Road rage incident leads police to stolen handgun, unlawful cannabis

On Friday, Oct.  2, police said that subsequent to the report of a road rage incident near North and Evergreen, where a victim’s car was damaged, a traffic stop was conducted. According to police, Cesar Avalos Mijares, 23, of Melrose Park, was found to be in possession of a

loaded, stolen handgun and cannabis, which was not in a sealed, odor-proof, child-proof container. Avalos Mijares was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without a FOID card, possession of ammunition without a FOID and possession of adult use cannabis in a vehicle. Angel Castellanos, 22, of Melrose Park, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with criminal damage to property.

Vehicle strikes train; no injuries reported

On Saturday, Oct. 3, police said officers responded to the 100 block of W. Park at around 10 p.m. for the report of a vehicle that struck a train. According to police, officers located the vehicle with a damaged front end after it reportedly struck a slow-moving train. Jose Lopez, 48, of Elmhurst, was found uninjured and under the influence of alcohol, police said. He was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Smart potential victim dodges scam

Deceptive practice was reported in the 200 block of S. Kenilworth on Monday, Oct. 5 at around 3:09 p.m. A victim told police that she received a phone call from a male subject who identified himself as a detective of the Elmhurst Police Department. The unknown suspect stated the victim had an active warrant for her arrest. The victim was given instructions to go to her local bank and withdraw $5,000 and was asked to purchase prepaid cards. The victim did not comply with the demands.

Suspect claims to be local police officer

On Monday, Oct. 5 at about 6:09 p.m., deceptive practice was reported in the 100 block of W. Vallette. A complainant told police that she received a phone call from an unknown person identifying himself as a detective from the Elmhurst Police Department. The unknown suspect advised the complainant of an active warrant out for her arrest. The complainant was never asked for any money but the suspect did identify himself as an Elmhurst police officer.


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