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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.

POLICE BLOTTER: Man Chases Intruder Off with Brick and MORE


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.


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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