Police Blotter: Surgical Waiting Room Fistfight, Meat Pants and Leftover Beer
Oak Lawn police reports, January 14 through January 19.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
Fisticuffs In Surgical Waiting Room
Security staff requested police backup for five adults shoving and punching each other in the waiting room at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 4440 W. 95th St. The mother of a man who was shot in the head in Chicago earlier in the morning was in the waiting room with her son’s friends as he underwent surgery. While the mom was being briefed by the doctor on her son’s condition her son’s friend approached the doctor to inquire about his status. The mom took offense and a shoving match erupted among the five parties. Security had already removed everyone from the waiting room except for the mom by the time police arrived. Reports said it was unclear who threw the first punch. An independent witness told police said she only witnessed the adults shouting and pushing one another. No complaints were filed.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16
Tyrone Alexander, 41, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft after he seen taking items off the shelves at Jewel at 9424 S. Pulaski Road. Oak Lawn police interviewed Alexander, who said he obtained a shopping car and proceeded to the liquor department. After placing two 12-packs of Corona into the cart, he went and got 11 steaks, reports said. Half way down the aisle, Alexander stopped and hid the steaks in his coat and down his pants. Police said he walked out of the store with the steaks and was running in the parking lot when he slipped and fell to the ground. Store security apprehended Alexander and brought him back to the security office. Alexander was charged with one count of retail theft. His next court date is Feb. 27 at Bridgeview.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
Beer Leftover from Day Before
A Burbank man was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, driving on a suspended license and other traffic violations when police found an open can of beer in his car, reports said. A local police officer said he observed Eric A. Gancarski, 32, blowing the stop sign at 95th Street and Kildaire around 7:40 p.m. Gancarski allegedly told police his license had been suspended, but did have car insurance. was up to date. Records showed that Gancarski’s license had been suspended. Police also verified that his insurance was current. After Gancarski got out of the car, the officer said there was a half-fill can of Busch Light on the seat and that the car smelled like beer. Gancarski said the beer was his but it was left over from the day before. He was taken into custody. His next court date is March 6.
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