Oak Park police arrested a man Thursday, March 9, who was being sought in the December murder of a man in Woodridge. Woodridge police had contacted Oak Park around 11:15 a.m. to alert them to be on the lookout for Carlos Oden, a 25-year-old Chicago resident. Just after 11:30 a.m., Oak Park officer Ted Smith spotted a car on Madison Street at Oak Park Avenue that matched the description given by Woodridge police. With assistance from other units, Smith pulled the car over in the 900 block of Madison.

Oden was charged last Friday by the DuPage County State’s Attorney with first-degree murder in the shooting of his 27-year-old cousin, Carzell Edgar Oden. Carzell Oden was found dead, slumped in the passenger seat of his 2002 Lexus in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Woodridge on December 21. He’d been shot once in the head.


 Someone broke the deadbolt on a garage door in the 500 block of North Lombard Avenue overnight March 5. A stationary sander machine, three saws, two compressors and four hammers, totaled in value at $9,738, were stolen.

 Someone pried off the rear window of a residence in the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard sometime on March 6. Various shoes, perfume and jewelry valued at $2,165, as well as $400 in cash was stolen.

 Over night on March 6 someone punched out the door lock of a Chevy Van parked in the 1100 block of Pleasant Street. A television, electrical components and various tools valued in total at $2,100 were stolen.

Aggravated robbery

Two men in hooded sweatshirts robbed a Chicago man in the 700 block of South Boulevard just after noon March 7. One thief grabbed the man’s arm and placed a hard object against his back. The other man then rifled through the man’s pockets and took his wallet, containing $110, miscellaneous credit cards and various IDs.

Unlawful use of a weapon

Willard Pugh, Jr., 40, and McKinley D. Pugh, 20, both of the 4900 block of West Augusta Boulevard in Chicago, were pulled over around 1 a.m. March 7. McKinley, the driver, allegedly had a suspended driver’s license a no proof of insurance. A search of the car following his arrest reportedly turned up a fully loaded magazine for a semi-automatic handgun. Willard, the passenger, said the magazine was his, and that the gun was in the car’s trunk. Willard was then also arrested and a search allegedly found more ammo in his pockets.

Auto crimes

 Barry F. Hayes, 39, of Maywood, was arrested the morning of March 7 after police ran the license plate number of the car he was fueling in the first block of Harrison Street. The car had allegedly been reported stolen out of Forest Park on March 2.

 An unlocked service door allowed someone to enter a garage in the 1000 block of South Lyman Avenue overnight on March 9 and drive off in a 2003 Dodge Durango.

 Someone attempted to steal an Oldsmobile 88 parked in the 200 block of Lake Street between March 4 and March 7. A door lock was punched out and the steering column “peeled” in an unsuccessful attempt to start the car.

 A 1990 Cadillac Seville stolen in Oak Park March 7 was recovered by Chicago police in the 500 block of North Waller Avenue the night of March 9. No arrests were made.

 A 2000 Volkswagon Golf reported stolen in the 300 block of Maple Avenue March 11 was recovered early on March 12 by Chicago police on the West Side of Chicago.


 Joshua Araujo, 25, of Hickory Hills, was allegedly determined to be driving under the influence during a traffic accident investigation the night of March 6. A name check after his arrest reportedly determined his license was suspended.

 Ontwan B. Stokes, 28, of the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard, was allegedly found to be driving under the influence during a traffic investigation just before 3 a.m. March 7.


 A woman walking in the alley between the 100 blocks of North Austin Boulevard and Humphrey Avenue was accosted around 11 p.m. March 6 by a man in a hooded sweatshirt who grabbed her purse and demanded her property. When the woman screamed, the thief released her purse and fled, joining up nearby with a second hooded man.

 Someone smashed a passenger window of a car parked near Roosevelt School in River Forest the evening of March 10. A purse containing a cell phone, $45, a driver’s license and assorted credit cards was stolen.

 An unsecured, unattended laptop valued at $3,550 was stolen from a first-floor office of a business in the 6500 block of North Avenue the afternoon of March 6.

 Two unsecured 28-foot fiberglass ladders valued at $800 were stolen from a roof rack of a Comcast Cable truck March 6.

 A young woman attempted to purchase items at Linens ‘n Things, 7231 Lake St., with an ATM card the afternoon of March 8. While clerks were dealing with her, a man walked out with a two-piece lamp set valued at $90. Both people then fled. The woman was later determined to have bought $500 worth of merchandise with the card at Petco.

 A man ran out of the Blockbuster Video, 200 Lake St., shortly after midnight March 12 with eight or 10 video games.

Criminal damage to property

 The afternoon of March 8 a Chicago woman returned to her car parked in the bank parking lot at 11 Madison St. to find a front tire slashed. At that time, a short, older, balding man offered to change the tire for $10. The woman accepted the offer, and the man left.

 Early on the night of March 8 in the 1100 block of Wisconsin Avenue, someone broke the middle passenger-side window of a 2003 Ford Windstar. Also broken was the driver’s-side window of a 1997 Ford Windstar. Total estimated damage was $600.

 The evening of March 9 someone broke the front passenger window of a Pontiac Grand Prix in the 100 block of North Humphrey. A backpack, glove compartment and center console were ransacked, but nothing was reported stolen.

 For the sixth time in a week, someone spray-painted a car. A 2003 Ford Mustang in the 400 block of Clinton Avenue was spray-painted overnight March 6.

Hindering police

A Chicago boy was overheard uttering obscenities near the Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue intersection the afternoon of March 7. The youth refused to stop when confronted by police, then starting spitting. He was arrested, processed and turned over to his mom.

Outside warrant

 Tyrone Harper, 38, of the 200 block of Mason Avenue, Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of North Cuyler Avenue the morning of March 8. Harper was wanted on two Cook County Sheriff bond forfeiture warrants related to residential burglary.

 Van D. Fines, 45, of Country Club Hills was stopped by police during a retail theft investigation at Border’s Books, 1144 Lake Street, the morning of March 8. He was found to be wanted by Chicago Police on a warrant for alleged possession of drugs.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from March 5 to March 12. 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

An Addison man crashed his car into a fire hydrant in the 800 block of Madison early Saturday morning after apparently suffering an asthma attack. Misael Reynoso, 36, was found by firefighters seated upright in his car around 1:20 a.m. Saturday morning. The car had jumped a curb and struck a fire hydrant at Carpenter and Madison streets, suffering what officials termed “minor damage.” Reynoso was not breathing, and paramedics attempted to resuscitate him. They were unsuccessful, and he was taken to nearby RUSH Oak Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m.

Police contacted Reynoso’s brother, who told them that Misael had a history of asthma. An asthma inhaler was found inside the car at the accident scene.

Calling all cars

Search for WMDs continues

Someone pried open the front door of the Armed Services recruiting office at 101 Madison St. overnight March 10. While both the Army and Navy recruiting offices were ransacked, nothing was reported taken. Total damage was reportedly $500.

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