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Gangbangers On the Green: 8 Cited for Flashing Gang Signs

Police receive multiple complaints of eight male subjects flashing pitchfork signs to other juveniles at community festival, reports say.

Eight men were cited for disorderly conduct after they were seen flashing gang signs at Fall On the Green, reports said.

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Oak Lawn Police received multiple reports at the police station’s front desk of several male subjects allegedly flashing gang signs to other juveniles at the community festival at 9400 S. Raymond Ave. around 8:44 p.m. Sept. 9.

Police said the eight men were grouped together, clad in black and yellow clothing and wearing baseball caps slanted to one side.

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The men allegedly used their hands to display pitchforks, consistent with the Satan’s Disciples street gang. Police said they were disturbing the peace of other patrons at the festival with their foul language and hand gestures.

The eight men’s names were run through the database and came back with gang alerts, reports said. Seven of the accused are white; one is black.

The men were issued a village citation for disorderly conduct. They are to appear at Oak Lawn Village Hall for an adjudication hearing on Oct. 2.

Those charged are:

  • Joseph D. Wentz, aka “Capone,” 20, of the 7000 block of W. Oxford St., Bridgeview;
  • Donald G. Hershey, 19, of 500 block of Bellarmine Dr., Joliet;
  • Mahmoud B. Zayad, 18, of the 8600 block of West 89th St., Hickory Hills;
  • Kyle M. Leigh, 18, of the 8400 block of West 89th St., Hickory Hills;
  • Jordan M. Phelan, 19, of the 5200 bock of West Kimball St., Oak Lawn;
  • Wayne B. Silva, 18, of the 8800 block South Harlem Ave., Bridgeview;
  • Elarqan Babana Elalaqui, aka “El Alaoui,” “El Arqam,” 920 Woodhollow Dr., Shereville, IN;
  • Mohammed Ziko, 18, aka “Ziko,” “Jacob,” of the 7000 block of West Oxford St., Bridgeview.

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comic relief September 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM
At least the police were there to handle it right away. It seemed like there was a nice police presence at this years Fall On The Green.
Mike September 17, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Can we find out what was the ruckus was all about at the St. Gerald's carnival? Ran into a few officers at a coffee shop and they said they've had a ton of fights the previous night. Never read anything in the paper about it. Seems it's about time to move these carnivals and fests into a large parking lot (perhaps KMart?).
Julie Roberts September 17, 2012 at 03:48 PM
There is a nice OL police present at this event and good for the fest-goers to point this out as well. I'm still ready to move to Montana.
Pat F September 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
At least we now know where to keep an eye out..These punks now have been exposed and hopefully the parents of their friends realize it's time for their kids to cut ties with them! This same crap happened in Burbank and eventually led to several shootings.. The police have done their part and dropped them on the courthouse doorstep.. Let's hope the court does something to them and stop their revolving door of injustice to us, the taxpayer!!
Willie Bangr September 17, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Seven white guys??? Did 3 of them convert to Islam?
lori September 17, 2012 at 06:27 PM
well, these thugs are not children, 18-20 years old. Only 1 from Oak Lawn, the rest all visitors. Keep an eye out everyone and call police if something doesn't look right.
Dave W. September 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
The general categories are probably white, black, and hispanic (which can identify as both). Since they three you are talking about probably are not hispanic, or at least identify as white-hispanic, it is hard to know for certain without mugshots. Since anybody, including (as you point out) white people can convert to Islam, the exact race or skin color of somebody with a Muslim-derived name can vary widely. Many middle eastern descendants can often (especially at a glance) pass for Greek, for instance, of even Italian. Some of those (amongst others ethnicities) can be rather 'tan' in complexion, while generally considered to be 'white'. I worry less of their color (because idiots can be any color, clearly), and more about their intent or the very presence at a family festival. Having said THAT, the police being right on top of the situation is what it takes to make this an aberration, not a pattern. The majority of criminals seek the low hanging fruit...let the gangsters move on to greener pastures, if they must exist at all (they really don't need to, but...). Good job OLPD
OakLawnGuy September 17, 2012 at 06:57 PM
They can't classify those of Middle Eastern decent in a racial description. I believe it's illegal.
rob September 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM
It's time to face the facts. Oak lawn area has a gang problem. Latin kings have a major presence. The real question is what can we do. How long before we become the next nightly news story with gang shootings.
mike September 18, 2012 at 03:11 AM
These low life kids will only get a slap on the wrist for disorderly conduct. Unfortunately it takes an armed robbery or a shooting to take idiots off the street these days. Something has to be done
Alex Joens September 18, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Great there goes the neighborhood.
noneofyourbuisness September 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
You guys have ALL of they're nicknames wrong and don't know how to spell they're actual names ! lmfaooo . & they all weren't wearing black & yellow or harming anyone .
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Police report information is provided by the Oak Lawn Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.
as September 21, 2012 at 05:57 AM
none ~ in your case you don't know how to spell or use the correct form of the word, T H E I R. They're means, 'they are'. just sayin....
Vmor DiVblo TowelBoi November 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM
fuck you oak lawn
rob November 22, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Your cool.

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