Armed robbery attempt leads to BB gun discovery at OPRF

Investigation turned over to Oak Park police

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An after-school armed robbery attempt near Oak Park and River Forest High School around 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, led to an investigation at the school the following day, which uncovered an unloaded BB gun hidden at the school, according to an email sent by Superintendent Steven Isoye.

Oak Park police reported a River Forest student from OPRF was threatened in the 400 block of North East Avenue by a male 16-17 years old who allegedly displayed a small black semi-automatic pistol and demanded the victim's money. The victim did not comply, according to police, and the offender fled.

Police said Friday the student allegedly thought he recognized the offender from OPRF. According to police, the victim identified the offender in a yearbook photo and his father called the dean.

The following day, police said, the dean and a security guard interviewed the 17-year-old identified in the yearbook, and he implicated a fellow student, aged 17, as being the person who had given him the weapon.

The second student was searched by the dean and security guard and a BB gun replica of a handgun was recovered from his bookbag, according to Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds. 

Police arrested both 17-year-olds.

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