Oak Park police charged Isaias Rocha, 19, of Maywood, and Miguel Riveria, 20, of Melrose Park with aggravated discharge of a firearm last Tuesday after Rocha allegedly fired two shots from a .357 magnum handgun at another car they had been chasing since an altercation in Maywood. The incident happened in the middle of the 800 block of North Oak Park Ave. a little after 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. In addition to the weapon charge, Riveria was also charged with driving on a revoked license, having no insurance, and driving with license plates suspended due to no insurance. Police were looking to press attempted murder charges against the two men, but the alleged victims of the shooting refused to press charges.

Armed robbery

Around 1 a.m. June 29 a man exited a maroon Oldsmobile in the 600 block of South Austin and confronted an Oak Park man, demanding his money. The robber showed the man a black semiautomatic hand gun and removed a cell phone, driver’s license and three keys from the man’s pockets. He then jumped back in the car, which was occupied by four other men, and fled.


A Bellwood man walking in the 700 block of South Austin was approached by four youths the mid-afternoon of June 28. Two of the youths starting punching him about the body, then all four fled.

That same afternoon an Oak Park juvenile was arrested after he was positively identified as the person who threatened another juvenile with a baseball bat.


Someone broke an interior basement window in a home in the 400 block of North Lombard during the day June 28. Two laptops worth a total of $3,750 were stolen.

Theft of auto

? Around 9 a.m. June 28, a 2000 Ford Explorer parked in the Ridgeland Common lot was stolen. Total loss, including a cell phone and golf clubs, was $16,050.

? A 1994 Dodge Caravan valued at $1,500 was stolen from the 1000 block of Washington Blvd. overnight on June 29.

? Four Chicago juveniles were arrested just before 10 p.m. June 29 after being positively identified as the individuals who broke the rear side window of a car and attempted to peel the steering column. They were charged with attempted auto theft, criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, and possession of burglary tools. Three of the juveniles were released to their parents, while a fourth, 12 years old, was turned over to Chicago authorities for two active warrants for failure to appear in court.

? A motorcycle valued at $7,680 was stolen in the 400 block of Washington Blvd. overnight on June 28 after thieves cut through a Kryptonite lock.

Possession of controlled substance

Larry G. Spillers, 28, of Oak Park and Norbert J. Gonzales, 29, of Chicago were arrested near Spiller’s residence around 11 p.m. June 30. The two were allegedly found to be in possession of six baggies of suspected heroin, and five hypodermic needles.


? Tools worth $6,000 were stolen from a construction site in the 1000 block of Forest Ave. in River Forest June 25 and 26.

? Sometime between June 7 and 8 someone stole $1,000 worth of gift certificates intended for a fund raising effort from the West Suburban Temple, 1040 Harlem Ave.

? Someone lifted a cell phone valued at $120 from a woman walking into the Lake Theater lobby late on June 30.

? The afternoon of June 27, a man was asked by one of two men in an elevator in the 100 block of South Ridgeland if he had a cigarette. When he got off, he discovered that he didn’t have his wallet containing $200, which had been in his tote bag.

? Around 7 a.m. on June 27, a Cicero woman shopping in the Jewel store at 438 Madison Ave. had her wallet, containing $50, lifted from her unsecured briefcase in an unattended shopping cart.

? A River Forest woman had her wallet stolen while shopping in Linens and Things, 7321 Lake St. the afternoon of June 30.

? Three teens were observed the afternoon of June 29 reaching through an open window of a Pontiac Grand Am in the 100 block of Washington Blvd. They stole a cell phone and three CDs.

? A juvenile male was observed taking an unattended backpack containing a wallet, credit cards and keys from the locker room at Ridgeland Common pool, 415 Lake St., the afternoon of June 28.

? Six metal lawn chairs and two foot stools valued at a total $475 were stolen from a yard in the 1150 block of South Scoville Ave. the morning of June 27. Four patio chairs and a power washer valued in total at $750 were stolen from a yard in the 500 block of South Elmwood June 23.

Retail theft

Three women with a child were observed by staff with a loaded shopping cart in the self pay line at the Jewel store at 7525 Lake St. the afternoon of June 30. A woman paid for several items, then attempted to leave without paying for the rest. She dropped numerous items as she fled to a waiting van.

Theft of services

Thomas C. Smith, of Westchester was arrested after he allegedly fled a cab without paying the fare. Smith was also reportedly found in possession of a “green leafy substance” and a pipe.

Bike thefts, etc.

Three juveniles riding on two bikes approached an Oak Park boy in the 600 block of Madison the afternoon of June 30. One asked the boy three times to ride his bike. When the boy said no, the juvenile pushed him off the bike and fled with his two other cohorts. Other bike thefts occurred last week in the 500 block of South Ridgeland, the 500 block of Wesley, the 200 block of South Lombard, and the 400 block of Edgewood in River Forest.

Outside warrant

Krzystof M. Duda, 22, of Elmwood Park was stopped by police for an alleged traffic violation near Austin and Jackson Blvd. before 7 a.m. June 27. A name check revealed Duda was sought by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for an immigration violation.

? These incidents were taken from Oak Park and River Forest Police department incident reports from June 28 to July 1. 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

This isn’t a car lot, Car Lot

River Forest police spotted Ronald D. Charavat, aka “Car Lot,” a reputed member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, in a car with a woman near Hawthorne and Franklin around 4 a.m. June 30. “Car Lot” was advised to take his business elsewhere.


An itch to scratch

Police are searching for the person behind nine instances of vandalism to autos last week. The autos were intentionally damaged by sharp objects between last Sunday and Wednesday. Overnight on June 27 someone used an unknown implement to scratch the fenders or trunk lids of four cars in the 900 block of Pleasant. Damage estimated at around $150 each was inflicted on a VW Jetta, Honda Accord, Saturn Vue and another auto. The night after that, four more cars were scratched. The trunk of a VW 1.8 T was scratched in the 300 block of South Scoville, causing $350 in damage, and three cars, including a Jeep Liberty, a BMW 325I, and a Mini Cooper, were similarly scratched, causing a total of $1,100 in damage.

On June 26 the side door of a GMC Envoy was scratched in the zero hundred block of Fillmore St.

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