Victim escapes armed robbery attempt | Police reports Dec. 20-27

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Two men approached an Oak Park resident, brandished a handgun and demanded the resident turn over their property at 6:05 p.m. Dec. 20 in the 800 block of South Boulevard.

The resident immediately fled toward the CTA Green Line station, while the two men fled the scene on foot southbound down the alley between Grove Avenue and Kenilworth Avenue. No loss was reported. 

Police describe the offenders as young black men, between the ages of 15 and 20.  One of the men, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with an approximate weight of 130 pounds, wore a gray skull cap and all dark clothing. The other man was slightly taller, with an estimated height of 6 feet and weight of 150 pounds. He too wore all dark clothing but carried the handgun.   


Armed Robbery

Three men dressed in black with ski masks on their faces approached a Chicago resident, then the tallest man, around 6 feet tall, pulled out a black handgun and took $70 and a gold Apple iPhone 11 from the victim Dec. 20, between 5:40 and 5:50, in the 1100 block of Wesley Avenue. Three men fled on foot southbound on Wesley Avenue towards Roosevelt Road. The total loss is $970. 

A person struck a woman with a stick and grabbed her red bag, which contained various credit and debit cards, a white Apple iPhone 8 and pink-purple wallet Dec. 24, between 6:13 and 6:14, in the 200 block of Lombard Avenue.


Aggravated Assault

A man pulled out a handgun after some Forest Park residents questioned his suspicious behavior Dec. 22, between 6:45 p.m. to 6:48 p.m., in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. The man then fled southbound into an alley.


Residential Burglary

A person entered into an Oak Park residence through an unlocked kitchen window and stole a black MSI laptop computer from the dining room table between 8:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in the 1000 block of Pleasant Place. Total loss is $1,300.

Someone broke into an Oak Park home through an unlocked rear pantry window and stole Christmas presents from the living room, jewelry from the bedroom and liquor from the front room hallway between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 20 in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue. Total loss is unknown.


Motor Vehicle Burglary

Someone opened an unlocked car door and stole 15 gift cards, a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses and two bottles of metformin between 9 p.m. Dec. 24 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 25 in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. Total loss is $1,000.



A man and a woman, both in their 40s, stole multiple packages from the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue; the couple then loaded the packages into the trunk of a white four-door sedan at 2:28 p.m. Dec. 21. The offenders then drove off southbound on Kenilworth Avenue. Total loss is $389.

A vehicle was stolen from the corner of Clarence Avenue and Adams Street between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. The loss is estimated at $10,000.

A vehicle was stolen from the 100 block of Frank Lloyd Wright Lane between 8:15 p.m. and 8:37 p.m. Dec 22. The estimated loss is $18,100.  

Using a key fob, a person stole a vehicle in the 400 block of South Grove Avenue between 10 p.m. Dec. 25 and 5:30 a.m. Dec. 26. Estimated loss is $16,500. 


Criminal damage to property

A person bent the parking gate of the Holley Court parking garage in the 1100 block of Ontario Street between 6 a.m. and 1:26 p.m. Dec. 17. The estimated damage is $1,500.

The gate arm on the south east side of Holley Court parking garage, 1125 Ontario St., also sustained damage Dec. 24, between 11:43 a.m. and 1:02 p.m. The total cost of the damage for that incident is unknown. 


These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Dec. 20-27 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.


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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 3rd, 2020 12:40 PM

The offense is disorderly conduct, if you as a citizen wants to sign a complaint and show up for court. police Not showing up for court could, repeat could, end up in the arrest of the signer for contempt of court.Officers can not be alarmed or disturbed. Perpetrators vanishing into thin air might be using an house or apartment near by to flee to. Unlocked garages are also perfect hiding places. Good luck.

Bryan Rekarson  

Posted: January 3rd, 2020 8:30 AM

Everyone needs to watch themselves and their surroundings along that North Blvd and South Blvd Corridor between Harlem and Austin, especially within a couple of blocks of each CTA stop. I've posted about this before, but this is an absolute breeding ground for crime as the kids come in from the West Side off the L and then hang out and look for victims near the viaducts and along the parked cars. The streets are poorly lit, and it's an easy getaway for them up the train. I've told this story before, but I caught three punks lurking in the stairwell along the east Metra staircase that comes out under the viaduct as I waited for my wife one night, they got scared and pissed and chased me over to the front door of the apartment building while my kids sat in the car and literally shit in their pants watching the situation. Called 911, as the kids got within a five feet of me and had their hands in their coat pocket. Anyone knows the 911t process and how time consuming it is because in detail they ask you to describe assailants, location, etc and the police take ten minutes to arrive. The punks decided to leave. By the time the police arrived, they were long gone and the police couldn't do anything because "nothing happened and no crime was committed". Which, I agree with, but fortunately I had been there at the right time. We read about the car jacking outside Kids Unlimited Therapy last year, the numerous robberies at 7-11 at Euclid and South Blvd, the robbery at Oberweis a few years ago, and I personally witnessed eight kids run out of the Irish Shop a month or two ago and ran into the owner who was chasing after them. It's a shame that we can't feel safe.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: January 2nd, 2020 6:32 PM

Bruce Kline You are correct that I have not attended the board meetings and mainly for on going medical problems the latest having part of Organ removed because of cancer, and then more cancer which was a lot easier. Now the big day starts on Friday, trying to identify more maladies. I do catch as much as I can on VOP 6 and did notice that Trustee Walker-Peddlaktola does not think much about Police, in my opinion. I think she is a Veteran, although not from my time.I know things change although not many on the board gave me the impression that they hold to the standard's we were held to. Integrity, Diligence, Perseverance and Tenacity. After the board fell apart, awhile back, I lost a lot of respect for the position's people hold. Who knows, maybe things will change. I do know the Fire Department and most of the Police Department perform their duties exceptionally

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 2nd, 2020 5:52 PM

I see Tommy that you have not attended any board meetings nor listened to the rantings of Trustee Walker-Peddlaktola and her SJW colleagues. For if you did you would know that what you propose - which was once considered appropriate citizen action - is now according to our SJW board members racist behavior.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: January 2nd, 2020 2:10 PM

Tom MacMillan I have not heard any thing about lowering the force level. If anything, there needs to be an increase based on the increase in population if those high rises get filled. Police are not magical. They patrol, respond quickly to calls and investigate. Your job is to notice or hear anything unusual, and call when some thing is not correct

Tom MacMillan from OAK PARK  

Posted: January 2nd, 2020 1:52 PM

All these guys with guns and ski masks need to know that we are going to re-envision community safety, which should make them realize they can thrive here as our Trustees work to have less police.

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