Attempted shooting in LaSalle Bank parking lot

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Until they can identify suspects, Oak Park police are calling a shooting at the LaSalle Bank parking lot, 6720 W. Roosevelt Road an aggravated unlawful discharge of a firearm. But it easily could have been worse. A witness reported seeing two men in their late teens or early 20s approach two men waiting in the ATM drive-thru lane in a luxury sports utility vehicle just after 8 p.m., June 15. The witness saw one of the two men walk up to the SUV, then saw "three of four" muzzle flashes and heard three of four shots. The SUV then reversed out of the parking lot and retreated eastbound on Roosevelt Road.

The two assailants were last seen walking southbound in the Euclid /Oak Park Ave. alley on the Berwyn side, with one of the men holding a shiny silver object. All area hospitals were notified of the incident and were on the lookout for any gunshot wound victims.

"We're still looking into it, trying to find out who it was that was shot at," said Deputy Chief of Police Bob Scianna.

Armed robbery

A man approached a woman in the 7000 block of North Avenue the afternoon of June 16 and asked if she had change for $5. When she said she didn't, the man pulled a large caliber handgun and said "Give me all you got." She handed over her gold necklace and wallet, and the man fled. The following afternoon Franklin Keathley, 37, of Melrose Park, was arrested by Northlake police for an alleged armed robbery there. Keathley was later reportedly identified by the North Avenue robbery victim as the suspect in the Oak Park armed robbery.

Aggravated vehicular hijacking

A man approached a Chicago woman in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard the morning of June 13, asked her if she had a light, then demanded, "Give me your car?#34;don't make me shoot you!" He demanded money before fleeing in her 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The car was recovered by Chicago police 12 hours later in the 2000 block of West Washington Boulevard.


A man followed an Oak Park woman into her yard in the 1100 block of North Lombard the evening of June 14. He followed her up her back steps, where he grabbed her purse, then ran to a burgundy 4-door car and fled eastbound on Greenfield.

Criminal sexual assault arrest

A Chicago man was arrested in the River Forest Town Center parking lot after being pointed out by his alleged victim the evening of June 14. The 14-year-old boy, who said his assailant got him drunk before molesting him in a residence on South Austin Blvd. in Chicago, was dropped off near the Whole Foods Market by the man. When the man went into another store, the boy sought help, and the police were called. As the man walked out of the store, the boy pointed him out to River Forest officers, who arrested the suspect and held him for 15th District Chicago police.


A River Forest juvenile was charged with Aggravated Battery the night of June 17. The victim's mother declined transport to the hospital, but told police she would take him for treatment after filing a report.

? Earlier that afternoon, a woman told River Forest police that a woman battered her, then threatened to shoot after she fought back outside the Coconuts, 7235 Lake St., the evening of June 17. The woman, however, refused to press charges.

? Police, responding to a report of a domestic disturbance were reportedly met by a LeMoyne Avenue couple who both bore signs of abuse on their persons. Neither, however, chose to press charges against the other.


A woman who attempted to squeeze past two large, uncooperative men blocking her way at Panera Bread had her wallet lifted the afternoon of June 15. The woman told police that by the time she realized her wallet was missing, her credit cards had been fraudulently used at three area businesses.

? Tanika Wright, 32, of 134 N. Lorel, Chicago was arrested in the 5600 block of West Lake Street and charged with theft after being found in possession of a cell phone allegedly removed from the apartment of Casimer Sosnowski, who was found dead in his apartment on the 400 block of South Oak Park Avenue on June 3.

? Eurina D. Merritt, 40, of Chicago was arrested after being positively identified as the person who allegedly removed $70 from the purse of a woman sitting next to her the evening of June 13 in the 1100 block of Westgate.

? A man walked into the House of China, 7124 W. Roosevelt the afternoon of June 13, allegedly reached over the counter, and took approximately $100 from the cash register.


James L. Thompson, 30, of the 400 block of North Austin was arrested around 2 a.m., June 14 for an alleged burglary in the 1300 block of South Harlem Avenue. He was also reportedly found in possession of a metal tube commonly used to ingest drugs.

? Someone pried the front door lock of a residence in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue during the day June 14. Diamond rings and other gold jewelry with a total value of $4,820 were reported stolen.

? A $350 lawnmower was stolen from an open garage in the 600 block of South Grove Avenue sometime between June 11 and 14.

? Overnight on June 14, a $750 power mower was taken from the 1000 block of Pleasant.

Retail theft

Roslyn Norwood, 40, of 5362 W. Madison St., Chicago, was arrested after allegedly taking 16 boxes of assorted medicines from the Dominick's, 259 Lake St., without paying. Norwood, who has six prior convictions, was on parole for narcotics and retail theft convictions.

? Robert Forrest, 51, of 3415 W. Adams, Chicago was arrested for Retail Theft after allegedly taking a selection of body sprays, body washes, deodorant, and bath lotions from the CVS Pharmacy, 345 Madison St., the evening of June 14 without paying.

? The morning of June 15 another man ran out of the same pharmacy with $404.99 worth of shaving razors.

Bike thefts, etc.

A Chicago juvenile was arrested the evening of June 13 in the 300 block of North Mayfield after being positively identified as the person who assisted another youth in stealing a bike from an Oak Park boy in the 200 block of Lake Street. The juvenile was also charged with resisting arrest.

? Four Chicago juveniles ordered an Oak Park juvenile off his bike and threatened him with bodily harm the afternoon of June 15, also in the 200 block of Lake Street. They allegedly took the boy's cell phone when he attempted to call the police. Loss was $229.

? Two Chicago juveniles were arrested in the 5900 block of West Madison, June 15, after being stopped on suspicion and voluntarily admitting that they were riding bikes stolen earlier in the 100 block of North Kenilworth Avenue.

? A bike valued at $100 was taken from an unsecured hallway in a building in the 1000 block of Linden around 6 p.m. June 14.

? These incidents were taken from Oak Park and River Forest police department incident reports from June 13 through June 19. Not all of the 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

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