Gunmen rob, hijack car of Oak Park man

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An Oak Park man was robbed at gunpoint and had his 1994 Ford Taurus stolen by three men just after 10 a.m. on May 19. As the man was parking his car in a garage in the 800 block of South Elmwood, he noticed three young men walking by the mouth of his alley. As the man walked out of his garage via his overhead door, he was allegedly confronted by one of the men brandishing a handgun. The man ordered him to drop his keys, which he did. A second man told him to lay on the ground and empty his pockets, which he also did. A third man then picked up the keys and pulled his car out of the garage. The three then allegedly fled southbound out of the alley.

The following night four men were arrested by Chicago Police tactical officers from the 15th District while driving the Taurus in the 5500 block of West Congress Parkway. Since the robbery victim was unable to pick any of the men out of a lineup, they are being charged only with being in possession of the stolen car, and not armed robbery.

Retail theft

Daniel Soto, 22, of Berwyn was arrested by Oak Park police the morning of May 18 after being positively identified as the man who took merchandise from the display case in the Jewel store, 7036 Roosevelt Rd and allegedly concealed it on his person. When the store manager attempted to detain Soto, he allegedly brandished a hypodermic needle in a threatening manner. Soto, who has been out on parole since Feb. 2, was charged with felony retail theft and aggravated assault.

On Nov. 17, 2004 Soto and a female acquaintance were stopped by Oak Park police on suspicion and found to both be wanted on outstanding arrest warrants in DuPage County. Soto received a one year prison sentence on the DuPage charge of possession of a controlled substance, and served two months.

Retail theft

? For the third time in four days, a man has walked into the Seven-11 at 240 Chicago Ave. and stolen cigarettes from the store's overhead display case. The two other theft incidents happened around midnight on May 13 and 14, with a man making off with six packs of smokes each time, with a total value of $65.

? Diedra Wills, was arrested after allegedly placing five boxes of decongestant antacids and three boxes of antacid in her purse and leaving the Dominicks, 259 Lake St. the afternoon of May 19.

? Rodney D. Wilson, 39, of Chicago was arrested after allegedly taking nine cigars from a display in the Citgo station, 901 W. Madison and leaving without paying.

? Kimberly A. Lucious, 42, of Chicago, was arrested after allegedly taking a large selection of baby care products from Dominicks, 259 Lake St. without paying.

? Donald A. Rosado, 36, of Chicago was arrested May 16 after being positively identified as the person who allegedly exited the Walgreens pharmacy at Ridgeland and Roosevelt with merchandise without paying for it.

? A man reportedly left the Walgreens at Roosevelt and Ridgeland the afternoon of May 20 with 17 boxes of a nicotine gum without paying the required $220.

? A man was observed by the assistant manager of the CVS Pharmacy, 7929 North Ave., River Forest, taking 17 boxes of a teeth whitening product off the shelves the afternoon of May 22. The suspect ran out of the store and entered a Jeep vehicle and fled.

Theft of auto

Someone drove off in an unattended 2000 Buick Century parked in the 1200 block of Ridgeland Avenue with the keys in its ignition the morning of May 19. Loss was $8,145.

Criminal damage to property

Someone slashed four tires on a 2004 Dodge Stratus parked in the 600 block of Austin Blvd. overnight on May 17. Damage is estimated at $800.


Someone entered a garage in the 1100 block of Schneider through an unlocked side door sometime during the early morning hours of May 16. Once inside they drove off in a 1994 Buick Century valued at $3,000. The car was found by 15th District Chicago police in Austin late the following night.

? Around midnight May 18, someone used a pry tool to pop out the window of a 2004 Ford F-150 pick up truck parked in the 800 block of Clinton Avenue, River Forest, and stole an IBM Think Pad. Once again, 15th District Tactical cops recovered the property. Late on May 18 they arrested parolee Martin Daniels, 41, in a stolen auto, on the front seat of which was the Think Pad.

? William Clemons, Jr., 52, of 935 South Blvd., Oak Park was observed by a witness allegedly removing two UPS packages from a porch in the 300 block of Clinton Avenue the afternoon of May 16. A search of Williams also reportedly turned up a 3-inch pipe commonly used to ingest drugs.


Oak Park police say that Arthur Jones, Jr., 45, of Maywood, was involved in a crash and altercation near Madison and Home the evening of May 17. Investigating officers allegedly detected a strong odor of alcohol on Jones, and charged him with driving under the influence.

? Lorenzo Rosales, 46, allegedly blew a .203 blood alcohol after being stopped by River Forest police. He was also charged with driving with no valid license, and with having no insurance, as well as other traffic offenses.


Two youths approached a juvenile near Humphrey Avenue and Pleasant Street the evening of May 20, pushed him off his $300 bike, and rode away.

Disturbing the peace

On three occasions this week River Forest residents complained of loud noise from idling Union Pacific railroad trains. The excessive noise incidents, on May 17, 18 and 21, took place from the early evening to past 2 a.m.


Cheryl L. Upchurch of Rosselle Heights was in a vehicle stopped for suspicious activity the evening of May 18 in the 600 block of South Austin. A search allegedly turned up five aluminum foil packets containing a powder that field tested positive for heroin.

? Jockene J. Dillard, 30, of Chicago was stopped on suspicion in the wee hours of May 17 near Madison and Lyman. A subsequent search allegedly turned up a glass tube with a copper end commonly used to ingest drugs.

? The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest police department incident reports from May 16 through May 22. 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.

?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer

Rob here twice, shame on who?

Towanda M. Gray, 27, and Charles Redd, 37, allegedly attempted to pick the pocket of an elderly man as he entered the Whole Foods Market in River Forest the afternoon of May 19. The reported incident was witnessed by River Forest Sgt. Martin Grill, who had received a description from Oak Park police of two individuals reported to have been involved in a similar incident there. However, the alleged victim in that incident had also refused to press charges or cooperate with investigating police. Redd, who was paroled from prison last October, has six convictions for theft and one for murder.

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