Police: Kidnapping claim was false alarm
October 7, 2013 8:28PM
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:16AM
False kidnapping alarm: A 21-year-old Elgin woman was arrested Sunday, police said, after leading much of the Elgin police force on a wild goose chase in search of a kidnapping victim who did not exist. A woman who lives in the 500 block of Gertrude Street told officers that her friend Jennifer McIntire, of the 100 block of Orchard Street, phoned her at 4:33 a.m. Sunday claiming that she had been kidnapped, stabbed and stuffed into a car trunk. Police said McIntire continued to call her friend, saying she was still being held, while officers began an intense search. But police said they conducted a GPS search for her cellphone and discovered she was at her home. McIntire was charged with disorderly conduct/falsely reporting a crime. Bail was set at $2,500, and she was given an Oct. 16 court date.
Knife attack: A 44-year-old homeless man was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly attacking another homeless man with a knife in Elgin Saturday. Police said they were called to the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way north of National Street at about 2:15 p.m. and found the victim bleeding from a cut on his hand. According to reports, the victim and other witnesses said Timothy Davis had tried to stab the victim in the chest with a steak knife. Both the victim and Davis were taken to a hospital, where police said Davis was treated for unspecified minor injuries and the victim required 10 stitches to close his wound. Bail was set at $15,000 for Davis, and he was given an Oct. 16 court date.
Officer hurt: Police Officer Bernhard Bajak sustained several injuries while investigating a domestic argument Sunday. According to reports, the officer was called to a home in the 200 block of Brook Street at 8:23 p.m. after Charles Mitchell’s girlfriend and mother said he had threatened to kill them and had squeezed the neck of his mother. Mitchell, 41, of the 0-100 block of Wren Road, Carpentersville, tried to run out of the house and while struggling with Bajak, the officer fell down some stairs and landed on the pavement outside, causing cuts and bruises to his head, right hand and right knee, reports stated. Mitchell was charged with a Class 2 felony county of aggravated domestic battery/strangulation, as well as a Class 4 felony count of resisting a police officer causing injury and misdemeanor possession of cannabis. Bail was set at $50,000, and he was given an Oct. 16 court date.
Forgery charges: Varris B. Lindsay, 20, of the 1000 block of Todd Farm Drive, Elgin, was charged with two Class 3 counts of forgery stemming from a Sept. 18 incident. She is accused of passing a fake check in the amount of $497.33, signed as White Castle and drawn against PNC Bank. Bail was set at $3,000, and she was given an Oct. 11 court date.
Chimney fire: Streamwood fire officials estimated that a chimney fire did $15,000 damage to a townhouse Sunday night. Fire Chief Chris Clark said firefighters were called to 367 Wisteria Drive at 9:34 p.m. and found flames showing on the townhome’s north side. He said the fire damaged the exterior building surface and did some damage to the interior of the building. He said fire investigators were still evaluating the fireplace to determine the cause of the fire. Streamwood firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Bartlett, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, East Dundee, Barrington and South Elgin.
DUI charger after crash: Kathryn L. Barnes, 46, of the 400 block of Lela Lane, in Bartlett, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor of driving under the influence of alcohol and also city for failure to wear a safety belt, operating an uninsured vehicle and disobeying a stop sign following crash in the village Saturday, police said. They said they also arrested Maira Alonzo, 22, of the 900 block of John Street in Elgin, with a Class A misdemeanor of driving while license suspended. Police said the crash occurred about 7 p.m. Saturday at Oak and Morse avenues when a car driven by Barnes disobeyed a stop sign and collided with a car driving by Alonzo. Barnes, Alonzo, and a passenger in Alonzo’s car suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for treatment.