Oak Park murder suspect held for mental health assessment

Oak Park police have not yet charged the family member of a man who was killed inside his apartment on Jan. 6.

A police press release on Jan. 11 stated the Chicago man suspected of killing 81-year-old Oak Park resident Patrick Dooley is being held in a secure mental health treatment facility and is undergoing a mental health assessment.

Dooley’s body was discovered by police inside his apartment in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard during a well-being check. The Cook County Medical Examiner reported that Dooley had died of multiple injuries resulting from the assault.

Though the Chicago man has not been charged with the crime, he is the sole suspect in the case, according to a police press release.

Police originally reported that they planned to file charges against the man whose name has not been released, but further investigation into the crime prompted police to launch the mental health assessment.

“This is a very sad domestic situation that came to the most unfortunate end imaginable,” Oak Park Police Chief Anthony Ambrose said in the press release. “While there is no doubt a brutal crime occurred, questions about why remain that need to be answered and understood before any steps toward prosecution are taken.”

Jewelry, cars stolen in River Forest burglary

River Forest police are warning homeowners to be vigilant in securing their homes after at least two people stole two cars, electronics and jewelry during a residential burglary in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue on the night of Jan. 3.

No one was home when the offenders entered the home at around 9:20 p.m., forcing their way in through a rear sliding door. Other doors showed signs of having been forced open, according to police.

The total value of the items taken has not yet been determined. Police recovered the stolen cars, one in Chicago, another in Cicero. Evidence has been sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab.

The River Forest Police Department reminds residents to:

  • Lock the doors and windows to their home;
  • Utilize their alarm and camera systems;
  • Keep their valuables out of sight from windows and doors;
  • Record serial numbers for electronics and photograph their jewelry and other valuables.

Carjacker shoots as intended victim drives off

An Elmwood Park man who was the target of an attempted carjacking in the 900 block of Belleforte Avenue on Thursday, Jan. 11, escaped injury after the offender opened fire as he drove off.

Oak Park police said the victim was inside his vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. when a man approached, tapped on the window and displayed a handgun. The offender ordered the driver from the vehicle, but the victim refused to open the door.

As the victim began to drive away, the would-be carjacker started to run but then turned and fired several shots at the victim’s vehicle. It’s unclear whether any bullets struck the vehicle.

The offender then entered a maroon-colored vehicle parked nearby. No one was injured, police said.

Armed robbery

Lake N Austin Foodmart, 422 N. Austin Blvd., was robbed at gunpoint at 7:55 a.m. on Jan. 11.

Two men, one of whom displayed a silver long-barrel revolver, entered the business. The unarmed offender ordered an employee hand over money from the cash registers. The employee complied and the two men took the money and fled northbound with an estimated $4,000.

Both robbers were black. The gunman was of medium height with light brown or olive skin and a thin build. He wore a black ski mask, dark gloves, light blue jeans and gray short-sleeved shirt over a white hoodie. His accomplice wore a black hat, black hooded jacket with a circular logo on the left arm and a yellow rectangle on the back, a light-colored medical mask over his face, dark pants and tan boots.

Recovered stolen motor vehicle

A gold Dodge Caravan that was reported stolen in Berwyn on Jan. 5, was recovered in the 800 block of Gunderson Avenue at 9:31 a.m. on Jan.11.


Blind Creations Tattoo, 250 Chicago Ave., was the target of an attempted burglary sometime between 11 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 11 a.m. on Jan. 11.

The burglar used a pry tool in an attempt to open the rear door to the business but was not successful. The estimated loss due to damage is $200.

Criminal damage to property

A woman who started an argument with an employee of the Shell gas station, 6129 W. North Ave., at 5 a.m. on Jan. 10, exited the establishment and pushed the glass door open against the wall, causing the glass to shatter.

She left the business eastbound on North Avenue. The estimated damage is unknown.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Jan. 3-11, 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 and Nona Tepper

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