Students who pull fire alarms to avoid chemistry tests may be adults who pull fire alarms when they get mad.
Or some people may just be childish.
On March 23rd, a fire alarm signal from the Currency Exchange at 9524 S. Cicero resulted in the fire department arriving on the scene after 11 p.m. The police were called to assist when it was quickly determined that this was a false alarm caused by a disruptive customer.
According to the currency exchange employees, a man and a woman entered the currency exchange and attempted to make a Western Union transaction. That transaction was denied by the currency exchange employee, who suspected the transaction was fraudulent.
The man, who the currency exchange employee recognized by sight as a regular, was only known as “Prince”. As he left the currency exchange mad, he allegedly pulled the fire alarm. The employee watched Prince and the woman walk westbound through the parking lot.
Currency exchanges often transact business with the same people and keep records of transactions, including the parties to the transaction. Working with the Oak Lawn police, the employee was able to provide a possible last name and between police records and currency exchange records the partial name, Prince, was matched to the complete name, Prince Filmore Neal.
The police sent out a “flash message” alerting all police officers of the need to stop the individuals if found. An Oak Lawn detective located two individuals, matching the broadcast description, walking behind the Oak Lawn Bank at 5300 W. 95th Street. Neal and his companion were detained.
Neal and the woman spoke with police at the scene and according to the police, Neal admitted pulling the fire alarm because he was denied his transaction. He said he was wrong and shouldn’t have pulled the alarm. Nonetheless, he was taken into custody. Prince Filmore Neal, a 28 year old black male, was charged with disorderly conduct. Neal provided an Oak Lawn address as his residence.