The Oak Park police are reaching out to the community for help in capturing an assailant they believe to be responsible for three recent attacks on women. The string of attacks all took place between March 30 and April 4.
The Oak Park Police Department is investigating a March 30 underage drinking party in which a group of teenagers allegedly gathered in a house without permission of the homeowners, who were away at the time.
Someone removed a silver 1996 Honda Accord from a garage located on the 800 block of N. Euclid on March 29. The vehicle was later recovered on the 2800 block of Mont Clare in Chicago, with interior and exterior damage. No suspects were apprehended.
Two police officers wearing dark clothing and bullet-proof vests cruise the streets of River Forest in an unmarked cop car. They spot a man dressed in plaid flannel who matches the description of a local car burglar. The officer in the passenger seat quickly shuffles out of his vest, pulls on a blue baseball cap, and steps out of the car.
In response to a public statement made by one of its officers that information about underage drinking parties and citations are typically kept from the media, the Oak Park Police Department said Friday that the officer in question misspoke, and that no such media policy exists.
A female juvenile landed in the hospital and another juvenile was cited for possession of alcohol after an underage drinking party got out of hand earlier this month. Oak Park police officers responded to a call at a residence on the 200 block of S. Lombard Ave. on March 5 to find a young woman who seemed to be unconscious, presumably from alcohol consumption.
An unknown offender approached the victim in the parking lot of TFC Bank at 800 N. Harlem Ave. at just after 11:30 a.m. March 24 and asked for a cigarette. He then snatched a bank deposit bag from the victim's hand as she searched through her pockets.
Two juveniles were arrested on March 15 and charged with criminal damage to property for graffiti incidents in River Forest and Forest Park. Both admitted to being part of a larger social circle of graffiti artists that targets public property in the two villages, Oak Park, and surrounding areas.