Updated: April 4, 2013 6:21AM
A 44-year-old Glenwood man was arrested after causing a bizarre disturbance at Orland Square Mall, including leading mall security on a chase around the children’s merry-go-round and around the Orland Park mall’s upper level, police said.
A security guard told police he was patrolling Jan. 12 on his Segway when Wardellas Richmond grabbed his steering column for no reason, knocking him off. The guard ordered Richmond to leave the mall, but Richmond ignored him and began doing push-ups by the children’s jungle gym, according to police.
They said two other security guards arrived and tried to remove Richmond, but he broke free, dodged the guards by running around and through the carousel and then fled to the mall’s upper level, where guards caught him.
The guards told Richmond they would not report him to police if he left the mall immediately and escorted him out an exit, where he fled and re-entered the mall through a loading dock, police said. Police were called and apprehended Richmond without incident, charging him with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Student fights with police
A Rich East High School student was charged after grabbing and shoving a police officer who was questioning her Jan. 31 about a theft at the school earlier that day, police said.
The 17-year-old student was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting arrest and theft after she stole another student’s computer tablet and then got into the altercation with the officer, according to police.
They said a school video camera shows a 15-year-old boy asking to see a tablet belonging to a 14-year-old classmate and then refusing to give it back, passing it off to the 17-year-old girl.
When the two students later were brought to the dean’s office and confronted by police, the 17-year-old charged toward the door, demanded to leave, grabbed the officer’s arm and pushed him while trying to get through the door, police said. They said a struggle ensued, with the student refusing to be handcuffed.
Police said the teen is awaiting trial on another aggravated battery from an incident last March. They said the 15-year-old boy also was charged with theft.
A group of four teens was threatened at gunpoint Feb. 1 by some people in a car who pulled alongside them while they were walking home on Lakewood Drive from Forest Trail Middle School, according to police.
One of the teens told police that one of the persons in the car had a handgun and inquired about a specific gang affiliation.
When the teens said none them were affiliated with the gang, the car drove off and the friends ran home in different directions, police said. They said none of the teens was able to get a license plate number for the car.