Suspect arrested in armed robberies

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By BILL DWYER

Oak Park police have arrested a suspect in a recent string of armed robberies. Chris Harris, 43, of Chicago was arrested the night of Aug. 9 in the 5900 block of Rice Street after a brief foot chase following the alleged armed robbery of an Oak Park woman on Iowa Street near Austin Boulevard. An inoperable gun, allegedly used in the robbery, was recovered. Police later determined that Harris was also the man who allegedly confronted a woman parking her car in the 1000 block of North Lombard, Aug. 4, and threatened to shoot both her and her daughter if the woman didn't turn over her $4,000 diamond ring.

Harris, who was paroled from an Illinois prison in early March and has 13 convictions on his record dating back to 1982, is being held without bond in the Cook County Jail.

The Aug. 9 robbery victim was the sixth woman engaged in parking her vehicle at night to have been accosted by armed men since July 26. In response, numerous uniformed and plainclothes Oak Park units have prowled the neighborhood since last Friday. He added that while the most recent victim didn't see any other offenders with Harris, police are continuing to focus on the area.

"We haven't pulled any [resources] out of the area," said Scianna. "A number of these robberies involved two or three people."

One area resident noted that a seventh armed robbery occurred Friday night in the 1200 block of Hayes, but police say that that crime was likely unrelated to the other armed robberies.

 

 

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