An Oak Lawn High School student was charged with assault, obstructing justice and disobeying a police officer after a police officer’s inquiry escalated.
The Oak Lawn police officer reported that he observed a young man walking west bound in the 5300 block of 94th Street wearing headphones and holding a cell phone. The officer reported that the man allegedly flashed a “pitchfork” gang sign commonly used by a gang known as the Disciples Street Gang.
The officer alleged that the individual was walking in the middle of the street and when the officer asked him to move out of the middle of the street for his own safety he did not do so. The officer then drove up to the subject to allow him to see it was a marked police car. He once again claims that he asked the individual to get out of the middle of the street. This time the man allegedly responded by stating, “man don’t you got anything better to do?”
The officer asked a third time and reported that he angled his car to prevent the man from continuing to walk in the middle of the street. The officer eventually exited the vehicle and asked for identification after the man allegedly failed to move to the sidewalk. The man refused to provide identification, according to the officer, and continued to talk on the phone while allegedly angling his camera to show the officer.
The man allegedly angled the phone camera view toward the officer and said “look at this bitch”. Even after an additional officer arrived, the man allegedly refused to provide identification and the officer stated that the man began to walk away.
The officer alleges that he instructed the man to stop and put his hand on the man’s shoulder. The officer then claimed that the man spun around and swung his left hand at the officer and allegedly raised his fists to apparently fight.
The officers then reported placing the subject in a wrist lock and preventing him from leaving. The man denied using gang signs but continued to refuse to provide information to the police at the police station.
Eventually, the police claim that the man provided his name, Cameron Arreola, and date of birth in order to identify himself to the police. The police claim that Arreola stated, “we will see when you take these cuffs off”.
Cameron Arreola is an 18 year old white male and provided an Oak Lawn address. He was given a court date in November at the Bridgeview Courthouse. Arreola is reportedly an Oak Lawn High School student according to the police.