Man Trespassing at Mental Health Center Vows to do it Again

A local man was recently found trespassing on the grounds of the recently closed mental health center with his two sons. One of them is blind, he told police, and prefers to avoid high-traffic areas.

When cops stopped a repeat offender who was illegally walking across the grounds at the last week, he told them he'd return the next day.

issued a local ordinance citation around 11:50 a.m. Aug. 7 to a 39-year-old local man who was found crossing the property of the at 7400 W. 183rd St., . He had his two children in tow, according to the report.

The man told police his son was legally blind and prefers to avoid walking down major roadways, they said. A security guard at the center told police he had warned the man several times before and said he, "not only disregards the warnings, but uses expletive language against state security."

After receiving the notice, the man reportedly told police he'd be back on the property the next day "to prove a point."

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Do you think this man was in the right?

Jacke August 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM
(if) he is not lying about his son..what's the problem...don't the police have better thing's to do than pull out there little citation book...especially since it is closed..it's not like he is hanging out there!! (something's should just be overlooked)...
Debbie Hansing August 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Why can't he walk the paths that are provided within Tinley instead? Plenty of other places to walk that are meant for walking. The guy is a jerk, unfortunately he has kids! Going back just to prove a point???? Using profanity???....Seriously this guy isn't normal. Security was hired for a reason, no trespassing for a reason. Follow the rules/laws..plain and simple.
4th wright August 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Seems his son is not the only one who is blind.
Bob Haar August 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This property is closed and there is no trespassing allowed, the State should mark it as such or maybe put up a gate like they have off the Harlem entrance and the entrance near the 80th Ave train station. My wife and I were riding our bikes on the road that leads from the train station. We took a left turn onto a road that lead to a field with some soccer goals set up since there is no public sidewalk on 183rd. We were just going to drive to the field and turn around. Nowhere is the there a "private property" sign or "no trespassing sign" however within a couple of minutes we were approached by 2 security vehicles directing us off State Property. The security people weren't very nice although we were respectful of their command. You would have thought we entered the grounds of the White House. One guard was shouting at us out of his window. Two state cars to shag two people on bicycles off a road that certainly appeared to be public? Were the soccer goals used by the employees of the facility, because they certainly weren't located anywhere near the facility that housed patients? I'm just saying the area we drove past cetainly appeared "public". Maybe the security staff shoud be parked at the front entrances so people don't inadvertently cross onto vacant state property, and if somebody does enter unmarked property, show them some respect. As far as the police guarding the property (not TP Police) having something better to do, probably not. They're on the State payroll.
chad wellington August 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Maybe that is a convient shortcut for him and his two son's.
Dick Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I've been out there many times before and after the closing. What I'd like to know is what is going on out there? Especially, at that water treatment plant. I'm not a Patch investigator but someone should dig deeper. Also, there are many things there that should not let to be destroyed or lost. This place is full of history. Someone, should get the chance to look it over. I've got many pictures before & after the closing. Murals, amazing architecture, unique(one of a kind) pieces which won't be found anywhere else. In fact I may go back to try & obtain a piece or two. I say let them walk. It's property of TP. No mean no harm. I thought its closed? But, how come there are so many cars at parked at all the various buildings. What are they doing?
Bob Haar August 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Exactly my thoughts Rich. I had a relative that worked there, they kept him on the payroll for months with nothing to do. The day my wife and I were "pulled over" on our bicycles for being on State property, there were a number of cars parked at the main building off of 183rd. I too have seen cars parked at the water treatment plant after the facility closed and before they locked the back gate. I know at one time all of the windows of the residences were covered with plywood, now most of that plywood is missing. I think we know what is going on there (and it involves our tax dollars) ... but we'll never find out for sure. So sad to see, this was once a very nice facility.
Mom Oftwo August 18, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Well, isn't that lovely. He's going back to prove a point. Just another person in Tinley Park who feels the rules don't apply to him. This is how his kids will learn that they are entitled as well.
Carolyn Warren August 18, 2012 at 03:56 AM
If my family were to walk to the Tinley Park Library from our house-the route through the closed facility would be the most logical and safest option.
KMK August 18, 2012 at 04:47 AM
and as soon as one of the trespassers gets injured on the 'state property' they'll be hiring a lawyer and suing the state for their negligence!!
lvent August 18, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Thank Governor Quinn. He closed 7 of these. He created 7 eye sores and cost Illinois taxpayers more jobs and more money. I didn't vote for him after I heard the so called Hardest Hit fund money that was supposed to help struggling homeowners stay in their homes disappeared.
Joanne Buckwalter August 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I use that road all the time to go to the library, what is the big deal he's only walking through not destroying the property..
Sarah Hoppenstedt January 16, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Hi Rich. I just read your post and I am a bit curious. The murals and architecture, is that stuff that is from the mental health center? Stuff that the patients made? This story is really interesting. From what I have seen Tinley Park Mental Health center has beautiful grounds. And as you said, lots of history. I think people should be allowed to walk the grounds, Let's just hope that people don't try to break into the buildings! I would go there to walk the grounds, interesting walk.


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