A suspect in the July 19 armed robbery and brutal beating of a Forest Park nurse was arrested last Wednesday night in Cicero. Mark A. Goree, 21, of Chicago, was one of two men arrested by Cicero police, responding to a call of three armed street robberies in Berwyn.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Sept. 10, an Oak Park detective, responding to a report of an armed robbery at Buona Beef in Berwyn, was waved down by the victim of a street robbery. A witness then gave the detective a description of the car used in the robbery, a silver or grey Dodge Charger. That description was radioed to other municipalities, and the car was spotted on the 4700 block of Roosevelt Road, shortly before 11 p.m. One suspect ran from the car, but Goree and 17-year-old Martise Bloodson, both of the 5300 block of West Van Buren, were arrested.

According to Forest Park Det. Sgt. Mike Keating, Goree made a statement implicating himself in the attack on Forest Park resident Janice Johnson after being identified, Thursday, in both photo and physical lineups.

He has been charged with four felonies, including armed violence, armed robbery and two counts of aggravated battery.

“She was adamant about it being him,” Keating said. “She picked him out right away.”

Oak Park Detective Commander Clemet Harbour said his investigators intend to interview Goree about his alleged role in at least two armed street robberies in Oak Park in July.

-Bill Dwyer

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