Oak Parker arrested for robbing teen

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Travone T. Norris, 25, of the 100 block of Kenilworth Avenue, was arrested Thursday, May 1, around 7 p.m. after he was identified in both a photo and a live lineup by a 14-year-old Oak Park juvenile who was robbed, the afternoon of April 20, near the Austin Boulevard Blue Line stop. Police said Norris allegedly threatened the boy, telling him, "Empty your pockets or I'll blow your head off." The boy gave up a cellphone. No weapon was displayed, said Oak Park Detective Sgt. Mike Lepczinski, but because one was implied, Norris was charged with aggravated armed robbery. Norris had previous contact with police for narcotics, theft and resisting arrest, Lepczinski said. Norris has a court date of May 10 at the Maybrook Courthouse.


Oak Park police arrested a Chicago juvenile, May 2, in the 100 block of Harrison Street for a robbery that occurred in the 1100 block of Scoville Avenue. He was processed and turned over to his father.

Armed with a metal pipe

River Forest police arrested a man obstructing traffic by walking in the middle of the street on the 7300 block of Chicago around 3:25 a.m., May 2. Ricky Warren, a 54-year-old Gary, Ind. man reportedly responded by taking a metal pipe from under his waistband and yelling at the officer. Warren eventually dropped the pipe and was taken into custody, where he was discovered to have an outstanding Lake County, Ind. warrant for possession of stolen property. Warren was charged with felony aggravated assault.

Garage burglaries

Garage break-ins took place on the 1000 block of Clarence, 500 block of Cuyler and the 400 block of Wisconsin on April 29; the 900 block of N. Harvey, 700 block of S. Humphrey, 600 block of S. Lombard on May 2; the 900 block of Forest May 3; and the 200 block of N. Elmwood, May 4.

A secured 2012 Genuine Buddy scooter was removed from the 600 block of Wenonah Avenue between April 25 and 29. Loss was estimated at $4,100.

An unlocked men's bicycle was removed from a yard in the 1000 block of Lemoyne over the weekend of April 26-29. Loss was estimated at $440.

An unlocked bike was stolen from a yard in the 700 block of Carpenter Avenue on May 5 between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

Witnesses observed a man removing a car battery from a vehicle parked in a closed but unlocked garage in the 900 block of N. Harvey Avenue around 8:30 p.m., May 1. The man fled with the battery.

Garage burglary arrest

Two 13-year-old Forest Park juveniles were arrested by River Forest police, May 5, after a witness observed them removing two bikes from a garage in the 7600 block of Vine and riding away. The bicycles were recovered, and the offenders were charged and will appear in juvenile court.

Hitchhikers steal Chrysler

A man told police he offered a ride to two people in the 3500 block of Fillmore in Chicago around 9 p.m., April 29. When he stopped at a gas station in the 200 block of Madison Street in Oak Park, around 10 p.m., and exited his white 1995 Chrysler Concord, the man and woman took off with his vehicle.

Catalytic converter stolen

A catalytic converter was removed from a parked Buick Rendezvous between April 29 and May 3 on the 300 block of S. Maple Avenue. Estimated loss was $1,033.

AC condenser disappears

A 3 foot x 3 foot Trane XE1000 air-condenser unit was removed from a condominium complex in the 400 block of S. Harvey Avenue between May 2 and 4. Thieves cut connecting pipes. The estimated loss is $1,400.

High school thefts

A black iPhone 5 was stolen from a locked locker at Oak Park and River Forest High School over the weekend of April 26-May 4. Loss was estimated at $400.

A white Apple iPhone 4S was removed from an unattended backpack in a locker room at OPRF High School, the morning of May 6.

License plates stolen

Two victims reported license plates removed from their parked cars in the 200 and 300 blocks of S. Grove, May 3-5.

Buttock grab

A woman told police a strange man approached her from the alley as she was walking in the 1000 block of Jackson Boulevard around 9:50 p.m. on May 4, grabbed her buttocks and then fled.

Car damage

The windshield of a car parked in the 900 block of Lyman was shattered by unknown means between 7 and 11 p.m., May 4.

Two cars parked in the 400 block of Austin Boulevard had rear windows shattered with pieces of concrete around 8 p.m. on May 13.

Abduction attempt of girl, 17, alleged in Oak Park

Oak Park police reported an abduction attempt of a 17-year-old girl in the 800 block of Division Street, Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.

According to police, the girl was walking on the sidewalk on Division Street when she was passed by a tan four-door vehicle. The girl told police the driver waved at her. The girl said the vehicle passed a second time and the driver allegedly yelled, "Get in my car!"

The girl refused, and the driver left the area, driving southbound on Oak Park, she reported.

The girl described the driver as a bald white male in his 70s with a wrinkled complexion and a "sloped" nose, wearing a tan jacket.

The girl walked home and told her mother, who contacted Oak Park police, said Detective Sgt. Michael Lepczinski.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed April 29-May 5 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

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Posted: May 16th, 2013 1:15 PM

I see all the comements made joking about the booty grab but none of you addessed the article about one of your own robbing young teen.


Posted: May 13th, 2013 2:33 AM

John, because it's not P.C. to continually ID criminals that are not white, because people may get the impression that the demographics that commit crimes in the village are skewed in one direction. Certain organizations don't want to appear like they are profiling one group by overly focusing on said group, so the name of the game is to display white criminals at every opportunity, and publish race infrequently with another group. Who does this help? Should be the other question.

John Crow  

Posted: May 10th, 2013 4:33 PM

VA - did you note that they described the bald WHITE male in the abduction. I congratulate WJ but wonder why it's ok to ID the white suspects and not others.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 10th, 2013 2:55 PM

But the crime wasn't? I have seen some major booties in Forest Park...

Matt on Madison  

Posted: May 10th, 2013 2:09 PM

VA thats pretty disgusting.

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 10th, 2013 1:42 PM

David, I found it amusing that 'buttock' was used. Usually see the plural.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 8th, 2013 8:07 PM

Why the need for lurid detail, VA?

Violet Aura  

Posted: May 8th, 2013 1:13 PM

Okay, was it buttock or buttocks that were grabbed? One cheek or two?

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