Oak Park police release composite image of attacker

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

In an effort to track down the perpetrator in a series of three attacks on women in Oak Park, Lisa Dodge, a victim of the attacker, met with the Oak Park police on Sunday to help create a computer-generated composite sketch of the suspect. Police released the sketch this afternoon.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, between 5-feet, 10-inches and 6-feet tall, with a medium build. He was reportedly wearing a light colored jacket and a dark knit cap during each of the attacks.

The attacks took place on March 30, April 2, and April 4. In each incident, the suspect reportedly placed the female victims in a chokehold and demanded money. The incidents all occurred around midnight. Dodge was attacked in front of her apartment building on April 4. The suspect made off with her purse after choking Dodge and pinning her to the ground.

Dodge was asked to judge the likeness of the composite to the suspect, on a scale of one to 10, with one being no likeness, and 10 being a very strong likeness. Dodge rated the composite a nine.

Oak Park police release composite of suspected robber

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T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: April 15th, 2011 8:10 PM

The person in the composite image has kind eyes. No way could this look like the actual person.

Paddy Boy  

Posted: April 14th, 2011 1:37 PM

First - let's all give thanks to Lisa for being strong and maintaining during a very tough situation. We love you Lisa! This is not about our neighbors in Austin or public housing, etc. etc., it is clearly about OP's reluctance to address the issue of panhandling and loitering. If you spend anytime at all on Lake Street you would understand this. This guy - whoever he is - did not start out attacking people - he first tested our tolerance for aggressive panhandling.

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 13th, 2011 2:03 PM

"Rape store?" Spelling fail. Edit: RAPE STORY. Even if offensive, I am not interesting in WJ emulating China.

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 13th, 2011 11:36 AM

For a brief, shining moment, WJ was describing perps. Maybe they had to. Maybe when the cops release a sketch, they are forced to provide a FULL description (as opposed to simply the colors of his hair, clothes, car and weapon handles, LOL). But if you look at the current police blotter, it's back to the usual WHITEwashing job. Again, these people are ON THE LOOSE. PC instincts should go out the window! Another thing: I am very disappointed that comments were suspended from the rape store.

an olive from Oak Park,IL  

Posted: April 12th, 2011 10:40 PM

I think it is important to acknowledge all the others who wrote as well. Thank you for writing about the survivors (victims as some call them) and supporting them and the police in their efforts to find him. It's great to hear voices from the community moving toward making this community safer in any way we can.

an olive from Oak Park,IL  

Posted: April 12th, 2011 10:36 PM

@epic - his color is a fact not a race issue if that is your point. as far as housing development not really the issue right now? I see you haven't commented to any of the posts written to you. Don't try to stir a pot that doesn't need it. Had he been white would you say the same? Personally I have been in three attacks. Two were white men. Not all of us stereotype. Flick the chip off.

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: April 12th, 2011 8:37 PM

Err. I mean epic.

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: April 12th, 2011 8:35 PM

Trust me Eric and all. I personally am not trying to link crime to the project on Madison. OP brought it up on that thread and the debate started. For me, that is a coincidence. Period. More related to no recent news on it and it being on many minds than anything else.

Citizen OP from Oak Park  

Posted: April 12th, 2011 6:09 PM

Our hearts have to ache for the victims, and our minds have to work to protect each other from feckless no-goods of any identity.


Posted: April 12th, 2011 5:52 PM

epic: I think I can read what you are saying. Spend a morning in Maywood criminal court during arraignments. Talk to an Oak Park cop. Are you saying it is her imagination that a "scary black guy" assaulted her?

Curious George from Oak Park  

Posted: April 12th, 2011 5:26 PM

@Epic lulz - There is a crime and a victim involved. I have voiced questions and concerns about the Comcast project, but your post is inappropriate. Let's leave out correlating criminals with the potential tenants of the proposed housing project.


Posted: April 12th, 2011 5:22 PM

Hey epic who are you really mad at?

epic lulz  

Posted: April 12th, 2011 4:59 PM

Ah, another picture of a scary black guy... let the debate over the affordable housing development on Madison begin!

Lisa Dodge from Oak Park  

Posted: April 12th, 2011 4:47 PM

The most important thing to get from all of this is to call the police if you see anyone or anything suspicious! That is part of their job to make sure people are not doing this to other people. Watch out for your family, friends and neighbors! Let's take back our streets and make them safe again!

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