An Oak Lawn resident’s call to the police about a “suspicious person” resulted in the arrest of a man for possession of controlled substances.
On October 22nd at about 9 a.m. a young man wearing a black White Sox cap, gray sweatshirt and sweatpants knocked on the door of a man near Central and 88th Place asking if he could use the phone to call his mother.
After attempting three unsuccessful phone calls the young man left on a purple bicycle according to the witness. Soon thereafter he returned to the area and placed his bike against a fence and allegedly entered a backyard. He then allegedly traveled northbound on Mayfield Avenue.
An Oak Lawn officer noticed a man matching the description near the 8900 block of austin Avenue. The man told the police that he was looking for his cousin’s home on Major Avenue but allegedly provided an address that didn’t exist. A call to the cousin provided the correct address and an explanation that the cousin provided the wrong address the first time.
The police questioned the man who denied entering anyone’s backyard or having a bicycle. Instead, he said he was looking inside garbage cans and on the street for scrap metal.
The man, Ziad Ghussein, agreed to take a ride with the police to the cousin’s house. In order to protect themselves, the officers asked if they could serch Ghussein’s backpack. During that search, the police alleged that they found three different kinds of pills, totalling 43 pills.
Ghussein allegedly told the officer that the orange pills treated his anxiety, the white pills were for arthritis. He also allegedly admitted that the gray mushroom shaped pills were ecstasy, which alter mood and perception.
Ghussein’s trip to his cousin’s was delayed as the police arrested him for possession of controlled substances. While in custody, Ghussein claimed that he was having an anxiety attack and was taken to the hospital.
Ghussein is a 20 year old white male with a Chicago address. He was charged with three separate counts of possession of a controlled substance.