Oak Park has four armed robberies in 45 minutes

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

In a strange turn of events, the village of Oak Park had four armed robberies in under two hours on the evening of Oct. 19. In each instance, the offender was seen fleeing the scene after committing the individual robberies in a silver sports utility vehicle (SUV).

The first armed robbery took place at 5:45 p.m. in the 200 block of South Boulevard, when a man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants approached an Oak Park resident. The man showed a firearm and demanded the resident's property. After taking two cell phones and a wallet from the victim – an estimated loss of $650, the offender fled in the aforementioned silver SUV and was last seen traveling westbound on South Boulevard. 

Shortly after, at 6:08 p.m., another Oak Park resident became a victim of armed robbery, when a man carrying a firearm demanded the resident's property. In this instance, the victim stated the man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with jeans. The offender took the second victim's wallet – a loss worth an unknown amount, then fled the scene in what police reports describe as a "small silver colored SUV with tinted windows." The vehicle was last observed moving west on Lake Street. 

Not even 10 minutes after the second armed robbery, the third happened. At 6:13 p.m. in the 100 block of North Harvey Avenue, a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants approached an Oak Park resident and, with firearm in full display, demanded the resident's property. The offender took the victim's cell phone and wallet, a loss estimated at $1,100. As in the previous two incidents, the man drove away in a silver SUV. In this case, however, the police reports describe the SUV as "newer" and possibly a Lexus or Toyota. The vehicle, which also reportedly had tinted windows, was last seen going north on Harvey Avenue.

The spree of armed robberies concluded with the robbery of an Acworth, Georgia resident at 6:24 p.m. in the 600 block of South Scoville Avenue. A man brandishing a firearm approached the victim and took the victim's purse, which contained cash and miscellaneous credit cards, an estimated loss of $350. The offender fled in a similar vehicle, described as a "gray colored SUV," and was last seen traveling north on Scoville Avenue.  

Oak Park police say it is unknown at this time if the four armed robberies were committed by the same man. The offender is described in each of the reports as a Black man, but the descriptions vary ever so slightly in details. The first report states the man was about 5-feet-9-inches in height and of a thin build, while the second report states the man as being about 5-feet-7-inches to 5-feet-8-inches tall with a medium build. The second report also includes that the man is believed to be about 20 years old. The man is described as being about 20 years old with a medium build in the third report as well; however, the third report gives the man an estimated height of about 5-feet-10 inches and says the man had a round face. The fourth report had no description of the offender other than being male.

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Bill Maxwell  

Posted: October 31st, 2020 5:01 PM

I have not known of multiple guns shot for over 20 years in Forest Park that left a driver hit and the bullet lodge just under the drivers eye brow. Oak Park places first on the latest shoot out against Forest Park because of the evident criminal activity on the West Side. That is why the ATF is working with locals and the cases go Federal. "No known injuries in shootout at Lombard and Garfield Police found 18 shell casings" https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-29-2020/No-known-injuries-in-shootout-at-Lombard-and-Garfield/#Comment-3634ccc2e3c19d3c9faaaf5725e4792b

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 31st, 2020 1:45 PM

For whatever it matters to this post, this criminal activity isn't limited to Oak Park. From the Forest Park Review, FOUR incidents in a little more than a week: Oct. 19-25 Police reports, "Two armed carjackings." Oct. 9-18 Police reports, "Two aggravated vehicular hijackings in one day."

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 28th, 2020 1:18 PM

Not it will have any impact on YOUR thought processes, Ms. Lopez, but, I've covered the courts, I've read the the reports and I've talked to police leadership in several municipalities on. numerous occasions. And the fact is that the system, while it isn't perfect, is not nearly as bad as your superficial and anecdotal approach suggest. You're every bit as uninformed and illogical as Freedom to Thrive, just from the political right. Any solution to whatever problems exist will be solved through a thoughtful assessment of the facts, not knee jerk reactions from the left and/or right.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 28th, 2020 1:07 PM

@ Mr. Dwyer, I like how you enjoy telling people how wrong they are when they disagree with you, but you literally never present any evidence to support your side of the argument. Of course, you think its all about politics, when the reality is its about elected officials being responsible to the citizens they represent irregardless of party affiliation. Please, prove me wrong. Looking forward to it.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 28th, 2020 11:00 AM

Lopez- exceptions, even numerous exceptions, are exceptions, not the rule. I know you're really focused on showing how thing are going to hell under Democratic governance, but you're jus t- what's the word? - wrong.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: October 27th, 2020 11:48 PM

Ramona Lopez here is one to read if they are out on bond or not https://news.wttw.com/2020/10/27/bond-denied-sisters-accused-stabbing-store-employee-27-times-over-mask-request

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: October 27th, 2020 11:25 PM

This seems like the same incident CHICAGO (AP) ?" Two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer have been ordered held without bond. ... Jessica Hill allegedly pulled a knife and began stabbing the man, while Jayla Hill held him by his hair.5 hours ago Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear maskswww.kwqc.com ? 2020/10/27 ? store-guard-stabbed-27-ti...

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 27th, 2020 10:17 PM

You are still naive Mr. Dwyer. Read the report again. She was 18 when arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and home within a few hours.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 27th, 2020 9:05 PM

You're not naive, Ms. Lopez. You're uninformed. Minors are treated under a different set of laws, whether you or I like it or not. I know you're all hot to trot about supposed liberal weaknesses in our society, but, again, this is an exception, not the rule.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: October 27th, 2020 8:45 PM

Don't be so naive Mr. Dwyer. Here is a link where 2 girls stabbed a store clerk 28 times because he asked them to wear a mask: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-sister-stabbed-security-guard-refused-masks-20201027-2mggbvdsafhufitfjttqep2s5y-story.html Here is another link to the Chicago adult police record where one of the girls was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. You should take note she was arrested at 6:20 PM and released at 9:48 PM the same day. Her bond was $150. So we have gotten to the point where you can assault someone, pay $150 and be home to watch SNL. http://publicsearch1.chicagopolice.org/Arrests/Details/17484576

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 27th, 2020 11:57 AM

So, Benjamin... the part where I write "there's some truth to it, but it's also way overstated" pretty much covers it for me. Your article underscores the "some truth to it" aspect. Here's a little more, though. I've sat in courtrooms on numerous occasions where judges gave probation to defendants for lower classification felonies. The last time I witnessed that happen, several years ago now, the judge actually made note of what had been in the paper the last few days- that there was NO ROOM in the Cook County county jail. "Looks like this is your lucky day," said the judge, before taking two defendants' plea deals on, I recall, UUW charges. I guarantee you this- someone charged with numerous felonies related to FOUR armed robberies won't be given the same treatment.

Carol Ann from OAK PARK  

Posted: October 27th, 2020 7:44 AM

And the police better not stop a gray or silver suv with young black men in it. That would be racial profiling. High school kids would have to protest and destroy the mayors property.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: October 26th, 2020 8:01 PM

Ben Venuti I went to the link you posted and read about how newspapers get media releases although if you read the link I posted, the reporter was asking direct questions to O'Brien, so it was not a press release. CWB is asking for your help to recover their costs of bringing you follow up to a case which is a very good thing to do although it has nothing mentioned about O'Brien and I would like to know why O'Brien is the better choice after he was sending 4 innocent people away. That is not the justice system I believe in. So, once again, we should be expecting more out of candidates and actually find out about their backgrounds

Ben Venuti  

Posted: October 26th, 2020 7:41 PM


William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 26th, 2020 7:23 PM

So witless, Benjamin. Your "revolving door" analogy plays well on Facebook and comment boards, and there's some truth to it, but it's also way overstated. Happy to argue that with you if you care. The punks pulling those armed robberies aren't thinking about judicial leniency, they're grabbing at gang status and a quick buck. And changing SAs isn't going to change that.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: October 26th, 2020 6:17 PM

Ben Venuti I thought I would check into O'Brien and went to his website. That led me to a story in the Tribune. He either was very incompetent or just did not care who was going to prison. It reminds me of a person I met who was suppose to have been involved in the Ford Heights Four Case. He spent 20 years on lock down meaning 1 hour out a day. Check out the case O'Brien was part of at https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/eric-zorn/ct-column-obrien-roscetti-blood-evidence-foxx-states-attorney-zorn-20200901-w6nogqrvnfbntpjocx3tx4m2ky-story.html If this is the best we have to vote on then we really should be searching for better qualified candidates on both sides

Ben Venuti  

Posted: October 26th, 2020 5:40 PM

So witty, William. Perhaps O'Brien (with an "e") might address the revolving door criminal justice system.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 26th, 2020 4:11 PM

So... I'm not a fan of Kim Foxx, but, gotta ask- is O'Brian going to walk around OP with a gun looking for armed robbers? Because that would make him the first state's attorney to police our streets.

Ben Venuti  

Posted: October 26th, 2020 3:04 PM

Remember this as you choose between Kim Foxx and Pat O'Brien for Cook County States Attorney on election day.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: October 26th, 2020 10:56 AM

When can we expect Trustee Walker to accuse the four victims of being Karens by calling the police that she wants to get rid of. It is getting hard to take a walk around town in daylight.

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