A 19-year-old man from Indiana has been charged with aggravated assault of a police officer for reportedly trying to hit the officer with his car and avoiding questioning during a gang-related funeral procession late last month on Roosevelt Road.

Marquan Dunbar of the 300 block of 49th St. in Gary, Ind., was driving east in the funeral procession through Oak Park on Sept. 23, when an officer from a neighboring community reported seeing an individual waving a handgun out of the passenger-side window, according to the village of Oak Park.

 When Oak Park police officers attempted to stop the vehicle near Clarence Avenue, police said Dunbar accelerated toward an officer. The officer fired once into the vehicle, before Dunbar fled.

 Hit in the left shoulder by a single gunshot, the village of Oak Park reported that Dunbar transported himself to Southlake Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Ind., for treatment. The officer who fired the shot is currently on administrative leave.

Merrillville police took Dunbar into custody and booked him into county jail in Indiana’s Lake County. The village of Oak Park reports that Dunbar later signed a waiver of extradition and was transferred to Oak Park for processing.

“The vehicle investigators say was used in the incident, a 2009 Black Dodge Journey with Indiana license plates, was located near Dunbar’s home. After obtaining a search warrant, the vehicle was towed to Oak Park where it was processed by the Illinois State Police Integrity Task Force,” the village’s news release reads.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office approved one charge of aggravated assault to a police officer, which is a Class 4 felony, according to the village. Dunbar’s next court date is Oct. 5. He is currently being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Dunbar, if convicted, could face up to three years in prison and a fine worth $25,000.

Battery     

  • While exiting the station’s elevator, a CTA employee was groped in the genital area by a man entering the elevator. As the victim began to scream and run, the man punched the victim in the chest but fled down the platform and into the train yard after the victim struck him in the face with a set of keys at 2:26 a.m., Sept. 28 at the CTA train station at 1116 South Boulevard.

Burglary

  • Someone broke into a house either through an unlocked patio door or a broken rear door and took a 50-inch black Toshiba television from the basement between 3:30 p.m. and 10:56 p.m., Sept. 28 in the 900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. The estimated loss is $150.
  • A victim observed a man climbing into her home through a broken bathroom window and watched as the man took a brown Coach purse – containing a Samsung cell phone, $80 in cash and credit cards – from a table near the home’s front entryway before he fled out the front door at 3:42 p.m., Sept. 30 in the first block of Pleasant Street. The offender was last seen traveling northbound on foot in the 100 block of South Humphrey Avenue. The purse was later recovered on a front porch in the 200 block of Superior Street.

Theft

  • Someone removed the front license plate of a 2019 brown Subaru parked in the 300 block of South East Avenue between 8:30 a.m., Sept. 24 and 1 p.m., Sept. 29.
  • An unattended blue Trek men’s bicycle was taken from a bike rack in the 800 block of Lake Street between 3:40 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., Sept. 29. The estimated loss is $480.
  • The rear license plate was taken off a red 2008 Honda Accord parked in the 1100 block of South East Avenue between noon and 6:15 p.m., Sept. 29.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 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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