The police were called on February 28th by multiple people who complained about a noise disturbance from the driveway of a home.
The officer arrived at about 11:30 p.m. to the house at 4028 W. 100th Street to find a Volkswagen Beetle auto parked in the driveway and heard “loud” music coming from the car. When the police shined the spotlight on the car, they alleged that the music was turned off.
Two of the complaining witnesses claimed that the loud music had been played off and on since 3 p.m. in the afternoon. The neighbors claimed that they had called the police earlier in the day and when the squad car approached the music was allegedly turned down only to be turned up again as the police left.
The police allege that the car had tinted windows and they knocked on the windows to see if anyone was inside the vehicle. Eventually the police saw that someone was in the car but he appeared to be passed out or asleep.
The police claimed that they were yelling at the person and couldn’t wake him from the sleep. So, the officer performed a sternum tap on the man, identified later as Edward Cruz. He woke up and allegedly acted surprise and according to the police “pretended” that he was surprised the police were in the driveway.
The police claimed that Cruz admitted to faking to be asleep and to playing music in the car.
The police told Cruz that he had to stop playing his music loudly or he would be issued a citation because it was bothering his neighbors. Cruz allegedly told the officers he didn’t care about his neighbors and that the police should issue him a ticket. The police issued a ticket for a village ordinance violation for “Keeping a disorderly house”.
He will now have to appear before the Village of Oak Lawn’s Adjudicator on April 3 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing is at the village hall and is open to the public, including the neighbors he doesn’t care about.
Cruz is a 24 year old Hispanic Male who provided the address listed for the call as his home address.