A 17-year-old who allegedly attempted to rob the 7-Eleven convenience store at 240 Chicago Ave. was shot and wounded by the clerk at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, according to village spokesman David Powers.

Police arrived and found the teenager lying on the floor and bleeding from the abdomen. The store clerk had a valid Firearm Owners Identification card, according to Oak Park police. The clerk told police that three males, at least one of whom was armed, entered and attempted to rob the store. The teenager was transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where he was listed in critical condition.

The two other males fled the scene. Police are investigating and encouraging anyone with information to contact police at 708-386-3800. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling 708-434-1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.


A garage was burglarized in the 200 block of North Scoville sometime between 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 4. The burglar gained access to the garage by unknown means and stole a blue Specialized Hardrock bicycle. The estimated loss is $600.

A residence was burglarized in the 500 block of Highland sometime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 4. The burglar used brute force to enter through the basement door and stole a while pearl necklace, miscellaneous costume jewelry, a copper piggy bank, a green piggy bank, a jar with miscellaneous change and a Lenovo tablet. The estimated loss is $500. 

Criminal damage to property

A glass pane was shattered in the lobby door of an apartment complex in the 600 block of Harrison sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 4. The estimated loss due to damage is $50.


A business in the 6600 block of North Avenue was robbed at gunpoint at 2:29 p.m. on Dec. 4. Two men, one of them armed with a black handgun, entered the business and ordered the employee to sit at the front desk. They ransacked the front desk and removed $200. They then entered the rear breakroom, struck one of the other employees and took a black MK wallet containing $200 and debit cards. The total estimated loss was $475. 

A 15-year-old male from Chicago was arrested in the 5300 block of West Madison at 2:42 p.m. on Dec. 6 and charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, which occurred at a business in the 900 block of Madison. No additional details were provided.

A business was robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of South Euclid at 5:10 p.m. on Dec. 5. A male and two females entered the business, and one of the women approached the counter, displayed a small black handgun and demanded the clerk give her money. The robber then dropped the handgun, which fell apart into small plastic pieces. When the clerk realized the weapon was just a toy, she ordered the three to leave the establishment. The female brandishing the toy gun then took approximately five Dum Dum lollipops from a basket at the counter, and the three fled northbound on Euclid. The estimated loss is $2. All three were described as black and between the ages of 15 and 19. The female with the toy gun was described as 5-foot-6 and wearing a red and black jacket, blue jeans and a black book bag. The male was described as 5-foot-9 and wearing a white coat. There was no description for the second female.

An Oak Park man was robbed at gunpoint in the 1100 block of South Clarence at roughly 11 p.m. on Dec. 5. The man was walking in the rear of the building, when he was approached by two men wearing all black clothing, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The man displayed the handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet, phone and backpack. They took the items and fled eastbound in a dark vehicle waiting in the Roosevelt Road alley. The estimated loss is $200. The phone was later recovered and police took two subjects into custody.

Criminal sexual assault

Scott Burgess, 36, of the 800 block of East Rosebrier Street, Springfield, Missouri, was arrested at 123 Madison Street at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 6, and charged with criminal sexual assault. 

Pianche Guidry-Watkins, 28, of the 100 block of South Humphrey Avenue, was arrested in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and charged with criminal sexual assault.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Dec. 4-11, 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 Timothy Inklebarger

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