There were six robberies in Oak Park last week, five on the street, including four within a seven-hour period on Saturday.

Shortly before noon Nov. 21, two young men got out of an older model car and approached a man in his garage on the 1100 block of Home. The first of the two men, described as in his 30s and with a heavy build, demanded money from the man in the garage. Told he had no cash, the pair frisked him, then ransacked his car and stole his prescription sunglasses. The heavy man then pulled a knife and told the victim to stay in his garage and lower his overhead door.

Patrol officers monitoring a radio broadcast description of the thieves’ car spotted the vehicle on the I-290 eastbound entrance ramp at Austin Boulevard and followed it, but lost it passing Cicero Avenue.

Later that same afternoon, two men in their late teens or early 20s took an Oak Park man’s MP3 player and cellphone from him while he was outside his home on the 900 block of N. Lombard.

Just before 6:30 p.m. that evening, two young men approached an Oak Park man from behind on the 100 block of N. Taylor and grabbed his cellphone. One of the thieves then displayed a blue steel handgun, demanded his money and stole his gym shoes and $150 cash.

Five minutes later, on the first block of Lake, two young men approached a man from behind, pushed him to the ground and punched him in the head. They took the man’s cellphone and ran to a waiting 1990s model silver four-door sedan with temporary plates that contained two other men.

“We’re definitely looking at the same crew on the last two robberies,” said Commander Len Jorgensen.

Oak Park woman fights off attackers

An Oak Park woman returning from work the evening of Nov. 16 was accosted by two teenagers who approached her as she walked to her home on the 100 block of N. Taylor and stole a pager from her purse.

“I thought it weird that they passed me single file and, as that thought was crossing my mind, one of them snatched my purse,” the woman said in an e-mail. One of the thieves head-butted the woman in the lip and tried to bite her hand.

The woman said she “put up a fairly large fight and a big enough racket that they both took off running.”

Two arrests

John McMichael, 64, was stopped on the 500 block of Gunderson around 4:30 a.m. Nov. 20 and arrested after a victim identified him as the person who attempted the armed robbery of the 7-Eleven store at 515 Madison. McMichael, of 5130 W. Jackson, Chicago, was paroled from prison Oct. 14 from an aggravated unlawful use of a weapon conviction.

The afternoon of Nov. 21, a Cicero juvenile was arrested after a lineup at the county juvenile detention center. He was identified as one of two people who, at gunpoint Nov. 11, took $1,000 from the hardware store on the first block of Chicago Avenue in Oak Park.

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