Diamond A. Gatewood

Oak Park police have arrested a Chicago woman they say stabbed a 39-year-old Chicago man more than a dozen times near the Blue Line exit at East Avenue on June 17.

Diamond A. Gatewood, 28, of the 2000 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue in Chicago, allegedly approached the man at 1:45 a.m. asking for money and when he declined, she stabbed him repeatedly.

He suffered non-life threatening injuries. She was arrested in the 3100 block of West Harrison Street at 12:05 p.m. on June 21 and charged with attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery. A bond hearing is set for June 26.

Theater stage damaged in Austin Gardens

The theater stage set up in Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., was vandalized sometime between 10:45 p.m. on June 20 and 8:15 p.m. on June 21. The vandal removed a 2-by-2-foot board to gain entrance to the theater stage and the broke three lightbulbs and damaged a lighting sconce and pulled the stage fireplace off the wall. The estimated damage is $35.


An Oak Park resident and Chicago resident were the target of attempted armed carjackings a few minutes apart on June 21, according to Oak Park police. A Chicago resident was targeted in the 800 block of Belleforte at 5:29 p.m.

A teenager, estimated to be 15 years old, approached the victim and demanded the vehicle but only received the victim’s key fob. He then fled in a silver four-door sedan. He was described as 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. His accomplice was described as between 17 and 20, 5-10 to 6 feet tall, 150 to 170 pounds and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. Both were described as black.

Police report that at 5:35 p.m., an Oak Park resident was the target of an armed carjacking in the 1200 block of Columbian. Two teenagers in a silver Honda Civic approached the vehicle, one of whom brandished a handgun, while the owner was inside his garage. They took the victim’s keys and cellphone and entered the victim’s vehicle but were unable to start it.

The first offender was in his late teens, about 5-10 to 6-feet tall, with a stocky build and wearing red pants. The second offender was described as 6-feet tall and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Both were described as black.

Oak Park police report that the Chicago Police Department took into custody one male juvenile they believe is connected to the attempted carjackings.

Criminal sexual assault

A Chicago resident was sexually assaulted by a man in the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue at 9:30 p.m. on June 21. No information was immediately provided by police. The offender was described as a 6-foot-tall black man between the ages of 20 and 30 with a medium build and a buzz cut. He wore a skull cap, two large earrings, a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, a white shirt and black pants, and carried a large backpack.


  • A blue 2008 Toyota Sequoia was stolen from the 1000 block of North Austin Boulevard at 2 p.m. on June 22. The suspects were described as four or five teenagers. The estimated loss is $5,000. No additional information was given.
  • A red 2008 Toyota Yaris, stolen in Chicago on June 5, was recovered by the Oak Park Police Department in the 800 block of Thomas at 5:13 a.m. on June 21.


A juvenile male from River Forest was robbed in the 400 block of North Euclid Avenue at 4:05 p.m. on June 23. The victim was walking northbound on Euclid when two men in their early to mid-20s began following him. One of the men yelled, “Hey, what time is it? Can I borrow your phone?” The man then ran up and grabbed the victim’s iPhone forcibly from his hand and a Bluetooth speaker from his book bag. The two men fled southbound on Euclid from Superior. The first man was described as black, 5-foot-10, thin with short dreads and a short beard and wearing a gray hooded sweater and dark pants. The other man was black, 5-foot-10, with a medium build and long dreads and wearing a gray shirt.


A vehicle (no description was given) was burglarized in the 1000 block of Woodbine Avenue, sometime between 11 p.m. on June 22 and 9:22 a.m. on June 23. The burglar took a green men’s Rolex SS, Persol sunglasses, Rayban Marshall sunglasses, an Adidas gym bag containing a white-gold wedding ring and a baseball bat. A second vehicle also was ransacked. The estimated loss is $18,550.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, June 17-23, 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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