POLICE BLOTTER: Oak Park cops looking for serial groper

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police are looking for a man they believe has been involved in four separate incidents of sneaking up behind women, touching them inappropriately and then fleeing.

The first incident took place on Wednesday, Aug. 7, right outside Oak Park Village Hall near Lombard Avenue and Madison Street.

The other three took place between 9 and 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 – one at Wesley Avenue near Madison Street and another at Euclid Avenue near Pleasant Street.

In the third incident, the victim told a 911 dispatcher they would file a report at the police station but did not immediately reveal the location of the incident.

The offender was described by one victim as a black male in his 20s, and another victim noted that he was barefoot. He wore a black T-shirt and black shorts. He also was described as clean shaven and about 6 feet tall with a thin build and short hair.

Anyone with information can contact police at 708-386-3800. Tips can be made anonymously at 708-434-1636 or at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.



Oak Park residents were robbed in the 1100 block of South Oak Park Avenue at 7:38 p.m. on Aug. 5. The police summary report did not detail exactly how many Oak Park residents were robbed in the incident.

Two males between the ages of 18 and 20 approached the victims, and one of the offenders said, "Give me what you got in those pockets." The offender then reached into the victim's pockets and removed the male victim's wallet, which contained cash. They also took the male victim's cell phone.

A second offender stood by, holding his hand over his waistband to imply that he had a weapon. Both offenders fled southbound on foot. The estimated loss is $145. Both offenders were described as black. The first offender was 5-foot-9 with a thin build and wearing a black shirt, dark jeans and long braids or dreadlocks. The second offender was 5-foot-7 and wore a gray hoodie with the hood up, a white T-shirt and red pants.

  • A LaGrange Park man was robbed and assaulted in the first block of Lake Street at 6:02 p.m. on Aug. 11. According to the police report, a male juvenile reportedly tried to take the victim's unattended backpack. When the victim confronted the offender to recover his property, the offender and another teenager with him struck the victim and fled with the backpack.

The estimated loss is $1,040. Both offenders were described as black and between the ages of 15 and 18. The first offender was described as between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9, 130 to 150 pounds, with short hair. The first offender wore a black hoodie with a white stripe on the sleeve and black shorts. The second offender wore a blue shirt and gray shorts.



  • Two Chicago juveniles were arrested in the 600 block of Randolph at 5:06 p.m. on Aug. 9 and charged with burglary to a motor vehicle that took place in the 200 block of South Euclid. The police summary report did not indicate when the crime took place.
  • A Chicago juvenile was arrested in the 200 block of Madison Street at 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 10 and charged with two burglaries to motor vehicles, one in the 300 block of South Ridgeland and the other that took place in the 400 block of South Harvey.
  • An Oak Park resident's vehicle was burglarized in the 800 block of Washington Boulevard sometime between 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 7. The offender gained entry by unknown means, ransacked the interior and removed a Garmin GPS unit. The estimated loss is $100.



  • A Maywood resident was the victim of theft while on a CTA train at the Austin Boulevard stop at about 1:20 a.m. on Aug. 10. A woman was sleeping on a Blue Line train when a male and three females, all between the ages of 16 and 19, bumped into her, waking her up.

The victim then observed her wallet missing and then saw the male offender emptying the contents. The offenders then got off the train at the Harlem stop. The estimated loss is $68.

  • A 2017 Kia Forte that was stolen from the 1100 block of Lake Street on Aug. 9, 2019, was recovered by the Maywood Police Department in the 600 block of Randolph Street in Maywood at 10:10 p.m. on Aug. 11. Two people were arrested, according to police, who did not specify if the two had been charged with a crime.
  • A woman, estimated to be between the ages of 30 and 35, stole a shopping cart full of items from Jewel, 438 Madison St. in Oak Park, at 1:58 p.m. on Aug. 7.

The woman abandoned the cart near the intersection of Scoville Avenue and Washington Boulevard but removed four bottles of tequila and fled in a dark SUV, which was driven by a male. The recovered groceries were valued at $171.90. The estimated loss is $59.96.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Aug. 5-12, 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 Timothy Inklebarger


Email: tim@oakpark.com

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