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.
A victim at an entertainment center in the 300 block of W. Lake St. told police at around 12:02 p.m. that he noticed an unknown male Hispanic juvenile eating the victim’s food from his cubby. The victim asked him to stop and threw water at him. The suspect then allegedly punched victim in the eye. The victim went to hospital for treatment and the suspect has not yet been identified.
Police said that during a call for a reported battery that had occurred in the 600 block of S. Cambridge at around 6:15 p.m., officers located the two suspects. There reportedly was a road rage incident just prior where both drivers exited their vehicles and argued, with one hitting the other after he had approached him aggressively. Neither suspect wanted to press charges.
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
A victim in the 200 block of E. Niagara Ave. told police that she may have heard a suspicious noise at approximately 12:15 a.m., but did not investigate the noise. She later arrived home at 3:15 p.m. and discovered the center living room window broken and a rock beneath a table, near the window.
Criminal defacement was reported at a high school in the 300 block of W. St. Charles at around 10:08 a.m. A complainant told police that someone wrote graffiti on the desk where he was seated. The suspect related he was bored after finishing a test and started to draw. The suspect was cited and released.
Disorderly conduct, trespass notice
A reporting officer received information that a juvenile had sent an explicit photo of themselves to another juvenile who then redistributed the image in the 100 block of E. First at around 10:29 a.m. An investigation is pending.
Police said that subsequent to a report for a domestic between a victim and the suspect in the 400 block of E. Court at around 8:17 p.m., the suspect was putting the victim’s personal property outside of the house. The victim said the suspect shoved him. There were no visible signs of injuries on the victim and no complaints to be signed.
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
Yarnell M. White, 28, of Maywood, was charged with DUI, possession of open alcohol, driving while license suspended, no insurance and improper lane usage subsequent to a traffic stop near Route 83 and St. Charles at around 3:41 a.m. According to police, a juvenile passenger in the vehicle was found to be in possession of suspected Ecstasy and cannabis, and in violation of curfew. The juvenile was released without charged pending lab results.
• Kathleen Calderone, 64, of Elmhurst, was charged with felony aggravated DUI and improper lane usage subsequent to a traffic stop near Oak and North at around 12:27 a.m.
• Police said that subsequent to a traffic stop near Route 83 and North at around 3:15 a.m., Ronal Perez-Gomez, 20, of Wood Dale, had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and blood-shot and glassy eyes. The suspect was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, driving while license suspended and improper lane usage.
• Daniel Stelter, 27, of Villa Park, was charged with DUI, improper lane usage, no insurance and an expired registration subsequent to a traffic stop near Vallette and Arlington at around 12:26 a.m.
Police said that subsequent to a traffic stop near North and West at around 12:08 a.m., a strong odor of burnt cannabis was coming from the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect, Gabriela Alcaraz, 22, of Chicago, displayed physical indicators of impairment and was placed under arrest, according to police. The suspect was charged with DUI drugs, unlawful possession of cannabis, no valid driver’s license, no insurance and failure to yield turning left.
While on patrol at around 1:18 a.m., an officer observed the driver of a listed vehicle disobey a red light at Church Road and Grand Avenue. The officer eventually caught up to the vehicle in the area of westbound North Avenue and Villa Avenue and noticed there were no registration plates displayed on the vehicle. An attempt was made to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, at which time the driver failed to yield and fled at a high rate of speed westbound on North Avenue. No pursuit was initiated and an ISPERN message was broadcast.
A victim in the 700 block of N. Parker told police at around 4:52 p.m. that she has been receiving harassing text messages from her ex-husband. A message was left with the suspect advising him not to contact the victim.
Police said that subsequent to a traffic stop near St. Charles and Holly at around 12:16 a.m., Kevin Cahill, 25, of Elmwood Park, provided a false name and also was found to be wanted out of DuPage County. He was charged with obstructing identification and no seat belt. Yamilex Ramirez-Hermida, 20, of Bellwood, was in possession of a stun gun, according to police. She was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and no seat belt. Police said Ricky Padro, 54, of Wheaton, was in possession of drug paraphernalia and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Possession of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, controlled substance
Ronald Burton, 40, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was charged with possession of cannabis. Police said that subsequent to a suspicious vehicle parked in the 400 block of E. Schiller at around 12:14 a.m., Burton was located, found to be in possession of cannabis and also was found to be wanted on a warrant out of DuPage County.
Police said officers responded for the report of a fight in the 500 block of S. York at around 3:45 p.m. Floria Soto, 25, of Willowbrook, was located and allegedly gave a false name. She also was in possession of Xanax® and cannabis, according to police. She was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing identification.
Christopher Parker, 27, of Chicago, was issued citations by police for possession of cannabis and illegally tinted windows near St. Charles and Route 83 at around 4:32 p.m. Police said that subsequent to a traffic stop, an officer detected an odor of burnt cannabis coming from the inside of the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, a plastic bag containing six smaller baggies of cannabis was located, according to police.
• Zachary Coyle, 22, of Westmont, was issued citations for possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding near St. Charles and Fair at around 12:54 a.m.
• Arthur Gniatczyk, 19, of Elmhurst, was issued citations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 100 block of N. Highland at around 10:58 p.m.
• A suspect’s mother reported that her son was missing from class at a local high school yesterday. He was then last seen yesterday April 5 at 3:30 p.m. An officer located both her son and another suspect hiding in a laundry area at an apartment complex. Both were were transported to the police department where cannabis and E-cigarette equipment were recovered. The suspects were charged with truancy, possession of tobacco products and possession of cannabis, and then released to their respective parents.
Officers and medics responded to a male who was unconscious and breathing at a restaurant in the 500 block of W. North Ave. at around 7:42 p.m. Officers recovered two (2) bags of suspect heroin and a syringe from the bathroom. The victim was transported to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment.
Theft/burglary/attempted theft or burglary/identity theft/fraud/forgery/deceptive practice/obstruction/robbery
• A victim in the 400 block of E. Court told police at around 10:30 a.m. after receiving a letter in the mail that she had been sent to collections regarding a Comcast Cable bill, she learned a fraudulent Comcast Cable account was opened in her name. Victim wished to make a matter of record report only at this time.
• A complainant at a food store in the 200 block of S. Route 83 told police at around 5:36 p.m. that she recognized a suspect from prior incidents where he would conceal items and leave the store without paying for those concealed items. On the above date, the complainant observed the same suspect conceal items. He was stopped at the front door, claimed he did not know the items were there and was issued a trespass notice.
April 11-April 12
• A victim in the 300 block of E. May St. told police at around 7:06 a.m. that an unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway overnight. Papers were strewn about and the center console was ajar. Loose change was missing. The vehicle was processed for evidence.
• A complainant in the 300 block of S. Berkley Ave. told police at around 8:07 a.m. that an unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked work vehicle sitting in his driveway. The vehicle was processed for evidence. A laptop was entered into LEADS as stolen.
Theft was reported at a high school in the 300 block of W. St. Charles at around 6:35 p.m. While at the school, a victim walked away from her purse to use the restroom. When she came back, her purse was gone.
A victim at a supermarket in the 900 block of S. York told police that while shopping at around 10:49 a.m., he dropped his wallet which contained several credit cards and $2,245 in cash. A suspect found the wallet and returned it to the victim. Missing from the wallet was the $2,245 in cash. The suspect was located and admitted to taking the money. The money was returned to the victim who did not wish to sign complaints.
A victim in the 100 block of E. Schiller St. told police at around 4:18 p.m. that she discovered three unauthorized transactions had been made using her debit card.
• Erica Abate, 30, of Lombard, was charged with attempted identity theft and obstructing identification in the 100 block of E. Brush Hill at around 11:56 p.m. A victim came to the Police Department to report someone was using her personal identification information to receive treatment at Elmhurst Hospital. Police said Abate was located and taken into custody. She was also wanted out of DuPage County.
• Araceli B. Ceja, 39, of Berkeley, was charged with retail theft at a store in the 300 block of S. Route 83 at around 5:31 p.m. Police said Ceja was found to have hidden a bottle of makeup before exiting the store.
• Officers responded to a call for a retail theft at a store in the 300 block of S. Route 83 at around 6:37 p.m. The loss prevention reported a female suspect selected merchandise and concealed it in a fitting room. Security stopped the female after exiting the store but she refused to return to the security office. The suspect was last seen northbound on Route 83 in a brown Volkswagen Jetta. An investigation is pending.
• An officer was called to a car dealership in the 700 block of W. Grand Ave. at around 9:06 a.m. for a report of a burglary to a vehicle. The victim advised his truck was parked behind the dealership over the weekend. Pry marks were found on the driver’s side door and the passenger side window was shattered. Items were moved around on the interior, but nothing was taken.
Police said that while an officer was on patrol at a pub in the 100 block of N. Addison at around 12:06 a.m., the bouncer gave the officer what he believed to be a fraudulent ID card for a suspect whom he turned away from the bar earlier in the evening. An investigation is pending.
A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) removed cash from his unlocked gym locker at a high school in the 300 block of W. St. Charles at around 3:19 p.m.
April 4-April 7
An officer responded to a fraud report in the 200 block of N. Illinois St. The victim told police that “Life Lock” notified him that his Social Security number was being used by an unknown suspect in an attempt to open credit cards at different locations between the above dates. The victim related that he is unaware if any credit cards were opened.
A victim in the 600 block of Cedar told police at around 6:21 p.m. that an unknown suspect used his wife’s information and forged her signature withdrawing cash from his savings account. The transaction occurred in Minnesota and the bank stated that the suspect had an ID with his wife’s name on it. An investigation is pending.
April 4-April 5
• A victim in the 100 block of N. Walnut told police that an unknown suspect entered their vehicles which were parked in the driveway between the above dates. Both vehicles had paperwork scattered around the inside of the vehicle.
• A victim in the 100 block of W. Grantley told police that an unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked car while it was parked in her driveway between the above dates. The trunk lid of the vehicle was found ajar. The victim reports that a cell phone was taken from the vehicle.
March 29-April 3
A victim in the 700 block of Chatham told police at around 1:27 p.m. that an unknown suspect opened several credit card accounts using his personal information between the above dates. The victim has put a stop on all accounts.
A victim in the 600 block of S. Hawthorne told police at around 2:53 p.m. she received a phone call from a loan company that a homeowner’s loan was opened in her name. She was also notified of two bank accounts that were opened using her name and Social Security number. The victim will sign complaints if the suspect is identified.
Police said an unknown suspect at a bank in the 1100 block of S. York Road attempted to cash a fraudulent check using information from a local supply company at around 3:16 p.m. The transaction was denied. The suspect then exited the bank leaving the check and an Illinois identification card behind.
Dec. 2, 2016
An officer responded to an identity theft report in the 800 block of S. Cadwell at around 4:32 p.m. A victim told police that while checking her credit score, she noticed she had a Comcast account submitted to collections. She had not opened any Comcast accounts and called them to inquire about this situation. Comcast advised the account was opened in her name using her Social Security number and a Chicago address.
Violation of an order of protection
Police said that subsequent to a call for a violation of order of protection in progress in the 200 block of N. York at around 3:23 p.m., the victim reports his GPS monitoring system was activated. The victim has an order of protection against the suspect and he believes it may have been coincidental that the suspect was in the area where the victim was dining. The victim did not see the suspect while in the area of the activation.
Police said Dony Diego-Olea, 30, of Addison, was found to be wanted out of DuPage County near Route 83 and St. Charles at around 12:29 a.m.
More crime news…
Police called after man seen with handgun at hotel
Suspicious circumstances were reported on April 12, when officers responded to the report of a man with a gun at a hotel in the 400 block of W. Lake St. at around 12:34 p.m. The complainant, a hotel employee, told police that a guest contacted the front desk and advised he observed a suspect described as a young, possibly Hispanic male, last seen wearing a purple bowling-style jacket and light colored jeans outside his hotel window with possibly a chrome 9mm Beretta handgun in one hand and a paper bag in the other. The suspect left the scene heading eastbound on Lake Street in a 2001 gold Mitsubishi Montero that was driven by a white female approximately 20 years old, 5’6”, 130 pounds, with reddish brown hair.
Four students arrested after fighting while in detention
On April 6, a complainant at York High School told police at around 10:45 a.m. that four students had been involve in a physical fight while in the in-school suspension room. All four students—three juveniles and Louis F. Taglia, 18, of Elmhurst—were charged with battery and released to their parents.
Suspect attempts to withdraw cash with fake ID
On April 7, a branch manager at a bank in the 300 block of S. Route 83 told police there was a suspect in the bank reportedly trying to withdraw cash from an account with what appeared to be a fraudulent ID, according to police. Police said Darryl A. Tatum, 45, of Chicago, admitted to possessing a fraudulent Florida ID and intentionally attempting to withdraw the cash. He was arrested, charged with identity theft.
Store manager sees suspect depart with medication
On April 7, fficers responded to the report of retail theft in the 100 block of W. North Ave. at around 5:22 p.m. According to police, a suspect described as a black male around 6’2” and 200 pounds wearing all black clothing was seen taking allergy medication and placing the medication into a white garbage bag hidden by toilet paper. The store manager approached the suspect, confirmed the medication was in a bag, then walked away to call the police. The suspect left in an unknown vehicle.
Surveillance camera shows suspects removing medication
On April 9, retail theft was reported at a supermarket in the 900 block of S. York at around 4:06 a.m. Police said officers responded for the theft that occurred, with the suspects leaving prior to the officers’ arrival. Surveillance footage showed two suspects take numerous over the counter medications and leave without paying. They left in an unknown black Ford Crown Victoria southbound on York from Butterfield. The first suspect was described as a white male around 20 years old with long, black hair wearing a blue hat, a gray sweatshirt, white shorts and black shoes. The second suspect was described as a white male around 18 years old with blonde hair wearing a gray sweatshirt, black shorts and black shoes.