A customer at the BP gas station at Harrison Street and Austin Boulevard was pumping gas, around 6 p.m. Aug. 10, when a man with a tattoo on his neck reached through the open window and displayed a kitchen knife. The victim told police the man snatched a $100 bill from the driver's hand and fled eastbound into Columbus Park.
He was an ambitious shopkeeper who parlayed his understanding of women's shopping trends into a fortune, and she was a former teen customer, 20 years his junior, daughter of a real estate tycoon. The scene was 1870 Chicago, the beginning of the "Gilded Age."
After three recent strong-arm robberies of pedestrians along the east edge of River Forest, a beefed-up police patrol was in the right place at the right time when a fourth victim was attacked Aug. 10 around 3:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Bonnie Brae.
A former Oak Park and River Forest High School student who was nabbed in 2011 by Oak Park police in an apartment filled with more than 200 stolen electronic devices from cell phones to calculators -- plus cocaine and a handgun -- pled guilty May 29 and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Banging sounds around 6 a.m. coming from the mudroom in their home in the 100 block of Park Boulevard alerted River Forest residents, who found an unknown 30-year-old Chicago man in their house, Aug. 4.
Former Oak Parker Geoff Binns-Calvey is used to creating magic in photographs. When a Chicago ad agency is shooting a commercial featuring sizzling hamburgers, for example, food stylists cook the burgers to precisely the right appearance.
Police said a woman standing in an alley about to enter her apartment near Harrison Street and Lyman Avenue was attacked by a male and a female who knocked her to the ground around 10:20 p.m. on July 18.