Oak Park police are investigating two armed robberies committed last week. Shortly before midnight, June 14, an Oak Park woman and a friend were entering the enclosed front porch area of her apartment building when someone yelled out. The pair waited for a young man to enter the enclosed area, then he held the door open for three other men wearing hoodies or T-shirts pulled over their face. The three then pulled out handguns and demanded the woman’s handbag. She turned it over, and the thieves also took $20 and a cellphone from her friend.

Shortly before midnight, June 9, an Oak Park juvenile walking on the 700 block of South Lombard Ave. was approached by five young men, all dressed in black and wearing black scarves on their faces. One said, “Give me your stuff or I’ll shoot you in the head,” as he placed his hand on his waistband. The boy gave up his shirt and shorts.


A woman on a CTA Green Line train at the Oak Park station, the afternoon of June 10, had her iPhone grabbed from her hand. When the woman attempted to chase after the thief, several of the thief’s accomplices surrounded her, and one took her iPod and earphones from her carry bag. Total loss was $600.

The evening of June 11, another Oak Park woman riding the Green Line had her cellphone grabbed from her hand by a man as the train entered the Ridgeland Ave. station. The man exited and fled.


Taron J. Matthews, 24, of the 6100 block of North Ave., was reportedly in an argument with a woman around 11 p.m., June 14. He allegedly settled the dispute by punching her in the face, then repeatedly kicking her in the stomach. He was arrested later, on the first block of Lake St.

Two men in their early 20s approached an Oak Park man on the 400 block of North Taylor Ave. the night of June 10. When the man declined a request by one for a cigarette, the man punched him in the face, and the two ran off.


Burglars pried open the side door of a business on the 1000 block of South Blvd., the night of June 8, and stole 40 computer hard drives, a 22-inch flat-screen monitor and $350 cash. Total loss was $10,305.

An unlocked side door allowed thieves to enter a garage on the 1000 block of Lyman Ave., overnight June 8, and steal a bike and tools valued at $1,300.

Thieves entered through an unlocked rear window on the 200 block of North Grove, the afternoon of June 12, and stole a television, laptop computer and iPod valued in total at $2,550.

Someone entered an unlocked van on the 1000 block of Home Ave., the morning of June 8, and stole a purse containing $100, credit cards and a cellphone.

A wallet, $20, cellphone and fire department badge were stolen from an unlocked work van on the 300 block of Linden Ave., the morning of June 11.

Thieves broke the side window of a car on the 1100 block of South Maple Ave., June 8, and stole a GPS device and an iPod.

Someone broke the window of a car on the Concordia University campus, 7400 Augusta Blvd., the afternoon of June 9. A GPS device and cellphone were stolen.

A GPS screen, valued at $1,000, was stolen from an unlocked car on the 1100 block of South Grove Ave., overnight June 8.

Two bikes were stolen from a garage on the 900 block of Keystone Ave. A witness saw three older teens ride up on older bikes, leave them on a front lawn, and ride off on the newer bikes.


Edgar C. Reyes, 21, was reportedly involved in a single-car traffic crash on the first block of Division St., shortly before 7 a.m., June 11. Reyes, who suffered a large abrasion on his head, was treated at West Suburban Hospital, where he was reportedly determined to be over the legal blood alcohol level limit. Beside DUI, police charged Reyes with damage to village property, failure to reduce speed, no seat belt and disobeying a traffic signal.

Victor Hugo Espana Orellano, 49, was charged with DUI after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation around 12:30 a.m., June 15, on the 7800 block of Lake St.

Unlawful use of a weapon

Julius M. Martin, 25, allegedly had a loaded revolver on the seat next to him when he was pulled over near Thatcher and North avenues for an alleged traffic violation around 2:30 a.m., June 14. Martin, who was on parole from prison from a domestic battery conviction and violation of an order of protection, was charged with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, in addition to possession of marijuana and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

Outside warrant

Officials at Dominick’s, 259 Lake St., declined to press charges against Patrick M. Schneider, of Cleveland, Ohio, after he allegedly tried to steal a bottle of vodka, the afternoon of June 9. Oak Park police did, however, arrest Schneider on an Ohio warrant for child neglect, domestic battery and resisting.


A handgun, valued at $425, was stolen from a home on the 6000 block of Roosevelt Rd., sometime June 5-10.

A girl’s bike was stolen from Keystone Park, the night of June 11, after the girl left the bike unattended to use the restroom facilities.

Copper downspouts or gutters were stolen from River Forest homes on the 900 block of Monroe Ave., the 1000 block of Keystone Ave. and the 800 block of Bonnie Brae Ave.

John G. Bland, 51, of Chicago was stopped on the 800 block of Madison, the morning of June 14, by police responding to reports of a retail theft at a nearby Walgreens. A search of Bland’s person allegedly turned up items concealed in his clothing.

Criminal damage to property

A Hummer H2, parked on the 200 block of Chicago Ave., suffered $3,000 damage when someone scratched it extensively with an unknown object, the afternoon of June 3.

The rear windshield of a BMW 330i, parked on the 1000 block of Washington Blvd., was smashed, overnight June 10. Damage was $2,000.

Someone used a key to scratch “G-O-D,” into the paint job of a car parked on the 100 block of South Blvd., overnight June 11. The vehicle is owned by a religious order.

Two cars were vandalized, overnight June 12, on the 800 block of Lake St. One car had its right front tire punctured. The other suffered $2,300 damage, including all four tires punctured and writing scratched into the paint job.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from June 8 to June 15. 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.

-Bill Dwyer

Crime Plus

Wrong move, son

An Oak Park boy was arrested at Oak Park and River Forest High School, the afternoon of June 13, for communicating with a witness. The boy reportedly threatened a River Forest girl who was witness to an incident for which the boy was arrested last March.

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