Oak Park police have charged two men in connection with a residential burglary that occurred in the 600 block of South Scoville Avenue on Monday. The incident also left a squad car heavily damaged when suspects fled after ramming their SUV into the cruiser of a responding officer, according to police.
Angel Reyes, 24, of the 7500 block of Washington Street in Hanover Park, and Justin Cortez, 18, of the 600 block of N. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago, were each charged Wednesday with one count of residential burglary and one count of criminal damage to state-supported property.
Also being sought is a third suspect who may have fled on foot when police responded to the 911 report of a burglary in progress. Following a report of suspicious activity at the home, police came upon the suspects as they were about to flee the scene, according to a release from the Oak Park Police Department. As one of the responding officers approached the rear of a dark tan SUV parked near the reported incident, the vehicle accelerated in reverse, ramming the squad car, then fled southbound on Scoville.
The collision rendered the squad car inoperable, but the officer immediately broadcast an area-wide alert with a description of the vehicle. Illinois State Police stopped the suspects in the 600 block of North Kedzie Avenue in Chicago about an hour after the incident was first reported.
No injuries were reported. However, police did ask nearby schools to lock down as a precaution, while the area was cleared. The front door of the home where the burglary occurred was damaged in what appeared to be a forced entry. Police are still determining what might have been taken.
Police cleared the area by 2 p.m. and the lockdown was canceled in time for normal 3 p.m. dismissal procedures.
A press release from District 97 called the lockdown at Longfellow Elementary School a "precaution" and said the burglary was not linked in any way to the school.
"At no time did the police believe our students or staff members were in any immediate danger, nor are they concerned that the situation poses any threat going forward," said the district's release.
Ascension School, 601 Van Buren St., was also temporarily on lockdown until 2 p.m., according to a spokeswoman at the school.
"With our students' safety in mind, we instigated a soft lockdown of the school, where no one was able to enter the school and faculty and students were required to stay within their classrooms until further notification," said an email from Ascension Principal Mary Jo Burns.