Crime Report for April 14, 2013
April 12, 2013 6:20PM
Updated: May 15, 2013 6:37AM
Here is a look at crime reports in the Southland.
News includes Orland Park, Oak Lawn, Chicago Heights, Midlothian and Oak Forest.
Mom charged with DUI after crash
A village resident faces multiple charges after leaving her children home alone, driving drunk and crashing her car into a tree, police said.
Theresa Przybtek, 39, 14614 Poplar Road, was charged with drunken driving, endangering the life of a child, driving without a valid license, no insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after a March 2 crash in the 8100 block of 143rd Street, police said.
They said officers were called to the accident scene by a passerby and found Przybtek’s Ford Expedition smashed against a tree on 142nd Street, just past the south entrance to Wedgewood Commons. Blood was on the steering wheel and in the car’s interior, police said.
Officers spotted Przybtek leaving a nearby 7-Eleven, stopped her and urged her to get medical treatment for her facial injuries, and she told police that her children, ages 8 and 10, were home alone. The children’s grandmother was called to the home, and Przybtek was taken to Palos Community Hospital, police said.
Cops zap man to arrest him
An Orland Park man was zapped twice with a stun gun by police after injuring two officers who were attempting to handcuff him during a March 9 arrest at his home on Imperial Lane, according to police.
They said Maurice Williams entered the bedroom of a house guest and made unwanted sexual advances, causing the woman to call police. When officers arrived, Williams became combative and refused to be handcuffed, punching one officer and another officer injured his knee while trying to restrain him, police said.
Police stunned Williams once, but he continued to resist arrest and was stunned a second time, enabling officers to cuff him and place him under arrest, according to police.
They said Williams, 29, 18119 Imperial Lane, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, disorderly conduct and three counts of resisting police.
A 29-year-old Oak Lawn man was attacked March 15 near 97th Street and Marion Avenue as he was walking home from work, police said.
The man told police he was walking east on 97th Street at 11:40 p.m. when he was approached by two men who came out of an alley between Ridgeland and Marion avenues. One of the men tried to grab his backpack, leading to a struggle over it, and the victim punched his assailant twice in the face and managed to break away and flee, according to police.
Customer not always right
An unhappy customer at Mr. Burrito was charged with assault after threatening employees March 20 at the take-out restaurant, 686 W. 14th Place, according to police.
They said Amelia Diaz, 24, of Chicago Heights, returned home after picking up her food and began calling the restaurant, complaining that she was missing two sauces with her order.
Diaz then went to the restaurant and caused a disturbance, yelling and threatening to harm employees after they refused to refund her meal, police said.
Employees told police that Diaz previously has ordered food from Mr. Burrito and then lodged a complaint to get her money back.
State worker robbed
An Illinois secretary of state employee was robbed March 26 in the parking lot of the department’s Midlothian office, police said.
The woman was standing outside her car about 8 p.m. at the office, 14434 Pulaski Road, when two men approached and one removed her wallet from her jacket pocket and the other stole her driver’s license and debit card, according to police. The robbers then fled on foot through the parking lot toward 147th Street, police said.
Burglar points gun at resident
A city resident was threatened at gunpoint March 26 by two men who broke into his house in the 16200 block of Grove Avenue and stole a laptop computer, police said.
The homeowner told police he was lying in bed, watching television about 2:30 a.m., when he heard someone enter the house. He came out of his bedroom to see a man walking down the steps, police said, and when he ran toward the intruder two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandannas over their faces appeared. One of them pointed a gun at the resident, who ran back up the stairs, according to police.
The victim said he heard a car drive away from the house moments later.