Two men beat woman in armed robbery | Police Reports Aug. 3-10

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Two men, one armed, reportedly robbed a woman and a man in the 800 block of South Taylor Street, Oak Park, on Aug. 5 at about 4:50 p.m.

According to police, the two offenders began punching the woman and then removed her purse, which contained her passport, cash and a cellphone. The male victim told officers that the offenders took cash and an unknown amount of drugs from his pockets.

Police reports described the first offender as being a Black male with his hair in short twists, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and carrying a black handgun. The second offender was described as being Black and wearing a blue jacket with a black shirt. The two offenders were with two females. All four fled the scene in an unknown direction. 



  • Someone broke the glass to the front door of Grape Leaves Restaurant, 100 S. Oak Park Ave., then unlocked the door and took cash from the register between during the overnight hours of Aug. 5-6. The estimated loss was $1,520.50. 
  • Someone broke into a residential garage in the 1000 block of South Ridgeland Avenue through a side service door sometime between 4 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 6 and removed a women's black Schwinn bicycle with attached milk crate, a black and red Coleman 3.5-horsepower go-cart, Husky power tools and black 14-by-8-inch speakers.
  • Someone took a yellow women's Trek 7100 bicycle from an unlocked garage in the 1100 block of South Elmwood Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. on Aug. 6. The bike later was located in the 900 block of South Elmwood Avenue and returned to the victim.
  • Someone broke into a home, possibly through an unlocked living room window, in the 300 block of North Maple Avenue between 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 4:40 a.m. on Aug. 7 and then ransacked the interior and took cash. The estimated loss is $10,000.
  • Someone broke into an unlocked vehicle parked in the 200 block of Pleasant Street between 8 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 8:45 a.m., on Aug. 8 and took a gray United Airlines backpack containing a pair of sunglasses in a black leather case, a passport, work identification, a wooden case, a blue wallet and miscellaneous paperwork. Estimated loss is $130.
  •  Someone broke into an unlocked vehicle between 5 p.m. on Aug 6 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 7 in the 200 block of Pleasant Street and took a USB cable, prescription glasses, masks and cash. 
  • Someone broke into an unlocked vehicle parked in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue between 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 7 and removed a black Adidas backpack containing a driver's license and debit card.



  • Someone removed a package containing a blue Annabella brand sofa bed from a residence in the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue between 2:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., July 30. The estimated loss is $299.
  • Someone cut the catalytic converter from a Honda CRV parked in the 900 block of South Taylor Avenue during the overnight hours of Aug. 7-8. Estimated loss is $1,200.
  • Someone removed the passenger side mirror from a red 2006 Porsche Cayenne parked in a lot in the 600 block of South Austin Boulevard between 6:30 p.m. on July 31 and 1 a.m. on Aug. 6. Estimated loss is $1,000.
  • A woman and a man took cash out of a Chicago resident's hands in the first block of Madison Street at 4:13 p.m. on Aug. 7. The estimated loss is $400.
  • Someone took an unlocked green and yellow Schwinn Merata sports bike with attached black basket during the overnight hours of Aug. 7-8 in the 700 block of North Marion Street. Estimated loss is $400.
  • A man was observed removing an orange Mongoose mountain bike from underneath a porch in the 600 block of North Humphrey Avenue at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. The estimated loss is $300.



These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Aug. 3- Aug. 10 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 Stacey Sheridan

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Alice Caputo  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 6:20 PM

I don't find any of this amusing. It can happen to anybody in Oak Park if they are willing to shut down their computer and go outside. Personally I am very happy to have my CCL even though summer apparel makes it more difficult to conceal at times.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 5:51 PM

I am hopeful that some of those that live in fear leave this town ASAP before all the baddies come get you. I read that all the police are being removed and that crime is actually encouraged now. That's only the case for black people attacking older white people though so get out now!!

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 4:23 PM

No one knows for sure if this was a drug "deal." What it appears more likely to be is the woman was target by people who knew she was carrying lots of cash and whatever drugs she had. I'm no expert, but I have read around 60 federal drug operation indictments, I can tell you with almost total certainty that they don't involve a woman with cash and drugs in her purse.

Ken Van Spankerswanson  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 3:55 PM

that escalated quickly. @ Kevin, i did not read the online police report, just the reporting here. Question with WJ, why would you leave the details that Kevin reports out of the news blurb? Last, drug deal gone bad, does not change the fact that it happened, where it happened (proximity to police stations) or the time of day that it happened. @Bryan, from OPRF (and as it seems Montrose California) savages and animals? Are you the guy from the Home Alone fake movie scene?

Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 2:42 PM

No Tom. The key take away is if you happen to see something like this in Oak Park assume it's a mere business dispute amongst pharmaceutical entrepreneurs. Really nothing to see here. Move along ? into your home ?" and by all means gather up the kids ?" and hunker down. Perhaps change your diaper ?" since it may need changing ?" and grab a warm bottle of milk to soothe one's nerves. But for the God's sake, don't call the police, because you know it's none of their business or yours.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 2:00 PM

@ Kevin Peppard: If you see this was an illegal drug issue why would anyone in that line of work expose themselves to any type of police attention? Just asking.

Bryan Rekarson from OPRF  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 1:36 PM

Unfortunately, when society deems it necessary to abolish laws, rules, and order, or decides not to adhere to the laws, rules, and orders in-place (or perhaps only apply those to certain people), then we have anarchy. $15,000 a year in taxes, and the streets are ruled by savages and animals. Had someone send me a message yesterday telling me how their 11-year old was jumped outside of Holmes school and his bike stolen, and he's been traumatized for almost a year. I've told the story about my buddy who interceded when two thugs tried to jump his wife coming down the backstairs of the Metra platform and how they chased him over to the apartment lobby on North Blvd while his kids sat in the car watching, literally defecating in their pants. We've seen the story of the young family that was carjacked at gunpoint in the Village parking lot next to the developmental learning center near Cucina Paradiso. That was about two years ago, maybe a bit more. They're still struggling with that incident. And the leftist hacks on the Board want to defund the police? Get out of here with that garbage. Our investments in our homes in this Village lose value, in addition to the obvious decrease in quality of life and peace of mind, unless the Police can do their job. Apologies to anyone who is offended by that.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 12:01 PM

Good point Kevin. So it was just a typical drug deal gone bad, involving the beating of a woman, in broad daylight, in a residential family neighborhood. Just another day in Oak Park. And the key take away is, if you see something like this happening, don't call the police, because it gives Trustee Walker something to complain about if the police try to help. Just pull the kids in off the street, hunker down in case gun fire starts, and ride it out.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 7:39 AM

Exactly. Just as the far left sometimes make claims that fall apart upon further examination, the right can over react to situations without really examining it. Would be interesting to see the full incident report.

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: August 18th, 2020 12:28 AM

Read between the lines here.. The online police report says $4,000 was taken. Sure, that;s walking around money for McDonald's. The victims, one of whom had a bunch of "drugs" stolen (probably not Tylenol from Walgreen's), refused to give their addresses. Does someone routinely carry their passport in a purse? It happened in broad daylight. Perhaps it was an Chicago dispute spilled over and everybody knew each other. We'll never know, since the victims refused to cooperate

Ken Van Spankerswanson  

Posted: August 17th, 2020 6:59 PM

wow 800 s. taylor AKA the Harrison Street Arts district a few short blocks form the OP Village Hall Police station and the Austin and Harrison Police Sub station. And between the two Austin Ave L stops. Crooks are getting bold. Funny thing, i see fewer and fewer OP Police driving around lately.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 17th, 2020 1:10 PM

A woman is beaten in broad daylight on a residential street, and no one comments, because they are more worried about police stops, not arrests, but stops. The priorities in this town are crazy. I hope the victim can recover. I hope we get rid of the bad Village Trustees we are stuck with. Meanwhile, watch out while walking in town, but don't call the police or a Trustee will complain about you.

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