Judges refuses to lighten restrictions for Northbrook police officer
Updated: April 1, 2013 6:39AM
NORTHBROOK — Enrique Guzman, the Northbrook patrolman accused of stealing a fake diamond ring from a home in the village during a sting operation, will not be appearing on the silver screen in the near future.
Although his lawyer argued Monday to have his electronic monitoring cut from 24 hours a day to only 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., Cook County Circuit Judge Timothy Chambers would not change the conditions.
“The only exception is for medical reasons,” said his attorney, Myron Goldstin of Chicago.
“The restrictions are too confining. He has children with his ex-wife and a four-year-old with another woman, who both work and both of whom he supports. He cannot continue to meet his responsibilities.”
Guzman could take the children back and forth to school, too, if their mothers were not available, Goldstin added.
He is a part-time actor and has a part in a movie to be shot in Chicago. He is needed Wednesday (Feb. 27), and maybe Thursday and Friday, as well, Goldstin said.
Guzman also has applied for work at two big box stores, but can’t complete the applications because he can’t say when he will be available for interviews, he added.
“He has no criminal background and he was a police officer. He is not a flight risk,” Goldstin said.
However, Assistant States Attorney Diann Sheridan, representing the prosecution, disagreed.
She noted that Guzman was recorded Jan. 30 by the FBI taking a fake ring from a Northbrook home he was sent to check on during a sting operation.
Guzman, who was working the 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift without a partner, responded to the 3:45 p.m. call within minutes, Sheridan said.
He arrived in civilian clothing, but in a marked squad car and armed with his service weapon.
While checking on the house, Guzman allegedly took a ring box containing a fake diamond ring from the jewelry box and placed it in his pocket, she added.
Then he resumed his duties, not knowing that his actions had been recorded.
Within a few hours, Guzman was told to report to the Village Hall where FBI agents were waiting.
Guzman allegedly admitted taking the ring to give to his girl friend, Sheridan said.
He then gave the ring, which he still had in his pants pocket, to the agents, who identified it as one of the items they had planted.
Guzman, who was on the force 12 years, was arrested and charged with the felony offenses of armed violence (armed while committing a crime), residential burglary, and official misconduct based upon committing those offenses while acting in his official capacity as a sworn police officer.
His $30,000 bond was set Jan. 31 with the conditions that he turn over his firearms, FOID card and passport, which he did, his attorney said.
Guzman’s next court date is March 18.