Illiterate, illegible bank robber caught after foot chase

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Duwayne Allen, 42, of 5458 W. Kamerling, Chicago, allegedly walked into the Park National Bank branch, 6011 North Ave. the afternoon of Jan. 10, and handed the teller a note. However, the handwriting and spelling were so poor the teller couldn't read it. When she hesitated, Allen allegedly demanded money from her. The teller handed out a total of $2,285, but before Allen could reach the bank's front door, she informed an off-duty Oak Park police officer working security about the robbery.

The cop chased Allen across Austin Boulevard into Chicago as he called the robbery in to Oak Park police on his radio. Allen reportedly threw some of the cash on the ground, hoping to slow the cop down. However, as the officer stopped to pick up the discarded cash, responding Chicago police arrived and caught Allen near a house on the 1500 block of North Mason Avenue. Allen reportedly dropped the remaining $1,680 in cash on a porch before being arrested. According to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court, Allen told arresting police, "the money's on the porch. I don't got no gun."

Allen's note, which he left at the bank, and which is now evidence against him, reportedly said, among other things, "I gut a bomd."


Darell Willis, 28, of 3210 W. Arthington, Chicago, was arrested on the 1100 block of North Menard Avenue the evening of Jan. 7 after being identified as the person who grabbed an Oak Park woman, placed his hand over her mouth, and took her laptop computer and a wallet containing $22.

The afternoon of Jan. 11, two men approached an Oak Park woman walking on the 1100 block of Madison, implied they had a gun, said, "Give it up," and took her cellphone and $210 in cash.

Two youths in their mid- to late-teens walked up to an Oak Park man walking out of his home on the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard, the evening of Jan. 13, and punched him in the head and the mouth. When the pair demanded the man's wallet, he ran back into his home.


Two men purporting to be utility workers entered a residence in the 900 block of Wisconsin Avenue, the afternoon of Jan. 11. After the men left, the owner noticed that $1,000 in cash was missing from a box in the kitchen.

Someone entered an unlocked apartment in the first block of Washington Boulevard, the afternoon of Jan. 10, and stole jewelry reportedly valued at $5,770.

Sometime during the day, Jan. 7, someone entered a home on the 500 block of South Humphrey Avenue and stole two laptop computers, valued at $1,100.

Someone entered a residence on the 1200 block of North Humphrey Avenue, Jan. 6-9, and stole tools and a ladder, valued in total at $570.

Someone broke into a car on the 1150 block of South Grove Avenue, Jan. 7-9 and stole a GPS device, valued at $770.


Laron T. Yarbrough, 53, of 255 Marion St. was allegedly observed stealing a wallet belonging to a Forest Park man off a counter in the Dunkin Donuts at Circle and Harlem avenues in Forest Park, the morning of Jan. 11. Yarbrough then left the business but was apprehended on the 1100 block of South Boulevard in Oak Park.

David W. Miller, 51, of 1801 S. Wabash, allegedly placed several DVDs in a plastic bag while in Borders Books, 1144 Lake Street, and left without paying, the afternoon of Jan. 10. He was arrested on the Marion Street CTA platform.

Someone entered a business at 1144 Lake St. via an unlocked door, the afternoon of Jan. 7, and stole computer equipment, valued at $2,790.

An Oak Park woman had a digital camera, cellphone and leather purse, valued in total at $855, stolen from her unlocked locker in a gym at 1114 Lake St., the afternoon of Jan. 9.

Sometime between Dec. 20 and Jan. 1, someone entered an office in Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., and stole $300 in cash and assorted checks.

A cellphone was stolen from an unlocked locker inside Oak Park and River Forest High School, the afternoon of Jan. 8.

Fifteen feet of copper gutter, valued at $500, was stolen from a garage on the 1100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue sometime, Jan. 9-12.

Two sections of copper downspout, valued at over $300, were stolen from a home on the 800 block of Bonnie Brae, overnight on Jan. 6.


Eric W. Robinson, 28, of Harwood Heights, was allegedly observed driving recklessly near Austin Boulevard and Division Street around 5 a.m., Jan. 13. Police caught up with him on the 400 block of Madison Street, where he was allegedly observed stumbling near his vehicle. Police say both license plates on his car were registered to another vehicle, which had been reported stolen. Robinson reportedly failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level over .08, was driving on a suspended license and had no insurance.

Kyle A. Simon, was stopped near Augusta and Monroe in River Forest for an alleged traffic offense around 1:30 a.m., Jan. 8. He was allegedly found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.


Matthew McGovern, 18, of Buffalo Grove was reportedly found slumped over the steering wheel of a car with a needle in his arm, the afternoon of Jan. 8, in River Forest Town Center. McGovern was taken to the hospital, and police say they found brown powder that field-tested positive for heroin.

Outside warrant

Lamont Jackson was stopped by police after allegedly hanging around the parking lot of the Mobil Mini-Mart, 734 N. Harlem Ave. and looking inside. A name check determined he was wanted by the Cook County Sheriff on a burglary warrant.

Aggravated assault

William A. Hodges, 18, of 120 N. Oak Park Ave., was a passenger in a car stopped, the afternoon of Jan. 12, following a report of a person with a gun. An air pistol was allegedly recovered from under the car's seat, and Hodges was identified as the person who had pointed what looked like a gun at another youth.

Criminal trespass

Bernard J. Thomas, 50, of 625 N. Harlem Ave., was arrested the afternoon of Jan. 11 after allegedly returning to Borders Books, 1144 Lake St., after being told not to return there.

Dvorak Worthy, 41, of Bellwood, was arrested for criminal trespass, the afternoon of Jan. 9, after allegedly entering the lobby of 1144 Lake St. despite being warned not to return there.

Outside warrant

Ray Gatlin, 45, was reportedly taking pallets from behind the Dominick's, 259 Lake St., the afternoon of Jan. 9. A name check reportedly revealed Gatlin was wanted by DuPage County authorities on a theft warrant, and by the Illinois Department of Corrections for a parole violation.

Emanuel F. Cox, 36, of Westchester, was reportedly involved in a disturbance at the main Oak Park library, the afternoon of Jan. 7. A name check reportedly turned up a probation violation for theft.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan. 7 to Jan. 14. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Bill Dwyer

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