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‘School Lurker’ Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Schools officials tell cops man was staring at parents and children, and approached entry doors, police say.


Oak Lawn police charged a man with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he was found lurking on school grounds, reports said.

Police were dispatched to Simmons Middle School at 6450 W. 95th St. around 2:44 p.m. Feb. 25. School officials described a man wearing a black hat and tan jacket walking all around school property staring at parents and children.

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According to the report, the man was acting strangely and when confronted by a school official, he gave her a mean look and ignored her. This caused her to become alarmed, police said.

Upon arrival, police observed the man walking west on 95th Street near a car dealership in the 6500 block. Police pulled into the dealer’s lot and called for the man to stop.

Police said the man looked at the officer, and quickened his pace as he walked away. The officer followed him to 94th Street and Nashville Avenue, ordering him to stop several times.

Finally the man stopped and faced the officer. The officer asked him what he was doing by the school and the man became “very agitated,” the report said.

According to the officer, the man took off his two jackets and threw them on the ground. He took change out of his pocket and threw it, talking in Arabic as he did so.

Police said he gave the officer his state ID. Another officer arrived on the scene and they both approached the man to place him under arrest for disorderly conduct.

The man was ordered to place his hands behind his back and he refused, police said. The officers grabbed the man’s arms and the man allegedly tried to pull away.

Eventually, he was taken to the ground and handcuffed, reports said. He was taken to the Oak Lawn police station.

Police spoke with the principal, who said that the man was walking back and forth on school property staring at some of the children and approaching the entry doors, reports said. After he was approached by one of the staff members, he walked away.

Mohammed Aatif Almadhi, 38, of the 9300 block of South Harlem Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and resisting police. He had a hearing on March 11 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

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