Oak Lawn Police were called to the Jewel at 94th and Pulaski last month expecting to respond to a retail theft but ended up arresting a Des Plaines man for battery and on four outstanding warrants.
While the police were responding to the call the security personnel were chasing two suspects after claiming that the suspects had stuffing items in the hoody of the man, identified as David Hernandez. After jamming about $457.70 worth of merchandise in the hoody, the store security personnel claimed that Hernandez and a blonde woman left the store without paying for the items.
The loss prevention team for Jewel, along with the store manager, pursued the duo into the parking lot. The blonde woman was approached by one of the loss prevention agents and when he attempted to stop her, Hernandez allegedly pushed the security agent causing the manager and the two loss prevention agents to subdue Hernandez and handcuff him in the parking lot.
Unfortunately, the blonde woman was not as protective of Hernadez as he was of her so she apparently decided to flee the scene. She escaped across the street and into Evergreen Park. She was not captured.
Hernandez was not as lucky. When the police arrived, he was sitting with the handcuffs in the custody of the store security staff. The police exchanged the store handcuffs for the Oak Lawn issued cuffs and placed Hernandez in the squad car.
Hernandez was arrested for retail theft and battery. A check of Hernandez fingerprints and name indicated that he had four active outstanding warrants from Lake County, Chicago, Lemont and Deerfield.
Hernandez, a 30 year old white male provided a Des Plaines address to the police. According to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s inmate locator, David Hernandez is now a guest of the Cook County Jail.