Two men who allegedly went on a crime spree that spanned Oak Park, Forest Park, Berwyn and Chicago are in custody.
Police are investigating Dijon Edwards of Chicago, 19, and a Chicago juvenile in the Oak Park branch of the spree, which consisted of two July 5 armed robberies and a July 7 carjacking.
In the first robbery, which occurred at Subway, 208 Lake in Oak Park, two males displayed a gun and demanded money, according to a police summary. A Subway employee complied and gave them roughly $605.
In the second robbery, at the 7-Eleven at South Blvd. and Euclid, one suspect allegedly showed a gun and demanded money, then struck the store’s clerk in the face with the gun. The suspect then stole scratch-off lottery tickets and Newport cigarettes valued at a total of $155. A third suspect was allegedly involved in the second case.
In the carjacking, an Oak Park man was walking up to his blue Chevy Tahoe parked in front of his home on the 1000 block of N. Humphrey. A suspect approached the victim, pointed a gun at him, and demanded the keys to his truck. The suspect then drove away with the truck, which also contained an Apple iPhone and a Bluetooth headset.
However, Chicago police found the truck last week, and arrested Edwards and the juvenile. Chicago police are investigating the pair’s involvement in as many as six armed robberies, as well, Oak Park police said.
Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Carl Leidy said the carjacking victim positively identified Dijon as the man who stole his truck, and police are planning to hold a lineup with Dijon for the 7-Eleven clerk.
A gun, as well as cash, was recovered from the vehicle.
The Subway employee is not cooperating for fear of retribution, Leidy said, but police may go forward with prosecuting that case, as well.
“We feel from the victim’s statement that these are the offenders,” Leidy said.
Oak Park police have not yet decided whether to charge the juvenile as an adult for the crimes, Leidy said, but that’s a step that Chicago has taken in its cases.
Dijon has a bond hearing on Thursday, according to Leidy.