Elmhurst Police Department

  • Agency: Elmhurst Police Department
  • Address: 125 E. First St., Elmhurst, 60126 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: (630) 530-3050
Fax: (630) 941-1229

Elmhurst Police Department is located at 125 E. First St., Elmhurst, 60126 IL. The Elmhurst Police Department phone number is (630) 530-3050.

Elmhurst Police Department News

UPDATE ***GOOD NEWS*** The missing juvenile (Brendan) was located at 253 W. St. Charles Rd. Elmhurst police officers returned him safely to his home and family. He is in good shape. We have learned that a member of our community called 9-1-1 after receiving a CODE RED NOTIFICATION and seeing Brendan. The Elmhurst Police Department is grateful for the community response and assistance each of you have provided in sharing the information and looking for young Brendan. We are so very thankful for your response. Chief Michael Ruth 3/21/18 at 8:51 p.m.

Elmhurst Police officers are with the missing juvenile now. I will update in the next few minn.

****** LOCATED on 3/21/18 at 8:50 p.m. ****** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Elmhurst Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Special Needs/Missing Juvenile from the area of 500 S. Hillcrest, Elmhurst, IL. Missing is Brendan, age 9, 4’10, 75 lbs with blond hair. Brendan was last seen wearing a blue coat, and gray sweatpants with black & gray gym shoes. He is believed to be riding a blue scooter and was last seen in the area of Vallette & Hillcrest in Elmhurst. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050. Authority: Chief Michael Ruth Elmhurst Police Department 630-530-3050

ELMHURST POLICE INVESTIGATE ALLEGED THREAT AT YORK HIGH SCHOOL Elmhurst Police are investigating a recently reported suspicious threat that occurred at York High School. Recently, an adult came to the Elmhurst Police Station to report that a relative who is a student at York High School told him that back in August of 2017, a white male student had told her there would be a school shooting at York High School on March 23, 2018. Based on this information, Elmhurst police have initiated an investigation and have spoken to the reporting student, who relayed the story that in August 2017 a white male student approached her in the school hallway stating that a school shooting would take place on March 23, 2018. The reporting student is not able to identify the student who allegedly made the statement. As a result of this information and in light of national events compromising student safety, additional Elmhurst police officers both in uniform and plain clothes will be in the area of York High School for the next few days. The Elmhurst Police Department takes this type of information very seriously; student and faculty safety is of paramount concern. At this time, police have no additional information and are unable to confirm the accuracy or reliability of the threat. Police officials remind parents, students, and school staff to immediately call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity to police. Authority: Chief Michael Ruth Elmhurst Police Department 630-530-3050

Citizen's Police Academy starts next week . . .

PRESS RELEASE Thursday, March 1, 2018 $ 100,000 Bond Set for Chicago Man Accused of Assaulting Police Officer DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth announced today that a $100,000 bond has been set for a Chicago man accused of nearly striking an Elmhurst police officer with his vehicle following a traffic stop at York Rd. & Crestview Ave. in Elmhurst. This morning DuPage County prosecutors filed charges against Byron Auterberry, 43 (d.o.b. 11/8/1974) of 1235 N. Waller, in relation to the incident. Auterberry has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, all Class 4 Felonies. Bond was set by Judge Brian McKillip. On Tuesday, February 27, at approximately 4:46 p.m., Officers with the Elmhurst Police Department conducted a traffic stop at York Rd. & Crestview Ave. in Elmhurst on a vehicle allegedly driven by Auterberry. It is alleged that during the stop as one of the police officers approached Auterberry’s vehicle from the front, Auterberry drove his vehicle toward the officer coming within just several feet of the officer causing the officer to discharge his service weapon. It is further alleged that as Auterberry drove toward the officer, he crashed his vehicle into another vehicle before fleeing the scene. An investigation into the matter conducted by the Elmhurst Police Department led to Auterberry who was taken into custody yesterday without incident. “Because of the alleged actions of Mr. Auterberry, what began as a traffic stop turned extremely serious and potentially deadly in just a matter of seconds,” Berlin said. “Thankfully neither the officer nor any innocent bystanders were injured by Mr. Auterberry’s alleged attempt to flee the scene. I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department and the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force for their outstanding work in identifying and apprehending the suspect in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Knight for his efforts these past several days. Thanks to the professionalism and cooperation exhibited by all those involved we will be able to bring a strong prosecution against Mr. Auterberry.” Auterberry’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 2, 2018 in front of Judge Robert Miller. The DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force is currently reviewing the facts and circumstances of this case in regard to the officer discharging his weapon.

Elmhurst Police are investigating an incident that occurred at York Rd & Crestview Ave, in Elmhurst at 4:45 p.m. on February 27, 2018. On Tuesday evening, Elmhurst police officers stopped a vehicle at York Rd & Crestview Ave. During the traffic stop, the suspect drove the vehicle in the direction of the officer, and the officer’s firearm was discharged. As the suspect fled from police, he crashed into another vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle was recovered in Chicago following an intermittent pursuit involving several police agencies. The officers involved were not injured and the driver remains at large. This incident remains an active and ongoing investigation by the Elmhurst Police Department, The DuPage Major Crimes Task Force and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

We have been offline for a week. I hope that we are back in service.

We received this kind note from a resident who also shared the following pictures from the 800 block of North Indiana. ...February 9, 2018 snow storm! I thought I would share a few pictures of an Elmhurst Police Officer stopping to help my neighbor shovel her driveway this morning before 9am. He was driving down our street, and turned around just to come back, park, and help her shovel. He wasn't even wearing gloves! I appreciated so much seeing him stop for no other reason than to serve his community.... We appreciate the kind words and recognition of our service. Elmhurst is fortunate to have a responsive and caring police force. We truly appreciate the continued support from our community !

Some serious weather ahead of us...

Elmhurst police have arrested two subjects believed to be responsible for a series of car & unlocked garage burglaries in south Elmhurst. On January 25th at 3:00 a.m. an Elmhurst police officer on patrol discovered an open car door with the dome light on in the 800 block of Saylor. It was learned that several unlocked cars and unlocked garages were entered in the 900 & 1000 block of Saylor between the hours of 2:30 and 4:00 a.m. The offenders took change, and other items of value from the cars and garage. Video surveillance from the area assisted police in identifying the suspects and they were subsequently taken into custody on January 26th by Elmhurst police detectives. Both suspects were charged with burglary and transported to the DuPage County Jail. CHARGES: BURGLARY CHARGED SUBJECTS: Tyler Almaguer (22 years old) 2100 Block of Melvina Avenue Chicago, IL 60639 Fernando E. Galvan JR. (20 years old) 5100 Block of W. 23rd Street Cicero, IL 60804

Recently, Elmhurst experienced a carjacking and although we were able to arrest two suspects and recover the work car involved with the crime and the victim’s car, the case remains under active investigation with no formal charges at this time. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide much detail in this case as we are actively pursuing leads in the matter. The Chicagoland area is experiencing an increase in certain types of crime over the last two years. For example, is has been published by several news sources that "carjackings" in Chicago are at their highest level in more than ten years. Elmhurst is located in the heart of the Chicago metropolitan area, serviced by an expressway (I-290 & I-294) and major highways (Rt 83, Lake Street, North Ave, St Charles, Butterfield & Roosevelt Rd), therefore our police department is at the forefront of dealing with some of these issues. As evidenced by our recent arrests in several incidents, they are often being perpetrated by young gang affiliated groups from Chicago who commit offenses in the suburbs, then return to Chicago. The investigations from these cases show the suspects commit crime in many area suburbs, not just ours. Our police force is committed to the safety of our community and we take this responsibility seriously. The police department is working overtime, increasing officer patrols with both marked and unmarked squad cars in response. Additional time off has been canceled to increase police officer staffing each day. Our detectives are coordinating efforts with other affected suburban departments, the Chicago Police and the FBI to identify and apprehend burglary and vehicle theft suspects. Throughout 2017, we have installed new public safety video camera technology at various locations throughout the city and have planned an expansion of that program in 2018. The police department continues to ask those that live and work in our community to be aware of their surroundings and to call 9-1-1 to immediately report any suspicious activity. By calling 9-1-1, police officers are promptly dispatched to investigate any suspicious persons, vehicles, or unrecognized individuals. Though these recent incidents are very concerning, it's important to note that Elmhurst is a safe community, having among the lowest crime rates in the Chicago metro area. By always locking your house and car doors and having a watchful eye for your neighborhood, we can make Elmhurst a safer community. Feel free to contact my office directly if you have any questions or concerns. My e-mail is: michael.ruth@elmhurst.org or policeinfo@elmhurst.org. Michael Ruth Chief of Police (630) 530-3070

The City of Elmhurst is hiring Crossing Guards. Please feel free to share or to pass this notice on to anyone who might be interested in part time work.

Elmhurst Police Investigate Residential Burglary Attempts Elmhurst Police are investigating two attempted residential burglaries that occurred on Tuesday evening between 6:30 & 7:10 p.m. in the area of North Avenue & West Ave in Elmhurst. At 6:33 p.m. in the 300 Block of River Glen, a resident heard a window screen being opened and an outside motion light activate. The resident then saw a dark pick up or SUV with a loud muffler leaving the area. Nothing was taken and there was no suspect description. A short time later at 7:10 p.m. in the 500 block of Third Street, a resident discovered a male/black, 5’09, thin build, wearing a dark hoodie, standing in the foyer of the home holding a handgun. The resident fled inside of the house and summoned a family member who called police. Responding police checked the house and did not locate the offender. It appears that the offender may have entered an open rear patio door. Nothing is known missing at this time. Anyone with video footage of the area or with any information is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050.

POWER OUTAGE – In the area of 185 Orchard, Elmhurst Commonwealth Edison is reporting a power outage in the area of 185 Orchard in South Elmhurst. The outage is a result of an emergency repair that may impacting up to 144 homes. As the repairs are underway, the power is expected to be restored between one and six hours. The City of Elmhurst has opened emergency warming centers at Elmhurst Fire Station #2, at 605 S. York Rd. and the Elmhurst Police Station at 125 E. First Street. The City of Elmhurst asks residents to check on any elderly or vulnerable residents who live in this immediate area and who be impacted by this power disruption. Additional questions can be directed to the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050. Authority: Chief Michael Ruth Elmhurst Police Department 630-530-3050

Remembering Christmas in Elmhurst-1963

CHARGES SET FOR ELMHURST EIGHT. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth announced today that bond has been set for a Chicago woman accused of stealing a woman’s car from the driveway of an Elmhurst home. Jamesha McChristine, 19 (d.o.b. 2/11/1998) of 7942 S. Langley, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $50,000 with 10% to apply. It is alleged that on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m., McChristine was in a vehicle traveling on Grantley in Elmhurst with seven other people when she saw the victim exit her car and left the car running in the driveway. It is alleged that upon seeing this, McChristine got out of the car she was in and entered her victim’s car through a door that was not fully closed. It is further alleged McChristine then drove away in the victim’s car and that the other seven individuals also fled the scene. It is alleged that the victim witnessed McChristine steal her vehicle and that she immediately contacted the Elmhurst Police Department. It is alleged that as she drove the stolen vehicle, McChristine crashed the stolen vehicle into two parked cars in Elmhurst as well as a fence and landscaping owned by the City of Elmhurst. McChristine was eventually apprehended following a car chase in Forest Park. It is further alleged while driving in Forest Park, McChristine crashed her vehicle into an apartment building and then attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended. The seven other individuals allegedly with McChristine were all apprehended and charged with misdemeanor offenses. “The brazen conduct alleged against this defendant is simply outrageous,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, due to the outstanding work of the Elmhurst and Forest Park Police Departments, Ms. McChristine was apprehended and will now have to face the charges before her. I would like to thank the Elmhurst and Forest Park Police Departments for their outstanding police work apprehending the defendants accused in this case. “I am thankful for the citizens who alerted police and the dedicated officers who apprehended all 8 of the suspects,” Chief Michael Ruth said. “The Elmhurst police remain committed to the highest level of service and protection to our community.” In all McChristine has been charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony), two counts of Criminal Damage to Property (Class 4 Felony) and one count of Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property (Class 4 Felony). The other 7 were charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Damage, Obstructing Police, and a Warrant for Unlawful Use of Weapon. Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Elmhurst,IL- Several people in custody following an auto theft and hit & run accident in Elmhurst. Elmhurst Police have 8 people in custody for auto theft and hit & run along with two separate pursuits which began around 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in the 200 Block of Grantley. Initial reports indicate several people stole a 2016 model Infinity as it was parked in a residential driveway. As the resident confronted the thieves, they fled the scene striking another vehicle near North Ave & Emroy where Elmhurst police stopped the chase car and apprehended 7 occupants at 2nd & Addison following a brief foot chase. A short time later, the stolen auto was recovered at DesPlaines & Jackson in Forest Park where the driver of the stolen auto hit an apartment building and was captured by police. There are no injuries reported and police are continuing their investigation.

On December 17, 2017, at 3:00 AM, Elmhurst police officers responded to a report of a 26-year-old male who was suffering from a heroin overdose in the parking lot at 841 N. York Rd. Police learned that a number of heroin packets and needles were dumped in a sewer on York Rd. and around a trash dumpster on the Churchville Middle School property. Elmhurst police officers began a systematic search of the area and recovered 18 bags of heroin and parts of broken syringes in a sewer and in the area of the dumpster. Police K-9 dogs from the DuPage County Sheriff and the Elmhurst Police Department responded to the scene to search the area, but did not locate any additional contraband. Due to the nature of this incident, police are asking that parents and students of Fischer Elementary (which is contiguous to the middle school property) and Churchville be vigilant for any contraband or suspicious items on school property and if observed, to immediately notify school officials or police by calling 9-1-1.

December 16, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. Elmhurst police officers are searching for a suspect wanted for investigation of a retail theft that occurred at Mariano’s 678 N. York Rd. Police are looking for a male Hispanic, 25 yrs of age with a blue jacket. He was last seen running E/B from the scene in the area of Michigan & Fullerton on foot. There is a significant police presence in the area. Residents are reminded to immediately call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity.

An interesting (Funny) seasonal video put together by Chicago P.D. as a personal safety reminder.

Santa was in Elmhurst City Centre today and Sgt. Mandat and Ofcr. Hamblin were able to share their (extensive) Christmas list with him. If you have some free time, come and enjoy the festive lights and Christmas tree in the City Centre at York & Schiller street in Elmhurst.

This year, the Elmhurst Police Department is proud to be an official “Toys for Tots” drop-off location. We invite participants who would like to donate a gift to visit our lobby (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) from now through December 16th. Toys for Tots accepts new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls from infants to age 12. Toys for Tots cannot accept food, clothing, or realistic-looking toy weapons, and unpackaged stuffed animals and gift cards are discouraged. Please contact the Elmhurst Police at (630) 530-3050 with any questions.

QUICK EMERGENCY CALL to 9-1-1 for iPhone The Elmhurst Police Department has learned about an iPhone feature which allows you to discreetly and quickly call 911 and/or alert emergency contacts stored in your phone. For instructions, see attached screenshots from the Apple support site... Yes, we tried this feature and it works, so please save our dispatchers the call unless there is an actual emergency! Research your phone or contact your cell phone provider to learn what features are available to you. If you know additional emergency features for your phone that work, please feel free to share in the comments below! PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!

Elmhurst Police Investigate Armed Robbery Associated With Facebook Sale Elmhurst Police are investigating a reported Armed Robbery that occurred on November 27, 2017 at 8:14 p.m. at 100 block of E. North Avenue, Elmhurst. The 19 year old victim told police that he responded to a Facebook post offering an I-Phone 7 for sale. The victim met with two people described as male/black late teens-early 20, 5’11-6’00 wearing black generic hoodies in the 100 block of E. North Avenue at which time one of the suspects produced a handgun and announced a robbery. The suspects took the victims cash and fled E/B North Ave in a 2006 Chevrolet Astro Van which was reported stolen from Hammond, Indiana. Elmhurst residents are reminded that on-line transactions that require a face to face meeting can always take place in the lobby of the Elmhurst police station. The police lobby provides for a safe environment and helps to discourage an improper transaction. The police lobby is open to the public and staffed 24 hours a day. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050.