BLOTTER: Oak Park police nab suspected groper

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department has arrested a Chicago man and charged him with one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident on Monday, Aug. 12, where he allegedly groped a woman from behind.

The man reportedly grabbed a woman's buttocks and fled on foot, but video surveillance of the incident led to the man's arrest.

Wednesday Journal newspaper does not report the names of those charged with misdemeanors.

Oak Park police say the description of the man arrested matches the description of the man who groped four other women in Oak Park earlier this month. The man was arrested after being pulled over by police for a traffic violation on Aug. 13.

Police report that none of the five victims could identify the man, but he reportedly implicated himself in the Aug. 12 incident after being stopped by police.

He also was charged with one count of driving on a revoked license.

The Aug. 12 incident took place just after 8 a.m. The victim was walking south on Humphrey Avenue from South Boulevard, when she saw the man cross the street, come up from behind her and grope her.

A private video surveillance camera captured images of both the man matching the description given by the victim and a white sedan believed to be owned by the offender.

The other four incidents took place earlier this month – one on Aug. 7 near Lombard Avenue and Madison Street and three on Aug. 9.

One of the victims did not file a police report. The other two incidents took place on Wesley Avenue near Madison Street and on Euclid Avenue near Pleasant Street.



  • A Chicago juvenile was arrested in the 100 block of Adams Street at 7:44 p.m. on Aug. 19 and charged with an armed robbery that took place in the 200 block of Madison Street. No additional information was immediately available.
  • Ian Scott-Stone, 36, of the 100 block of Rockford Ave., Forest Park, was arrested in the 300 block of Marion Street at 10:19 p.m. on Aug. 14 and charged with an aggravated robbery that occurred in the 100 block of North Grove Avenue. No additional information was provided.



  • An office in the 700 block of Lexington Street was burglarized sometime between 4:36 and 8:42 a.m. on Aug. 17. The offender removed an air-conditioning unit from the window to gain entry to the business. The offender then ransacked the office and took a cellphone, $50 in cash, $150 in foreign currency and a checkbook. The estimated loss is $910.
  • An apartment was burglarized in the 1000 block of Washington Boulevard sometime between 7:52 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 14. The offender entered through an open window and stole jewelry, a Nintendo Switch, a PlayStation 4, several video games and $400 in cash. The estimated loss is $10,810.



  • A Chicago resident was the victim of theft at 3:55 p.m. on Aug. 17 in the 1000 block of North Boulevard. The victim was approached by the offender, who took the victim's cellphone from their hand and then fled on foot. The estimated loss is $850.
  • Several recycling bins were stolen from an alley in the 1000 block of Forest at about 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 17. The offenders were seen driving a white van and placing large unknown items in the back of the van.


Unlawful use of a weapon

A 20-year-old Maywood man was arrested in the 300 block of South Euclid Avenue in Oak Park at noon on Aug. 18 and charged with unlawful use of a weapon. No additional information was provided.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Aug. 12-19, 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



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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 27th, 2019 1:21 PM

What? do you mean to tell me that the armed robber fled the area with a ten year old in a auto and the ten year old was not placed in a childs seat? In Oak Park! This man must be hunted down.

Nick Polido  

Posted: August 27th, 2019 4:52 AM

you missed the 10 year old car jacker in Oak Park

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