Woman assaulted in Columbus Park

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A Chicago woman, walking on a jogging path adjacent to the Eisenhower Expressway near Austin Boulevard in Columbus Park around 9 a.m., Sept. 19, was attacked by a man who knocked her down and punched her in the face. The woman started screaming as she fought with the man, who said nothing to her. Three men golfing nearby jumped a fence and chased the man with golf clubs, but he managed to escape.

The man is described as black, fair-skinned with a goatee, short braided hair, around 170 pounds and between 5-7 and 5-11.

The woman, who suffered a facial contusion and sore ribs, was treated and released from the hospital. She later called Wednesday Journal and said she wanted people in both Chicago and Oak Park to realize that there was a violent predator loose in Columbus Park.


There were at least six vehicle burglaries overnight, Sept. 18-19.

Someone broke the window of a car on the first block of Washington Boulevard and removed a car stereo and assorted coins.

Someone broke the window of a car on the 400 block of Washington Boulevard and stole a car stereo, and a satellite radio valued in total at $1,100.

Someone broke the window of a car on the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue and stole a car stereo, a garage door remote control and the title for the vehicle.

Someone entered an unlocked car on the 300 block of South East Avenue and stole a briefcase and the faceplate of a car stereo.

Someone broke the window of a car on the 800 block of Maple Avenue and stole a collapsable chair and a Maglite flashlight.

On the 200 block of North Austin Boulevard someone broke the window of a car and ransacked the interior.

Someone broke the window of a car on the 300 block of South Scoville Avenue, the night of Sept. 21, and stole a GPS device.


Allen R. Frazier, 36, of the 600 block of North Leamington Avenue, Chicago, was arrested the morning of Sept. 20 and charged with domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of that alleged crime after he reportedly punched an Oak Park woman on the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue in the face and head numerous times.

An Oak Park boy was arrested and charged with aggravated battery after he hit another Oak Park boy in the head with a lacrosse stick on the 100 block of Washington Boulevard the afternoon of Sept. 18.

A man became irate after being told he couldn't get same-day service for his jeans at a drycleaners on the 6300 block of North Avenue, the morning of Sept. 19. He responded by throwing the jeans in the clerk's face before retrieving them and stalking out of the business.


Robert L. DePrizio, 52, reportedly struck a guard rail in an alley behind the 7200 block of North Avenue around 12:30 a.m., Sept. 22. Police charged him with DUI alcohol and DUI in combination with drugs.

Michael G. West, 31, of Berwyn, was stopped for an alleged traffic offense on the 1200 block of South East Avenue shortly before 3 a.m., Sept. 23. Police say West smelled strongly of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes, and failed a field sobriety test.

Peter Vasylyk of the 800 block of North Campbell, Chicago, was stopped on the 300 block of Madison around 3 a.m., Sept. 19. Police say he smelled strongly of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test.

Stolen vehicle arrest

Jason C. Foster, 24, of the first block of North Latrobe Avenue, Chicago, was driving a car that was stopped for an alleged traffic offense, the night of Sept. 22, on the 1700 block of North McVicker. Officers noticed that the steering wheel of the car had been "peeled," a technique used to start cars without a key. A name check reportedly determined that Foster was driving on a suspended license.

Retail theft

Kathryn M. Wall of Berwyn allegedly placed several merchandise items under a duffel bag in a shopping cart and left the Walgreens drug store on Roosevelt Road without paying.

Morris Shannon, 34, was charged with retail theft and resisting arrest after allegedly stealing items from the Walgreens, 7251 Lake St., the morning of Sept. 18.

Disorderly conduct

Jermaine L. Reeves, was arrested after fighting with River Forest Town Center security who were escorting him out of Panera Bread, Sept. 18. Reeves was informed he'd be arrested for criminal trespass if he returns.

Bike thefts

A thief used a chair sitting in an alley in the first block of Harrison Street to climb over a locked gate in the rear of an apartment building, then cut the locks off two bikes, the night of Sept. 19.

A $700 bike was stolen from an enclosed front porch on the 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue sometime between Sept. 8 and Sept. 18.

The evening of Sept. 22, a Chicago boy was arrested at his home on the 4800 block of Jackson Boulevard for the Sept. 20 theft of a bike from an Oak Park garage.

A bike was stolen from the Dominican University Priory campus sometime between Sept. 14 and Sept. 19.


After the terms "Gimps" and "Axis" were found scrawled in black marker on a building on the 1000 block of South Humphrey Avenue, overnight Sept. 22, a neighborhood canvas turned up other instances of similar vandalism on the 1000 blocks of South Humphrey, 1000 block of Highland, the first block of Garfield Street, 1000 block of South Taylor, 1000 block of South Lyman, 2000 block of Harrison, 1000 and 900 blocks of South Ridgeland and 1000 and 800 blocks of South Elmwood.


Domingo Swift, 18, of the 5800 block of Superior, Chicago, was stopped near Austin Boulevard and Superior around 1:30 a.m., Sept. 18, for an alleged traffic violation. Swift, whom police say was driving on a suspended license, was wanted on a Chicago for driving on a revoked license.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Sept. 16 to 23. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Bill Dwyer

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