Robbed at gunpoint in the alley

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Two Chicago residents were robbed at gunpoint in an alley in the 1100 block of South Humphrey Avenue around 10:18 a.m. on Aug. 23. The robber approached the two victims from behind, displayed a small, chrome-plated revolver, and demanded their money and wallets. One victim handed over a Samsung Galaxy cellphone, a black wallet with cash, a US Bank card, a Home Depot credit card, and miscellaneous papers valued at a combined $720. The other victim handed over $90. The robber then told them to walk to the backyard of a nearby home and then fled northbound through the alley that runs between Austin Boulevard and Humphrey. He was described as a man between the ages of 25 and 30, 6 feet tall, with a medium build, a dark complexion, stubble facial hair and long black dreadlocks, and wearing a light-blue T-shirt and blue jeans.


Armed robbery

A man was robbed at gunpoint by two men in a parking lot near Dollar Tree, 922 Madison St., at 9:58 p.m. on Aug. 21. The man was walking to his vehicle with a night deposit bag containing cash when he was approached by two men wearing masks and displaying handguns. The robbers pointed their guns at the victim and demanded the money, his car keys and cellphone. The victim raised his hands and dropped the money to the ground. The robbers grabbed the bag and fled northbound on Clinton on foot. The estimated loss is $3,511. Both robbers were described as between 18 and 20 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, 150 to 170 pounds. One was dark-skinned and wore a dark sweater and the other wore a red sweater. 

An Oak Park man was robbed at gunpoint in the 600 block of Lake Street at 8:20 p.m. on Aug. 20. The man was walking westbound on Lake when the robber approached and displayed a small, silver handgun and said, "I'm going to rob you." He patted down the victim and took an iPhone S6 and a blue wallet containing his Illinois ID and a debit card. The estimated loss is $500. The robber was described as 5-foot-10, 20 to 25 years old, with a thin build, dreadlocks, facial hair and tattoos on both arms. He wore a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

Metro PCS, 2 Chicago Ave., was robbed at gunpoint at 11:54 a.m. on Aug. 17. A man in his late teens or early 20s entered the establishment, began asking questions and then pulled a silver handgun from his waist area and demanded money. The robber also demanded the business phone and the employee's personal cellphone. He was described as 5-foot-6 and wearing a white T-shirt with an Air Jordan logo and faded blue jeans. He fled eastbound in the south alley of Chicago Avenue. The loss was an estimated $300 for the business and $299 for the employee.

An Oak Park man was robbed at gunpoint in the 600 block of Garfield at 10:21 p.m. on Aug. 17. The victim was walking when he was approached from the rear. The robber displayed a chrome revolver on his hip and demanded the victim's backpack and phone. The offender then removed the victim's backpack, which contained books, an iPhone and a wallet with miscellaneous ID and credit cards. The robber then fled southbound on Wesley from Garfield. The estimated loss is $300. The robber was described as between 6 feet and 6-foot-3, 230 to 260 pounds, possible facial hair and wearing a black hoodie and black pants.

An Oak Park man was robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of South Cuyler at 12:42 a.m. on Aug. 18. The victim was approached from the rear by a man pointing a revolver at him and demanding everything he had. The victim dropped his book bag, Samsung cellphone, headphones and wallet. The robber grabbed the property and fled southbound on Cuyler, entered a purple Chevy Impala and drove off eastbound on Washington. The estimated loss was $150. The robber was described as 5-foot-10, 250 pounds and wearing a dark hoodie, a bandana around his face and blue jeans.



A man and a woman exchanged $180 in counterfeit money at the concession counter of Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., at 9:50 p.m. on Aug. 22. The man was described as being between 40 and 50 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, with a slim build and black afro and wore a short-sleeved shirt and dark athletic pants with white stripes on the side. The woman was described as between 40 and 50 years old, with a medium build, and wearing a green military-style baseball cap and a green jacket.

A thief stole a book bag from a Brookfield resident during a medical emergency on the CTA Green Line in the 1100 block of South Boulevard at 4:43 p.m. on Aug. 19. The book bag contained a pink wallet, a silver wallet, two credit cards, an Illinois driver's license, a social security card, a Cricket phone, a phone charger and cash. The estimated loss is $100.


Aggravated robbery

An Oak Park resident and Naperville resident were robbed in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue at 2:42 a.m. on Aug. 17. One of the victims was standing outside his vehicle when he was approached by a man who demanded his property and searched his pockets. The robber then reportedly grabbed a phone and purse containing a wallet, ID and credit cards from the second victim who was seated in the car. A second offender then reached into the car and reportedly took the victim's purse containing medication, cash, and a messenger bag containing two Android tablets and car keys. The first robber was described as in his mid-20s, 5-foot-10, with a medium build, short braids and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. The second robber was described as in his mid-20s, 5-foot-8, and wearing a gray sweatshirt. The estimated loss is $1,240. 


Burglary arrest

Anthony Kodykowski, 26, of the 5000 block of South Kolin Avenue in Chicago, was arrested at 6:46 a.m. on Aug. 21 in the 700 block of South Austin and charged with burglary. No additional information was given on that charge. He also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the station and held in lieu of bond.


Aggravated robbery arrest

Anthony Brown, 25, of the 5400 block of West Washington in Chicago, was arrested in the 900 block of South Humphrey at 2:19 a.m. on Aug. 18 and charged with aggravated robbery that occurred at the same location. He was transported to the station, processed and held for bond hearings. 


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Aug. 17-23, 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. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger


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Ken Stucken  

Posted: August 29th, 2017 8:50 PM

Ok, admittedly I'm not a huge basketball fan so I did have to go look at the pictures. Without trying to start a race war, I would classify each of them as black or having some African background. Chicago Police use politically correct codes, I'm not sure how Oak Park does it. These are the codes... RACE CODES: 1-BLACK, 2-WHITE, 3 -BLACK-HISPANIC, 4-WHITE-HISPANIC, 5-AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE, 6-ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLD The other description would be male or female. So in each of your 3 examples, I think that M1 would be the proper description. I think it would be helpful for us to have this kind of description if we are to be aware of armed robbers in the neighborhood. The stories give the color of the gun, the color of the hoodies, the color of the jeans. Would it be so terrible to give a description of the perp? Now, it is possible that no race description was given, and in thinking about why, I have an idea. Maybe these are white people getting robbed, and they feel some guilt for being white? That way they could give descriptions about race without actually having to mention the color. Just a thought, I don't think like a liberal so you will need to provide insight. Now that you've piqued my interest, so to speak, maybe together we can start a dialog without any more name calling? We could even do it over coffee if you are more comfortable with that.

Ken Stucken  

Posted: August 29th, 2017 8:13 PM

Lol Maureen, I'm wondering where your mind was when you misspelled my name? Obviously it was in some happy place, you go girl! So help me understand why you are asking me about Bull's players complexions. If the police know their names and there are pictures of them on Google, how are they still able to evade arrest? What did they do anyway? Should we be on the lookout?

Kline Maureen  

Posted: August 29th, 2017 6:32 PM

@Ken Sucken - Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Luol Deng all played for the Chicago Bulls. How would you describe their complexions? If you don't know what they look like, do a google image search - and be sure to look at several images for each of them. I'm curious to know how you will categorize them so that someone reading your description can clearly differentiate who you're describing..

Ken Stucken  

Posted: August 29th, 2017 3:59 PM

Using descriptions like dreadlocks, short braids, and white T-shirt with Air Jordan logo is just a racist dog whistle. Shame on you.

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