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Press Release August 11, 2014

On August 10, 2014 at 1:04 am the Evergreen Park Police Department responded to a call of an aggravated battery in the 9300 block of S Springfield Avenue.

Upon arrival the responding Officers discovered a 31 year old male; Lucian Nicolaescu of the 4800 block of N Winthrop St in Chicago; had been stabbed. The victim was transported by the Evergreen Park Fire Department Ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and after undergoing emergency surgery was pronounced at 8:16 am.

A preliminary investigation by the Officers on scene determined the victim and a 39 year old male; Patrick J. Tantillo of the 1400 block of Plantain Dr. in Minooka IL;  were attending a party in the back yard at the residence and had gotten into a verbal argument. The argument escalated and resulted in the victim being stabbed. 

The single offender was located at the scene and placed into custody. The weapon was also recovered in a neighboring yard.

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was contacted and assisted the Evergreen Park Police Detective Division in obtaining charges.

On August 11, 2014 the Cook County States Attorney’s Office approved First Degree Murder charges against Patrick J. Tantillo for causing the death of Lucian Nicolaescu.

Patrick J. Tantillo will be taken to the 5th District Circuit Court in Bridgeview IL on Tuesday August 12, 2014 for a bond hearing.

Press Release June 16, 2014

On Sunday June 15, 2014  at approximately 9:50 pm a 24 year old female while walking in the 10200 block of S Central Park Ave was grabbed by an unknown male.

The female stated she had been out for a walk and had stopped at the traffic light at W. 103rd St. and S. Central Park Ave. As she did so she was grabbed from behind. The offender grabbed the back of her right leg and her right shoulder. She described how he grabbed her as “similar to a wrestling move”.

She was able to turn around, knock the offender to the ground and began screaming. The offender fled on foot northbound on S. Central Park Ave. and may have then headed east on W. 102nd St.

She described the offender as a male Hispanic, 5’04”, 150 pounds, 18 to 20 years of age, olive complexion with black spiky hair. He was wearing a black zipper hoddie, white shirt, dark faded jeans and dark shoes.

Anyone with any information concerning this incident or similar incidents is encouraged to contact the Evergreen Park Police Department at (708) 422-2144.

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Press Release May 27, 2014
On May 27, 2014 at 12:49 am the Evergreen Park Police Department responded to the 8700 block of S Rockwell Ave; the CSX railroad tracks; on a complaint of a subject struck and injured by a train.

Upon arrival Officers located the 21 year old male victim lying on the ground and the complainant who had found him.

The complainant informed the Officers she had been walking in the 8700 block of S Rockwell when she saw the male laying on the southbound railroad tracks and she yelled at him to get off the tracks. She continued walking and saw a northbound train; in the 9100 block; heading towards him. She approached him and observed he was injured. She was able to drag him away from the railroad tracks before the train could strike him. She then knocked on a local resident’s door and requested they call for an ambulance. She did not see how the victim had been injured.
The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn for his injuries. While being transported to the Hospital the victim informed the paramedics he had been hit by a train which he had not seen coming.

The incident is being investigated by the Evergreen Park Police Department and the CSX Police; who were notified of the incident by the Evergreen Park Police Department.
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Press Release May 21 2014

On May 21, 2014 at 10:12 am the Evergreen Park Police Department responded to 9758 S Hamlin Ave on a complaint of a cardboard box found in the basement believed to contain sticks of dynamite. 

Upon arrival the Officers spoke with the caretaker who had called 911. She stated there had been recent water damage in the basement and while cleaning the basement she came upon an old suitcase. The resident informed her there was dynamite in it and asked her to throw it out. She carried the suitcase to the backyard and notified the Police.

The resident; 93 years of age; stated he had  received the box over 60 years ago from a friend who had moved to California and is now deceased.

Officers notified the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Bomb Unit and evacuated the surrounding residences. A reverse 911 message was sent out to the area of W 95th St to W 99th St from S Pulaski Ave to S Central Park Ave asking residents to remain in their homes. Local schools were also contacted and asked to place the schools on lockdown until the incident was completed.

The Sheriff’s Police arrived at 11:12 am with a two man team and a K9. The K9 alerted to the package and additional Cook County Sheriffs Police units were called to the scene. 

The Sheriff’s Police secured the package; containing 24 sticks of dynamite weighing 50 lbs.; and transported it for destruction.

The scene was cleared by the EPPD at 2:20 pm. The schools were notified and another reverse 911 was made to the same area advising residents the area was open.

There were no injuries and no charges filed.

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Press Release May 20 2014

Chief of Police Michael D. Saunders today announced the arrest of two juvenile offenders for the burglary to four motor vehicles. One of the offenders was also being held for resisting arrest.

On May 20 2014 at approximately 12:35 am Officers of the Evergreen Park Police Department were dispatched to the 2700 block of W 97th St on a complaint of a Burglary to Motor Vehicle in progress. The complainant stated he had witnessed two offenders in a car parked on W 97th Pl.

Upon arrival Officers were informed by a second witness four male blacks had just run eastbound down the alley between W 97th St and W 97th Pl. The witness has observed the subjects pulling on the door handles of several cars in the area.

Evergreen Park Officers with the assistance of Officers from the Chicago Police, Oak Lawn Police and Hometown Police created a perimeter and searched the area for the offenders.

At 0058 hours an Evergreen Park Police Officer located two of the offenders in a backyard of the 9800 block of S California Ave. The Officer; with his duty weapon drawn; had the offenders lay on the ground. 

As he was attempting to place handcuffs on the first offender the second offender got up from the ground and started to approach the Officer. The Officer again gave verbal commands for the second offender to get back on the ground. The second offender continued to approach the Officer and ignore all commands given by the officer. The Officer not knowing if the second offender was armed and fearing for his safety fired one shot into the ground in an attempt to get him to comply with the commands.  The second offender then fled the area by climbing over a fence.

The Officer was able to secure the first offender and radioed information concerning the direction of travel of the second offender and that he had fired a shot.

The second offender was located by the Evergreen Park Police K-9 unit at 1:44 a.m. and was taken into custody. 

The first offender was positively identified by a witness and the second offender; located by the K-9 unit was identified by the Evergreen Park Police Officer he had fled from. 

A third subject was detained and released following an investigation by the Evergreen Park Police Detective Division.

Both offenders will be charged as juveniles with multiple offenses as approved by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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