A female guest at the Midway Motel in Oak Lawn dialed 911 and reported that her boyfriend hit her and took her cell phone.
An officer in the area responded within two minutes and noticed a man, identified as Tyler Nelson, walking from the scene. When he saw the squad car, he ran toward the train tracks according to the officer.
The female guest, Rajanae Dale, approached the officer and reportedly told him that it was Nelson that had her phone. The officer reported that Dale also said, “Alls I wants my phone”.
Dale reportedly told the officer she was fine and that she just wanted her phone. The officer told Dale to return to her room as the officer looked for Nelson. After failing to find Nelson in the immediate area, the officer returned with Dale and was walking in the lot when a motel employee pointed Nelson out hiding near the stairwell.
Dale told Nelson to give the phone back. He reportedly said, “fine, you want your phone, you can have it” and handed it back to her with the officer present. According to the police, Nelson then tried to “forcefully” walk between the officer and Dale.
The officer informed Nelson that he couldn’t leave and that he needed some information. Dale began telling the officer that she didn’t need the police any longer because she had her phone.
When asked for an identification of some sort, Nelson reportedly said he didn’t have one. Dale then reportedly interjected telling him to “quit lying” and stating that the ID was in his bag. She also told Nelson to cooperate.
When Nelson put his bag on the ground and began reaching into it, the officer told him “Don’t reach into your bag.” According to the police, Nelson responded, “The fu.. bro. I’m gettin’ my wallet” and allegedly began reaching into the bag. The officer reported telling him again, “Tyler, stop reaching into your bag. I don’t know what is in there!” Nelson answered, “it’s my fu….g XBOX bro.” He continued to reach into the bag according to the officer.
The officer attempted to grab the bag and Nelson allegedly bumped the officer and grabbed the bag away. The officer then informed Nelson he was going to handcuff him and detain him. Nelson, according to the police, said, “get the fu.. off me bro” and refused verbal orders. The police claimed he was resisting arrest, struggling, forcefully pulling his arms away and attempting to escape the officer’s grip. Another officer assisted.
During the course of the struggle, the officer said that the recorder he was wearing was damaged, the vest was ripped and the microphone strap was torn.
Another officer interviewed Dale who changed her story when asked if Nelson had hit her as she alleged in the 911 call. According to police she said that Nelson did not hit her and she just wanted her phone back. She was asked a second time and again, she denied being hit.
Nelson was charged with a felony of resisting arrest. Nelson is an 18 year old black male and provided a Harvey address.
The Midway Motel is not the same motel that the Village of Oak Lawn is taking action against. The Village is pursuing license revocation of the Miami Motel, in part, due to numerous police calls.