Crime Report: Country Club Hills man charged with bank computer fraud
A Country Club Hills man faces 85 criminal counts for allegedly being the leader of a crew that used computer fraud to embezzle money from several local banks, police said.
Otis Blackmon, 21, of 18619 Chestnut Ave., is charged with participating in a continuing financial crimes enterprise, financial fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, computer fraud, computer tampering, theft by deception, conspiracy to commit theft by deception and allowing unauthorized use of credit cards.
Five Joliet men have been charged with theft and fraud for participating in the fraud scheme. They are
Leroy T. Parrish, 28, of 319 S. Joliet St.; Emmett G. Parrish, 24, of 322 S. Joliet St.; Tony R. Gill: 19, of 416 Olde Mill Road; Roger A. Thompson, 19, of 14150 Monticello Circle, and Jake M. Meyers, 19, of 3105 Brookfield Drive.
Police Lt. Brian Dupuis said details of the investigation into the bank heists would likely be released in the next few days after others being sought are arrested.
Alleged sexual assault at Cicero Avenue motel
A Flossmoor man was charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly attacking a man Aug. 27 at the Terrace Motel, 15333 Cicero Ave., according to police.
They said Stephen Brown, of 2924 Polly Lane, had an Internet relationship with the victim, a 27-year-old Bolingbrook man, and the two met in person for the first time at the motel that day.
The victim told police that they ate a meal in the room, and he got a headache and fell asleep on the bed after the meal. When he awoke, he said his pants were off and Brown was sexually assaulting him, according to police.
The two began fighting and Brown, 20, punched the victim in the head multiple times before fleeing, police said.
They said the motel manager was able to provide police with Brown’s registration information, and Flossmoor police arrested him later at his home.
Phony cops stop driver, steal his cash
A motorist was robbed Sept. 4 of $47 cash by two men posing as police officers who stopped him in the 9500 block of Parkside Avenue, according to police.
The driver told police he was pulled over by a black Chevrolet Tahoe, and two men, appearing to be tactical officers, emerged and asked for his license and registration. One of the men snatched the driver’s wallet while he was attempting to locate his license, police said.
They said the pair walked to the front of his car, with their backs to the driver, and then returned and gave him back his wallet, telling him he was free to go.
The victim drove off and didn’t realize until he was several blocks away that the money had been stolen from his wallet, police said.
Attempt to hide pot, scale doesn’t work
Two admitted street gang members face marijuana charges after police saw them trying to hide pot and drug equipment Sept. 6 at the Fall on the Green festival, police said.
Police observed Andrew Miller, 22, of Harvey, place an object, which was later found to be a digital scale, in a flower bed near the public library, 9427 Raymond Ave.
Police also found a bag of marijuana and a glass pipe in the flower bed, and Miller was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell it and possession of drug equipment, according to police.
They said Mohammed Ziko, 19, 7054 W. Oxford St., Bridgeview, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug equipment.
A third man, Daniel Holdcroft, 21, 6639 Lloyd Drive, Apt. 3E, Worth, who was with the others, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after police found a knife on him, police said.