Cops say teens beat and robbed Oak Park man

Robbery took place in 200 block of Thomas St. just after 10 p.m. on May 17

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park man was walking down the sidewalk in the 200 block of Thomas Street on May 17 at 10:10 p.m., when he reportedly was approached by five teenagers who pushed him to the ground and began kicking him.

Police reported that the offenders then went through the man's pockets and stole a black LG cellphone and his work ID before fleeing the scene northbound through the alley west of Lombard Avenue.

The victim described the offenders as being black males between the ages of 13 and 16, all with thin builds.

According to police, first offender wore a gray hoodie and blue jeans; the second wore a white T-shirt, black shorts with white stripes and black shoes; the third wore a black baseball cap, black jacket, black shorts and red shoes; the fourth wore a white T-shirt, black pants and white shoes. There was no description for the fifth offender.


Oak Park armed robbery suspect arrested

Oak Park Police have arrested Satchel Stokes, 19, of the 500 block of South Denvir in Chicago, and charged him armed robbery in connection with the robbery of the 7-Eleven convenience store, 661 South Blvd., which occurred on April 18.

Stokes was arrested at 10:37 p.m. in the 1100 block of Paulina Street on May 15. Stokes is being held at Cook County Jail awaiting a June 9 hearing at the Maybrook courthouse. His bond is set at $25,000.

The April 18 police report noted that the offender entered the 7-Eleven, displayed a knife and dropped it before stealing a receipt printer from the store and fleeing southbound on South Euclid Avenue. The estimated loss for the stolen receipt printer was reported in April as $150.


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Barbara Joan  

Posted: May 21st, 2017 10:07 AM

Zero tolerance to law breakers if law and order is to be maintained so that we can all reside in a civilized community....These "kids" have been failed intially by their parents--many never knowing their fathers and many being raised by grandparents while witnessing their parents living in a most unacceptable way. and many are raising themselves which rarely turns out well. whole communities tolerate this multi-generational breakdown of the family and wild and lawlessness environments as "normal", Failing schools and lack of quality social services further the spiraling hopelessness that exists in these many people never had a chance for a healthy, thriving, happy life with purpose and opportunities--how sad indeed. NO EXCUSES by liberal agendas that " nothing can be done".people need to be out in the streets and uniting together as they scream" We're as mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!"

Jason Cohen  

Posted: May 20th, 2017 3:47 PM

I am a liberal democrat but when it comes to violent crime we have to be firm. If the kids had grabbed his phone and run off things would be different but they were clearly looking to do more than just grab something. I am all for trying to help those that need it but when theres violence involved it's a different situation in my eyes. Would I treat a kid differently if they stole food at 7-11 and it turned out they are left alone all the time and needed something to eat the answer is a big yes but this isn't that.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: May 20th, 2017 3:11 PM

And yes Ms. Winter uses that always favorite disclaimer "... don't get me wrong, I feel for the victim ..." How nice of you Hannah I'm sure the victim is so appreciative of your so proper feelings. We'll see what your ever so proper feelings are when and if you get the you know what kicked out of you some night. Oh wait, that won't happen since you're probably too scared to walk the Oak Park streets at night in the first place. Oh yeah, Richard, a little bit of that restorative justice will make every thing all better!

Richard Stephen  

Posted: May 20th, 2017 2:43 PM

Hannah: Are you kidding me? They may technically be "kids" by virtue of their age, but they attacked and assaulted a man in a pack and robbed him. Does that sound like your average "kids"? They are old enough to know they were committing a crime. What; are we supposed to take pity on them because they're little street urchins, who have to steal and beat people just to survive on the mean streets of Oak Park? Maybe these kids cold use a little of that restorative justice that we read about here and they could sit down in a peace circle and explain to the victim that they meant no harm and that if he had just given them his cell phone and other belongings they wouldn't have had to beat him? If the victim was you, or one of your loved ones, would you be so apt to say, hey, they're just kids? I doubt it. I think I'll have to agree with Rob. Maybe they are not technically "animals", but they sure as heck behaved like animals.....and pretty vicious one's at that.

Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: May 20th, 2017 2:42 PM

then tell everyone what you know Hannah. What is the magical solution to this?

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: May 20th, 2017 2:37 PM

The statement defines what is possibly the problem. Without that definition, to be defined, there can be no solution.

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