A life insurance salesman ende up running from Oak Lawn police officers as a new scam broke down recently near a condo building on 93rd Street in Oak Lawn.
The money hungry salesman claimed that the day started with him recruiting potential life insurance salesmen at the local Burger King when a man in dreadlocks offered the salesman, identified as Brion Johnson, a chance to make money himself.
The unidentified dreadlocked man, according to Johnson, told him that he could make quick easy money. The “job” was easy. All Johnson had to do was go to a building on Rumsey and ask for a package that was being delivered in someone else’s name. While the unknown mastermind waited around the corner, Johnson saw the postal carrier and he asked for “his” package but said he really couldn’t remember the name he was given so according to the carrier he mumbled something that sounded like one of the resident’s names in the condo building.
Fortunately, the postal carrier recognized the name of the person and also realized that Johnson was not a resident of the building. Apparently delivering mail every day to the same houses engrains the faces and names of the various people a carrier sees on the route. The suspicious mail carrier asked Johnson his name and his unit but she said he mumbled an answer that she couldn’t understand. Johnson told the carrier that the package must be coming from UPS instead and went to sit in his car.
The mail carrier was apparently familiar with a new scam in which people order products to real addresses with real names but intercept the package. The mail carrier called 911.
When Johnson saw the police respond, he said he “knew something was wrong” and the life insurance salesman ran as if his life depended on it. Police officers stated that they called for the man to stop but Johnson continued running and entered the yard of a local business. Other tactical officers responded in an effort to locate Johnson, who apparently was right that the package must have been coming from UPS
As the officer was interviewing witnesses, a UPS driver hit the area with a package for one of the residents with the name that Johnson was trying to say earlier. The UPS driver said it was a package from a cell phone company and he thought it contained several phones.
The resident whose name appeared on the package said he didn’t order phones.
Johnson was located by the police. Johnson allegedly circled back to the scene and was watching the tow truck driver connecting his car to the hook. Officers found part of his clothing nearby and then found him hiding in the bushes near the condo building.
Johnson was charged with criminal trespass for illegally entering the land of Vince’s Towing. He was also charged with obstructing a police officer. Johnson claimed that he had never met the dreadlocked man and doesn’t know his name.
Johnson, a 24 year old black male, provided police officers with a Chicago Heights address. The package was returned to the cell phone company.