Oak Park and River Forest police reports from Aug. 9-15

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Armed robbery

A man described as African American, between 19 and 25 years old with a goatee and thinly braided black hair and four other suspects described only as black males between 19 and 25 approached a victim riding his bike on the 1200 block of N. Humphrey, shortly before 10 p.m. on Aug. 7. The first offender displayed a black handgun and grabbed the victim's shirt. The victim handed his black Nokia cellphone to the offenders, who then fled southbound on Humphrey. Estimated loss is $70.

A man described as African American, 40 years old, 6-feet-3, with a thin build, short black hair and a thin mustache sat down next to a victim on the westbound Blue Line train at Austin on Aug. 7 and placed a silver handgun against the victim's side before demanding his money. The victim complied and the offender exited the train heading westbound on the platform at Oak Park Ave. Estimated loss is $60.

Two men described as bald with thin builds, about 5-feet-9, sat next to a victim on the 700 block of Austin on Aug. 13. One pressed a black revolver into the victim's side and demanded, "Give me everything you've got." The victim did not comply, and the offenders struck the victim in the face and took the victim's bag, which contained a Mexican identification card, a Blackberry Curve in a pink case, a brown leather wallet, and $78 in cash. One offender had a tattoo on his right forearm. They fled in an unknown direction. Estimated loss is $378.

Warrant arrest

Lottie Harris, 28, of the 700 block of E. 133rd St. in Chicago was arrested after attempting to sell cookies outside of the Walgreens on the 7200 block of Lake on Aug. 10 without permission or a valid River Forest permit. Harris was wanted by the South Holland Police Department for forgery charges. He was later picked up by South Holland officers.

Hit and run

Rosey L. Williams, 52, was arrested on Aug. 12 and charged with driving without a valid driver's license, operation of an uninsured vehicle, failure to yield to a pedestrian, and failure to render aid after striking a pedestrian, after Williams struck a person walking across the crosswalk at Lake and Harlem with her vehicle and then fled the scene. The victim was treated for cuts on both hands at a local hospital and later released.

Endangering the welfare of a child

Ruby Malave, 33, of the 1400 block of Harlem, was arrested at home on Aug. 13 after police responded to a domestic incident and found Malave holding her 2-year-old son while waving a knife around and threatening the victim. Malave was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault. Police had also been called to an earlier incident at the residence in which Malave, who was thought to be intoxicated, had become involved in a verbal argument with the victim and broke the glass window of a screen door with a bottle.

Residential burglary

A black Dell laptop computer, red Coach purse, $200 in cash, U.S. coins, and miscellaneous credit and debit cards were removed from an apartment on the 200 block of N. Austin, Aug. 4-10, after the front door was forced open and the dead bolt lock defeated. Estimated loss is $2,600.

A white Nintendo Wii game console, a black Boss eight track music recorder, a silver Sony Cybershot digital camera, a brown jewelry box containing various pieces of jewelry, cash, and a black American Tourist duffel bad were removed from a residence on the 200 block of S. Austin, Aug. 9-11, after the front door lock was defeated by a pry-type tool. Estimated loss and damage is $740.

An apartment on the 300 block of Washington was broken into through the kitchen door, Aug. 12-13. The apartment was ransacked and all the electronic equipment inside was destroyed. The loss and damage are unknown.

A 32-inch Sony television, a Nintendo Wii system, and an HP laptop computer were removed from a residence on the 1500 block of N. Austin between Aug. 8 and 14. Estimated loss is $2,280.

Theft from person

A male described as between 19 and 23 years old, 6-feet-4, 180 pounds with black hair, possibly named Eric, approached a 16-year-old male victim walking eastbound on the 600 block of Washington on Aug. 11 and grabbed the victim's Apple iPhone from his hand, then fled eastbound on Washington. Estimated loss is $160.


A green hedge trimmer, a red Husky air compressor, a Toro and a Ryobi weedwacker, and a green electric yard machine were removed from a garage and back yard on the 1000 block of N. Oak Park on Aug. 6. Estimated loss is $450.

A white Microsoft X-Box 360 game system was removed from the loft of a garage on the 100 block of N. Cuyler between Aug. 7 and 9. Estimated loss is $300.

Theft of motor vehicle

A burgundy 2003 Saab four-door vehicle was removed from a location on the 900 block of Wisconsin on Aug. 13 by unknown means. Estimated loss is $7,500.

These items were obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, Aug. 9-15, 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.

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