A six-year-old boy who lived with his grandmother in the 200 block of Circle Avenue ended up in the hospital with a shot finger after he accidentally discharged his uncle’s gun.
The grandmother told officers she had been raising the boy since he was eight months old and his parents lived in Milwaukee. She said that on June 21, the uncle was watching his grandson. The gun was stored in the bag closet, and it is unclear how the boy got his hands on the gun. The uncle had a valid firearms owner identification (FOID) card.
The grandmother said she had just got home around 1 p.m. when the incident happened. The two adults decided to take the boy to the emergency room at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave. The uncle then returned to the apartment to retrieve the boy’s finger. None of the relatives contacted emergency services – emergency personnel reported the incident to the police.
The grandmother refused to allow the police to search her apartment. She told officers she didn’t know if the gun was still there. Police units were sent to keep an eye on the flat as officers waited for the search warrant.
The boy was transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave.
Identity theft attempt
Identity thieves attempted to trick a resident of the 500 block of Grove Lane into acting as if they were Amazon employees trying to prevent fraud.
The scammer called the resident around 9 a.m. on June 21, saying he was from Amazon and that someone had tried to use his account to buy $1,000 worth of merchandise in several different states. He told her that they needed her information to prevent fraud. Although she confirmed her identity, she did not share her social security number or any financial information. The scammer said he was transferring the resident to the Treasury Department and the Social Security Administration. She then spoke to someone who identified himself as ‘Peter Williams’, who asked her to take a picture of his driver’s license and text it. It was then that the resident realized it was probably a scam and stopped answering questions.
The resident said she contacted her bank and credit card companies, and planned to contact Amazon and the Social Security Administration to alert them to the incident.
Forest Park has seen three car break-ins for three consecutive days – but the last two involved burglars taking advantage of unlocked doors.
The first incident occurred on the 7200 block of Madison Street. The victim said that between June 20 at 9 p.m. and June 21 at 8 a.m., someone broke into his car, a white 2015 Infiniti Sedan. The burglar smashed the driver’s side rear window, allowing him to enter. The assailant went through the center console of the car. The only thing taken was a few bills hidden in the console – the rest of the items were thrown into the back seat of the car.
During the investigation, the victim discovered that his key fob was not working, which police say was a sign that the burglar was trying to reprogram the lock.
The second incident took place at the Forest Park Blue Line el station, 711 Desplaines Ave, on June 22 at approximately 5:22 a.m. The victim arrived and parked his car, a silver 2017 Hyundai Elantra, in the suburban parking lot to the south from the station. She went to pay for parking, but when she returned to get her things, she noticed that her work laptop, a silver HP EliteBook, was missing from the back seat. The victim said that although she usually locks her car when she goes to pay for parking, she did not do so this time.
The third incident took place at 640 Marengo Avenue. At 9:30 a.m. on June 23, the resident discovered that someone had broken into his car, a silver 2010 Nissan Altima sedan, sometime after 10 p.m. the day before. The victim said he left his garage door open overnight and the car was unlocked. The burglar stole loose change and a pair of prescription sunglasses.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, June 20-26, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise stated, anyone named in these reports has only been charged with one crime. These cases have not been judged.
Compiled by Igor Studenkov