A Chicago resident riding in a 2011 Jeep Liberty was shot in the left shoulder while traveling southbound on Ridgeland Avenue after being circled by a tan vehicle. As the Jeep neared Jackson Boulevard, the tan vehicle pulled up alongside, then sped past the Jeep. The tan vehicle made a U-turn, drove northbound and turned around again after passing the Jeep. As the tan vehicle passed the Jeep again, this time going southbound, someone fired numerous shots at the Jeep. The tan vehicle then took off.

The driver of the Jeep brought the victim to Rush Oak Park Hospital. Police reports describe the wound to the victim’s left shoulder as non-life threatening. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Oak Park Police Department.

 Aggravated carjacking

  • A man was carjacked by a female and an armed male after exiting his parked red 2015 Toyota Avalon to open his trunk at 11:55 p.m., Oct. 20, in the 700 block of South Oak Park Avenue. Approaching the victim from behind, the female grabbed him while the man pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at him. Both offenders started punching the victim as he tried to get away, causing him to fall to the ground. The offenders then fled in the victim’s vehicle going southbound on Oak Park Avenue. The loss is estimated at $10,000.

Police recovered the vehicle Oct. 22, after it was left parked and empty in the 4200 block of West Monroe Street in Chicago.

Aggravated carjacking arrest 

Chicago police arrested 35-year-old Levell Carter, of the 900 block of North Long Avenue in Chicago, at 8:27 p.m., Oct. 19, after he was positively identified by the victim as the person who got into the victim’s van with a handgun and ordered the victim to exit the vehicle at 2:27 p.m. earlier that day near the 1000 block of Belleforte Avenue. Police reports state that Chicago police monitored messages of the stolen vehicle and apprehended Carter as he tried to flee on foot.

Carter was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed habitual criminal, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with no firearms owner identification.

Motor vehicle theft

  • A silver Honda Civic, left running with the keys in the ignition, parked in the 1200 block of Rossell Avenue, was taken between 3:45 p.m. and 3:50 p.m., Oct. 20. The estimated loss is $21,000.
  • A 2018 black Buick Encore, left unlocked and running in the first block of Lake Street, was removed between 11:36 p.m. and 11:46 p.m., Oct. 23. The estimated loss is $15,000.


Someone entered a residence through an unlocked door, ransacked the entire apartment and took cash and a Dell laptop computer from the bedroom between 3:15 and 4 p.m., Oct. 18 in the 800 block of Washington Boulevard.


  • The catalytic converter was cut from a Mitsubishi Outlander, parked in the 800 block of North Lombard Avenue around noon, Oct. 15.
  • A black Google Chromebook laptop computer was taken from a storage shelf at Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., between noon, Sept. 1, and noon, Sept. 3.
  • An inflatable Halloween decoration was removed from a resident’s front yard in the 1100 block of Home Avenue between 10:30 p.m., Oct. 20, and 7 a.m., Oct. 21. The estimated loss is $200.

Criminal damage to property

  • Someone scratched a line from the front panel of a 2007 Ford Escape to the rear panel door and scratched the ride side of the vehicle’s trunk between 8 p.m., Oct. 21, and 9:15 a.m., Oct. 22, in the 600 block of South Maple Avenue.
  • The south unit window to a residence was shattered between 8 a.m., Oct. 20, and 10 a.m., Oct. 22, in the 400 block of South Maple Avenue. Estimated damage is $200.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Oct. 19-26 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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