Updated: July 11, 2013 6:13AM
Here is a look at crime reports in the Southland.
News includes Chicago Heights, Oak Forest, Tinley Park and Matteson.
Robbery the reward for ride
A University Park woman was attacked and robbed by two men May 24 after she gave them a ride to the 400 block of West 16th Street, police said.
The 28-year-old woman told police that the men were friends of a friend and she agreed to drive them in her friend’s car from University Park to Chicago Heights.
When she got out of the car to let the two men out, one of them lifted up her shirt and tried to rip off her necklace, according to police. They said the men pushed the woman to the ground,held her down and removed $120 from her bra.
The robbers then fled on foot and police were unable to find them.
SUV stolen, set afire
A sport utility vehicle that was stolen May 27 while left running outside Club Suave was set on fire in a field at Ashland Avenue and Boston Street that same night, police said.
When police arrived at the field, they found the 2000 Ford Expedition fully engulfed in flames and the electrical lines above the car also on fire, according to police. Firefighters extinguished the fire, and a ComEd crew arrived to repair the lines.
Police said the car belonged to a 46-year-old Park Forest man who said he was inside the nightclub, 1603 Western Ave., for only about 15 minutes but left his car running outside.
Resident charged in home burglary
A city resident was charged with residential burglary May 28 after stealing a laptop computer, a gold watch and $2,000 in change from a Midlothian apartment, police said.
Bruce Debauche, 26, 14730 Central Ave., also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after he was arrested in a convenience store parking lot in the 14700 block of Central Avenue, according to police.
They said the tenant returned to his apartment and discovered that his Apple MacBook, an expensive engraved watch and a five-gallon water jug filled with about $2,000 in change were missing.
A neighbor told police that he saw a man leave the victim’s apartment at 11 a.m. and described the man and his pickup truck. The victim said the description matched that of a man he had at the apartment to estimate a painting job and recalled that the man lived at an apartment complex near 147th Street and Central Avenue, police said.
Officers found a Chevrolet Silverado matching the witness’ description and registered to Debauche in the parking lot of the apartment complex and arrested Debauche, whom the tenant identified in a photo lineup, according to police. They said none of the stolen items was found in Debauche’s apartment.
Man beaten outside tavern
A patron of a downtown tavern was attacked and seriously injured May 29 by a group of men who just had been removed from the bar by a bouncer, according to police.
They said the 27-year-old Tinley Park man was making a phone call outside Teehan’s, 17329 Oak Park Ave., when the intoxicated men were ordered to leave after getting rowdy and one of them had pulled a knife.
Police said two of the evicted men became aggressive and the victim helped the bouncer maintain control. When the bouncer returned inside, one of the offenders pushed the victim, causing him to fall backward, hit his head on the pavement and black out, according to police.
They said the group began punching and kicking the man and fled when the bouncer and some patrons came to his aid. His injuries included a concussion, a cracked vertebra and a fractured jaw, according to police.
No charges had been filed as of Friday, and police said the incident remains under investigation.
Asking to be arrested
An Oak Forest woman was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting police after a June 2 incident in which she sat on a police car while drinking a bottle of tequila and struggled with officers outside the Hampton Inn, 20920 Matteson Ave., police said.
Officers were called to the hotel regarding a fight between two women in the lobby, but the fight had ended by the time they arrived. As they left, officers found Britanny Reed, 26, 15859 LeClaire Ave., sitting on the hood of their squad car, drinking from the bottle and yelling and causing a disturbance, according to police.
They said Reed refused to quiet down, would not give police her name and fought while being placed in the police car. She continued to yell and scream at police while in the lockup at the police station, police said.