The Oak Park Police Department reported four incidents of reckless gunfire  between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the first of which occurred at 10:05 a.m., Dec. 31 in the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue. Six shell casings were found on the scene, but no injuries or damage was reported.

Windows were a popular target for New Year’s Eve firearm play. A kitchen window in the 100 block of North Lombard Avenue was shattered by a bullet sometime between 9:30 p.m., Dec. 31 and 9:30 a.m., Jan. 1. A bullet casing was found lodged between the glass and the window screen. The cost of the damage was unknown at the time of reporting.

Someone discharged a firearm between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Dec. 31 in the 900 block of Austin Boulevard. The projectile hit a bedroom window, shattering it.

The fourth incident happened early morning on New Year’s Day on the 300 block of Wisconsin, when the victims were awoken at 5:32 a.m. by what they presumed to be fireworks but soon after heard the sound of shattering glass, according to police reports. Upon further inspection, they found that a window in the rear of their residence had been broken. A bullet was recovered from the wooden window frame.


  • A brown purse containing cash, an Illinois driver’s license, a set of house keys and miscellaneous credit cards was taken from a grey Toyota after someone shattered its front passenger’s side window between 6 p.m., Dec. 29 and 2:28 a.m., Dec. 30 in the West Suburban Hospital parking lot at 3 Erie Ct.     


  • The catalytic converter was removed from a silver 2010 Hyundai Tucson parked in the 100 block of North Grove Avenue between 5 p.m., Dec. 27 and 9:45 a.m., Dec. 28.
  • Several packages were removed from the front porch of a residence in the 800 block of North Lombard Avenue between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m., Dec. 28. The estimated loss is $230.
  • An unknown person removed the wedding ring from a man’s ring finger as he was being admitted to Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., sometime between midnight, Dec. 30 and 5 p.m., Dec. 31. The victim has dementia and cannot remember the details of the theft, according to police reports. The estimated loss is $1,400.


  • An Oak Park resident was assaulted while traveling westbound on the CTA Blue Line from Chicago at 9:33 a.m., Dec. 28; the offender approached the victim and hit the victim with closed fists multiple times on the face and body, while the train was in motion. The victim exited the train at the Austin Blue Line station, where the offender then pushed the victim to the ground. The fall caused the victim to briefly lose consciousness.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports through Dec. 29 to Jan. 3 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.

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