Teen arrested for theft in Austin Gardens

Oak Parker struck another teenager with branch in theft

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police arrested a 15-year-old Oak Park resident for striking another teen with a tree branch in Austin Gardens park and stealing his cell phone on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Both the victim and offender were identified by police as students at Oak Park River Forest High School.

The 17-year-old victim was sitting on a bench at the park, 167 Forest Ave., at about 3:30 p.m., when he saw the 15-year-old approaching carrying a tree branch.

The victim started to walk away and then began running, according to police. That's when the offender gave chase and began striking him on the back with the tree branch. The victim was wearing a backpack and was not hurt, but eventually dropped his phone.

The offender picked up the phone and fled the scene.

A witness to the attack called 911, and police located him near the scene of the crime, where the victim identified him as the attacker. Police also found the victim's cell phone in the area.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Brent R Jones  

Posted: February 2nd, 2018 9:11 AM

And the offender being 15 will suffer no punishment. How long before one of these thieves is shot by a victim?

Jacek Lazarczyk  

Posted: February 1st, 2018 3:24 PM

When I close my eyes, I see the offender as a white boy, wearing plaid shirt, khaki pants and rimmed glasses; the victim a much taller boy of mixed Asian and South American heritage; and the witness, making a call, a young African American woman. There, the racial harmony in Oak Park has been restored.

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