Oak Lawn police officer Kyle Rodriguez used his training, his feet and good judgment to tackle a fleeing suspect after a routine traffic stop escalated into felony charges involving weapons and drugs without the officer having to fire a shot.
Rodriguez stopped the vehicle driving southbound on Pulaski Avenue near 103rd Street at about 1:18 a.m. after observing that Jorge Arroyo’s vehicle did not have a front license plate or a rear registration plate light. During the stop, the officer observed what he believed was cannibas in plain view. Arroyo allegedly denied possessing marijuana at the time of the stop but admitted that he was smoking marijuana earlier.
According to the police reports, Arroyo, 18 years old, consented to a search of the vehicle while he voluntarily sat on the nearby curb. During the search, the officer found that the insulation in the trunk was loose and a Coca Cola can was tucked in behind the insulation. The can’s top was cut off, according to the report, but a twist was used to keep it closed. The officer, according to the report, had training and knew that such cans are often used to conceal items. The officer asked the suspect what the can was used for and he allegedly admitted that he used to hide items in it.
The officer then opened the can and allegedly found a bag inside. As the officer began to pull the bag out, Arroyo stood up and began running according to the report. Officer Rodriguez secured the can and then began a foot chase. The suspect was running southbound from 105th place on the west side of the street and Officer Rodriguez told him to stop. The officer quickly came close to Arroyo and the suspect attempted to dash across Pulaski. Rodriguez was able to catch Arroyo in the middle of the street and tackle him to the ground according to his report.
According to the report, Arroyo resisted being cuffed but eventually was subdued by Rodriguez, who walked him back to the car and placed him in one of the squad cars. A subsequent search of the vehicle found five white baggies, which police officers positively tested in the field as 3.0 grams of cocaine. Officers also found a metal knife like object with a taped handle that officers describe as a “shank”.
Arroyo, who resides at 4053 Artesian in Chicago, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, one count of obstructing a police officer, one count of resisting a police officer and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.