By Jean Lotus
Oak Park police said two aggravated robberies took place last week, and both victims lost their cellphones. A juvenile was also arrested and charged with a cellphone robbery that took place July 5.
Police said a 16-year-old male from Oak Park was walking home in the 500 block of Washington around 10:30 p.m., July 12, when he was approached from behind by three juvenile males. One offender tried to strike the victim but missed, and the victim began running to flee the offenders. According to a report, the victim struck a pole and fell to the sidewalk. The offenders caught up with him and began to strike him, removing the victim's iPhone, shoes, backpack and $5 from his pocket. The two fled southbound on East Avenue. Estimated loss was reported as $260.
In the second incident, two men who appeared to be in their late 20s and 30s approached a 55-year-old male in the rear alley behind the first block of North Austin Boulevard around 4 p.m., July 13. One man reportedly stuck a hard object in the victim's back, while the second removed a Sprint LG cellphone, cash and a brown leather wallet from the victim's pocket. The two fled eastbound on foot into Chicago. Estimated loss was $260.
Oak Park police reported the arrest of a juvenile, July 11, who was charged with the strong-arm robbery of a woman on July 5. According to police, the woman was sitting on a window ledge in the alley in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue speaking on her cellphone. She recognized an Oak Park juvenile who approached and allegedly snatched the phone from her hand and fled. Police said the juvenile turned himself in at the station the following Thursday. He was taken into custody and transported to the Chicago juvenile detention center at 1100 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.