Oak Park police have arrested 81-year-old Richard E. Lillquist for the Dec. 2 hit-and-run that left a pedestrian hospitalized with two broken hips. The victim is at Loyola Medical Hospital, where she is expected to make a full recovery. 

Lillquist was arrested for leaving the scene of an injury accident, failure to give aid or information, failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and failure to reduce speed.

The hit-and-run occurred in the first block of Lake Street west of Austin Boulevard around 9 p.m., Dec. 2. The victim, an Oak Park woman, told police she was walking home, carrying groceries, when an unknown vehicle hit her as she was crossing north on Lake Street at Lombard Avenue. Private video surveillance aided in the investigation, the village of Oak Park reported.

Lillquist, who was released on bond, could face up to seven years in prison.

Armed robbery 

On the pretense of buying some custom T-shirts from the victims, a man robbed two Chicago residents in a parking lot in the 300 block of Chicago Avenue at 4:49 p.m., Dec. 11; when the two victims arrived in their car, the offender got into the rear passenger side of the victims’ vehicle and then pulled out a small silver or black pistol and demanded the victim’s property. The offender grabbed the victim’s cellphone, opened the cash app and transferred $150 to an unknown account, then took the victim’s Air Jordan Retro 1 shoes and the custom T-shirts. He then demanded the property of the driver of the vehicle as well. The victims complied and the offender fled in a black Chevy Impala carrying two other men going south on Ridgeland Avenue. Police reports describe the offender as a Black male in his late teens with dark skin, tall and muscular, with his hair in short twists or braids. The reports describe the two other men as Hispanic. 


Two men forcibly removed a woman’s backpack and her car keys as she was entering her apartment building in the 400 block of Taylor Avenue at 5:01 p.m., Dec. 18. The two men fled in the victim’s blue 2006 Acura TL. Estimated loss is $6,000.

Attempted robbery

A woman was walking down the street in the 300 block of Wisconsin Avenue about 10:55 p.m., Dec. 13 when four teenage boys approached her; one tried to grab the woman’s cellphone, while the other boys surrounded her. When she screamed, the first offender hit her. The boys fled without the cellphone, traveling eastbound on Washington Boulevard.


Someone broke into a property being rehabbed, took all the copper piping, and caused extensive damage between 5 p.m., Dec. 14 and 6 a.m., Dec. 16 in the 800 block of South Elmwood Avenue. The damage and loss is valued at $26,700.


Someone took a 10-foot, inflatable, green Grinch Santa Claus and two 6-foot yellow Minion inflatables from outside a residence in the 300 block of Division Street between 8:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Dec. 13.

A USPS package containing jewelry was taken from the lobby of a building in the 1100 block of Harrison Street between 3:25 p.m., Nov. 30 and 9:55 a.m., Dec. 14. Estimated loss is $343.02.

Someone took the Google Nest security camera from the front door of a residence in the first block of Lake Street at 9:36 p.m., Dec. 12. Estimated loss of $250.

The catalytic converter was cut from a white 2007 Toyota Prius parked in the 600 block of Harrison Street between 8 p.m., Dec. 16 and noon, Dec. 18. Estimated loss is $2,500.

Criminal property damage 

Someone slashed the rear passenger side tire of a silver 2020 Ford Escape parked in the 900 block of Lyman Avenue between 4 p.m., Dec. 12 and noon, Dec. 13. Estimated damage is $200.

The front picture window of AM & L Electric, 951 Garfield St., was shattered between 7 p.m., Dec. 19 and 12:25 p.m., Dec. 20. The estimated damage is $600.

Someone shattered the south-facing window of Ronnie’s Mini-Mart, 1116 South Blvd., between 8 p.m., Dec. 16 and 6 a.m., Dec. 17.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Dec. 14-21 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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