A car was stolen from the Speedway Gas Station last Friday and Oak Lawn police responded shortly after 8 p.m.
As the police arrived to the scene they noticed a man walking northbound on the same side of the street. When the unmarked police vehicle began following the man, he began jogging along Cicero Avenue heading north. Other officers soon joined the surveillance of the man.
The detectives reported that they watched the man walk “aimlessly” around the shopping plaza in the 9200 block of Cicero Avenue. At one point, however, the man opened the door of a pickup truck and leaned inside the truck. He then allegedly crouched down behind the Denny’s restaurant for about 20 minutes according to the police.
The detectives decided to approach the truck and found people inside the truck who told the police that they were parked there to sleep for the night. The police then reported that they approached the crouching man behind Dennys and told him that he was being followed because he was acting suspiciously.
The man had a reason for his suspicious behavior. According to the police, the man said he was using Denny’s WiFi signal. He apparently needed the signal to search the internet for employees to sell phone books in the area.
The police didn’t report that the reason raised more suspicions because most people won’t buy a phone book in 2018. The police did report that the man didn’t want to identify himself. Eventually he gave the name “Bernard Turner” and the police ran the information through the computer. However, the man didn’t match the description of Bernard Turner, who was apparently in the system.
The man claimed that he had received a DUI three weeks ago in Chicago Ridge but the system didn’t show a DUI for Bernard Turner. Eventually, the man decided to talk to one of the detectives and allegedly asked for a promise that he wouldn’t be charged with a felony. The Oak Lawn detective said he couldn’t make that promise without knowing the story.
Eventually, the man admitted his name was Darrin Turner and he used his brother’s name. Darrin didn’t want to tell the police his real name according to the police because he had a valid warrant out of Decatur for failure to appear on a violent domestic battery charge.
While the detectives were running Darrin’s name, he allegedly apologized to the police several times for wasting their time.
Darrin was not charged with a felony by Oak Lawn but he was arrested on the outstanding warrant and charged with obstructing identification by Oak Lawn. Darrin Turner is a 28 year old black male with a Decatur address.