone. The victim’s husband knew his wife was not in Indiana in a Verizon store. A Verizon employee advised the suspect provided an Illinois driver’s license with the victim’s correct address and date of birth. The suspect left the scene before police were able to arrive and the transaction was not completed.
A victim in the 200 block of S. Poplar told police at around 11:54 a.m. that an unknown suspect(s) fraudulently used her credit card number to make purchases in Decatur, Ill. The victim closed the account and her bank credited her account.
March 9-March 13
A victim came to the police station to report a stolen vehicle in the 700 block of N. Church Road between the above dates. A victim still has the keys to his beige-colored 1972 Mercedes Benz. The car was parked in the warehouse lot; there was no evidence of a break-in at the site. The vehicle was entered into LEADS as stolen.
March 5-March 13
A victim in Birch Tree Court told police that between the above dates, an unknown suspect made a fraudulent transaction using her Amazon account and her associated American Express credit card. An Intel computer system, which she did not order, was delivered to her home and she also found that an unauthorized U.S. mail hold request was made for her residence.
• Alicia R. Sartain, 31, of West Chicago, was charged with retail theft at a store in the 100 block of W. First St. at around 7 p.m. Police said Sartain entered the business to use the restroom and upon exiting, stole a package of 20-count almond cookies.
• A complainant at a national chain restaurant in the 300 block of S. Route 83 told police at around 3:35 p.m. a suspect described as an Hispanic female between 18 and 20 years old with long, black hair wearing a gray hoodie and multi-colored yoga pants, attempted to pay with a counterfeit $100 bill. The complainant advised her that he would not accept the bill. The suspect left the area in a white Buick or Oldsmobile. The complainant sent an information report to other national chain restaurants with the same name in the area. The officer was advised that the Wheaton restaurant had a similar incident two weeks ago, with what appeared to be the same suspect.
A victim in the 500 block of Sunnyside told police at around 9:45 a.m. that he was contacted by a person representing himself as an agent for PNC Bank. The caller reportedly told victim that an unknown suspect had attempted to open a credit account using the victim’s personal information. The victim then supplied the caller with the last four digits of his Social Security number. A reporting officer’s attempts to contact the bank employee for further information were unsuccessful. The victim placed a freeze on any future credit activity.
March 5-March 10
A victim came to the police station to report that he received a Pandora credit card in the mail that he never applied for between the above dates. The credit card account already had a balance. The victim believes this may stem back to a security breach with his Blue Cross Blue Shield account approximately 18 months ago.
Nov. 15, 2016-March 10
A victim in the 500 block of W. Second St. advised at around 3:06 p.m. that during the above noted time frame, an unknown suspect cut the retention cord and removed the spare tire from her vehicle.
Officers responded for an alleged retail theft that reportedly occurred at a pharmacy in the 100 block of W. North at around 5:52 p.m. The suspect reportedly left the scene prior to arrival. The Villa Park Police Department located the vehicle and the suspects were taken into custody. A “large amount” of shampoo, deodorant, and other items were recovered, according to police. Keith Henderson, 44 and Terry Davis, 43, both of Chicago, were charged with felony retail theft. Arthur Henderson, 62, of Chicago, was charged with misdemeanor retail theft.
March 8-March 9
• A victim at a car dealership in the 200 block of W. Grand Ave. told police that between the above dates, they found the tires, wheels, tire pressure sensors, lug nuts and center caps all stolen off a 2017 Dodge Charger RT.
• A complainant in the 400 block of N. Highview told police that between the above dates, an unknown suspect(s) entered her unlocked vehicles in the driveway, moved the contents of the Jeep Cherokee’s glovebox onto the passenger seat, and took a piece of jewelry and a GPS unit. The Wrangler’s rear hatch was not properly secured and the doors were found locked.
Victims in the 400 block of Myrtle Avenue told police at around 2:44 p.m. that they received a letter from the IRS stating that someone filed a tax return using their information. The victims called the IRS and verified the letter was legitimate. Victims do not know how anyone obtained their personal identification information.
A victim in the 100 block of W. North Ave. told police at around 1:53 p.m. that two suspects described as a white male and a black male took soaps, deodorant, shampoo, and other personal care products from a store and left without paying. The white male was reportedly wearing a dark/black coat with a hood, jeans and gray sweatshirt. The black male was reportedly wearing black pants, a black coat with “Brooklyn” on the chest, and a black knit cap with an unknown white logo. The victim will sign complaints if the suspects are located.
A victim in the 500 block of Swain told police at around 8:08 a.m. that unknown suspects used her Visa card information to make two online purchases. The victim contacted each retailer and had the purchases canceled. Chase Bank was also contacted and the credit card was canceled.
Police said a reporting detective conducted neighborhood interviews following a burglary to a vehicle that occurred in the 100 block of Hawthorne Avenue on the above date. The victim was shown a photograph of a recovered bicycle which the burglary suspect admitted to stealing from a garage in the area. The victim identified the bicycle as belonging to her son and advised it had been stolen from their detached garage, which had been unlocked. The victim provided paperwork from the purchase of the bicycle, which matched the serial number on the recovered bicycle.
A victim at a pharmacy in the 100 block of W. North Ave. told police at around 9:21 p.m. that a suspect described as a white male or Hispanic male took Breathe Right nasal strips. The suspect is described as bald, with a beard, wearing a dark hoody, gray T-shirt and blue jeans. If the subject is able to be identified, the victim will sign complaints.
• A victim in Oak Tree Court told police at around 3:42 p.m. that after reviewing her bank statement, she noticed a withdrawal at an ATM and was advised by her bank that they would do an internal investigation. A responding officer contacted the bank and was advised that upon entry, the account number was mistakenly transposed and they returned the currency to the victim’s account. The victim was advised to check her credit score and accounts for unusual activity.
• Police said the subsequent to a retail theft investigation at a pharmacy in the 100 block of W. North Ave. at around 1:13 p.m., an officer was advised of an unreported retail theft that had occurred. Taken was deodorant, body wash and sleep aids. There were two suspects; the first suspect was described as a black male wearing a black/red baseball cap with longer hair, a black winter coat and a gray T-shirt. The second suspect was described as a black male with short hair, wearing a dark coat and jeans.
Feb. 12-Feb. 18
A victim in the 800 block of Mitchell told police at around 5:39 p.m. that she had a check missing from her checkbook. The victim checked her records and showed the check was written out to “cash” in the amount of $200 with her name but not her correct signature.
Dec. 20, 2016-Feb. 15
A complainant in the 100 block of W. Diversey told police that during the above noted time frame, a victim’s purse went missing.
Jan. 1-Jan. 10
The owner of a company in the 100 block of Adell Place told police that a suspect stole cash from him between the above dates.