Armed robbery at CTA station

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Two men robbed a man at gunpoint as he walked from the CTA station at Austin and I-290 about 7 a.m. on Feb. 8. The two robbers yelled to the victim from a black Oldsmobile Alero, and the man approached the vehicle. One of the men in the car — police describe him as black, between the ages of 20 and 30, with dreads, a slim build and all black clothing — displayed a black, rusted handgun with an extended clip and said, "Don't move." He then went through the victim's pocket and stole an Illinois ID card, a CTA card, cash, a smartphone and red headphones. The other robber was described as black, about 20 to 21 years of age, with a slim build and a dark shirt.


Aggravated robbery arrests

Ishmael C.L. Simpson and Javontay J. Kindred, both 19 years old and both of the 1900 block of South Trumbull in Chicago, were arrested in the 300 block of South Clinton at 7:50 p.m. on Feb. 7 and charged with aggravated robbery. Kindred also was charged with an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant for aggravated battery to a school employee.


Recovered stolen motor vehicle

A black 2017 Volvo S90, stolen from Volvo of Oak Park, 1140 Garfield St., on Jan. 26, was recovered by Chicago police in the 5200 block of West Adams in Chicago at 10:36 a.m. on Feb. 8. No apprehensions were made.


Theft of motor vehicle

A Berwyn resident's gold 1999 Chevy S10 pickup was stolen from the 100 block of South Clinton at 11 p.m. on Feb. 7. No additional information was given. 


Burglary from a motor vehicle

A red 2016 Honda Civic was burglarized in the 100 block of South East Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. The burglar took an Anker GPS mount, a black Anker USB charger, a USB cable, and cash. The loss was an estimated $43.75.


Residential burglary

A residence in the 1100 block of North Marion was burglarized at 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 7. The burglar entered the residence through an unlocked rear door and stole an Acer Aspire computer valued at $1,000.



A storage unit in the 400 block of South Euclid was burglarized sometime between 11 a.m. on Feb. 1 and 12:57 p.m. on Feb. 9. The burglar entered the storage unit by removing the door hinges and stole 25 pairs of athletic shoes.


Street racing

Two Chicagoans were arrested by River Forest police and charged with street racing and reckless driving in the 7100 block of North Avenue at 2:04 a.m. on Feb. 4. Police radar showed both cars were traveling 84 mph in a 30 mph zone. The drivers, both in their mid-20s, were also charged with aggravated speeding and other traffic violations.


Retail theft arrest

A 47-year-old Chicago woman was arrested for shoplifting $435 worth of over-the-counter medication from the River Forest Jewel-Osco grocery store, 7525 W. Lake, at 10:11 a.m. on Feb. 6. The responding officers stopped the woman at the corner of Harlem and Ontario and found her in possession of the medication. She was taken into custody and charged with felony retail theft and driving on a suspended license.


Criminal damage to vehicle

A brick was used to damage the rear window of a silver 2007 Pontiac Torrent in the 600 block of Scoville sometime between 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 and 9 p.m. the next day. The loss due to damage was an estimated $500.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Feb. 7-14, 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


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