13-year-old abducted, attacked in Oak Park | Police reports Jan. 29-Feb. 5

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department is searching for a man they say attacked and abducted a 13-year-old girl in the 600 block of Washington Boulevard at 4 p.m. on Feb. 5.

The girl told police that a man she did not know grabbed her from behind and carried her to a red Toyota parked nearby.

Police say she was able to flee from the vehicle and run to a friend's house where she called police.

She was then taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital and treated. The girl was later released to her mother.

The girl described the abductor as a male of mixed race who stood about 6-foot tall. She could not give any additional description, police report.

Anyone with information can contact police at 708-386-3800 or anonymously at 708-434-1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.

Attacked with tree branch

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

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

The 17-year-old victim was sitting on a bench at the park, 167 Forest Ave., 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 cellphone in the area.

Couple robbed at gunpoint

A man and woman were robbed at gunpoint while walking near the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Carpenter Avenue at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, Oak Park police report.

The couple, a 47-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man, were walking east on Jackson, when two men approached them from behind.

One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded money. The couple handed over a wallet with $80 and the robbers fled west on Jackson.

Police said no one was injured in the incident.

The suspects were described as thin, black and wearing dark clothing. One was between 5-8 and 5-10 in height, the other between 5-6 and 5-8.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact police at 708-386-3800 or anonymously at 708-434-1636 and online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.


Theft

A silver 2008 Mercury Mariner, left running with the keys in the ignition, was stolen from the 900 block of South Lyman Avenue about 10:23 a.m. on Feb. 2. A cellphone also was in the vehicle. The estimated loss is $5,000.

Burglary

A building was burglarized in the 200 block of Harrison sometime between 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 and 8 a.m. on Feb. 1. The burglar gained entry to the residence by forcing open a rear door to the building and then stole miscellaneous construction tools. The estimated loss is $3,015.

Damion Jones, 25, of the 1200 block of North Mason Avenue in Chicago, was arrested in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard at 6:54 a.m. on Jan. 30 and charged with residential burglary, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint and criminal damage to property. No additional detail was given.

A vehicle was burglarized in the 300 block of North Oak Park Avenue sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 3. The thief stole the victim's car keys from his unattended jacket and used them to enter the vehicle, which was then ransacked. Missing is $7.

 

Criminal damage

Someone shattered the driver's side window of a vehicle in the 600 block of South Lombard Avenue sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 30. The estimated loss due to damage is $200.

A 28-year-old Chicago resident, of the 4900 block of West Byron, was arrested in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard for criminal damage to property that occurred at 12:40 a.m. on Jan. 30. No details were given.

An unknown projectile was used to damage the glass window at Fifth Third Bank, 840 S. Oak Park Ave., sometime between 5 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 8:55 a.m. on Jan. 31. The estimated loss is $1,000.

Someone shattered the rear driver's side window of a vehicle in the 1100 block of Le Moyne Parkway sometime between 7:45 and 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 30.

 

Armed habitual criminal arrest

Vernon S. Glover, 46, of the 1700 block of Melvina in Chicago, was arrested in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard at 11:05 p.m. on Feb. 2 and charged as an armed habitual criminal after being found in possession of a firearm and having prior convictions.

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 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
and Nona Tepper

Contact:
Email: tim@oakpark.com

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