Chicago man pepper-sprayed and arrested for assault

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A woman was assaulted on a PACE bus around 9:35 p.m. on July 31 at Lake Street and Harlem Avenue. River Forest police responded and took into custody Contrell Turner, a 55-year-old Chicago man, and charged him with aggravated assault. The woman used pepper spray on Turner during the altercation.

Burglary to motor vehicle

Two vehicles, a 2017 Chevy Suburban and a 1998 Volvo S70 were burglarized in the 800 and 700 blocks of Linden Avenue, respectively, sometime between 8 p.m. on July 30 and 8:30 a.m. on July 31. The burglar entered both through unlocked doors and ransacked the interiors. No losses reported on either.


A young man stole cash from a storage container underneath a counter at Edible Arrangements, 327 South Blvd., sometime between 5:07 and 5:20 p.m. on July 31. The loss was unknown. He was described as between the ages of 18 and 25 with dreadlocks, wearing a red shirt with a logo on the back, ripped blue jeans, a black hat, and a navy blue and tan backpack. 

Criminal damage to property

The McDonald's restaurant at 111 W. Madison St. was vandalized at 12:55 p.m. on July 31, when a man driving a blue van broke the glass drive-thru window by striking it with his hand. The estimated damage is $250.

Attempted robbery arrest

A 16-year-old Chicago boy was arrested in the 600 block of Pleasant Street at 5:27 p.m. on July 31. He was charged with attempted robbery of a Beach Park resident in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. No additional information was given. The boy was processed and released to his mother.

Battery arrest

A 15-year-old Chicago boy was arrested in the 300 block of Berkshire Street at 8 p.m. on July 31 and charged with the battery of a 13-year-old Oak Park boy in the 1000 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. He was processed and released to his sister.

Theft arrest

A laptop computer valued at $1,700 was stolen from Concordia University, 7400 Augusta St., at 6:34 p.m. on July 27 and tracked electronically to a dorm room in Kohn Hall. A 26-year-old River Forest resident was charged with misdemeanor theft for stealing the computer. 

Disorderly conduct

A 27-year-old River Forest man was arrested around 10:04 p.m. on Aug. 2 in the 700 block of Oak Avenue and charged with disorderly conduct. Police responded to a disturbance in a condo and found the man under the influence of alcohol, screaming and damaging property, which resulted in a broken water pipe. 

Retail theft arrest

A 31-year-old Chicago man was arrested at Jewel Foods, 7525 W. Lake St., at 5:48 p.m. on July 29, when he was located outside the store by police in possession of $379 worth of cosmetics and soap products. The man had an active warrant out of Chicago for retail theft. He was charged with retail theft, obstructing, and for the outstanding warrant. 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, July 27-Aug. 2, 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 .

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger


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Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 14th, 2017 8:13 PM

Jeff: I don't recall saying anything about stop and frisk. I think that is moot since it is I believe unconstitutional (as per the 4th). But concealed carry is not.

Jeff Evans from Oak Park  

Posted: August 14th, 2017 3:58 PM

We can't stop and frisk our way out of crime. If you want to advocate for that as the "silver bullet", go for it, but don't be coy or act like you're some genius for thinking of it. Most of society decided it's not the right approach to policing and started looking at alternatives. Also, I don't see anybody censoring your speech, so feel free to dispatch with that canard. Criticism and push back against ideas is not the same as stifling speech. Regarding Google's firing of an employee, that's clearly a very different issue (a public, for-profit company performing a lawful termination) and has little bearing on this discussion.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 13th, 2017 10:26 PM

Richard and Alice got me thinking. I think the best response to their observation is something Noam Chomsky has said: "The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate." The debate you and Alice are suggesting is outside the limits of acceptable opinion in Oak Park. James Damore, also used this quote to explain his dismissal from Google.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 12th, 2017 5:59 PM

Richard and Alice I think raise important and challenging points. First, I would like to know if the perception of increased violent crime in our village consistent (which is my perception by the way) is consistent with the facts? If I recall correctly, our prior Chief of Police - Rick Tanksley - said during his last community meeting, that the facts do not support the perception of increased violent crime . Of course that was some time ago, so I would think it would be important to know what the latest statistics are. With that said, in any case, I agree, that some of these incidents - strong arm robbery, car highjacking - are very disturbing and must be addressed, PC or no PC.

Alice Wellington  

Posted: August 11th, 2017 5:04 PM

Richard Stephen - that's because it is not politically correct to discuss who is committing these crimes, where they are coming from, or, God forbid, stopping and questioning suspiciously looking individuals.

Barbara Joan  

Posted: August 11th, 2017 4:04 PM

Don't forget to add numerous CARJACKING, which included great injury and death .

Richard Stephen  

Posted: August 11th, 2017 2:07 PM

It blows my mind that dozens of readers get all bent out of shape about plastic bag taxes and blocking the opening of a Taco Bell and how much sunlight a new high rise building will block but there are always so few comments here concerning crime in Oak Park. I don't think its my imagination but it seems that there has been a real spike in strong arm robberies and assaults in Oak Park lately, at least if I am to believe what I read here. This is a major concern. I guess its more boring than saying NO to Taco Bell.

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