Armed robber threatens man's life for $170

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The following contains incidents reported to the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Nov. 21 to Nov. 27. 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.

An Oak Park man walking on Division Street between Austin Boulevard and Humphrey Avenue was grabbed around the neck from behind just after 2 a.m. Nov. 24.

A man then asked him, "Do you want to live or die?"

The man then allegedly struck the victim in the head with a dark medium-sized semi-automatic handgun and took the man's wallet. Loss was $170.

Aggravated robbery
Around 1:40 p.m. Nov. 27 on the CTA Blue Line elevated platform east of Harlem Avenue, a robber placed his hand in his pocket, implied he had a handgun, told his victim to give up his money. The man turned over his wallet and a calculator.

Attempted aggravated robbery
An Oak Park woman was approached by three teen-aged assailants before 2 p.m. on Nov. 22 in the 200 block of Flournoy Street. All three had clothes covering their faces. One placed his hand under his coat, implying he had a weapon, and told her to give up her purse. When the victim screamed, all three wannabe robbers fled westbound on Flournoy.

Residential burglary
Sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight Nov. 25, someone kicked the front door in half at a residence in the first block of Van Buren Street. They ransacked the living room, bedroom, and a closet. The loss is as yet undetermined.

? Someone took advantage of an unlocked rear door overnight on Nov. 25 to enter a residence in the 1000 block of Kenilworth Avenue and steal $400 in cash along with assorted credit cards.

? Overnight on Nov. 28, someone broke into a garage on the 100 block of South Taylor and stole a variety of items from a Chevy Trailblazer parked inside, including 280 CDs. Loss was $4,410.

Aggravated battery arrest
Eddie Gooden, 50, of Chicago, was arrested for aggravated battery the afternoon of Nov. 25 after allegedly pushing an nurse to the floor in the West Suburban Hospital emergency room.

Auto theft
Sometime overnight on Nov. 29 someone broke the front window of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee and drove off with it. Loss was $9,000.

Sometime overnight on Nov. 25, someone removed $3,000 from the dresser of a residence in the 1150 block of South Harvey Avenue.

? Around 4:20 Nov. 28, a female customer of the Oak Park Laundromat, 544 Madison, diverted a clerk's attention. Two men then removed $850 from behind the unattended counter, and fled out the back door.

Retail theft
With one acting as a decoy, two men removed 30 DVDs from a display at Madison Video, 500 Madison St., around 3:20 p.m. Nov. 28. Loss was $600.

? Toni Clay, 28, was charged with attempted retail theft, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia Nov. 28 after an alleged theft attempt at the Dominick's at 7501 North Ave., River Forest.

? Tammy Johnson, 34, who was also charged with attempted retail theft in that incident, was found to be wanted in DuPage County for failure to appear at a court date.

? April Johnson was charged with felony retail theft Nov. 23 after being identified as the person who allegedly took a variety of over-the-counter medications valued at over $150 off the shelf and left the CVS Pharmacy, 7929 North Ave., without paying.

Possession of controlled substance
Brian A. Line, 24, was found by police inside a restroom of the Shell station at Austin and Harrison around 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 26. He allegedly had a small piece of Brillo pad placed in a tire gauge, a device sometimes used to ingest drugs. He was also reportedly in possession of a small bag of a substance suspected of being cocaine.

Outside warrant
Johnny L. Smith, 45, of 428 S. Scoville, was stopped for speeding just after 6 p.m. Nov. 26. He was allegedly found to be driving on a suspended license, and to be wanted on an active Cook County Sheriff's warrant for non-payment of child support.

Not exactly getting in the holiday spirit

Kevin Maginnis, 49, of 422 Forest Ave., was arrested the morning Nov. 24 for a Nov. 18 battery at Community Bank of Oak Park. Maginnis reportedly became upset with bank personnel and allegedly head-butted a senior official who attempted to intervene. He has a Dec. 13 court date for that incident.

No word on how an earlier court date went. That one was for allegedly violating a court order of protection on Nov. 12.

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