Two men in their 20's held up a man at gunpoint on the Green Line's Ridgeland platform around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2. The two approached the man from behind, and one placed a gun against his back. The victim said he heard the hammer cock, and was told not to move. After the gunman removed a gold chain and bracelet as well as a plastic bag containing three DVDs and a cell phone, the other man removed the victim's wallet, which contained $400 cash, his driver's license and an ATM card. The thieves then told the man to remove his shoes and walk to the other end of the platform. They escaped on an eastbound train.
In another armed robbery that police say has no connection to the above, two men stepped out of a "police like" auto and approached a man near Home Avenue and South Blvd. around 6:30 a.m. The first man verbally accosted the victim. When the other man pointed a handgun at him, the man gave them approximately $70. The pair then re-entered the car and fled southbound on Home.
The Salvation Army store on Roosevelt Road was hit on successive nights, Sept. 26 and 27. Each time $100 was taken from a safe.
David N. Amani, 29, of 400 E. Ohio, Chicago, was arrested by an officer responding to a report of a suspicious person in the 100 block of Wesley Avenue the morning of Sept. 26. Amani reportedly volunteered that he had ingested an illegal substance, and a subsequent custodial search allegedly revealed he possessed drug paraphernalia.
Battery, aggravated assault, etc.
? Keyone Sellars, 17, of 904 S. Oak Park Ave. was arrested last Friday on a signed complaint alleging the battery of a 14 year old River Forest boy in front of the Oak Park Library the afternoon of Sept. 9.
? On Sept. 28 around 5 p.m. an Oak Park juvenile was struck on the side of his head as he left the Dole Library, 255 Augusta Blvd. The assailant, accompanied by two or three other teens, fled on foot.
? A River Forest girl was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic battery after she struck and bit her mother and brother in the 7200 block of Oak Avenue the afternoon of Sept. 26. The girl also wielded a knife, which her brother took from her.
? Police are seeking a 16 year old male who allegedly committed an aggravated assault at the Guitar Fun store, 400 Lake St., the evening of Sept. 26. When the boy opened the front door of the store and yelled profanities, the owner came out and confronted him. The youth then allegedly pulled a chunk of concrete from his pocket, and threw it at the owner, missing him.
? John P. Tuttle, 32, of 236 S. Maple was arrested and charged with battery after allegedly injuring another man by striking his head against a doorway sometime after 3 a.m. Sept. 29.
? Timothy Dalton, 39, of 1221 S. Harlem Ave., Forest Park was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly kicked out the air conditioning unit of a residence in the 1200 block of that street, and yelled profanities around 9 a.m. Sept 27.
? Sasha S. Long, 32, of Waukegan, also known as Simone Jackson, was arrested and charged with felony retail theft the evening of Sept. 29 after she was pulled over several blocks from the Walgreens at 6412 W. Roosevelt Rd. and identified as the person who had allegedly stolen merchandise from the store.
? Around 8 a.m. Sept. 30, Keith Brown allegedly tried to leave the Dominicks store, 259 Lake St., with several items concealed in his coat.
? Later that same day around 4:40 p.m., a man obtained 36 cans of baby formula valued at $161 from a store clerk at the Jewel, 7036 Roosevelt Rd. The man then attempted to "return" the cans for a refund. After being refused, he then left the store with the baby formula without paying for it. He entered a red 2001 Mercury and was driven off.
? Crystal McGee, 22, of Chicago was arrested at the Jewel Store, 7036 W. Roosevelt Rd. the afternoon of Sept. 26 after allegedly attempting to pass a bad check.
? Two days later Kawawal Sandlin Ibrahaim, 27, of 1459 N. Latrobe was arrested after allegedly presenting a bogus check at Bank One, 1048 Lake St.
? A male Chicago juvenile was arrested in the 6000 block of Roosevelt Road the evening of Oct. 2. The boy had reportedly passed counterfeit currency in payment for food items at a grocery store in the 6200 block of Roosevelt.
Obstructing a police officer
Bernard D. Harrison, 18, of 1438 N. Latrobe, Chicago was stopped as a suspicious person the afternoon of Sept. 29 in front of Oak Park and River Forest High School. He allegedly gave the investigating officer multiple fake names.
? Five Chicago juveniles were arrested around 5 p.m. near Austin Blvd. and Jackson after being positively identified as the group that had trespassed earlier at Longfellow School, 715 Highland Ave.
? A River Forest man in the 600 block of Ashland heard noises in the three season room at the front of his house the afternoon of Sept. 29. When he investigated, a 35 year old man, about 5-foot, 10-inches with blondish brown hair and wearing a golf shirt, was rifling through his mail box.
? Someone removed a wallet from a purse as the owners ate at Winberies, 151 N. Oak Park Ave. the afternoon of Sept. 27. Missing was $200, a driver's license and credit cards.
? An unattended and unsecured purse containing $60 was stolen from a classroom at Holmes School, 508 N. Kenilworth.
Sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 28 a garden apartment in the first block of West Chicago Ave. was entered, possibly with a key. Assorted gold and diamond jewelry valued at $2,651 was stolen.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. 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.
A River Forest woman found a tidy sum of money in the vicinity of Lathrop Avenue and Augusta Blvd. last week. Anyone who thinks the money may be theirs and who can describe it can contact the River Forest Police.
?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer
Oak Park vehicles continue to be stolen
Police say September has seen a large number of motor vehicle thefts and burglary to motor vehicles, as well as damage associated with theft and burglary attempts. Four juveniles were arrested last week after being caught in vehicles stolen in Oak Park, and police say they are currently doing an analysis of all incidents to discern an overall pattern.