Lotto tickets stolen after showing gun in purse

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Two people — one woman and another person — robbed a business in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue at gunpoint at 11:07 a.m. on Oct. 7. 

The woman, described as black and wearing a gray flower jacket, a pink hat and with long, curly hair, and the second offender, described as wearing all dark clothing and with hair in a ponytail, entered the business. 

The second offender made a purchase and left the business, and then the woman made a purchase, walked behind the counter and took an unknown number of lottery tickets. The female offender showed the employee a gun in her purse, left the store and drove off in a small white vehicle.

 

Carjacking

An Oak Park woman was the victim of aggravated vehicular hijacking in the 400 block of North Austin at 7:10 p.m. on Oct. 3. She was approached by two as she was parking her 2016 Kia Optima. The offenders displayed black handguns and demanded the vehicle. The victim handed over her vehicle which headed eastbound. It was later recovered in the 100 block of North Pine, Chicago. No apprehensions were made. Both offenders were described as black, between the ages of 17 and 18, 5-feet-9 to 6-feet with thin builds, both wearing black, hooded jackets. One of the jackets was Adidas brand with whites stripes down the sleeves.

Robbery

Antonio Cole, 20, of the 500 block of North Pine, Chicago, and Dion Butts, 21, of the 100 block of Oak, Hillside and two juveniles from Chicago were arrested in the 100 block of South Humphrey and the 300 block of North Austin at 7:21 p.m. on Oct. 5 and charged with aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking, and aggravated assault for an incident that took place in the 100 block South Elmwood on Oct. 5 at 5:59 p.m. Butts also was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license. One of the juveniles had an active Cook County warrant for robbery.

An Oak Park business was robbed at gunpoint at 11:06 a.m. on Oct. 2. Two men entered the business, and one of the men displayed a handgun. The second offender took numerous pieces of clothing and put them in a large red bag. They were last seen on Madison Street. Both offenders were described as black males between the ages of 40 and 49. One was 6-feet tall, with a slim build, facial hair and wearing a blue and white bucket-style hat, a black long-sleeve button-down shirt, blue jeans and white and blue shoes. The second was described as 5-feet-10, with an average build, a black baseball hat, black sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, red pants and red shoes.

An Oak Park woman was robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of North Harvey at 9:54 p.m. on Oct. 3. The woman was approached by a man covering the lower part of his face in a black mask. The offender implied he had a weapon and demanded the victim's property. The woman dropped her purse, which contained an iPhone, $25 and miscellaneous IDs and credit cards. The offender fled with the purse and was last seen entering a dark sedan driven by a second person. The vehicle was last seen headed eastbound on Ontario. The estimated loss is $415.

 

Criminal sexual assault

Anthony Jones, 47, of the 200 block of North Central, Chicago, was arrested in the 1100 block of South Boulevard at 6:53 a.m. on Oct. 4 and charged with attempted criminal sexual assault and attempted robbery. 

 

Burglary

A residence was burglarized in the 1000 block of South Oak Park Avenue, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 5. The burglar possibly gained entry to the residence through an open window and ransacked the residence, stealing a blue Dell laptop, cash and a red ankle tennis bag. The estimated loss is $370.

A 2009 Honda Accord was burglarized in the 600 block of Washington, sometime between 11 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 9 a.m. on Oct. 6. The burglar entered through an unlocked door and took a bottle of prescription pills, Nike powerlifting shoes, Apple ear pods, gas cards and cash. The estimated loss is $600. 

 

Battery

An Oak Park juvenile was the victim of battery in the 400 block of Lake Street about 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 5. A man in his 20s with a thin build, dreadlocks and wearing a black jacket, struck the victim on the buttocks with his open hand and then fled southbound.

 

Unlawful use of a weapon

Darnell Lofton, 34, of the 3700 block of West 78th St., Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of Erie Street at 8:25 p.m. on Oct. 5 and charged with unlawful use of a weapon and both possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition without firearm owners identification card (FOID). 

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Oct. 2-8, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

Contact:
Email: tim@oakpark.com

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