Armed robbery on Forest Avenue in Oak Park

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Two people identified as Korean nationals were robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of Forest Avenue at 10:48 p.m. on July 26.

The two people were approached by two black men in their early 20s, both described as about 5-foot-10 with thin builds, who displayed handguns and demanded their possessions, according to police. The offenders then took a black Zippo lighter from one of the victims before fleeing westbound on foot.

One of the gunmen was described as having a large black afro and wearing a white T-shirt and Khaki shorts. The other wore a white hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The estimated loss is $30.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Ramona Lopez  

Posted: July 31st, 2018 12:53 PM

April, Unfortunately, with all the car jackings , shootings, etc. we have had in the past 18 months, it appears this is what Oak Park is beginning to represent. I can't think of a much safer space in Oak Park than the corner of Lake St. and Forest. What tips would you suggest we provide our tourists?

April Winter  

Posted: July 30th, 2018 11:45 AM

It sure seems like they might have been tourists. Always a shame to read a story like this because it doesn't represent Oak Park as a whole. And for them to be on vacation and having to deal with that is unfortunate as well. Maybe somehow there could be tips for visitors on how to navigate around OP and surrounding areas safely. Or perhaps it already exists and they didn't read it. Oak Park is a special place, in spite of this sort of thing. I hope they were able to experience that!

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 28th, 2018 8:30 AM

Possibly took a chance on robbing a tourist, who even after an identification is made, cant or wont return for the trial.

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