Area police arrested four young men in relation to armed and unarmed robberies last week. Two 17 year old Bellwood residents, Marcus Jones and Michael L. Stewart, were arrested by Forest Park police that same day for allegedly taking park in a robbery in that town. The young men were being sought by Oak Park officers in connection with an April 12 street robbery of an Oak Park woman. Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest police are currently working together to determine if the trio have any connection to a number of other such robberies in the area.
In the Oak Park robbery Jones, Stewart and a juvenile male allegedly targeted a woman walking in the 800 block of Pleasant last Tuesday. Stewart and the juvenile allegedly approached the woman from behind and began pulling on her purse strap. The woman, who was en route to Brooks Middle School, fell down and was dragged about 15 feet along the sidewalk. Her screams brought two men out of nearby houses, and her attackers released her purse and entered a blue 4-door vehicle reportedly driven by Jones.
"They dropped me in a puddle," wrote the woman in an e-mail letter to other Brooks employees entitled "Mugging near Brooks: Please be careful."
"I had a guardian angel (last Tuesday) to whom I am very grateful," she added.
? Andre D. Wilson, 36, of Chicago was arrested after being positively identified as the person who allegedly approached two Oak Park residents, pointed a hand gun at them, and stole a scooter and a camcorder.
? In another street mugging on April 12 a man came up behind a woman walking in the 200 block of Garfield just before 11 p.m. and grabbed her purse. The woman held on and was dragged briefly before the purse strap broke and the man ran south down an alley. Loss was $50.
Floyd Q. Robinson, 17, of the 1500 block of North Harlem Ave. River Forest was arrested for an alleged battery the afternoon of April 15. Police also charged him with possession of alcohol by a minor.
Orders of protection
Two women filed orders of protection with River Forest Police last week. In the first case, a woman filed around 8 a.m. April 13. The woman reported that her husband had made three harassing and threatening phone calls to her, indicating that she could be shot at her place of employment. The man reportedly is the subject of a warrant out of Park Forest, and the report on him has cautions for "weapons and resisting arrest." The husband then visited his wife's work site around 1 p.m. that afternoon, but cannot be charged because he had not been officially notified of the protection order.
? Also on April 13, a special watch was placed on the residence of a River Forest woman, as well as her daughter's grade school. The woman obtained an order of protection against her husband, who has threatened to kidnap the couple's daughter from her school.
Cedric D. Young, 30, of Chicago was arrested the afternoon of April 14 after being positively identified as a suspect in an alleged theft from the Jewel Food Store at 7036 Roosevelt Rd. A subsequent name check reportedly disclosed an IDOC warrant for parole violation.
? Lancelot Johnson, 46, dropped merchandise he had allegedly taken from the Walgreen's in River Forest Town Center after being chased from the store by a manager the night of April 16. Johnson was later caught on the CTA el platform.
Latonia C. Green, 34, was arrested after allegedly attempting to use a stolen Wisconsin driver's license with her picture taped to it, to open a line of credit at the River Forest Town Center Tweeters and purchase $3,400 in electronics.
Criminal Damage to Property
A four by eight foot window at Oak Tree Cleaners, 217 Madison St., was damaged by a BB overnight on April 12. Estimated cost was $1,000.
? The lights on garages at 523 and 527 Monroe were shot out by BBs overnight on April 16.
? Someone dented the side panel of a 2003 Olds Alero with seven paintball pellets over night on April 10.
? A glass wall of an elevator at the Holley Court parking garage incurring $1,000 in damage, probably by a BB, the evening of April 17.
Unlawful discharge of a weapon
The night of April 15 two Oak Park juveniles were arrested near Jackson Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue by police investigating reports of the discharge of a paint ball gun in the vicinity of Lombard and Fillmore.
Theives stole all four wheels of a Honda Civic parked in the 200 block of North Grove overnight on April 15, leaving it mounted on bricks.
? A backpack containing an iPod, cell phone, credit card and $20 cash was stolen out of an unlocked OPRH High School locker the morning of April 14. Loss was $719.
? A purse placed under a chair inside Ascension Church, 815 S. East, was stolen during the day, April 13. Missing were credit cards, identification, $15 cash and checks.
? A woman had her wallet picked while shopping at the Whole Foods April 15.
Someone pried open the service door of a garage in the 1150 block of South Ridgeland overnight on April 17. Once inside they stole a camcorder from one vehicle and a laptop computer from another. Also stolen were a bike, a lawn mower, and a leaf blower. Loss was estimated at $1,900.
Alberto Alvarez, 31, of Lyons was allegedly observed exiting a yard in the 800 block of South Maple. Alvarez was stopped in the 800 block of South Harlem, where a security search reportedly turned up a 4-inch glass pipe with wire mesh. Alvarez, who was determined to be wanted on a warrant for retail theft in Bedford Park, allegedly kicked the squad door during transport, damaging it.
? Susan M. Weber, 42, of Bloomingdale, was stopped in traffic around 1 p.m. April 11 for allegedly having no front license plate. A name check revealed a revoked driver's license, and a search allegedly turned up two clear baggies with yellow and black "Batman" logos on them. The contents reportedly field tested positive for heroin.
Bikes stolen in the last week, all unlocked and unattended in back yards, include:
? Three in the 1200 block of Edmer April 15.
? One in the 1000 block of Wenonah April 14-16.
? One in the 600 block of South Blvd. April 9-16
? Thieves cut the lock on a bike cabled to a bike rack at the Roosevelt Junior High, 7560 Oak, River Forest the afternoon of April 14.
? The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from April 11 through April 17. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and ases have not yet been adjudicated.
?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer
Maybe he should try the decaf
Rosmond C. Williams, 56, of 218 N. Oak Park Ave. was arrested for disorderly conduct the afternoon of April 17 after being observed by a Forest Park woman allegedly fondling his genitals over his pants underneath a table in the Caribou Coffee, 423 N. Harlem.