Two young men carjack VW Jetta on S. Maple Ave. in Oak Park

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

A vehicular hijacking was carried out by two unknown offenders on the 100 block of S. Maple Ave. in Oak Park at just after 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

A woman was approached by two young men as she stood next to her silver Volkswagen Jetta. The first suspect asked her for a ride, and when she refused his request, stated: "What if I have a gun, will you give me your car?"

She then tossed her keys in the suspect's direction and quickly moved away from the scene. The two offenders entered the vehicle and drove away in an unknown direction.

The first suspect was described as a black male between the age of 19 and 20, 5 feet 10 and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a puffy black hooded jacket. The second suspect was described as a black male, 20 years old, 6 feet tall and 150 pounds, last seen wearing dark clothing.

The estimated loss was $15,000.

"It's under investigation," said Oak Park Police Department Commander LaDon Reynolds. He said the car hijacking appears to be unrelated to another hijacking incident that took place on Jan. 10. "From what I'm seeing the descriptions are not similar. We have not connected it," he said.

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Ignorance is bliss  

Posted: January 31st, 2011 11:30 AM

Megan- It would do you well to remember that we like to live in ignorance. Please do not to inform us of crime so that we are safer. Instead just gloss over it, pretend it never happened. You go girl! Regular WJ Reader from Oak Park- Go slap yourself.

OP Resident from Marvin Gaye .. se.ual healing  

Posted: January 30th, 2011 7:52 PM

Point proved VA. Try craigslist rants and raves.

Violet Aura  

Posted: January 30th, 2011 7:12 PM

@GM: ((facepalm)) You honestly didn't detect any sarcasm in that person's post? Oy vey...

GM, Oak Park Resident  

Posted: January 30th, 2011 6:18 PM

The 'Regular WJ Reader from Oak Park' is reminding journalists to NOT report crime... "We want people to feel safe.." What fairytale land are you living in? That is absolutely absurd, in my opinion. When people are threatened by weapons, beaten, and having vehicles stolen; there is reason for concern and extra caution. Stick to fairytales and lullabies if you are looking for "warm and fuzzy." True news reporting will have positive and negative information.

OP Resident  

Posted: January 28th, 2011 1:12 AM

Serious crime earns serious time. These two fools are set on a path that ends inside a prison. Thankfully, no one was physically injured but the emotional scar will be lasting.

Rebecca H. from Oak Park  

Posted: January 27th, 2011 10:36 PM

Violent crimes happen in your backyard; it happened in mine. Check out the crime scene block by block in the OP police website. Our police can only do so much. Not about resources more so about location and the degredaton of societal norm; as in STEALING and LYING is WRONG.

Lucky from River Forest  

Posted: January 27th, 2011 9:04 PM

It is absurd to hide the crimes that occur. What we individually and collectively do with the information is what's key. Be knowledgeable, with the help of accurate reporting, and simply be aware instead of afraid. Hiding information doesn't get us anywhere. Use intuition and wisdom, then act accordingly.

Joan from Oak Park  

Posted: January 27th, 2011 6:03 PM

Megan, Thanks for keeping us informed. I like a balnce of warm and fuzzy and harsh reality. If I hear about crime I can take better precaution to keep myself safe. I won't live in fear and I will be prepared for potential difficulty.

Regular WJ Reader from Oak Park  

Posted: January 27th, 2011 3:56 PM

Megan- Welcome to the WJ. Thanks for the story, but I would like to remind you that here in Oak Park we have a long history of our journalists not reporting crime (particuarly violent crime) that occurs in our village. We want people to feel safe. I know you're new, but please stick to reporting on things that are warm and fuzzy. We don't want to frighten anyone.

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