A 6-year-old girl who police say was abducted by her mother in Oak Park on Dec. 16 has been found safe in a hotel in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Police reported that members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force located the mother, Wendy E. Jarvis, 41, and her daughter at about 6 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Oak Park spokesman David Powers said in an email that Jarvis, who lives in the 1100 block of South Boulevard in Oak Park, is being held in the Oakland County Jail pending extradition back to Illinois. 

Police reported that Jarvis took her daughter during a supervised visit on Dec. 16 at a restaurant near her home.

She allegedly told the court-appointed supervisor that she was taking her daughter to the bathroom and then left the restaurant with her.

Possession of stolen motor vehicle arrest

Two Chicago juveniles were arrested in the 1200 block of North Rossell Avenue, Oak Park, at 3:58 p.m. on Dec. 17. They were charged with burglary and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. One of the juveniles was additionally charged with resisting a police officer.

Home invasion

Jeffrey Swanigan, 33, of the 100 block of North Rosewood in Kankakee, was arrested and charged with home invasion after allegedly entering a residence in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue at 2:42 p.m. on Dec. 15. 

Swanigan allegedly was found in the basement by the resident. The resident reportedly witnessed him removing property, and Swanigan allegedly raised a pair of garden shears and made threats to the victim. No additional information was given. 

Deceptive practice

An Oak Park resident was the victim of deception at 9:55 a.m. on Dec. 11 in the 1000 block of Lake Street. 

The victim was approached by a man in his 30s, who said he had recently been released from prison and needed money to get home. He said he could not cash his check since he did not have an account at Chase and asked the victim to cash the check for him. 

The victim agreed but later learned that the check had been cancelled. The total loss was $986.43. The man was described as black, 6-foot-2, with a muscular build, light beard and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.


A Cicero man was robbed at gunpoint in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard at 7:25 p.m. on Dec. 14. A man, approximately 19 years old, approached the victim and asked if he could use his cell phone. 

He then reportedly displayed a semi-automatic handgun, possibly a Glock, and ordered the victim to hand over his belongings. The victim pushed the gun away and turned away from the gunman, who fled westbound up the nearby CTA ramp. No loss was reported. The gunman was described as black, 5-foot-9, 140 pounds and wearing a gray hoodie, black backpack and a black scarf or mask that covered the lower part of his face.  

An Oak Park woman was robbed in the 800 block of Harrison Street at 6:35 a.m. on Dec. 18. 

A man approached her from behind, grabbed her arms and told her to drop her things. The victim complied and the offender picked up her iPhone 6, white earbuds and blue backpack containing miscellaneous items, which included a Vera Bradley wristlet wallet containing miscellaneous cards, identification and cash. 

The offender then fled in an unknown direction. The earbuds and backpack were later recovered nearby. The estimated loss is $460. The man was described as black, 5-foot-11, 160 to 180 pounds, with black hair scruffy facial hair and wearing a dark blue puffy coat with a hood, light-colored blue jeans and white shoes.

An Oak Park woman was robbed in the 800 block of Ontario Street at 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 18. 

A man between the ages of 20 and 25 approached the victim and forcibly removed from her shoulder a Croc Lion purse, which contained credit cards and cash. He then fled southbound on Oak Park Avenue. The estimated loss is $370.08. 

He was described as black, 155 to 175 pounds, 6 feet tall and wearing a black baseball cap, a red scarf, an olive green jacket with a hood, a black T-shirt and dark blue jeans with holes.


A residence in the 100 block of Madison Street was burglarized at about 9 p.m. on Dec. 15. 

Two men allegedly attempted to enter the residence by cutting the porch screen door and pulling the door open, splintering the wood frame. They then ransacked the interior of the porch but did not take anything. 

They were last seen exiting the porch and fleeing northbound towards the alley. The estimated loss is $50.


A pizza delivery driver was the victim of theft in the 100 block of LeMoyne Parkway at 6:24 p.m. on Dec. 17. 

The delivery driver met a woman at the above location and handed over the pizza, but the woman did not pay and began to walk away southbound on Austin Boulevard. 

The victim began to follow her but was then approached by three young men wearing all black and white masks. The victim then got back in his vehicle and called police. 

The offenders then fled eastbound. The estimated loss is $114. 

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

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