Regional Police Report: Man Punched at Library, Elderly Man Dies In Fire and More
The following is a selection of police related items from area Patches. Where an arrest is referenced it is only an accusation and does not indicate a conviction.
A patron sitting in the hallway of the first floor of the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 E. Ellinwood St., reported another patron told him to mind his own business and punched him in the mouth after he asked the man to stop shouting on his cell phone at 3:11 p.m. on Dec. 26, police stated.
The man was described as 45-55 years old, 6-foot 2-inches tall, 200 pounds, with a medium build, medium brown complexion, brown eyes, wearing dark clothing. He left the library in an unknown direction, police stated.
An 84-year-old man died in a fire New Year's Day in the 4700 block of Iroquois Road.
Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District firefighters arrived on the scene to find smoke and fire coming from the ranch style home. Patrick Sheahan was trapped inside and died of smoke inhalation, authorities said. His dog also died in the fire.
“He was very sweet and a wonderful neighbor,” Martin said. “I can’t stress enough how wonderful he was.”
A bank robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash in a bank bag Thursday night after implying he had a weapon to a teller at the Dominick's Chase Bank, 1160 Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, the Arlington Cardinal reports.
The suspect, according to the Arlington Cardinal, is described as a heavyset white male in his 30's, and was wearing a black knit hat and a black and white windbreaker at the time of the robbery.
The incident occurred on Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. Police say the suspect stole cash and gift cards from the school principal's office and caused considerable damage to the school offices.
"When they processed the crime scene they did recover some finger prints and foresnic evidence," Detective Sgt. Kevin Croke said. Croke explained that forensic evidence for burglaries could take up to a year for the state crime lab to process.
The man entered the store carrying a handgun around 6:10 a.m., according to police, just after it opened for business. He approached the two employees on duty and demanded they give him money from the store’s safe, then forced them into the store's freezer, police said.
They handed over approximately $1,000 in cash and coins to the man, who ran out the rear service door, according to police. Police say he is a black male between 5’3” and 5’5” tall, of medium complexion and medium build who was wearing a black winter coat with fur around the hood.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the police department at 847-866-5000 or use the anonymous Text-A-Tip service. To do so, text the keyword “EPDTIP” to the number 274637 (CRIMES) along with the information.