Woodridge Police Investigating Gunshots Fired Along Janes Avenue

Witnesses said a shot had been fired into the air after an argument broke out between two groups of people, according to reports. Police said they soon after found a suspicious car near Natural Falls apartments and detained the vehicle's occupants.

The Woodridge Police Department is investigating an incident in which gunshots were fired Wednesday night in the 8000 block of Janes Avenue.

Police said they responded to the area around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said a shot had been fired into the air after an argument broke out between two groups of people, according to reports.

They soon after found a suspicious car nearby around Natural Falls apartment complex and detained the vehicle's occupants for investigation, according to reports.

So far, 20-year-old Denzel Griffin, of the 1700 block of Sierra Trail in Romeoville, has been charged with possession of marijuana, but police say they expect additional charges will be filed in connection with the incident.

No injuries were reported. Police stressed that the public is not in danger and they believe this to be an isolated incident.

Police are continuing to investigate, and encourage anyone with information to contact Detective Sgt. Tom Stefanson by phone at 630-719-4733 or email at tstefanson@vil.woodridge.il.us. Anonymous tips also can be submitted through DuPage Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS, texting the word “CRIMES” to 274637 or visiting dupagecrimestoppers.com.

Emily May 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
For some reason she think if she delete what everyone thinks and continue to talk about it, that it will help the situation. because SHE thinks is racist when they’re not. Either way people will hear what everyone has to say, her deleting things isnt helping anyone and in fact, maybe her look dumb for not knowing the proper term of racism.
j person two May 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I have been trying to say some real dummies run these patch sites.
j person three May 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Suspending accounts doest work lady. Next I'll be a totally different person w a different IP address.
kev May 18, 2012 at 09:58 PM
The thing that amazes me the most is the new town homes they just put up on Janes. Theyre asking for 1600 dollars a month in an area where in their backyards kids are shooting at other kids, across the street people are getting murdered over drug deals gone bad, down the road you have people robbing banks at gunpoint, and even further down the block you have meth labs. You expect a family to move INTO that kind of area for that price? Id rather go spend 1600 in Burr Ridge or Naperville. Woodridge used to be a safe place to live, now its starting to go down hill very drastically.
Suzanna Klein May 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Heroin use is a suburban problem, affecting the not so poor families. Crime exists everywhere: home invasion in LaGrange on LaGrange Rd and 47th (not a bad rea), a tragic murder in IHP (do you dare say that's a crime ridden area?). The world as a whole is a dangerous place. It doesn't know the boundaries of race or income. I still like the town, where I have lived for over 15 years, south of 75th. it is a sad fact that NOBODY can escape crime.
Joseph Biondo May 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Woodridge is becoming very unsafe!! The woodridge police have spent to much time worring about minor traffic crap! that park on Janes is a problem. my daughter used to have soccer practice there and the little punks run around swearing and acting like inner city trash. maybe the police need to spend some time there every day istead of driving down my street (westview ln) looking for traffic violations. Just my opinion.
Shane Gustafson May 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Everybody relax! Just the fact that everybody is freaking out over 4 crimes shows how "safe" your neighborhood is. So there are a few crimes this month, it will all be fine. Woodridge has always been a good place to be, so why would it go down hill in a week? The sky isn't falling... Yet.
Emily May 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM
You don't even live in Woodridge, your mom teaches there, big deal. Unless you live in Woodridge you really have no room to talk.
Shane Gustafson May 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM
No... I do live in Woodridge. In fact, the patch wrote an article about me, of you want proof. Search my name.
Emily May 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM
No thanks buddy I'm not that interested in you.
Emily May 18, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I agree king kong
king kong May 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I haven't checked but I can take an educated guess that one or more apartment complexes in woodridge take section 8. If so, could this also be part of the problem?
king kong May 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Sometimes it takes years but these kind of people take over towns.. It starts with a few then grows from there, lowering property value untill the area has completely changed. Then it just spreads and spreads and spreads...
king kong May 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
They are still deleting comments. Scared someone will be offended I guess. At least they are learning from the previous posts and stopped telling everyone exactly what the just delete.
Tosh.o May 19, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Tosh.o May 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
That's that sh** I don't like cheif keef
Jordan G. May 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Let's stop the arguments here. Heroin is a problem everywhere, and we are kinda near Chicago... As people branch out, so do some problems. Personally, I don't think it's too bad, but if you are paranoid about it, get your head between your legs and kiss your @$$ goodbye. Or just move...
AB May 22, 2012 at 04:52 AM
These kids have absolutely no outlet other than a park to hang out in. Get enough of them together and fights are bound to break out. I had one punk several years back throw rocks at our house, just for the hell of it I guess. Others have decided to have an all out brawl in our streets, again, for the hell of it. Now, we are surprised that gun shots are starting to reign out in the area? Woodridge built that park, and now they have to deal with what it draws. There is no sports complex in Woodridge, there are no sport teams, create something for the kids to do other than cause trouble. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, I see tons of little kids playing those sports all day long. I don't see any teen leagues at all. Heck, I don't even know where I would find an indoor basketball court around town at all. We threw a park at the situation instead of using our heads. All a park is going to do is give them a place to congregate and get in trouble. Lets be honest, the issues DO stem from these apartments, and guess what, the trouble makers happen to be black. Sorry, but its true. That isn't profiling, and that isnt racist. It's the cold hard facts. Give them something other than a park to gather in. Give them different outlets.
William May 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Maybe you should move to Mayberry. Good luck.
Tony C May 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
How about a 6 x8 in county lockup for them to congregate in? They wouldn't know what to do with a positive outlet because they are thugs. They would bring their guns and knives to a league and any indoor complex that is built. They learn that how you solve problems is, shoot first, think later.
Gucci mane May 22, 2012 at 09:41 PM
How about we continue have less police around here soo that would be okayy
AB May 23, 2012 at 03:56 AM
That is the typical response, "lets lock em up, they are all thugs." Those "thugs" are turned that way by stereotypical social responses such as this. The answer is not to give handouts but at the same time there is a very apparent disadvantage. Social norms tell us to stay away, ignore the issue, but talk quietly about it when passing through an "area" like that. Maybe if we stopped saying nothing can be done, it's a wasted cause, and actually help to fix the social issues surrounding the problems, there might be a chance to resolve these problems before they start. It isn't going to happen overnight, but ignoring it isn't going to solve the problem either.
Tony C May 23, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Right, so it's because of our social norms that the nincompoops shoot at each other. Your idealistic approach fails to take into consideration the eternal law of mankind : You can't fix stupid. And that sir/ma'am is their disadvantage.
Jim May 23, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Jim This incident was very frightening to those who live in Emerald Courts/ Natural Falls Apartment complexes. I saw 8 black guys march single file through Emerald Courts past all the little children in the courtyard. I did not call the police as I was afraid I would be racial profiling. A few minutes later -- the shot(s). Thankfully my neighbor called the police when he saw these guys. By acting so quickly and alerting the police, it gave them the opportunity to get here quickly. It was very sobering seeing about 8 police vehicles, the police with M16 rifles at a stand off with the people hiding in the car. Sobering incident. I think the police did a nice job handling this. I think they need to get rid of the basketball courts on Janes Avenue. Nothing but trouble! Petition anyone??
AB May 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I had a big reply, but then patch signed me out for whatever reason. Bottom line, we aren't going to get rid of the apartment dwellers. It's just not going to happen, and anyone who thinks they will is living a pipe dream. If we can't get rid of them, then we have to figure out how to co-exist with them. Creating other outlets, other than a basketball court is a potential solution, and i'm not calling it perfect. You're right, you can't fix stupid, but you also can't fix ignorance. Believing that there is no way to co-exist is about as ignorant as it gets. Glendale Heights is a perfect example. It may not be the model to live off of but they had these same problems when I lived there 20 years ago. They created programs to engage the public, they expanded their sports complex, and they even built bigger and better parks with tons of amenities. The crime dropped, and their residents stopped moving out. You can't tell me it doesn't work, i've seen it work. Currently, Woodridge has programs for seniors, and small kids, absolutely nothing for teenagers or young adults, at least from what I can see. Engage them in the community, and maybe some will become better community servants rather than distractions. We aren't going to fix the entire problem but every little bit helps. And it's "Sir"
Jim May 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I don't have a problem with apartment dwellers ..... there are a lot of fine, hard working people that live in them, even more so these days with the economy the way it is; people are moving from their homes into apartments. Waterbury is condos - it is open to Section 8 housing. I think that is where some of the problems are coming from. They need to keep an eye on that place, tighten up security checks, and the Village of Woodridge needs to oversee this.
AB May 24, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I don't disagree with that. In regards to the Section 8 we aren't going to get that changed anytime soon. But the investors who allowed it to happen should be held accountable for the residents that they approve to live there. I'm not keen on Section 8 laws, but is there a stipulation about crime, firearms, and drugs? If not, why not? If so, that should also extend to the people who hold title to these properties. If you are approving people with records a mile long, then they need to be responsible for this too.
Jim May 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
AB --- Your comments make good sense!
Kary October 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I want to buy a house close to 75th st and woodward any comments? Please help me and also the townhouse that I want is been on market fr almost 1 year
Tony C October 18, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Kary, if you stay north of 75th and west of 355, the schools are much better k-12. Anywhere north of 75th is generally fine. Issues raised in this comment section are centered the large apartment complexes on the south end of town. Any Woodridge cop will tell you that part of town is where the majority of the calls are.


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