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POLICE BLOTTER: Man Chases Intruder Off with Brick and MORE

Also, a man is charged with disorderly conduct after police find him allegedly hiding in restroom.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Attempted Home Invasion

A 29-year-old man told police he clubbed a would-be intruder with a landscaping brick and chased the intruder off his property around 3:42 a.m.

Police responded to a battery in progress on the 10800 block of South Lockwood Avenue.

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According to the report, the man was in the basement getting ready for bed when he heard the storm door rattle. The man came upstairs calling out to his mother. He went to the back door where he saw a man standing on the other side of the door.

Police said both men engaged in struggled, when the victim claimed he picked up a landscaping brick and hit the would-be intruder in the head with it. The man claimed he continued to beat the alleged intruder with his fists, who was able to get up and stumble over a small gate.

Police said the intruder swung an unknown sharp object at the man, wounding him in the hand between the thumb and index finger. The intruder fled northbound down Lockwood Avenue where the man lost sight of him.

The man’s mother heard the commotion and called police. The reported intruder was described as a male black in his early 30s, and was wearing ski gloves. Police searched the area with police K9s but did not find the alleged intruder.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Man Arrested for Loitering

Tristan S. Smith, 22, of Chicago, was charged with disorderly conduct after police found him allegedly loitering around a restaurant after business hours, reports said.

Oak Lawn police responded to a report that a man was trying to enter Fatso’s at 6035 W. 95th St. around 8:30 a.m.

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An employee inside the restaurant told police that a man wearing bright red shoes was standing in front the employee entrance that was marked “private.”  The man, identified as Smith, looked at the employee and tried to open another door of the business “in an erratic manner,” reports said.

Police said Smith then walked to the back of the building and tried opening another door in a similar manner. Smith allegedly fled out of the employee’s sight.

After checking the surrounding area, the business owner provided a key to the restroom, which was locked. Police unlocked the door and discovered Smith hiding inside, reports said.

The owner could not recall if she had locked the restroom door the night before. The employee positively identified Smith as the man allegedly loitering around the business.

Smith was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. Smith had no ID on him and is said to be homeless, police said.

He appeared in court at Bridgeview on Nov. 30.

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Rich December 05, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I'm missing something here. It says " He went to the back door where he saw a man standing on the other side of the door." Not knowing if the intruder had a gun or not, why did the home owner open the door and go after him ?? Glad it turned out where he wasn't hurt badly.
Farrell December 05, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Rich, I've never been in such a position, but I gather it's a tough choice - does someone want to protect himself and take off, leaving his property, or does he want to defend what's rightly his. No one knows what they would do until the situation presents itself.
U.N. Owen December 06, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Excellent job good sir! Way to give that 'guy' (there that better patch!? IS THAT WORD APPROPRIATE!?!? THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS COMMENT SO WHY DOES IT KEEP GETTING REJECTED!!! IF THIS GETS REJECTED AGAIN I GUESS FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOESN'T EXIST ON THE PATCH!!!) what for! We need to show them you mess with our neighborhood we will not stand for it! People, follow this brave mans good example and lets take back our neighborhood and send them back to their hoods!!

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