BB, paintball guns mean scary Halloween tricks 

BB gun mischief and vandalism marred Halloween night in Oak Park Oct. 31, Oak Park police said.

“The bad weather played a part in keeping a lot of people inside,” said Commander LaDon Reynolds. “But we had more vandalism incidents than we’ve seen in years past.”

Four parked cars were vandalized: Windows and windshields were smashed in the 1000 block of North East Avenue, the 400 block of North Oak Park Avenue and the 500 block of South Ridgeland Avenue. A parked car in the 1100 block of Fair Oaks had all four tires slashed. 

Air pellet guns made their presence known all over the village. 

Around 3 p.m., police charged a 16-year-old Elmwood Park boy with disorderly conduct after receiving information the offender intended to show up at Oak Park and River Forest High School at the end of the school day with a BB gun. He was caught in the 100 block of North Elmwood Avenue with a BB gun hidden inside his gray and black book bag.

Around 9:30 p.m. someone with a BB gun shot at and broke the glass of the door at the main entrance to Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue. Earlier the same evening, someone damaged two large front windows by firing a BB gun; this was in the 700 block of Hayes Avenue.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old Chicago boy was charged with battery after shooting a paintball at the right knee of a 9-year-old child at 7 p.m. in the 100 block of Greenfield Street.

But things got intense when a 911 caller reported five or six teenage men were on the Metra Train platform in the 100 block of South Boulevard with what looked like handguns and AK-47 assault weapons around 8 p.m. Responding officers heard smashing glass and observed a group of Oak Park residents on the platform holding what appeared to be black assault-type rifles. The guns turned out to be replicas and police arrested and charged five juveniles with mob action. 

Two 18-year olds were charged with criminal damage to property. 

Reynolds praised cool-headed officers for not reacting to dangerous-looking weapons. 

While replica pellet guns are not illegal if you’re over the age of 18, Reynolds said taking them out in public creates, “a dangerous situation.”

“Parents need to be cautious about purchasing CO2 pellet projectile weapons or replica weapons for their kids because these guns look real and there’s the potential for disastrous consequences,” Reynolds said.

— Compilled by Jean Lotus


Around 1:25 p.m., Oct. 27 three Chicago men were arrested and charged with burglary after admitting to burglarizing a residence in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue and being caught with the victim’s property in their possession.

Someone stole both the spare tire and the overnight parking sticker from a Toyota SUV, the night of Oct. 27-28, while it was parked in the 300 block of Washington Boulevard.

A man from the 700 block of East 91st Street in Chicago was arrested, Oct. 29, and charged with two counts of burglary and criminal damage to property for an incident in the 600 block of Lyman Avenue.

The night of Oct. 29-30 in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard, someone entered an unlocked Honda and stole two iPod charging cables and a CD case containing about 200 CDs.

A burglar broke a backyard ground-level window to enter a house in the 800 block of Lyman Avenue between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1, then ransacked three rooms and made off with jewelry. The same afternoon in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue, someone forced the deadbolt to enter a residence, tossed the place and stole cash, jewelry and electronics.


A bike locked to a pole at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue was stolen during school hours by someone who cut the cable lock, Oct. 29. Same day, same time, same location, a boy’s bike locked to a bike rack was also stolen.

A man grabbed and ran away with an Android phone from the counter at a store in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard Oct. 31 around 12:40 p.m.

Oct. 29 in the early evening, someone stole an extension ladder from the side of a residence in the 800 block of South Scoville Avenue.

The spare tire of a RAV4 was stolen while the car was parked in the rear of the 1100 block of Wesley, midday Nov. 1. 

Aggravated domestic battery

A 30-year-old man from the 100 block of South Maple was arrested, Oct. 30 at 3:53 a.m., after he allegedly struck his victim in the face with an open hand; the offender had an active order of protection against him filed by the victim. He was also charged with resisting arrest.

Baton attack

A 21-year-old Chicago man was arrested, Nov. 2, on the train platform in the 200 block of South Boulevard after 911 callers told police he was chasing another man around the platform and whipping him with a black collapsible baton. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, disorderly conduct and giving police a fake name. He also had an active Cook County warrant for escape. 

Hit-and-run arrest

A 24-year-old Chicago man turned himself in to police, Nov. 2, in reference to a hit-and-run crash that occurred, Sept. 24 at 5:20 a.m., at the intersection of Washington and Austin Boulevards.

Psych ward fugitive

A 29-year-old Chicago man reportedly fled from West Suburban Hospital around 7 p.m., Nov. 1. He was wearing white socks and a hospital gown, and, according to the hospital, suffers psychotic episodes.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Oct. 20-Nov.2 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

— Compiled by Amy Malina

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