Riverside juvenile arrested for armed robbery in Oak Park

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Oak Park police arrested a 16-year-old Riverside juvenile after he allegedly returned to a garage to retrieve a woman's purse he had reportedly stolen at gunpoint around 1:50 p.m. on March 25.

Police said the juvenile approached a Berwyn woman in the 900 block of South Austin, displayed a handgun and demanded the victim's black purse. The woman turned over her handbag and the offender allegedly fled on foot.

Investigating police recovered a jacket and a loaded .38 caliber revolver and a black purse in a garage of a building on the first block of Garfield. Around 4:15 p.m. a witness observed an unknown male entering the garage where the purse had been found. He was stopped as he walked south on Austin Blvd. and identified in a police lineup. He was charged as an adult with armed robbery and criminal trespass.

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Rez  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 12:10 PM

VA, I was just joking about the class comment, as Riverside is, or was, typically thought of as a predominately lily white affluent town.

Rez  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 12:09 PM

Jim, What exactly is Anan going to do to address crime in Oak Park differently? Because he's been very quite about what he's going to do about crime here. All he seems to talk about is Business, which makes sense as that's his experience, but business is only one issue facing Oak Park. I get the feeling that he doesn't really have a strong position on crime, or he doesn't care enough to address it. Why else would he be so quite about it?

Jim Balsrud from Oak Park  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 10:22 AM

Oak Park is being destroyed little-by-litter by the VMA. Thanks Journnal I'll be voting Onan.

Violet Aura  

Posted: March 29th, 2013 1:27 PM

I don't think so. 'Classes' usually refers to socio-economic groups and in this context, I am thinking Rez was noting the Riverside connection. That is why I asked. But Riverside has changed a bit. I went there last fall to look at an apt. and saw some people that were not residing there 20 years ago.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: March 29th, 2013 12:39 PM

I think he was referring to classification by age.

Violet Aura  

Posted: March 29th, 2013 12:17 PM

@Rez: How do you figure about the difference in class?

Rez  

Posted: March 28th, 2013 12:20 PM

Good to see we at least provide for different classes of criminals. We stand for diversity in every sense of the word.

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