Park Ridge and Rosemont Police K-9 and Resident Arrest Residential Burglars
On December 11, 2013 at approximately 10:50 a.m. a resident in the 1100 block of Granville called Park Ridge Police to report two suspicious men walking near a neighbor’s house. Officers responded and determined that the two men were committing a residential burglary. As officers arrived on scene, the two men fled from the house and ran in different directions. Officers gave chase. Two officers were able to quickly take one of the suspects into custody within a block of the victim’s residence. The other suspect ran west on Granville and then north between two houses. Officers set up a perimeter and requested a K-9 unit from Rosemont Police. The K-9 unit quickly arrived on scene and the dog began to track the second suspect. Within minutes, the K-9, along with police officers from Park Ridge and Rosemont, found the suspect hiding under a tarp in the back yard of a residence in the 1300 block of Bonita.
The first suspect has been identified as Jonathon Resto, 21 years of age from the 1100 block of W. Lawndale in Chicago. He has been charged with one count of Residential Burglary, a class 1 Felony.
The second suspect has been identified as Juan Jose Rea Jr., 25 years of age from the 2100 block of N. Latrobe in Chicago. He has been charged with one count of Residential Burglary, a class 1 Felony as well as one count of Obstructing a Police Officer, a Class A Misdemeanor.
"This was a text book example of police and community working together to help keep the community safe" stated Chief Frank Kaminski. "It all started with a call from a neighbor who felt something was wrong and it was quickly brought to a successful conclusion by the professionalism, training and dedication of all of the officers involved, including the K-9" he said. Chief Kaminski concluded " I am proud of our officers and cannot thank the Rosemont Police Department enough for their assistance. The amazing thing about law enforcement is that there is never any hesitation by one law enforcement agency to help another when something serious is occurring. Our camaraderie, common goals and spirit of cooperation are the greatest advantages we have over criminals."
The Park Ridge Police Department has been taking a multi-faceted approach to impacting the burglary rate. We have been trying to better educate our residents about burglary prevention through news releases and presentations such as "Keepin it real". The department has increased foot patrols in residential neighborhoods, has invested in software which helps investigators track stolen goods and recently became part of an area wide burglary task force. The results seem to indicate that these efforts are paying off. Early statistics demonstrate a 20% increase in burglary arrests and an, approximately, 18% decrease in burglary occurrences in 2013.