Five people were victimized in armed street robberies in Oak Park last week.

The morning of July 12 a man and a woman inside their garage on the 300 block of South Humphrey were approached by two men, one of whom produced a hand gun and demanded they turn over their cell phones as well as $20 cash and assorted credit cards and IDs.

Around 1:30 a.m. July 14 a couple returning home on the 100 block of North Cuyler Ave. were approached by two men as they got out of their car. One man pointed a hand gun at the man while the other reached into the car and took the woman’s purse, which contained $10, a check book and assorted IDs.

Jamonte Phillips, 18, and Pierre A. Atkins, 21, both of Chicago, were stopped on the 200 block of Lake Street July 7 after matching the description of the duo who implied they had a gun and took an Oak Park boy’s iPod.


Latanya Clark-Oliver, 48, was allegedly observed by store employees in Whole Foods Market striking her 8-year-old son numerous times the afternoon of July 12. The boy finally fell to the floor, striking his head on a rest room door. The boy and his brother were turned over to their father, while the mother was held for a bond hearing.

A man known only as Jay is being sought on battery charges after he offered a Chicago woman a ride to her residence near Central Avenue and Madison late the night of July 7. However, he kept driving west into Oak Park. When the woman attempted to get out of the car after he stopped on the 400 block of Berkshire Avenue, he drove off, causing her to fall out the door and suffer cuts and bruises.

Bike thefts

A Chicago boy was arrested on the 200 block of North Scoville Ave. around 10:30 p.m. July 11 after the bike he was riding turned out to be registered and reported stolen from the OPRF high school area on July 8.

The next afternoon an Oak Park boy was one of several youths stopped on the 400 block of Lake Street following the report of a bike theft on the 300 block of Wesley Ave. The boy was found to be riding on a stolen bike, though not the one stolen on Wesley.

The next afternoon a third boy, from Chicago, was arrested on the 100 block of North East Avenue after being identified as the thief who stole his bike on the 100 block of South Humphrey Ave.

Other bikes were stolen in Oak Park on the 1200 block of Fair Oaks Ave., the 700 block of North Austin Blvd., the 1000 block of Wisconsin Ave., the 1100 block of Grove Ave., three on the 1150 block of South Humphrey Ave, and three from around Oak Park and River Forest High School. In River Forest bikes were stolen from the yard of a home on the 500 block of Forest Ave. overnight July 8 and from an unlocked garage on the 700 block of Monroe the night of July 12.


Isaac I. Thompson, 19, was allegedly spotted by police walking on the 600 block of North Oak Park Avenue around 5 a.m. July 9 holding a laptop computer. After a brief foot chase, Thompson was arrested on the 700 block of West Augusta Blvd. The laptop’s owner reportedly identified it as the one taken in a burglary.

Jordan T. Rowe, 17, of the 1100 block of Gunderson Ave. turned himself into police July 8 for his part in a June 30 burglary on the 400 block of North Marion St. Police say Rowe made a statement implicating himself in the burglary, which netted a television and laptop valued in total at $2,500.

Someone entered a home on the 800 block of South Humphrey through an unlocked window June 30 and stole electronic games, a cell phone and $150 cash.

Burglars stole a reported $14,900 worth of computer and photographic equipment from an unlocked car on the 900 block of Fair Oaks Ave. the morning of July 7.


Marcus D. Craig, 18, of Chicago was allegedly observed running from Robinson’s Ribs on the 1000 block of Madison Street with crumpled up currency in his hands the afternoon of July 10. He jumped on a bike and sped off, but was apprehended on the 1000 block of North Blvd. The money reportedly was stolen from a tip jar.


Wilfredo Irizarry, Jr., 29, of Berwyn was found asleep over the wheel of a car on the 400 block of South Ridgeland Ave. with the car in gear and his foot on the brake around 5 a.m. July 8. Police charged him with aggravated DUI after determining his license was revoked.

Terri A. Guyton, of Chicago had been 21 years of age for six minutes when she was reportedly involved in a traffic accident on the 6100 block of North Ave. July 14. After Guyton was treated for her injuries and released from a hospital, a blood test allegedly showed her blood alcohol level to be over .08, and she was found to be driving on a suspended license and with no proof of insurance.

Vincent A. Rodgers, 22, of Elmhurst was taken to West Suburban Hospital after a traffic crash around 4 a.m. July 13. Police say he had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

Patrick R. Bulmer, 18, was allegedly found to be driving under the influence after a traffic stop on the 1300 block of Franklin Ave. around 1:30 a.m. July 13.


George J. Kwit, 29, and Mia Beltrami, 19, both of the 200 block of Washington Blvd., were charged with felony drug possession after allegedly being found in possession of suspected heroin after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the first block of Lake Street the night of July 12. Kwit, who was on probation at the time, was also charged with parole violation.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from July 7 to July 14. 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.

-Compiled by Bill Dwyer

Crime Plus

Man walks out of currency exchange with $48,000

A man walked into a currency exchange at North Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue the morning of July 12 and walked out with a Western Union delivery box containing $48,000 in cash. An employee of the North and Narragansett Currency Exchange said the business’s owner had called instructing the box be turned over to the man. The business owner reportedly said he never gave those instructions to anyone.

For your information

Emil Amarei, 34, was allegedly following a River Forest girl in a red Ford van on the 7500 block of Division around 8:30 a.m. July 11. Police say they stopped Amarei after an earlier report of a girl being followed by a stranger. Amarei, whom police say has an “extensive criminal record,” reportedly had his shorts unzipped. The girl did not want to sign a complaint, but police are issuing a “critical reach” bulletin.

The previous morning, shortly 8 a.m., a girl reported being followed by a man in a car as she walked to Willard School from Chicago Avenue and Harlem. The man stopped on the 1000 block of Ashland Avenue and asked her name and age before driving off.

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