Police nab one of four from August carjacking

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police have arrested a man accused of working with a group of three other men to steal a Cicero man's car at gunpoint in the 1100 block of South Cuyler on Aug. 10.

Devonta Thompson, 20, of the 2200 block of West Adams in Chicago, was arrested in the 3100 block of West Flournoy at 9:40 a.m. on Oct. 6 and charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking.

The police report from August notes that the victim was sitting in his running white Honda Accord when he was surround by three other vehicles — two dark sedans, one of them possibly a Nissan, and a silver or white Honda sedan. One man pointed a handgun at the victim, while a second man exited his vehicle, approached the victim's driver's side door, pointed a handgun at him and demanded the vehicle.

The man drove away in the victim's Accord followed by the other three vehicles. They made off with his wallet and phone as well for an estimated loss of $16,000.


Vehicular hijacking

The driver of a silver 2006 Cadillac STS was carjacked at gunpoint in the 900 block of North Humphrey at 11:35 p.m. on Oct. 7. A man opened the driver's side door, pointed a semi-automatic handgun and asked, "Do you want to die or give up your car?" He then pulled the driver from the car and fled in the vehicle. The estimated loss is $5,000.


Divvy bike stolen

A man stole an unsecured blue Divvy bike from the docking station in the 800 block of Oak Park Avenue at 12:45 a.m. on Oct. 7. The estimated loss is $1,200.


Criminal defacement

Someone sprayed letters in red on a garage in the 400 block of North Harvey at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8.



  • A woman was the victim of robbery in the 100 block of Le Moyne Parkway at 7:55 p.m. on Oct. 8. A man described as in his late 20s or early 30s grabbed the woman's purse as he walked past her on the sidewalk. The purse contained a wallet, a Canadian driver's license, credit cards, and both U.S. and Canadian currency. The man was described as black, 6 feet tall, with a thin build, and wearing a light-colored skull cap, a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
  • A man was the target of a robbery in the 800 block of Pleasant Street at 7:05 p.m. on Oct. 3. A man described as in his late teens approached the victim and told him to take everything out of his pockets or else he would shoot him. The victim then punched the robber in the face and knocked him to the ground. The victim fled to his residence. No loss was reported.


Just kidding

A Broadview man was the victim of assault on the CTA Blue Line train. Two men entered the train at the Oak Park stop, and one of them asked the victim if he could use his phone, which the victim allowed. The second man then asked the victim if he had change for a $20 bill. The victim said he did not, so the man said, "Man, I'm going to blow you away right now," while putting his right hand in his right pocket. The first man gave the victim back his phone and said the other man was joking. All three men exited the train at the Harlem stop.



  • A residence in the 200 block of South Oak Park Avenue was the target of an attempted burglary at 2:40 p.m. on Oct. 4. The offender attempted to enter the residence with a pry tool after knocking on the door twice, which the victim did not answer. The victim heard the burglar attempting to enter the residence and yelled, "Who is this?" The offender then fled the scene.
  • A burglar was interrupted by a babysitter in a residence in the 700 block of South Maple at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. The burglar entered the residence through a rear basement door. He was spotted by the babysitter, who reported hearing the door slam as she went to alert the child's mother. No loss was reported.
  • The Oak Park Apartments, 35 Chicago Ave., was burglarized at 6:04 a.m. on Oct. 2. A man used a baseball bat to break five windows to the storefront. The burglar then reached in and grabbed a security camera before fleeing in a gray Honda Accord southbound on Austin Boulevard. The estimated loss is $6,100.



A Chicago woman was the victim of theft in the 100 block of South Clinton at 3 p.m. on Oct. 2. A young man between the ages of 15 and 20 approached her while she was sitting on the concrete stoop of the building and grabbed an iPhone 7 out of her hand and fled westbound on South Boulevard. The estimated loss is $600.


Aggravated battery and warrant arrest

Cassidy Whitcomb, 29, of the 4600 block of North Sheridan in Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue and charged with aggravated battery at 4:46 p.m. on Oct. 5. He also was arrested for an active Oak Park warrant for retail theft.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Oct. 2-9, 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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