Man robbed at gunpoint in Oak Park

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Three unknown offenders approached a victim on the 800 block of Home Ave. at 8:20 p.m. on May 11. Two of them robbed the victim at gunpoint, removing his briefcase, which contained miscellaneous items and $85 in cash. They then joined the third offender in a Silver Buick and fled the scene. Estimated loss is $638.

Burglary

An unknown offender ransacked a building in the 500 block of S. Kenilworth between May 13 and 14 after entering an open window from the roof. No loss was reported.

Someone broke a glass window, damaged a wooden bookshelf, and poured liquid contents from a fire extinguisher onto the floor throughout a building located in the 900 block of N. Kenilworth between May 13 and 15. Estimated damage is $500.

Criminal damage to property

An unknown offender damaged both outside mirrors on a Toyota Prius, parked in the 800 block of Belleforte May 9-10. Estimated damage is $400.

Someone pulled an 8-foot palm plant from a planter and threw it on the floor inside a location in the 1100 block of Lake on May 14. Graffiti was also found on a closet door inside the building. Estimated damage is $400.

Driving under the influence

Antoine Henderson, 39, of the 1800 block of N. Kedzie in Chicago, was arrested on May 15 for driving with a blood alcohol content above .08 and for driving with a suspended driver's license.

Graylin Holmes, 58, of the 1100 block of S. 30th Ave. in Bellwood, was arrested on May 10 at the corner of Madison and Wisconsin and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and cited for traffic violations.

Burglary to garage

An unknown offender entered a garage in the 1000 block of Wisconsin between May 12 and 15 and removed a Nishiki mountain bike, an electric Craftsman leaf blower, a Craftsman chainsaw and a weed trimmer. Estimated loss is $575.

Theft

An unknown offender removed a wallet containing cash, bank and credit cards, and a driver's license from a location in the 400 block of Madison on May 12. Estimated loss is $16.

Someone removed a men's Navarro mountain bike from the rear yard of a residence in the 700 block of Highland on May 13. Estimated loss is $600.

An unknown offender removed a Weber grill from the porch of an apartment located in the 400 block of S. Euclid on May 14. Estimated loss is $50.

An unknown offender removed approximately $10 in cash from a tip jar at a location in the 1000 block of Lake on May 14 and fled the scene on foot.

Someone removed a UPS package containing a pair of Bose Q15 headphones from the common foyer area of a residence located in the 100 block of Clinton between April 27 and May 10. Estimated loss is $336.

An unknown offender removed a specialized Tricross sport bicycle from a garage in the 100 block of S. Marion, May 8-10. Estimated loss is $1,200.

Criminal defacement arrest

Aaron Gregory, 19, of the 1000 block of W. Albion in Chicago was arrested on May 10 in the 300 block of N. Austin and charged with criminal defacement and resisting a peace officer. The suspect also had an active warrant with DuPage County for felony retail theft.

Theft of motor vehicle

An unknown offender removed a Chevy Town & Country minivan containing the victim's checkbook, driver's license, and $60 in cash while it was parked in the 900 block of Chicago on May 14. The vehicle was later recovered by the Addison Police Department.

Someone removed an Infinity G35X containing miscellaneous tools, climbing rope, boots and CDs from behind a residence on the 300 block of N. East Ave. between May 12 and 13. The vehicle was recovered at a location on the 5700 block of W. Superior in Chicago on May 13.

Burglary to motor vehicle

An unknown offender entered a Honda Accord, parked in the 900 block of Lake on May 10, and removed a Bible and a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer. Estimated loss is $5,010.

Someone ransacked a vehicle parked in the 400 block of N. Maple, May 9-10 and removed $3 in coins.

An unknown offender entered a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Harrison between May 9 and 10 and removed a cellphone charger, work keys, and $3 in coins. Estimated loss is $38.

Someone removed $4 in coins from a Toyota Prius, ransacked a Honda Civic, and ransacked a Buick LeSabre in the 100 block of N. Kenilworth, May 9-10. Total estimated loss is unknown.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from May 11-16, 2011. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

Reader Comments

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Concerned mom from Oak Park,IL  

Posted: May 23rd, 2011 9:29 PM

I am just wondering why there is no mention of the 7th grade boy who was jumped by 7 8th grade boys at Julian Middle School. 4 of the boys were arrested and it was caught on school video! I guess OP picks what they want to leave out...right?

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 22nd, 2011 3:14 PM

@dfjaj: Ouch. And "sometimes" you like my content? Would that be 30% perhaps? It's all good. I can take the heat...*sniff sniff*

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2011 12:11 AM

SEE THE LAST PARAGRAOP OF CROME STORIES..... Does anyone know if the Toyota Prius comes equipped with a coin counter or is it an option? How could anyone know that they had $4.00 stolen from there car? I think I have more than that in dirty change under my floor mats!

OP Guy  

Posted: May 21st, 2011 11:37 PM

I agree John. It's not like this was some person walking around at 1am where there are few people out and about... I think that's the shocking thing about this particular incident. I don't want to be alarmist, but it seems that people have to be careful at all times of the day if there is no one around.

dfjaj@aol.com from Oak Park  

Posted: May 21st, 2011 8:32 PM

Just kidding Violet. Sometimes I enjoy what you write. I couldn't resist.

dfjaj@aol.com from Oak Park  

Posted: May 21st, 2011 8:28 PM

What really surprises me is that Violet has a mate.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: May 21st, 2011 5:55 PM

Persons 50 and older have the lowest rate among all age groups for crime victims. Teens and young adults are the higest.

john murtagh from Oak Park  

Posted: May 21st, 2011 3:04 PM

Me too! I was just fooling around with how strange it is that most crime attracts a huge number of posts, but this poor guy who got mugged while it is still light out is ignored. No question that woman are at higher risk than men.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 21st, 2011 2:43 PM

Hey, I was just joking. I agree with you actually. If you look at the blotter, there are plenty of incidences with men getting held up. This notion that being a man protects a person from getting mugged and/or shot is sheer nonsense (unless you're Superman). I think most wives/female partners care about their mates' safety. I know I do...

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: May 21st, 2011 2:06 PM

Violet - I think it is time for wives to begin picking up their husbands at the train station.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 21st, 2011 11:30 AM

@John: Man up.

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: May 20th, 2011 3:42 PM

It absolutely amazes me that their have been so few responses to this article. Why aren't there woman screaming "Leave our men alone." Is it possible that OP has an overstock of men and don't mind losing a few?

maggy  

Posted: May 19th, 2011 6:52 AM

How can Oak Park say crime has gone down? We have had some serious crime issues in just the last couple of weeks. Women are not safe to walk from their garages into their homes? Now, commuters are not safe to walk to their homes EARLY in the evening. Village Hall, we NEED more police protection!! Reduce the HIGH administration salaries, hire more police to protect the residence of Oak Park!

OP Guy  

Posted: May 19th, 2011 1:26 AM

Ah, now guns are involved in the muggings... what's next, bazookas? Good thing Oak Park has banned gun ownership... oh wait, the criminals don't give a $#!%.

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