Felony Charge For ‘Victim’ of Alleged Robbery
Oct. 4: A Chicago man was charged with a felony after he filed a false police report claiming that he was a victim of an armed robbery, reports said.
Earl D. Chapman, Jr., 24, was charged with disorderly conduct after stating that he had been robbed at gunpoint near 95th Street and Kostner Avenue, police said.
Oak Lawn Police responded to the area of 95th Street and Pulaski around 12:25 a.m., to assist Evergreen Park Police with a “citizen complaint” that originated in Oak Lawn.
According to the report, Chapman told the Evergreen Park cops that an armed robber took his iPhone 4S and $75 cash, but didn’t think that the Oak Lawn cops took him seriously.
Earlier in the evening, Chapman told Oak Lawn police that he was dropped off near 95th Street and Kostner Avenue by a co-worker after working the late shift at an unknown meat packing plant near Pulaski and 122nd Street.
While trying to figure out his way home, Chapman told police that he bought a loose cigarette from a woman as he continued walking eastbound down 95th Street, police said.
As he was walking toward Evergreen Park, a black, 4-door Honda driven by a female with two male passengers inside drove past him on Kostner.
Less than minute later, he heard a male voice behind him ask for the time, reports said. Chapman then alleged that he felt someone tugging on his jacket from behind.
Police said Chapman claimed that he turned around to face a male black holding a small, black, semi-automatic handgun that Chapman referred to as a “.25” because of its size.
According to Chapman, the robber rummaged through Chapman’s pockets, taking his iPhone 4S and $75 cash, police said.
Officers said that Chapman did not appear upset for someone who was just been held up at gunpoint.
Chapman allegedly expressed concern about walking through a neighborhood where he was “just held up.” Police said he asked if they could give him a ride home.
The officers said they could give him a ride to the police station instead, where he could use their phones to arrange a ride home.
Police said they provided Chapman with the report number and names of officers involved, after he declined their offer for a ride back to the station.
When the police left, Chapman allegedly made two 911 calls using the number of the iPhone that was taken in the holdup, reports said.
Chapman apparently requested information for filing a citizen complaint because he felt that he was “wronged.”
It was after the third call when emergency communications related that the 911 calls were being placed from the allegedly stolen iPhone.
When police arrived at 95th Street and Pulaski, Chapman gave officers his verbal permission to search him, reports said.
During their search, police said they found two other cell phones in Chapman’s possession, including a Cricket ZTE phone. The officer had emergency communications call the Cricket number, which rang, according to the report.
Chapman was taken into custody and brought to the Oak Lawn police station, where police said he still insisted that he had been the victim of an armed robbery.
Police said that Chapman explained he was “tripping” when he gave cops the Cricket phone’s number. He allegedly told police that he knew they needed the phone number so they could try to locate the allegedly stolen iPhone.
Chapman said he gave police the Cricket phone’s number because he couldn’t remember the other one. Police gave the Cricket phone back after he claimed he had called it using the iPhone so he would have the number.
He couldn’t explain to police why the number wasn’t in his phone, and started to recant his story about the iPhone ever existing, reports said.
Police said that Chapman then agreed to give a written statement:
After he had purchased a loose cigarette from the woman, he continued walking eastbound when he observed a male black smoking weed, Chapman allegedly told police.
Chapman claimed that he gave the man some money to sell him some weed. The man jumped into the Honda driven by a woman. Both drove off with his money and did not return, reports said.
Police said Chapman was unable to provide a location or any further description of the alleged offender or car.
He refused to explain why he would flag down a police officer to report an armed robbery with a gun when he know the offense never actually occurred, police said.
A felony charge was approved for disorderly conduct. Chapman is currently being held on $50,000 bail at Cook County Jail.
Chapman is due back in court on Oct. 24.
White Castle Troublemaker’s Spit Does The Talking
Sept. 24: An Oak Forest man who was banned from a fast food restaurant in Orland Park is accused of spitting in the face of an officer while yelling.
John C. Steiner, 48, of the 15800 block of Terrace Drive, Oak Forest, was charged with battery and resisting arrest, according to an Orland Park police report.
Police said an officer reached for his Taser during the arrest outside White Castle, 15801 Harlem Ave.
Cops were called at about 10:47 p.m. to the restaurant in reference to request to remove someone from the building, the report states. An officer recognized the man from several previous incidents at White Castle.
The manager of the restaurant told police she asked Steiner to leave twice after he had fallen asleep at a table, the report states. He became confrontational and refused to go.
Police led Steiner outside and gave him a warning, the report states. That's when he bumped into the officer's chest and allegedly spat in his face while yelling. During the arrest, Steiner pulled away. The officer reached for his Taser and threatened to use it. Steiner then relented, giving the officer the chance to slap on the cuffs.
Steiner is due on Oct. 25 in Bridgeview court.
Pink Stun Gun Lands Woman in Trouble
Oct. 10: A Park Forest woman told police she needed her pink stun gun back after it was confiscated during a traffic stop.
Vonteier Jackson, 20, of the 400 block of Monitor, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and cited for two traffic violations, according to a Homewood police report.
Jackson is accused of violating the law by keeping a pink Vipertek stun gun in her purse.
Cops on patrol at about 11:51 p.m. in the 18400 block of Harwood Avenue spotted a vehicle driving with only one headlight, the report states. They pulled over the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Jackson.
Police ran Jackson's driver's license through the Illinois Secretary of State's office and discovered it was suspended, the report states. She was arrested and her car was searched. That's when police discovered the purse and stun gun.
A male passenger who was in the car was released at the scene.
Jackson told officers that the stun gun was for protection, since she couldn't carry a gun, the report states. An officer tested the gun and found that it was in working order. When she was released and told she could not carry a stun gun, Jackson asked for her weapon back.
Jackson is due on Nov. 15 in Markham court.
Roach Hidden in Bra Nets Bust
Oct. 1: A Mokena woman told police she didn't know a marijuana roach had fallen into her bra before she was stopped by cops.
Jacquelyn C. Riley, 43, of the 19700 block of Cambridge Drive, was charged with unlawfully using a weapon, unlawfully possessing a firearm and firearm ammunition, not having a firearm owner's card, possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana and possessing drug equipment, according to a Mokena police report.
Riley is accused of keeping a Glock handgun without a license and a prescription bottle of marijuana in her purse on Oct. 1.
Police stopped a car that did not have the rear registration light illuminated at about 9:58 p.m. near the intersection of Willow and Kevin lanes, the report states. Riley was a passenger in the car.
Cops reported smelling a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the inside of the car. The driver, Karl A. Truite, 32, of the 5500 block of Amhurst, Matteson, was arrested after police discovered his license was suspended.
Riley was asked to get out of the car and place her purse on the hood, the report states. Cops searched Riley and allegedly found a marijuana grinder. At that point, she was arrested and her purse was searched. Inside, police found an empty Glock 22 handgun and a magazine that contained 15 rounds of ammunition. Also in the purse was a prescription bottle with a yellow baggie that had a green leafy substance, which later tested positive for marijuana.
While in police custody, cops found a purple metal smoking pipe and a small marijuana cigarette in the woman's bra.
Riley claimed she did not realize it was in her bra and suspected that it had fallen in earlier.
Police were able to determine that Riley did not have a FOID card for the handgun.
Truite was charged with possessing drug equipment, driving with a suspended license and driving without a rear registration plate light, the report states.
Both Truite and Riley are due on Nov. 13 in Will County court.
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