The Oak Park Police Department have solved two separate cases of missing people – one involving a 65-year-old-woman with dementia and the other a month-old baby.

Four weeks after she was reported missing, Oak Park detectives located Mary Windham. Windham was reported missing from Berkeley Nursing and Rehab Center, 6909 W. North Ave., on Aug. 15. Detectives found her in Chicago the morning of Sept. 14.

Oak Park police officers, with the FBI, have also located missing baby boy Julian Pesce, who was found healthy and with his parents, Jorge Pesce, 27, and Jasmin Salgado, 26, on Sept. 11. Julian Pesce, born Aug. 5, had been missing since Sept. 2. The infant has since been returned to the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in accordance with a court order.


Armed robbery

Two offenders, one carrying a knife, approached a woman while riding the CTA Blue Line and demanded her property at 9:33 p.m., Sept. 7 in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard; the first offender showed the knife and grabbed the woman’s purse, which contained a Samsung Galaxy S10 cell phone, wallet and debit cards. The offenders were last seen running up the ramp to Austin Boulevard. The estimated loss is $700. Police describe the first offender as a Black male, about 18 to 20 years old, and tall and skinny. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with racecars on the front and back. The other offender is described as a Black male, possibly female, who had pink nails and braided hair. The second offender was last seen wearing a red sweater with black pants and a do-rag.  


Aggravated robbery

A man approached the counter of 7-Eleven, 661 South Blvd., to purchase an item then implied he had a firearm and took cash from an employee at 5:21 a.m., Sept. 8. He was last seen going east on South Boulevard. The estimated loss is $150.


Attempted aggravated robbery

A man approached the victim, pointed an unknown object hidden under his sleeve at the victim and demanded the victim’s property at 11 a.m., Sept. 9 in the 1200 block of Forest Avenue; the offender fled eastbound on North Avenue after being observed by a witness. The victim reported no loss. 


Motor vehicle theft

The 2019 Mazda CX5 reported stolen Sept. 2 from the 1000 block of South Gunderson Avenue was recovered by Chicago police with one apprehension in the 6700 block of South Green Street in Chicago at 11:16 a.m., Sept. 9.

Someone removed a vehicle parked in the 200 block of South Elmwood Avenue between 11 p.m., Sept. 12 and 6 a.m., Sept. 13. The estimated loss is $5,000.



An unknown person was observed via video surveillance using a garbage can to break into Gap, 435 N. Harlem Ave., and, once inside, the person removed an unknown amount of merchandise between 4:11 a.m. and 4:15 a.m., Sept. 9. 

Someone broke into an unlocked residential garage and removed a blue Surly Midnight bicycle between 7 p.m., Sept. 10 and 2:55 p.m., Sept. 11 in the 1100 block of Wesley Avenue. The estimated loss is $2,400.

Someone broke into an unlocked residential garage, ransacked an unlocked vehicle parked inside, then removed a tent from the garage between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11 in the 1100 block of South Euclid Avenue. The estimated loss is $500.

Someone broke into a garage and removed paper towels and a red push lawn mower between 8 p.m., Sept. 12 and 6:15 a.m., Sept. 13 in the 200 block of South Elmwood Avenue. The estimated loss is $200.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Sept. 7- Sept. 14 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 Stacey Sheridan

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