There were three more armed robberies in Oak Park last week, one each on Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Dec. 26. In the last incident, an Oak Park man disarmed a gunman after the robber struck his with the weapon.

The night of Dec. 26 a resident of the 200 block of North Austin Blvd. was confronted outside his home by a man who displayed a 9 mm hand gun and demanded his money. When the man turned over $7 and his cell phone, the robber struck him in the head with the weapon. The victim then fought back and managed to take the other man’s gun.

The robber then tried to bargain with the man, telling him he’d return the cash and cell phone if the man would return his Kel-tec 9 mm semi automatic pistol.

“He did give him his property back,” said a rather amused Det. Commander Clemet Harbour. “But he didn’t get his gun back.” Instead, the victim-turned victor turned it over to police.

An Oak Park woman was robbed at gunpoint inside her garage Christmas night. Police say the woman had just entered her garage on the 300 block of S. Oak Park Avenue when a man grabbed her from behind, placed a hand over her mouth, and a gun against her throat. He stated, “Shut up. Don’t tell anyone. Give me your money,” and took $40 from her. He then entered a dark-colored car and drove off. (A similar robbery reportedly occurred a short time later on the 900 block of Ferdinand in Forest Park.)

Christmas Eve morning, a delivery man was robbed on the 700 block of N. Harlem by a gunman who grabbed him, spun him around and pointed a silver revolver at him. The deliveryman turned over $2,300 in cash.


Dec. 13-20, someone cut a screen and broke a window to enter a vacant home on the 700 block of Erie. Miscellaneous jewelry, a coin collection and cash, totaling $4,000, was stolen.

The door of an apartment on the 200 block of S. Maple was pried open during the day, Dec. 22. The home was ransacked and $50 cash and a DVD player stolen.

During the day Dec. 22, the window of a car parked on the 900 block of Lake was smashed and a down jacket and car stereo stolen.

Brute force was used to break the side door of a garage on the 900 block of N. Grove, Dec. 19-21. Two snowblowers, valued at $850, were stolen.

The rear door of A-1 Pawnshop, 6141 North Ave., was pried open the night of Dec. 24. Security cameras captured the image of the intruder, but nothing was reported missing.

Dec. 24-26, the rear door of Pete’s Red Hots, 6346 Roosevelt, was pried open. A cash register was forced open, but no loss reported.

Overnight Dec. 25, the front door of Happiness Chinese restaurant was pried open. Thieves couldn’t get through the inner door, so they threw a flower pot through a large inner vestibule window, and carried off a cash register, containing $150.

Overnight Dec. 25, burglars entered a hairstyling salon at 114 Marion through an unlocked outer door, broke an interior window, and stole $1,400 from a cash register.


Major L. Reynolds, of Fairview Heights, reportedly ran his 2002 Lexus into a street sign pole on the 6100 block of North Ave. shortly before 10 a.m., Dec. 26. Police say Reynolds, who allegedly had slurred speech and “pinpoint pupils,” was driving high on drugs. Reynolds, who was nearly 300 miles from home, was also reportedly driving on a suspended license and had no insurance.


Markust Ashford, 21, of Chicago’s South Side, allegedly pushed his father during an argument on the 900 block of N. Taylor, the morning of Dec. 21, causing him to fall into a piece of furniture and suffer lacerations.

Jimmy A. Hicks, 33, of the 700 block of North Austin allegedly punched a woman in the face around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 26.

Unlawful use of a weapon

Jermale Jarrett, who was reportedly present at a Dec. 21 incident in which a man attempting to rob another man was shot three times, was charged with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, Dec. 24. Investigators say Jarrett was found in possession of a revolver with a defaced serial number. Jarrett, who was paroled from prison in March from a drug conviction, is being held without bond awaiting a Jan. 2 court date.

Criminal trespass to motor vehicle

Quintin L. Walker, 28, was the driver of a car spotted parked on the 5900 block of Superior with its hazard lights flashing around 9 p.m., Christmas day. After the car was determined to have been stolen earlier that day, Walker, who was paroled from prison in May was charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle and returned to the Stateville Correctional Center on a parole violation. His two passengers, Kikema Cole, 17, and Nikita Cole, 20, both of Chicago, were charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle.

Criminal trespass to property

William Clemons, Jr., of the 900 block of North Blvd., was arrested for criminal trespass after returning to Borders, 1144 Lake, the evening of Dec. 26, despite being warned not to return.

Outside warrant

Police responding to a disturbance at the BP Amoco station, 7140 Roosevelt, the night of Dec. 21, found Fernando Pineda, 21, of Lyons, arguing with a station clerk. A name check turned up two Cook County Sheriff arrest warrants on Pineda, one for DUI and one for criminal defacement.

Theopolies R. Stevenson, 35, of Chicago was stopped on the 300 block of N. Austin the afternoon of Dec. 26 after matching the description of a man involved in a Dec. 21 shooting. He was arrested on a DuPage County arrest warrant for contempt of court.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Dec. 22 to Dec 29. 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

People unclear on the concept

Joseph E. Ramos, 25, of Berwyn reportedly took a taxi from downtown Chicago to Oak Park Avenue and Roosevelt Road around 3 a.m., Dec. 20. When he arrived, however, he allegedly refused to pay, and became belligerent, then combative, first with the taxi driver, and then police. After a brief struggle, Ramos was arrested. He was charged with theft of services, aggravated battery, aggravated resisting and resisting arrest.

That about covers it

A briefcase containing, among other things, a Bible, a knife and a flask, was stolen from an unlocked car on the 400 block of N. Ridgeland overnight, Dec. 25.

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