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


Jan. 4

A victim in the 500 block of N. Oaklawn told police at around 12:41 p.m. that he was visiting his mother’s house when his sister became erratic. When he returned home, he observed a long scratch on the passenger side of his vehicle.


Dec. 24-Jan. 1

A victim told police that her vehicle was in her parking lot at 300 block Kimbell when she left for vacation. When she returned, she found the front windshield cracked and the front driver’s side window completely shattered out. There was nothing missing from inside the vehicle.


Domestic battery, domestic incident


Jan. 8

A 34-year-old Elmhurst man was charged with domestic battery in the 100 block of Virginia at around 10:27 p.m. Police said it was determined the suspect pushed the victim down the stairs of the apartment complex.


Jan. 7

A 33-year-old Wood Dale woman was charged with domestic battery at a clinic in the 100 block of E. Schiller at around 5:56 p.m. Police said that after the suspect completing a doctor’s visit she became agitated and angry. The complainant and suspect ensued in a verbal argument in the lobby of the clinic. The suspect then struck the victim in the shoulder and face.

A victim told police that her son was not getting up for school and had pushed her into a dresser. The suspect related that his mother attempted to get him out of bed by throwing water on him. The suspect pushed her out of his way and left the residence on foot. Officers located the suspect; he was transported to his school where he was released to a school resource officer.


Jan. 6

Police said officers responded to the report of a domestic in the 100 block of Elm at around 6:05 p.m. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the suspect who stated her brother (the victim) pushed her down the back stairs. The suspect was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the incident. According to police, the victim related the suspect was intoxicated and jumped on his back. Due to conflicting statements and no visible signs of injuries, no arrests were made.


DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol, open alcohol in public, consumption of alcohol by a minor, public intoxication


Jan. 9

Marcos Gonzalez-Arias, 33, of Summit, was charged with DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol, open alcohol and failure to yield subsequent to a traffic stop near York and St. Charles at around 11:49 p.m.


Jan. 6

Lizbeth Contreas, 20, of Chicago, was charged with DUI, consumption of alcohol by a minor, illegal transportation of alcohol, no driver’s license on person and improper lane usage subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Glade at around 6:21 a.m.


Jan. 5

Police said that subsequent to traffic stop near Route 83 and St. Charles at around 12:27 a.m., it was discovered that Karen Stephenson, 53, of Gilberts, had been involved in a recent traffic crash, struck the traffic light at St. Charles and Spring roads, and fled the scene. Stephenson was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, injury to city property, improper lane usage and no insurance.


Jan. 4

Eric Hodurek, 18, of Lemont, a passenger in a vehicle, was issued a citation for consumption of alcohol by a minor subsequent to a traffic stop near Route 83 and Frontage at around 12:09 a.m.


Harassment, threats


Jan. 5

Police said officers responded to the report of harassing phone calls in the 100 block of E. Butterfield at around 8:14 a.m. According to police, a complainant received a call from an unknown person, who made a threatening statement. The complainant was unable to identify the unknown person.


Possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a

controlled substance


Jan. 5

Quinn Billingslea, 31, of Bellwood, was issued citations for possession of cannabis and speeding subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Clinton at around 3:15 a.m.


Suspicious circumstances


Jan. 3

A victim in the 400 block of N. York told police at around 8:41 a.m. that upon returning home from work Jan. 2, he discovered his wallet was missing from the center console of his vehicle. On the above date, the victim located his wallet and its scattered contents lying in traffic, near his workplace. All of the victim’s missing properties were recovered. The victim is unsure if an unknown suspect

took the wallet from his unlocked vehicle, or if he inadvertently placed the wallet on the roof of his car and drove off.


Theft/burglary/attempted theft or burglary/identity theft/fraud/forgery/deceptive practice/obstruction/robbery


Jan. 8

Deceptive practice was reported in the 400 block of E. Vallette at around 7:20 p.m. A victim told police she felt her PayPal account was compromised, in the amount of $38. She contacted a number for PayPal, that she obtained on the internet. A man told her to purchase $600 worth of iTunes cards and provide him with the numbers. This would rectify the situation and she would get the entire $638.00 back after their investigation. The victim purchased the cards and provided the individual with the numbers on the cards. The victim later realized she was a victim of a scam.


Jan. 6

Theft of vehicle parts was reported at a car leasing dealership in the 800 block of N. York at around 9:15 a.m. A complainant discovered that the spare tires and assemblies had been removed from 10 of their fleet vehicles. Upon review of the video surveillance, it was determined that two to three unknown suspects, parked in the rear of the lot in an unknown passenger vehicle, stole the items.


Jan. 5

Police said a suspect described as a white male around 5’6” and wearing a black Adidas track jacket, gray sweatpants and glasses entered a gaming retailer in the 100 block of N. York at around 5:04 p.m. He was looking to buy magic cards. While he was looking, he allegedly took a magic card and left the scene. Complaints will be signed if the suspect is located.

Retail theft was reported at a store in the 300 block of S. Route 83 at around 6:03 p.m. Police said after a search of the area the suspects were not located. Chicago Police located the suspects’ vehicle and driver. The driver was taken into custody. Elmhurst officers responded to Chicago and interviewed the juvenile driver. An investigation is pending.


Jan. 4-Jan. 5

Burglary to a vehicle and credit card fraud were reported in the 100 block of N. Oak. A complainant told police that an unknown suspect entered his unlocked vehicle sometime between the above dates and had stolen his wife’s debit card and Illinois driver’s license from her purse that is kept on the passenger side floorboard. The Illinois driver’s license was entered into LEADS. The victim checked his MB Financial Bank account and discovered three unauthorized transactions. The fraudulent charges were reported to MB Financial Bank and the card was canceled.


Violation of humane care for animals act


Jan. 8

Police said Jared Johnson, 29, of Elmhurst, was charged with two counts of violating the Humane Care for Animals Act after he took his dog to the Elmhurst Animal

Care Center at around 6:03 p.m. According to police, the veterinarian stated the dog had been cared for inhumanely and had to be euthanized.


Violation of an order of protection


Jan. 6

Christopher Murphy, 28, of Elmhurst, was charged with violation of an order of protection in the 100 block of E. Hale at around 2:53 p.m.


Warrant arrest


Jan. 7

Police said Crystal Hosch, 29, of Broadview, came into the police station at around 10:29 a.m. to surrender herself on a warrant out of DuPage County. The warrant was confirmed as valid and the offender was able to post the requisite bond amount.


Jan. 5

Police said that subsequent to a traffic stop near Route 83 and Lake at around 12:10 a.m., Daniel Cruz, 30, of Melrose Park, was found to have two active warrants from the Northlake Police Department and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. According to police, Cruz offered a false name during the investigation. He was charged with obstructing identification, driving while license suspended, improper lane usage, speeding and no insurance.



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