Oak Park police arrested a 15-year-old Oak Park resident for striking another teen with a tree branch in Austin Gardens park and stealing his cell phone on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Both the victim and offender were identified by police as students at Oak Park River Forest High School.

The 17-year-old victim was sitting on a bench at the park, 167 Forest Ave., at about 3:30 p.m., when he saw the 15-year-old approaching carrying a tree branch.

The victim started to walk away and then began running, according to police. That’s when the offender gave chase and began striking him on the back with the tree branch. The victim was wearing a backpack and was not hurt, but eventually dropped his phone.

The offender picked up the phone and fled the scene.

A witness to the attack called 911, and police located him near the scene of the crime, where the victim identified him as the attacker. Police also found the victim’s cell phone in the area.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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