Regional Police Report: Officer Charged in Burglary Resigns; Dog Shot and Killed, and More

The following is a selection of police related items from area Patches. Where an arrest is indicated it does not indicate a conviction.


Police Officer Resigns Amid Burglary Charges

Enrique Guzman, the Northbrook police officer who was charged with robbing a home while on duty last week, submitted his resignation from the department on Feb. 4, Village Hall announced. 

Guzman "is no longer an employee of the Village," the release states. 

According to Northbrook Village President Sandy Frum, the state's attorney asked village officials to refrain from commenting on the case while the investigation continues.

Guzman was arrested after the FBI placed three hidden cameras in a home he was dispatched to investigate, the Chicago Tribune reports. The camera footage caught Guzman entering a bedroom and pocketing a jewelry box with a fake diamond ring, which the FBI also planted, according to the Chicago Tribune.

 The 34-year-old and 12-year police department veteran was charged with felony burglary while on duty last week.


A Palatine man is facing numerous charges, including a felony, for shooting and killing a neighbor's German Shepard early Friday morning, according to a press release from the Palatine Police Department.

Piotr Holy, 40, of the 1100 block of S. Brockway Street, reportedly killed the animal after it entered his backyard, according to the release.

Police found a deer carcass in the backyard during their investigation. Piotr told them it was there to lure coyotes, which he planned to intentionally kill with a .22 caliber gun.


Crystal Lake

Car Crash Leads To Drug Arrest

A Crystal Lake man was arrested for possession of marijuana after his car struck another car on Route 31 early Saturday morning, according to McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.

Lazarus D. Larkin, 23, 240 E. Prairie St., was arrested and charged with one count possession of cannabis, one count possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane use and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, Nygren said in a press release.

Larkin was driving north on Route 31 at about 3 a.m. on Feb. 2, when he struck a car traveling southbound. After the collision, Larkin's car came to rest in a ditch on the east side of Route 31 near Gracy Road in Prairie Grove, Nygren said.


Chicago Man Charged With Armed Home Invasion

Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old Chicago man with home invasion, after officials say he forced his way into an Evanston home and threatened to kill the residents with a loaded gun.

Lamont. P. Hall, 24, of the 4900 block of South Prairie Avenue in Chicago, is charged with home invasion and aggravated unlawful restraint, both felonies, as well as aggravated assault, a misdemeanor. At the time of his arrest, he was out on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections after serving three years of a six-year sentence for armed robbery.

Police responded to a 9-11 call about a man with a gun in the 700 block of Dobson Street just after midnight on Monday, Feb. 4. Hearing screams from inside an apartment, officers forced their way in as Hall ran out the back, according to police. Officers caught him as he attempted to run away, police said.


On Jan. 31, an employee of a charity in Hattiesburg, Miss. contacted Niles police about questionable credit card transactions. 

According to the report, the employee said the credit card number was used 12 times without authorization in Illinois towns between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2. Two of those, one for $195.90 at a store in the 9600 block of Milwaukee Avenue and one for $919.94 at a store in Golf Mill Shopping Center, occurred in Niles.

The 12 transactions totaled $10,413.13. The credit card holder has never been to Niles and did not lose possession of the card, police said.


Police: Hair Salon Bandit Charged with 11 Counts of Robbery

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved 11 counts of armed robbery against an Evanston man today. The announcement was made at the Skokie Police Department at 10:30 a.m.

Jason Logsdon, 41, of the 900 block of Chicago Avenue in Evanston, was charged with 11 counts of armed robbery, all Class X felonies. Police believe Logsdon is responsible for a total of 15 robberies, but the remaining four occurred in DuPage County. That county is still continuing its investigation, police said.

Pete February 09, 2013 at 06:41 PM
This cop got off easy. They let him resign over being fired. Which means the next chump that hires him will have no knowledge of what happened at his last place of employment , leaving him open an free to screw the system at his new job.....great system !!!!!
Charles February 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM
2 more years and we are right behind you.
Pete February 09, 2013 at 06:58 PM
After 3 yrs of debating staying here or moving down south me an my wife have decided we have seen enough an are leaving. She is leaving june 15 after my daughter graduates from main south . My 15 yr old will just have to except this an deal with it . These politicians just have thier hands to deep in our pockets , an we are tired of the shake down at every corner .we. Make pretty good money here an stil live paycheck to paycheck an we dont live fancy . I will be quitting my job at the post office that ive been at for 20 yrs. which im sure i dont have to tell you will probaly be closing its doors in the near future .... IM DONE WITH ILLINOIS AN WILL NEVER RETURN HERE NOR SPEND ANOTHER PENNY HERE !!!!!
scott dziedzic February 09, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Thanks Pete. IL is ugly. How many gov. have wound up in jail. Red light cameras and parking meters collect more money for these thieves to play with. In regards to the man in trouble for shooting a dog, bravo. He doesn't have a right to defend himself on his own property? German shepherds are attack dogs and coyotes are dangerous too. My land my rules.
McCloud February 09, 2013 at 07:21 PM
What is a stronger law? Its so typical when proven wrong on concept to never admit you back the wrong concept. Laws do not make bad people who use guns any less dangerous.
Swapna Baumann February 09, 2013 at 07:35 PM
COPS Stealing, cops racial profiling, cops not ticketing Bears football star for having over 30 underage drinkers in his house and one left to die on his lawn but fines other parents for less, Cops covering for a drunk driving judge, cops planting evidence in teenager cars, cops letting kids who terrorize women w/gun go b/c father is powerful, cops working w/prosecutor to keep innocent man in prison over 20 years ....not New at all. There are great cops who risk lives everyday and do the right thing. If the police chief is like the one in BlueBlood TV show then he listens to concerns and not punish the ones who brought the concerns. Good cops band together if you don't want to be tarnished w/those who are a disgrace to the profession ...because the TOP man stunk. This guy will find a job somewhere and do the same...don't know how we stop it.
Pete February 09, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Scott funny thing u mentioned the guy shooting the dog. No i love animals , but i would do what i gota do to defend myself. An in illinos you cant defend ur self. My 2 neighbors down south are fighting cause the one neighbor shot an killed the other ones pit bull. Now the pit bull was in his yard an agressive. I guess the dog didnt die right away cause it ran home where it did end up dieing. An when the cops showed up , he said to the shooter next time u shoot a dog make sure you kill it cause you could be liable for vet bills. Now thats some old fashion justice that u just dont see here anymore cause illinois wants to control our every move. So let me say this before everyone one in here rips on me. I do feel bad for the dog but the owner needs to be responsible for it ,,,,,,,,
Swapna Baumann February 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM
@Pete..I agree w/you ..the owner is responsible for his pet. I have a dog, I love him to bits, I keep him on a leash and I prevent him from jumping on strangers unless they want to pet Leo and ask my permission. I have seen other pet owners let their pets run w/o leash, they don't pick up after the pets even though our village provide bags and garbage cans conveniently. These pet owners are pests. A pitbull can be sweet but trained to be aggressive. Owner should have protected his dog so he is responsible for pet death. I myself wouldn't have been so quick to kill but called the police about a dog in my yard. Neighbors had trouble pet paid for it..one was too quick to shoot..wasn't necessary unless dog was going to maul someone. Irresponsible pet owner + shoot happy neighbor = innocent dead pet. SAD
Robert February 09, 2013 at 10:58 PM
This is not over for officer who was allowed to resign from the Department. I' m quite certain that once the states attorneys office completes their investigation he will be charged, and brought to trail. And with evidence they have, he will spend a number of years in prison. I know this for a fact because I was a police officer in a near by town where we had the same thing happen with one of our officers. I'm not certain but I believe he received between 8 and 12 years in prison. The judicial system has no mercy on "dirty cops" and rightfully so! And as far as him getting another job in law enforcement, forget it, because with all the background checks that are made on police applicants he could not get another police job. And lastly, have respect for the good cops who are out there daily laying their lives on the line to protect you and your community.
Swapna Baumann February 09, 2013 at 11:35 PM
@dan I had friends profiled. My background didn't cause me too much problem, a bit at work but never by cops. I have had no problem ...BUT...just because it never happened to me doesn"t mean I don't disagree with the procedure. I feel it is a civic duty to advocate for those who have suffered even if U were OK. Like I said there are MANY MORE good cops than bad..but the latter like a bad apple can stink up the basket if it ain't removed. Are U a Cop? I have relatives who are Cops, and also friends who are Cops and ex-Cops. Hope I have answered your question. Have a Great Day
Fedup February 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM
The cop resigned right away to try to save his pension -- just like Drew Peterson. The way the state can really hurt these guys is, when appropriate, by charging them with the charge of Official Misconduct, and insist on not pleading it down. That way, a conviction will deprive him of his pension and the state won't be stuck paying annuities to convicted felons.
Sandra Sims February 10, 2013 at 01:36 AM
He LURED the dog onto his property, genius. Please, Pete and Scott, leave IL. The average IQ will go up by double digits. Dear God, until the Internet I never knew there were so MANY low grade morons in this country. Scary.
Pete February 10, 2013 at 01:54 AM
@ patch in reguards to sandy sim , since when do you allow people to launch personel attacks an name calling.shame on you for letting that one get by you. An sandy sims arent you on disability ? Yea another winner screwing the system ,,,,, ;,)
Angie Wallberg February 10, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Even if he had shot a coyote, there is a law about firing a gun within 1,000 feet, (I think! ) of a building, so no matter what he shot, he was breaking the law. Sad that his victim was a pet.......
Angie Wallberg February 10, 2013 at 01:59 AM
I just checked, and it is 500 ft. from a house from any direction.....
Sully February 10, 2013 at 01:59 AM
What? You should have the right to shoot someone else's dog if its in your yard? Does that apply to kids as well? And please, try to write as an adult would, rather than as a kid on Facebook or twitter. Thanks.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Yes, sad for the dog who was killed for being a dog. So many guns and so many fingers just itching to pull the trigger.
Angie Wallberg February 10, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Illinois law says you cannot fire a gun within 500 ft. of a house from any direction. If someone is that close, they can be charged - so call the police every time!
Sully February 10, 2013 at 02:07 AM
You have fun now, ya hear. I hear Missippi is real nice, (if ya don't mind too many coloreds). Education down south is top notch too. Not to mention how much money they take from the gubmint (oops, shouldn't had said that- don't wanna let the cat outa the bag). You have a real nice time.
Angie Wallberg February 10, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Learn the law! First of all, he lured the dog into his yard with the deer carcass, which is bad enough, but Illinois has a law that says you cannot fire a gun within 500 ft. of a house, from any direction......maybe his property, but he he broke the law and should be charged accordingly.
Pete February 10, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I do see the Low IQ problem in this country. @ sully an sandy sims when in my comments do u see me saying anywhere that i approve of shooting someones dog that comes in your yard. I didnt but apparently thats what you two read , talk about IQ status . An sandy the story didnt say he used a dear carcus to get domestic animals into his yard again thats what you took from the story. An sully as far as me writing like im on FB thats just me. Im not trying to be a proffesional writer. Its just a comment board pal relax.....
stick to the facts February 10, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Fedup...I'm sick of your response, regardless of his actions he still paid into his pension and to pass judgement of another is shocking! I believe every individual who has left a comment, has ever held a position of a peace officer, been put in that very same situation and could say they would have done differently.....spare me your opinoins and stick to facts
Sully February 10, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Yes Pete, it is. If you want one to take you seriously however, you may want to at least look like you've had some education. My apologies if you missed the point. I would try to explain, but I don't have that much time.
Doug Daluga February 10, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Not to mention that it sounds like he killed the deer out of season. German Shepherds are attack dogs? Only if they are trained to be, or abused to the point that they're afraid of people. "My land my rules." Good luck with that philosophy when you get to court.
Doug Daluga February 10, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Glad you get in a little homophobia there. Feel better now?
Vicky Kujawa February 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM
I guess Sully has never visited the South. They have that "ILLAnnoy is the best place to live" mentality that some of the locals have. I wonder how much the Democratic party is paying them to spew that ca rap?
Vicky Kujawa February 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM
I love dogs, but I would shoot one if it wandered into my yard and threatened me or my kids. Is something missing from this story?
Silvio Dante February 10, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Hey Vicky, what would constitute a threat that you would need to use deadly force? Is barking a threat? It is a slippery slope as one could make the argument that if a neighbor, or their kids, came in their yard and was "threatening" than you could use deadly force as well. I wouldn't want to see anyone shot, neither a dog or person. Until we know the whole story here, no reason to rush to judgement and claim to be ready to shoot anything that is threatening in our yards.
Pete February 10, 2013 at 06:06 PM
@ frank , i think everybody is comenting of the story i told about my 2 neighbors in tennesse , an in that case yes the neighbor who shot the dog was in the right . He had asked the other neighbor deveral time to contain an control his dog because the dog was agressive an he has kids that play outside . The neighbors response was we are in the country an we wont put up a fence nor do we have to leash our dog . So after pleading with the owner of the dog several times he eventually shot the dog after the dog wandered in his yard an showed aggression while it was approaching him an his kids. By all rights this neighbor did what he had to do . If you own a pet be responsible , i have 3 dogs all of which are leashed when not in my fenced back yard. My dogs have never ever goten out . As far as the guy in the patch news letter we dont know the whole story. , but yes the guy does sound like an idiot .....
Silvio Dante February 10, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Thanks Pete. Just curious what constitutes aggression. If someone shot my small dog for stepping on a neighboring lawn for what they deemed as aggression, we would have a huge problem. This is the issue as I see it...What would stop a neighbor from saying that a child, or adult, on their property was showing aggression, thus, shooting that child or adult? This is a slippery slope. Bottom line, good fences make good neighbors! Thanks for clarifying the story Pete.


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