Two armed carjackings in three days in Oak Park

Both incidents took place around 6 p.m.

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Parkers were the victims of two armed carjackings in three days, both in the early evening – one in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue and another in the 100 block of North Harvey Avenue.

 

North Harvey Avenue

Two Oak Parkers under the age of 18 were robbed at gunpoint while sitting in their parked and running 2018 Mazda 3 in a garage in the 100 block of North Harvey at 6:20 p.m. on Dec. 1.

The two youths were approached by three males, two of whom were described as being between the ages of 15 and 19 and a third for whom there was no description.

One of the offenders — described as a black male, about 5-9 to 5-11, 130 to 140 pounds and wearing a white and blue surgical mask and black hooded sweatshirt — opened the driver's side door, pointed a black handgun at the driver and demanded the driver exit the vehicle.

The other offender — described as a black male between 5-8 and 5-10, 130 to 140 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and an afro-style haircut — opened the passenger's side door, pointed a black handgun, demanded the passenger's cellphone and ordered the victim to exit the vehicle.

The three offenders then entered and fled in the vehicle in an unknown direction.

The police report notes that the first victim also left a cellphone in the Mazda. 

The vehicle was recovered a short time later by Chicago police in the 200 block of North Central, in Chicago. No arrests were made.

The loss from the theft of the cellphones is an estimated $1,900.

 

Highland Avenue

The armed carjacking took place almost at the exact same time of day, about 6:15 p.m., but three days earlier.

The victim, an Oak Park woman, was approached by four males, all described as in their teens or early 20s, while sitting in her white 2017 Ford Escape.

One of the offenders displayed a gray handgun and told the victim to leave her purse and cellphone on the front seat. She exited the vehicle and the four offenders entered and fled.

The vehicle was later located by Oak Park and Chicago police, but no arrests were made. Police did not say where the vehicle was located in its summary report of the recovery.

The four offenders were described as black males. The offender with the gun wore a dark hooded sweatshirt with a dark vest over it.

tim@oakpark.com

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