Two charged in Oak Park burglary incident, police seeking third suspect


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By Anna Lothson and Jean Lotus

Staff Reporters

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.

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Posted: March 25th, 2013 9:48 AM

Just wondering why this incident was never reported, "OAK PARK ?" Two 17-year old Oak Park-River Forest High School students have been charged with the attempted armed robbery of several fellow high school students. Michael Davis, of the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard and Joshua Smith, of the 300 block of Chicago Avenue, were arrested following an investigation by both high school and Oak Park police."


Posted: March 23rd, 2013 2:55 AM

Not only does Oak Park import fine wines and gourmet cheeses, but also criminals. Thanks VA for the heads up, as now we can not only look forward to criminals that live along the green and blue lines, but also red. People come here to commit crimes because Oak Park is the closets affluent town to Chicago on the west. Why go all the way to Hnsdale, Wheaton or Glen Ellyn when Oak Park is right next door?

Violet Aura  

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 12:39 PM

When perps come from far away to prey on this area, I always wonder why they choose it over others. I hope the police are prepared for the Red Line's shutdown. Some of you may not be aware of this but there will be shuttles from the South Side near Red Line stations so that commuters (and whoever else chooses to ride the rails) can take the Green Line to the city during construction. Obviously, OP is the end of the line and I am hoping we don't see an uptick in crime.


Posted: March 22nd, 2013 11:34 AM

Joe, next time call the cops.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 10:27 AM

I think I saw Mr. Reyes walking down the alley between Oak Park and Euclid on March 5. Had to come home early to let the boiler inspector do his thing. Glad these two were caught. Good job Oak Park PD!

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