Carjacker arrested by Forest Park police

Juvenile arrested minutes after stealing car in downtown Oak Park

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A male juvenile was arrested by Forest Park police near Desplaines Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway shortly after committing a carjacking at about 3 p.m. at 1030 Lake St. in Oak Park on April 1.

Oak Park Police Commander Roger Grivetti said in a telephone interview that the juvenile pushed past the owner of the vehicle who had stepped out of the vehicle and drove off.

No one was injured in the incident and no weapon was used, Grivetti said.

According to a Forest Park police report that the carjacker fled the vehicle on foot near I-290 and the Forest Home Cemetery and was seen crossing from the north to the south side of Roosevelt Road and enter Aperion Care Forest Park, a retirement facility at 8200 Roosevelt Road.

Police entered the building and a receptionist told them the man had requested a key to the bathroom. The carjacker was not found in the bathroom but was seen exiting the west side of the building.

He was later located running in the Waldheim Cemetery, south of Roosevelt and west of Desplaines, and placed under arrest.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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John Kehoe  

Posted: April 3rd, 2018 12:16 PM

John H. Where have you been? Oak Park is THE place for Westside criminals to find their crimes of opportunity. Not a joy ride, but car theft for money.

Susan Beyersdorf Beach  

Posted: April 2nd, 2018 7:33 PM

I saw several squad cars from different jurisdictions traveling westbound on Roosevelt Road about this time. It looks like a well-coordinated effort to catch this guy.

Jolyn Crawford  

Posted: April 2nd, 2018 6:07 PM

Crimes of opportunity....joy rides!

John H. Wilharm III  

Posted: April 2nd, 2018 5:14 PM

How can this be happening?

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