A Brookfield man was car jacked last Wednesday afternoon in a downtown Oak Park parking garage. The carjacker displayed a chrome hand gun as the man was getting out of his 2003 Dodge Caravan around 4:15 p.m. and demanded the man’s car keys. When the man attempted to close his car door, the carjacker struck him under the left eye with the gun, and shoved his way inside. After taking $30 from the man, the assailant drove the van to the 100 block of North Waller in Chicago, where he ordered the owner to exit the car, then drove off east bound.

The victim was treated at West Suburban Hospital for a laceration under his eye. Stolen with his vehicle was a bag containing $700 in cash, as well as $2,000 in stamps belonging to the U.S. Postal Service. Total loss was $22,740.

Aggravated battery arrest

Jerry L. Partee, 28, of Chicago was arrested after allegedly punching his pregnant girl friend in the face while the two were in the West Suburban Hospital delivery room.

? An Oak Park juvenile was arrested in the 400 block of Wesley Ave. April 1 after being recognized by police as the individual wanted for an Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery in the 600 block of Madison March 31.


An Oak Park juvenile was accosted by four other juveniles around 1:30 the afternoon of April 1 in the 100 block of Madison. After a female juvenile slapped him in the face, a male juvenile demanded money. When the victim attempted to hand over $11, the other teen punched him in the face, and the victim dropped the cash. His attacker then picked up the money and the four assailants fled.

? After approaching a Hainesville woman from behind in the 500 block of South Cuyler April 1, a thief grabbed the woman’s gym bag containing clothes and makeup, he then took a purse containing a cell phone and fled. Loss was estimated at $505.

? Two men approached two women in the 600 block of Washington Blvd. around 9:30 p.m. April 4. One man grabbed one of the women’s purse and pulled, knocking her down. As he fled, the other man attempted to take the second woman’s purse, but was unsuccessful.


An Oak Park man entering his residence in the 1000 block of Edmer March 31 was approached by a teenager who solicited money. When the man complied, the teen entered his house and took a wallet containing $200 and fled.

? A Chicago woman’s wallet, containing $80 and various IDs, was stolen from her purse while in the Wonder Bread store at 6325 North Ave. The victim later confronted a man in the Just Jeans, 6405 W. North Ave., who allegedly matched the description of one seen following her just before the theft incident, after she caught him going through her purchases. He then fled the store.

Fifteen minutes later Oak Park police stopped a man on North Ave. near Harvey Ave who matched the broadcast description of the man in the theft incident. That man, Jerry L. Watkins, 28, of Chicago, was determined to be wanted by the Cook County Sheriff for violation of a conditional release and was arrested and held.

Retail theft

Michael Cooper, 28, of Chicago allegedly stole two packages of Huggies from the River Forest Jewel, 7525 Lake St. the morning of March 31. He was later arrested near Lake St. and Pine Ave. in Chicago by Oak Park police.

Auto burglary

Burglars smashed windows to break into six cars overnight on March 29. The incidents occurred in the 200 block of Grove (2), 600 block of Harrison, 700 block of South Kenilworth, 100 block of North Kenilworth, and on Chicago Ave. near Austin Blvd. Losses from damage and theft ranged from $200 to $850.


:Between 10 and 12 male juveniles attacked a former Oak Park juvenile near Austin Blvd. and Madison St. around 4 p.m. March 28. The youth was punched and kicked numerous times before falling to the ground.

Disorderly conduct

A man sat down next to a woman in the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. the afternoon of March 29 and proceed to rub his crotch area. He then cupped the same area and rocked back and forth before leaving.

Auto theft

Someone stole a 1994 Mercury Villager from a lot at 48 Lake St. overnight on March 30.

Possession of controlled substance, aggravated battery, etc.

Artis R. Liddell, 27, whom Oak Park police said is familiar to them from past encounters, was allegedly observed by police leaving a known narcotics location in the 100 block of South Austin Blvd. around 6:30 p.m. April 3 with a closed fist. When police approached Liddell, he reportedly struck the officer in the chest, then resisted attempts to arrest him. After his arrest, during which police say an officer was bitten on the hand, Liddell was allegedly found to be holding a bag of white powder that reportedly field tested positive for heroin.

? Brian P. Washburn, 31, of River Grove was allegedly discovered by police slumped over the wheel of his vehicle in the McDonald’s parking at 111 Madison the evening of March 31. Reportedly in the vehicle with him was a hypodermic needle containing an unknown dark red substance, as well as 11 other hypodermic needles, cotton, cooking caps, and a small bag of suspected heroin. Washburn was also determined to be wanted by the Cook County Sheriff on a PCS charge.

? River Forest police responded to a request from the manager of the McDonalds at 624 Harlem Ave. to remove an uncooperative individual around 4 p.m. April 1. The unidentified man, who refused to show ID or speak with police, became combative and was taken in to the station. He was found to be in possession of a woman’s wallet and $400, which were subsequently determined to be related to an earlier burglary in Chicago. The property was returned to its owner.

The above reported incidents are gleaned from Oak Park and River Forest police department incident reports from March 27 through April 3. 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.

?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer

Not quite like it is in the TV commercials

William S. Burcett, 19, apparently decided he’d go off-roading in Thatcher Woods in his 1973 Ford pick-up truck on March 30. Instead of fun and adventure, Burcett, who got firmly stuck on a trail, received a local ordinance violation ticket from River Forest police, and a towing bill from Cook County.

? Crime plus

“We have good news and bad news, ma’am…”

Rose M. Minor came to the Oak Park Police Department last Thursday looking to obtain a release for her impounded vehicle. However, a routine name check prior to releasing the property revealed that Minor was wanted by both Oak Brook police and the Cook County Sheriff for deceptive practice. She was turned over to Oak Brook police.

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