Orland Hills Man Arrested for Picking on the Homeless
Orland Hills man identified by PADS shelter employees after being charged with disorderly conduct for picking fights with homeless men.
An Orland Hills man was charged with disorderly conduct after he was said to be picking fights with homeless men waiting to be let into a PADS shelter at a church.
Richard J. Arellano, 23, of the 16800 block of South 92nd Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct after one of the homeless men signed a complaint.
Oak Lawn police responded to a fight in progress around 5:15 p.m. Nov. 20, where a man wearing a yellow jacket was picking on homeless men standing in line waiting for the PADS shelter to open at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, according to a police report.
One of the victims, a 47-year-old man, told police that Arellano walked up to him and his friend challenged them a fight. The victim said that Arellano was yelling obscenities and flashing gang signs.
Arellano grabbed the man's friend by his coat and dragged him onto the church lawn, and began "stomping him," the victim said. The victim called police and shelter staff broke up the fight.
Police handcuffed Arellano, who was identified by shelter staff as the aggressor. When police asked him what happened, Arellano replied, "I didn't do nothin'." He told police that both victims were lying.
The victim's friend was located a few blocks away from the shelter. He did not wish to sign a complaint, but the second man signed a complaint for disorderly conduct.
Once at the station, police said, Arellano became "uncooperative" and several village police officers had to stand by while he was being processed, police said.
Arellano has a Dec. 17 court date at the Bridgeview courthouse.
Correction: The original report incorrectly identified the name of the church at which this incident occurred. We have corrected the name of the church to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Patch apologizes for the error.