Police Reports

The Elmhurst Police Department recently reported the following arrests and citations. Persons charged with domestic battery are not named in order to protect the privacy of victims. 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.

Assault, battery

March 13

Bartlomiej Kornacki, 51, of Elmhurst, was charged on the above date with three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon on either an officer, volunteer, fireman, EMS or utility worker in the 100 block of E. Schiller for an alleged incident that occurred March 4. Police said officers responded to the above location on March 4 for the report of a verbal domestic. Upon arrival, police said Kornacki was located in the lobby of the complex with a large knife. Kornacki allegedly pointed the knife at officers and took a step towards them before he was taken into custody.

March 11

Jan Balak, 54, of Frankin Park, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, criminal damage to property, resisting arrest, and battery at a store in the 100 block of E. Schiller at 9:22 a.m. Police said that subsequent to a call of a subject refusing to leave the business, Balak was highly intoxicated and refused to comply with lawful orders to cease trespassing. Balak allegedly pushed an employee and resisted arrest after reportedly kicking the officer in the leg.

March 10

Ryan Nelson, 23, of Aurora, was charged with aggravated battery and resisting a police officer in the 100 block of S. Kenmore at 9:05 p.m. Police said


The March 21 issue of the Elmhurst Independent contained an error in the police reports. Two police reports were combined without spacing. Dennis McNamara Jr., 44, of Chicago, was issued citations for improper lane usage, no seat belt, and damage to city property. He was issued tickets for traffic offenses and was not arrested for assault and resisting arrest. His b.a.e. was tested at 0.0.


March 12

A complainant reports unknown person(s) used a black Sharpie to draw on the electrical box located outside of the Schiller parking deck. ComEd was notified.

March 9


Domestic battery, domestic incident, disorderly conduct, disturbance, dispute

March 8

Gregory D. Baskin, 53, of Maywood, was charged with DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident near Roosevelt and York at 2 p.m.

DUI, DUI-drugs, transportation of open alcohol, possession of open alcohol, consumption of alcohol by a minor

March 13

Bryan Martinez, 28, of Elmhurst, was charged with DUI-drugs, no valid driver’s license-expired more than a year and disobeying a stop sign subsequent to a traffic stop near West and Armitage at 9:18 p.m.

March 10

Brian Jordan, 38, of Chicago, was charged with DUI, unlawful possession of cannabis by driver, possession more than 30 grams but less than 100 grams of cannabis, disobeying a traffic control device and no insurance subsequent to a traffic stop near Addison and York at 1:45 a.m.

Gustavo Palacios Solis, 27, of Addison, was charged with DUI, improper lane usage and failure to signal when required subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Route 83 at 3:06 a.m.

March 9

Edson Y. Castellanos, 22, of Addison, was charged with DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident near Route 83 and St. Charles at 12:05 p.m.

Casey Nieves, 21, of Park Ridge, was charged with DUI, disobeying a stop sign and no insurance near Madison and Spring at 3:54 p.m.

Servando Salazar, 59, of Rolling Meadows, was charged with aggravated DUI, aggravated driving while license revoked, resisting a peace officer, illegal transportation of alcohol and no insurance subsequent to a report of a subject sleeping behind the wheel near Howard and Armitage at 7:34 p.m.

March 8

Kerry Washburn, 52, of River Grove, was charged with DUI, possession of open alcohol and engaging in a fight in the 100 block of E. Lake at 3:33 p.m.

March 7

Lance Alexander, 61, of Chicago, was issued a citation for possession of liquor on public property in the 100 block of W. First at 6:27 p.m. On March 8, police said Alexander was heavily intoxicated and refusing to leave a restaurant in the 100 block of W. First. He was charged with trespassing and given a no trespass notice. On March 9, police said a reporting officer heard someone calling for “help” at the Elmhurst police station. He located Alexander in the men’s lobby bathroom. Alexander was allegedly highly intoxicated and unable to stand. He was charged with possession of liquor in public.

Identity theft, fraud, forgery

According to information provided by the Elmhurst Police Department, police reported seven incidents of identity theft or fraud.

Local ordinance violation

March 7

Dawood Salim, 69, of Elmhurst, was charged with unlawful sale of a product containing THCO in the 600 block of N. York at 4:34 p.m. Police said that subsequent to a local ordinance violation, the suspect was found selling Delta 8 synthetic cannabis containing THCO at the business.

Possession of cannabis in a vehicle

According to information provided last week by the Elmhurst Police Department, police reported four incidents of possession of cannabis by either the driver of a vehicle or a passenger: Nicole C. Hughes, 33, of Chicago, near North and York at 1:07 a.m. March 7; Timothy J. Ruth, 34, of Wilmington, Ill., near York and Palmer at 9:01 p.m. March 7; Cesar Landa Aguilar, 24, of Belvidere, near Route 83 and Elizabeth at 10:20 p.m. March 9; and Alfredo Torres-Garcia, 38, of Streamwood, near North and Villa at 7:20 p.m. March 13.

Possession of a controlled substance

March 7

Police said that subsequent to a call for a suspect who refused to leave a hotel in the 900 block of S. Riverside, the reporting officer arrived on the scene and made contact with the suspect, Luke J. Valentinas, 43, of Blue Island, whom police said was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Valentinas was charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance.

Service of order of protection

March 10

Police said officers responded to an area near Addison and York at 8:53 p.m. for a solicitor complaint. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the suspect who was found to have an order of protection that had not yet been served. The suspect was served with the order of protection on a short form notification and released on scene.

Theft, retail theft, burglary, attempted theft or burglary, forgery, deceptive practice, obstruction, robbery

Feb. 29-March 13

Police said a victim in the 400 block of S. West advised she made a payment to rent a home in the 400 block of S. West Ave. through a payment portal for the real estate company. The day before the lease was to be signed, the company advised the victim it was not going to rent the property and sent her a check. The victim deposited the check through her mobile app with Chase bank who advised the check was fraudulent. A reporting officer made contact with the real estate company, which said its checks don’t always scan properly but this time, it showed that it had cleared. The victim will try depositing the check at a branch location.

March 12

Natalie C. Kalina, 40, of Orland Park, was charged with two counts of felony retail theft, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of controlled substance at a pharmacy in the 100 block of N. Robert Palmer at 9:56 p.m. Daniel Siegfried, 58, of Justice, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The suspects allegedly took several items and exited the store without paying. Police said Kalina also was found to have an active warrant out of Grundy County.

March 1-March 10

A victim in the 100 block of Fullerton told police at 1 p.m. that the suspect was over at his house and stole his vehicle while he was using the bathroom. The suspect has taken the car before and has always returned it but has not returned the vehicle this time. The vehicle has been entered into LEADS as stolen.

March 7

A victim in the 300 block of N. Highview told police she was applying for a loan and received a call from an unknown male with whom she provided her login information into her bank account. The unknown male deposited seven checks into her account and she was instructed to buy Target gift cards. The victim bought gift cards and provided the suspect with the barcode and security codes over the phone.

Police said victims in the 300 block of W. Lake related that an unknown suspect(s) burglarized their vehicle and stole their purses. This case is pending investigation.

A victim in the 700 block of N. Church told police that an unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked Volkswagen Jetta. Three bags were missing from the vehicle.

March 5

A complainant at a store in the 300 block of S. Route 83 told police that an unknown suspect was seen on video surveillance hiding various boxes of perfume and cologne in his pockets. The suspect exited the store, entering a white, 1995 Toyota Corolla and leaving the area.

Sept. 1, 2021-Feb. 18

A complainant at a company in the 400 block of W. Fullerton told police that an employee has been taking money from the company for approximately three years. An investigation is pending.