Bullets damaged a window at West Central Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1154 Wisconsin Ave., during an outside shooting that left one man injured on Oct. 18.

At 12:15 a.m., several shots were fired by an unknown shooter near the church. One of the shots struck a Chicago man in the shoulder area. The victim’s friends drove him to a hospital in Chicago, where he was treated and released, according to Oak Park police.

 “There is no description of an offender at this time,” Sgt. Angelo Episcopo told Wednesday Journal. “The investigation into this matter continues.”


Armed robbery

  • A Forest Park resident was robbed by two men, one carrying a handgun, at 9:57 a.m., Oct. 17, in the first block of Madison Street. The victim was approached by the two men, one of whom displayed the firearm, and they demanded he hand over cash. The victim complied and the two offenders fled on foot. Police describe the first offender as Black, 20 years old, 5-feet-7 and carrying a handgun. He was last seen wearing a red hat and a blue-jean jacket with white shearling trim. The other man is described as being Black, thin, about 5-feet-2 and in his teens. The second offender may have dreadlocks. The estimated loss is $110.
  • While sitting in their vehicle, three Chicago residents were approached by four men; two of the men leaned into the vehicle, pointed handguns and demanded money at 1:09 a.m., Oct. 16 in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road. The offenders took a cellphone, jewelry, purse and cash from the victims, then fled on foot. The estimated loss is $2,140. One offender is described by police as Black with a heavy beard, last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. Police describe the other three offenders as Black with slim builds and wearing dark clothing. All four are believed to be between the ages of 16 and 20, according to police reports.



  • Someone removed the garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle, opened the garage, and took a women’s light green and black Jamis Coda bike, a women’s light blue Schwinn bike, a women’s mint green bike and a men’s black and red Jamis Coda bike between 9 p.m., Oct. 11 and 8:15 a.m., Oct. 12 in the 900 block of North Elmwood Avenue. The estimated loss is $2,450.
  • A black Glock G44 pistol was taken from an unlocked vehicle in the 600 block of Harrison Street between 6 p.m., Oct. 11 and 9 a.m., Oct. 13. The estimated loss is $500.
  • Someone broke open a garage door and removed a Yard Machines lawnmower, a rototiller, a Northstar gas power washer and an electric chainsaw in the 800 block of North Elmwood Avenue between 5 p.m., Oct. 9 and 8 a.m., Oct. 13. Estimated loss is $940.


Motor vehicle theft

  • The 2016 Toyota Camry reported stolen on Oct. 10 from the 100 block of Forest Avenue was recovered by Chicago police at 9:19 p.m., Oct. 16, in the 200 block of North Lorel Avenue in Chicago. No apprehensions were made.
  • Someone removed a Chevrolet Trailblazer that was parked and running in the 600 block of Highland Park at 7:01 p.m., Oct. 17. The estimated loss is $4,869. 
  • Someone removed a vehicle with an estimated worth of $15,000 from the 400 block of Thomas Street between 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Oct. 15. Chicago police recovered the vehicle the next day at 12:25 a.m. after the vehicle was involved in an accident.


The catalytic converter was removed from a 2005 Honda Element while parked in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue between 12 p.m., Oct. 9 and 4:12 p.m., Oct. 18. The estimated loss is $2,000.


Criminal damage to property 

Video surveillance cameras recorded a woman kicking the front door of a residential building and breaking the door’s 7-by-4-foot plate glass window, before entering building and pulling its fire alarm sometime between 2:29 a.m. and 2:37 a.m., Oct 13, in the 200 block of North Kenilworth Avenue. The estimated damage is $500.  


These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Oct. 12-19 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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