Teen beaten while walking to mosque
Two unknown assailants demanding money near Maple and Morross mugged a 17-year-old boy who was on his way to a mosque about 10:45 p.m. April 5.
The boy suffered minor bumps and bruises and was able to escape without being robbed, police said.
The boy told police the incident began when a blue Ford Expedition or Explorer and a green Toyota Camry stopped next to him as he was walking north on Maple. He said two Arab men, one about 5 feet 7 inches weighing 150 pounds the other about 6 feet, 200 pounds, exited the blue sport utility vehicle and approached him.
“I’m going to rock your (expletive),” the shorter suspect reportedly said to the boy before punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground.
The taller suspect then approached the boy and demanded his cell phone and money while repeatedly kicking him in the right hip, the boy said. At that point the boy got up and was able to escape his attackers, who quickly retreated to their SUV and fled north on Maple.
The boy told police he had no idea who had attacked him and said that he didn’t have any enemies.
Scrapper steals children’s bicycle
A man driving an older silver pickup truck stole two children’s bicycles in the 7600 block of Anthony about 5:30 p.m. April 5.
Police were dispatched to the scene after a woman called to report that she had just witnessed the bicycles being taken. She told police that an Arab or Hispanic male in his late 30s or early 40s stopped his truck in front of her house and began walking toward the bicycles, which were in a driveway across the street. When the woman yelled at him to stop, he quickly threw the bicycles into his truck and fled north on Anthony.
The truck is described as a Ford Ranger or Chevrolet S-10 with a wooden-slatted scrapper’s cage around the bed.
Paintball gun seized in traffic stop
Police cited a 20-year-old man and seized his paintball gun after he fired it while stopped at a red light next to a patrolling officer at Michigan Avenue and Oakwood Boulevard about 2 p.m. April 2.
The officer said he was waiting for the light on eastbound Michigan Avenue when he heard several loud popping noises emanating from the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am in the lane next to him. When the officer looked over, he said he saw the driver shooting paintballs toward Cheli’s Chili Bar and motioned for him to pull over.
Both the driver and passenger of the car said that they just were driving around shooting paintballs at trees – not cars or people – and a check of Cheli’s found no paint on the building. The officer subsequently seized the gun and paintballs and cited the driver for discharging an air gun in public.
Man steals car after borrowing it from brother
A man residing in the 6900 block of Beech Daly told police he wants to press charges against his brother for stealing his car about 11 p.m. April 2.
The owner, 44, said he let his brother, 47, borrow his 1989 Mercury Topaz to run up to the store. But his brother, a past crack user, never returned, so the owner started looking for him.
The owner located the vehicle near Warren and Outer Drive, and when he confronted his brother, his brother laughed and sped away.