River Forest police arrest self-admitted gang member

Detectives with the WEDGE task force recognized Michael Robertson from an August arrest


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

River Forest detectives, who were working on a gang suppression mission last Friday, found a loaded gun in the waistband of a 25-year-old Elmhurst man they recognized from a previous arrest.

Michael Robertson was a passenger in a northbound car in the 100 block of South Harlem Avenue in Oak Park, according to statements from River Forest police and the West Suburban Directed Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) task force.

Police stopped the car on March 16 around 1:30 p.m. because of erratic driving and because they recognized Robertson, who was arrested in August after he spit on a Metra conductor in River Forest. In that incident, he was charged with aggravated battery and pleaded guilty in September.

Robertson made gestures toward his waistband after police told him not to do so, and he refused to answer when asked whether he had a weapon. Officers conducted a pat-down and discovered a loaded .40-caliber Springfield Armory XD pistol with 16 rounds of ammunition and a switchblade, police said.

WEDGE Chairman and Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said the area had been saturated with officers because River Forest had information that there had been gang activity in the area. Robertson wasn't a target, but WEDGE officers happened to come across him on one of their six operational days this month, Weitzel said.

Robertson, a self-admitted Maniac Latin Disciple gang member, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony. He is currently being held in Cook County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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Posted: March 22nd, 2012 10:04 AM

Did both Terrance Ford, 15, and Aanwar Barbour, 16 both attend OPRF at one point? These are the two that were arrested for the Congress theater sexual assault.


Posted: March 22nd, 2012 1:30 AM

BigDad, I know what the tear drop means... my comment was obviously sarcastic.

No Mention  

Posted: March 21st, 2012 1:07 PM

@another parent: the comments for the rape case were closed by the OP.com http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-14/news/ct-met-congress-theater-assault-20120314_1_sexual-assault-arrest-report-arrest-warrant .Barbour is a student at oprf, according to the published account. Haley injected the kid at the el stop comment,not me. But I would ask your kids about how many out of town kids attend OP schools.

Another Parent  

Posted: March 21st, 2012 12:49 PM

@No Mention, the only link I see is the one about two students being charged with felonies. Neither of those students are involved with the rape of the young woman at the theatre. If I missed another link, sorry. I don't think anyone is saying there aren't students at OPRF (or probably any school) who aren't residents. But a student riding the el does not make them not be residents. That was my point. Seeing black kids emerging from the el brings up red flags to people and that's wrong.

No Mention  

Posted: March 21st, 2012 8:38 AM

Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 filed the suit Tuesday against parents Maurice Carter and Terri Shaw Carter, who say this is the latest chapter in the ongoing battle with the school district. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/06/07/district-claims-family-lives-out-of-town-sues-for-30k-in-tuition/

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: March 21st, 2012 7:44 AM

To Big Dad: The tear drop, open and uncolored means the person is mourning a gang member or close associate that has been killed. The colored in tear drop means that that persons death has been avenged,probably by another murder.


Posted: March 20th, 2012 9:36 PM

districts. See the D97 meeting minutes from February 2012. It is interesting to me that the River Forest school district is interested in the views of families in its district, while the OP district is interested in driving its agenda without much regard to what the people in the community think is important.


Posted: March 20th, 2012 9:33 PM

The information is there if you poke around - the school district is not shy either about its agenda or its tactics. When the African American coordinator issue (i.e., lack of fairness to other low performing groups) was brought to the attention of the head of the school board it was dismissed in a condescending manner. Hence, Madigan's involvement. I'd encourage a story on this (maybe in light of the other requests below) and I'd also suggest a story contrasting D97 with the surrounding cont


Posted: March 20th, 2012 9:29 PM

Mr. Haley, the H/S district has a line item in its budget for uncollected fees (i.e., kids attending who have not paid). In 2010, I believe that number was $700,000. I'd also direct you to the inquiry conducted by Lisa Madigan's office regarding the district's attempted hiring of an African American liason for low achieving students. This a separate and long story, but bottom line, Madigan quashed this because it was unconstitutional (i.e., resulted in equal protection violation) cont.


Posted: March 20th, 2012 8:54 PM

Both kids from the rape had OPRF on their FB pages. Maybe one left OPRF and is no longer a student? I think this should be looked into.

No Mention  

Posted: March 20th, 2012 8:39 PM

@another parent, did you read the link to the oak leaves story...it clearly states that the kid was an OPRF student, but lives in Chicago.

Another Parent  

Posted: March 20th, 2012 7:48 PM

@Parent, did you read the other posts before you posted? And to answer your question, no. Only one student who was arrested for rape in that case was a student at OPRF. The other person arrested lives in Chicago. And I agree with Dan Haley on this one -- just because a kid takes an el does not mean he doesn't live in Oak Park. I have been known to hop on the el when I don't feel like walking home -- that's the beauty of having the el run through our village.


Posted: March 20th, 2012 6:05 PM

Is this the kids who where arrested for the rape by the Congress theater?

No Mention  

Posted: March 20th, 2012 5:46 PM

Thanks, Mr Haley, for your reply regarding the lack of posting of the two OPRF students, one who does not live in OP. I actually think that is the bigger story, within the story. Your paper, your call on what to post. Thanks again.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: March 20th, 2012 5:19 PM

Everyone take a deep breath. The items involving the two students at OPRF are in the blotter of the paper tomorrow. We don't post every incident online. We use discretion. That's what editors do. Also, OPRFDad, what would be the incentive of school districts to give away $1M in free education? And why do they pay all those fees to investigators to find kids crossing boundaries? Evidence beyond some black kids at el stops?


Posted: March 20th, 2012 4:34 PM

@No Mention - one of the dirty little secrets you learn about OP when you actually live in the Village is that there are a decent number of kids who don't live in OP who attend the middle and high schools. Since most are from Chicago, people turn a blind eye so as not to be perceived as racist. However, these folks end up costing anywhere from a couple hunder to nearly a million a year in education. I imagine that has something to do with the lack of publicity.

No Mention  

Posted: March 20th, 2012 4:24 PM

Two OPRF students charged with felonies: why no mention? it was in the oak leaves: http://oakpark.suntimes.com/news/11343250-418/two-oprf-students-charged-with-felonies.html and one kid lives in chicago. but goes to oprf? something very wrong here.


Posted: March 20th, 2012 10:13 AM

The tear drop means he killed a man in prison. And this is why I like the River Forest policy. Shoot first, ask questions later. I'll take that over the Oak Park turn the other way and harass whitey for revenue approach.


Posted: March 19th, 2012 8:23 PM

Awwwwwe, he looks sad! Look, he's crying.


Posted: March 19th, 2012 3:39 PM

I think the tear drop gives him away every time.

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