Assault, battery by local juveniles leads to gun charges

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?  The following contains incidents reported to the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Nov 28 to Dec. 5. 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 juvenile was attacked by three other juveniles on Dec. 4. The assailants approached the victim near the corner of Chicago Avenue and Austin Boulevard around 10:45 p.m. and asked him, "Do you got any money?" When the boy answered no, he was punched in the jaw. After falling to the ground, the other boys continued to hit him. According to police, the victim then pulled a handgun and fired one shot into the air, scattering his assailants. After he was taken to the station for questioning in the assault, police determined that the shot had been fired.

He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm, possession of a firearm without an FOID card, and possession of ammunition without an FOID card.

"These were all Oak Park kids who know each other," said Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Robert Scianna. Scianna said that there had been bad blood between several of the boys.

Armed robbery
A man asked to see a necklace at Talbot's, 7341 W. Lake St., River Forest, around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. He then pulled a gun and robbed the clerk of $200 in cash.

Jeffrey E. Roer, 20, allegedly snatched a woman's purse in the parking lot of the Jewel store on Lake Street around 8 a.m. on Dec. 4. He was caught
after a brief foot chase, and charged with robbery, as well as criminal damage to property for kicking in a fence trying to escape.

? On the morning of Dec. 2 two men grabbed a woman's purse while she walked near Lombard and Flournoy. She fell to the ground and the thieves fled, but dropped the purse when pursued by a witness.

Domestic battery
Ronald Tripp, 42, of 506 S. Cuyler Ave., was arrested after allegedly knocking out a woman's tooth during an argument late on Dec. 4. Tripp, who, according to the Cook County State's Attorney, has previous convictions, including domestic battery and resisting arrest, is in Cook County jail in lieu of $2,000 bond.

Theft of motor vehicle
An unlocked door and key in the ignition allowed someone to simply drive off in a 2001 Dodge Ram Van around 11:30 a.m., Nov. 30. The van contained various mechanical parts and tools.

? A 2001 Olds Silhouette van was left parked with the motor running in a driveway in the 1100 block of South Lyman just after 9 a.m., Dec. 1. It was subsequently stolen. It was recovered the following morning, undamaged, in Downers Grove.

Burglary to/theft from auto
There were 15 more car burglaries or thefts from autos in Oak Park and River Forest last week, with total losses approaching $10,000. Sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight, Nov. 29, someone cut the canvas top of a Jeep Wrangler parked in a lot in the 100 block of North Marion Street. They stole 40 CDs, a digital camera, sunglasses and the vehicle sticker. Loss was $1,370. And overnight on Dec. 4, someone entered an unlocked Mercedes in the 200 block of Ridgeland and stole $700 in cash, some gold earrings and miscellaneous checks.

Residential burglary
Sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 29, someone bent the latch of an exterior storm door, then smashed a 30-by-30-inch stained glass window to gain entrance to a home in the 1150 block of South Wesley Ave. They ransacked the interior and stole a sum of cash, several checks, and assorted jewelry. There is no loss estimate yet.

? Sometime between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 2 burglars broke into two apartments in the 1000 block of Washington Boulevard using a pry tool to break through front doors. In one, an undetermined amount of jewelry was stolen. In the other, thieves ransacked the living room and took a DVD player, a Playstation, and jackets and shoes. Loss was $1,350.

Attempted burglary
Two Oak Park juveniles were arrested after being observed by police attempting to enter Lincoln School, 1111 S. Grove Ave., through a locked window the morning of Dec. 5. The pair were also charged with a burglary at the school that occurred the day before. In addition, one of the boys confessed to an earlier residential urglary in the 1100 block of South Grove.

Someone stole $1,386 in cash between Nov 27 and Nov. 29 from the McDonald's fast food restaurant at 111 Madison St. The money was supposed to have been deposited in a safety box.

Retail Theft
A man assessing a diamond ring in a jewelry store at 1117 Lake St. the afternoon of Nov. 29 ran out of the store when the clerk buzzed two other people through the locked door. Loss was $7,900.

? There were 10 other incidents of retail theft last week, five each in Oak Park and River Forest. Security at the Dominick's grocery store, 7501 W. North Ave., arrested David Ortiz, 31, for alleged retail theft and battery when he resisted store employees attempting to restrain him.

Frank R. McClam, 26, of Chicago was allegedly observed removing a shoestring from his arm as he drove westbound in the 100 block of Madison around 10 a.m. Nov. 29. Police reportedly determined that he had been shooting heroin into his hand. He allegedly was in possession of six hypodermic syringes, a cooking instrument, and two clear plastic baggies.


A cry for help?
Derrick D. Hunt, 26, was arrested for allegedly urinating in front of the Walgreens in River Forest Town Center just before 7 p.m., Dec. 2. Police then discovered that Hunt was wanted on an outstanding Chicago retail theft warrant. Two days later, Hunt was again arrested, this time for the alleged theft of a box of Tide laundry detergent from the Jewel store, 7525 Lake St.

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