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A man was shot while sitting in his vehicle in the early morning hours of Jan. 20. The male offender approached the victim’s vehicle then fired a handgun at the victim, striking him in the cheek around 7 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Maple Avenue. The offender then entered a black vehicle and fled, traveling northbound on Maple. 

The victim was transported to Loyola University Medical Center for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to Oak Park spokesperson David Powers.

“The preliminary investigation has not determined if this victim was targeted,” Powers said. “This is an active investigation, and police continue to follow up on several leads.”

Police reports describe the offender as a Black male, about 6-feet-3 with a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a black stocking cap.


Someone forced open a wooden overhead garage door and removed a red Toro snowblower from inside at 6:38 a.m., Jan. 19, in the 1200 block of North Oak Park Avenue. The estimated loss is $200.


Motor vehicle theft 

A black 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, left running, was taken from the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard at 10:03 p.m., Jan. 19. The estimated loss is $7,000. Chicago police recovered the vehicle at 5:32 p.m., Jan. 20 in the 3900 block of West 14th Street in Chicago. 


Someone removed a package from a porch in the 900 block of Home Avenue between 3 and 3:30 p.m., Jan. 18. The estimated loss is $13.

The catalytic converter was cut from a 2009 Toyota Prius, parked in the 800 block of South Taylor Avenue between 5 p.m., Jan. 20 and 2 p.m., Jan. 22. The estimated loss is $3,650.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Jan. 19-25 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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