By Jean Lotus
Oak Park police said two armed robbery attempts took place in Oak Park on April 20 and 22.
In the first incident, a 14-year-old Oak Park male juvenile was approached by two men in their 20s in the 200 block of Garfield Street around 2 p.m., April 20. According to reports, one of the offenders, who had a goatee, allegedly came up behind the victim with his hand in his pocket and stated, "Empty your pockets or I'll blow your head off." A second man acted as a lookout, police said. The 14-year-old surrendered his iPhone and $35 cash. The two men fled west on Garfield. Estimated loss was $535.
In the second incident, on April 22, police said a 69-year-old woman was walking in the Dominick's parking lot in the 200 block of Lake Street around 11:10 p.m. when she was approached by a man from behind. The man allegedly displayed a black handgun and struck the victim in the face while attempting to remove her purse. The woman struggled and held onto the handbag, police said. The offender reportedly gave up and joined two other men and the group fled from the parking lot westbound on foot. The victim declined medical attention, police said.