Police reports for the week of August 6-13

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.


Aug. 8

According to police, a victim and a suspect at a restaurant in the 100 block of N. York got into a verbal argument. The suspect reportedly swung at the victim, missing him, and was subsequently escorted out of the restaurant. Police checked the area for the suspect with no results.

Battery investigation

Aug. 10

An officer responded to an area near North and Fremont at around noon in regard to a report of two males who were reportedly attacked by an unknown suspect, described as a white male, who then ran southbound on York. One of the victims told police that the suspect grabbed the back of his shirt and stated, “Give me my money” and pushed him to the ground. The suspect told police he did push the victim because the victim reportedly stole money from his vehicle the previous night in Bensenville.

Criminal damage / trespass to property

Aug. 10-Aug. 11

A victim in the 600 block of Parkside told police that an unknown suspect damaged her vehicle while it was parked overnight in her driveway. The suspect kicked in a dent in the right rear quarter panel, according to police. Footwear impressions were noted at the point of the damage.

Aug. 8-Aug. 10

A victim in the 300 block of E. Huntington Lane told police that sometime overnight her outdoor 12-inch round light pole lamp, valued at $50, was shattered. Nothing suspicious was seen or heard during the night; the victim had no idea who could have done this. Interviews with neighbors produced no new information.

Aug. 6

Criminal trespass to property was reported in the 700 block of S. Route 83 at around 2:15 p.m. An officer was dispatched to speak with a city of Elmhurst employee about a parking violation on city property. The officer observed two trucks, which police said are owned by GT Trans, Inc., in Villa Park, parked on city property. An officer also observed 300 feet of a damaged snow fence and 10 damaged metal fence poles. The office spoke with GT Trans, Inc., and the trucks were moved off city property. The company was warned about trespassing in the future, which will result in vehicles being towed. A damage to city property report was completed as well.

Disorderly conduct/mischievous conduct

Aug. 12

Maxwell Stewart, 19, of Elmhurst, was arrested in the 100 block of N. York Road at around 8:14 p.m. Subsequent to dealing with a customer dispute, police said Stewart had interfered with the investigation on two occasions after being warned the first time to stay away. He was charged with disorderly conduct.

Aug. 10

Tomas Villarreal, 39, of Elmhurst, was arrested at a convenience store in the 100 block of E. First St. at around 1:25 a.m. According to police, Villarreal came into the store highly intoxicated and began yelling at the victim, who in turn feared for his safety. Police said Villarreal was located in the store’s parking lot. He was charged with disorderly conduct/assault. The suspect also was served with a no-trespass notice for that store and was advised that he would be arrested if he returned to the store.

DUI/Illegal consumption/possession of alcohol

Aug. 8

• Torrance Gowdy, 23, of Broadview, and Demekia Ivery, 20, of Maywood, were arrested near North and Illinois at around 2:16 a.m. Subsequent to a traffic stop, police said Gowdy, the driver, was found to be DUI. He was charged with two counts of DUI, following too closely, improper lane usage and no insurance. Ivery, a passenger in the vehicle, was cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor.

• Jeremy Urso, 23, of Elmhurst, was arrested near Berkley and Madison at around 4:36 a.m. Subsequent to a traffic stop, police said Urso was found to be intoxicated. He was cited for DUI, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and failure to signal.

Aug. 7

Ismael Rios, 39, of Franklin Park, was arrested near Route 83 and North Avenue at around 4:49 p.m. Subsequent to a single vehicle crash, police said Rios was found to be DUI. He was charged with DUI, possession of open alcohol, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed, no seat belt and no insurance.


Aug. 12

A victim in the 200 block of S. Oakland Grove told police that his daughter’s ex-boyfriend, who had a prior order of protection that is currently expired, is calling the family and threatening them. The victim’s daughter has a 2-year-old child with the suspect, and wants to sign complaints.


Aug. 7

Manuel Morales, 22, and Miguel A. Garcia, 27, both of Bensenville, were arrested near North Avenue and I-290 at around 7:12 p.m. Subsequent to a traffic stop, police said Garcia was found to be in possession of a glass crack cocaine smoking pipe, while Morales, the driver, provided a false name and date of birth. When his true identity was discovered, Morales was found to have a suspended driver’s license, according to police. Garcia was charged with a state charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Morales was charged with state charges of obstructing identification, driving while license suspended, two counts of improper lane usage and no insurance.

Possession of cannabis/drug paraphernalia/controlled substance/tobacco

Aug. 12

Mia Fiore, 22, of Bolingbrook, was arrested near York and Grand at around 8:55 a.m. According to police, an officer stopped Fiore for a traffic violation and detected an odor of cannabis emitting from the vehicle. Police said the suspect gave the officer a cannabis cigarette that was in the ashtray; she was taken into custody and a search of her purse yielded three additional cannabis cigarettes. She was charged with possession of cannabis, speeding and no insurance.

Aug. 8

Charles I. Gossett, 37; Eric L. Eslinger, 43; and Craig A. Cox, 25, all from Rockville, Ind., were arrested in the 500 block of W. Grand Ave. at around 5:50 p.m. Police said that an officer while on patrol observed the three suspects sitting outside of a vehicle with open beer cans. The officer also smelled a distinct odor of burnt cannabis, according to police, and the suspects retrieved a container which contained two small metal one-hitters and cannabis. Each suspect was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Aug. 7

Raquel Rodriguez, 23, of Villa Park, was arrested near Route 83 and Lake Street at around 4:20 p.m. Subsequent to a traffic stop, police said an officer smelled a strong odor of burnt cannabis inside the vehicle and conducted a search. According to police, the officer located cannabis on Rodriguez, the front passenger. She was charged with possession of cannabis.

Theft/identity theft/fraud/forgery/deceptive practice/obstruction/robbery

Aug. 12

Retail theft was reported at a store in the 100 block of W. North Ave. at around 4:08 p.m. Police said an unidentified suspect went into the store and placed several pain relief items into her purse and ran out of the store. She was described as a white female in her early 30s with blond hair and black roots wearing sandals, blue jeans and a gray tank top with “Keep It Real” lettering on it. She also was carrying a purse. She got into a vehicle and heading southbound on Addison.

Aug. 11-Aug. 12

A victim in the 400 block of Spring told police that an unknown suspect slashed the left rear plastic window on his vehicle while it was parked in the rear parking lot. The suspect entered the vehicle and removed a pack of cigarettes from the center console. No other items were reported missing. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $300.

Aug. 8

• A victim told police that while at the Elmhurst Public Library, an unknown suspect(s) removed the front license plate from his vehicle. The plate was entered into LEADS as stolen.

• Retail theft was reported at local food store in the 900 black of S. York at around 8:39 p.m. Police said two unknown black male suspects removed merchandise from the store including various bottles of alcohol and left the store without paying. Police checked the area with no results.

Aug. 7

• Tijyana C. Williams, 33, of Lombard, was arrested in the 300 block of S. Route 83 at around 11:36 a.m. Police said officers responded to a local store for a reported retail theft that had just occurred in which the suspect fled the area. Officers located Williams, whom police said was driving in the area of York Road and North Avenue. He was taken into custody and charged with retail theft.

• Retail theft was reported at a store in the 300 block of S. Route 83 at around 5:53 p.m. Police said three suspects loaded a backpack full of merchandise and got into an older maroon Cadillac. They were described as a black male, approximately 18 years old, last seen wearing glasses, a blue tie-dyed Superman shirt and blue basketball shorts; a black male approximately 18, last seen wearing a blue T-shirt; and a white male approximately 18, last seen wearing a t-shirt with a Superman logo in black with red lettering. Police said the suspects fled the scene southbound on Route 83. The total value in merchandise taken was $73.42. An investigation is pending.

Aug. 6

• Burglary to a motor vehicle was reported in the 100 block of N. Maple Ave. at around 1:40 p.m. A complainant told police that while cutting grass, an unknown suspect removed a blower and a hedge trimmer from their landscaping trailer.

• Theft was reported in the 300 block of Hill at around 1:44 p.m. A complainant told police that an unknown suspect removed five chainsaws that were sitting on top of the victim’s flatbed.

July 31-Aug. 6

Victims in Elm Creek told police that upon returning from vacation, they noticed a jewelry box and two boxes in the closet were disturbed and $2,000 in cash was missing from one of the boxes located in the closet. The victims stated they did have maintenance done while they were gone, and suspect it could have been the workers. There was no forced entry; and investigation is pending.

July 17

An equipment rental company in the 1000 block of S. Route 83 told police that a compactor was rented to a listed suspect on the above date, and he had not returned it when promised. The business had not been able to contact the suspect; it sent a letter of demand, which was returned by the post office “Unable to Forward.” The company charged another installment on the suspect’s debit card per the rental agreement. An officer left a message at the suspect’s last phone number. Within three minutes, he called back, stating he thought his friend returned the equipment already. He told police that he would call the rental company to settle the matter.

Trespassing/trespass notice

Aug. 12

A victim at a restaurant in the 100 block of N. York told police that she and the suspects had gotten into a verbal argument over the suspects’ refusal to pay their bill. At one point, one of them pointed a finger at the victim, making contact with her face. The victim did not want to press charges but wanted the group served with a no-trespass notice. Contact was made with the suspects; each was served a no-trespass notice and left the restaurant.

Aug. 6

A victim in the 600 block of N. Indiana told police that her daughter’s boyfriend and his brother are no longer welcome at her house. She stated that he shows up at the house unannounced and lets himself into the house without being invited in. Contact was made with both the boyfriend and his brother, both of whom were advised that they were no longer allowed on the property or they would be arrested for trespassing.

Warrant service

Aug. 10

Roger Matson, 45, of Wheaton, was arrested near Third and York at around 9:28 a.m. Subsequent to a traffic stop, police said Matson was found to have a contempt of court warrant. He was arrested for the warrant and released on bond after being cited for an obstructed windshield and no insurance.

Aug. 6

LaChallenge E. Reed, 32, of Elmhurst, was arrested in Elm Creek at around 3 p.m. Police said Reed was wanted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for a failure to appear/larceny.