Foursome with guns target lone victim

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Four offenders approached a victim walking northbound on the 1500 block of N. Austin on May 20 at 12:30 a.m., and one offender asked the victim for change. The victim continued walking when one of the offenders struck him in the back of the head with a hard object, causing the victim to drop his cell phone. When the victim turned, one offender pulled out a black revolver-type handgun and announced a robbery, while another offender handled a revolver he held partially in his pocket. The victim fled northbound on N. Austin without his cell phone. Estimated loss is $500.

Criminal damage to motor vehicle

An unknown offender shattered a window in a Toyota parked on the 500 block of Washington between May 16 and 17. Estimated loss due to damage is $200.

Theft

An unknown offender removed a wallet from a purse at a location on the 1100 block of Lake on May 12. The wallet contained miscellaneous identification and bank cards. Estimated loss is $10.

An unknown offender broke a combination lock on a locker at the YMCA on the 200 block of S. Marion on May 19 and removed a black leather purse containing cash, an Illinois driver's license, and miscellaneous bank cards. Estimated loss is $55.

An unknown offender removed a green plastic solar paneled animal repeller from the front yard of a location on the 200 block of N. Kenilworth between May 19 and 20. Estimated loss is $35.

An unknown offender broke into a locker at the YMCA on the 200 block of S. Marion on May 21 and removed $400 in cash, car keys, and clothing. Estimated loss is $650.

Unlawful possession of cannabis arrest

Mucio Ramirez, 33, of the 1900 block of S. 56th Ct. in Cicero was arrested at a location on the 1100 block of S. Austin on May 17 and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis.

A juvenile Oak Park resident was arrested at Oak Park and River Forest High School on the 200 block of N. Scoville on May 20 and charged with possession of cannabis. The suspect was turned over to the custody of a guardian.

Residential burglary

An unknown offender entered a location on the 700 block of N. Austin on May 18 and removed $700 in cash. Estimated loss and damage is $900.

Burglary to auto

An unknown offender entered a vehicle parked on the 800 block of Wenonah between May 15 and 16 and removed a Garmin GPS unit and a cutting board. Estimated loss is $335.

Theft of motor vehicle

An unknown offender entered a garage at a location on the 400 block of N. Humphrey between May 18 and 19 and removed a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix. The keys were in the ignition at the time of the theft. The vehicle was later recovered, on May 19, at a location on the 5700 block of W. Huron in Chicago. No arrests were made.

Robbery

An unknown offender approached a juvenile victim sitting on a bench in front of a location on the 800 block of S. Oak Park on May 21, punched the victim in the face and took the victim's cell phone. The offender then ran northbound and met up with two other offenders, and fled the scene.

Armed robbery

Ramiro Forty, 31, was arrested for robbing the Shell gas station on the 7200 block of North at knifepoint on May 21 at approximately 12:30 a.m.

Battery

An unknown offender struck a victim in the back of the head and neck while the victim was attempting to enter the rear door of a residence located on the 900 block of S. Oak Park on May 21. The offender then fled the scene.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from May 16 to May 23, 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.

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T.J. from OP  

Posted: May 28th, 2011 4:14 PM

I'm finding it more and more difficult to read the Wednesday Journal. The organization is just too agenda driven. They should focus more on the news and less on being a tool for social change.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: May 26th, 2011 11:47 AM

You bet. We removed comments alleging an incident at a local school that we have not confirmed. We always welcome tips and inquiries about crime or any other topic. But please make them directly to us by phone or e-mail. Megan Dooley covers crime for us. She is at mdooley@wjinc.com or 613-3368. But we will remove posts regarding alleged incidents where we haven't done the reporting. Hope people understand our reasoning. And, no, it has nothing to do with covering anything up.

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