Oak Park police are investigating an incident of reckless gunfire that occurred early Monday morning in the 300 block of Harrison Street. According to police, a witness reported hearing five rounds of shots from a firearm at 2:04 a.m., March 21, while a second witness reported hearing five to seven rounds. No damage was reported, but shell casings were located in a nearby alley.

Aggravated robbery attempt 

After paying for gas inside and filling the tank of his truck outside at 1:15 a.m., March 19 at BP Amoco, 201 Madison St., the alleged offender reentered the gas station and demanded his money back, stating he had not gotten any gas; when the clerk refused the refund, the man began throwing shelved products onto the floor then exited the station. While the clerk locked the door, a second man began kicking the glass. Both offenders got into the truck and drove away southbound on Lombard Avenue. They were last seen going eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-290 from Austin Boulevard.

Aggravated vehicular hijacking arrest 

Chicago resident Vincent Griffin, 18, was arrested by Oak Park police and received felony charges for an aggravated vehicular hijacking and two separate aggravated identity thefts, as well as a misdemeanor charge for criminal trespass to vehicle, all of which occurred during a Sept. 3 incident in the 400 block of South Elmwood. Griffin was being held at the Cook County Jail on an unrelated charge, allowing Oak Park detectives to process and charge him for the Sept. 3 crimes.

Driving under the influence arrest 

An Elmwood Park resident was charged with a DUI following a traffic crash at 6:58 p.m., March 20 in the 200 block of North Euclid Avenue. Arresting officers smelled alcohol on the driver, who was slurring his speech and had bloodshot eyes. A 6-year-old child was seated unsecured in the backseat but was unhurt in the accident and was turned over to a family member. In addition to the DUI, the suspect was charged for failure to reduce speed, driving an uninsured vehicle and endangering the life of a child.  

Motor vehicle theft

A grey 2008 Infiniti EX35 parked in the 100 block of Harrison Street was removed possibly by the victim’s girlfriend between 10 p.m., March 17 and 1:15 a.m., March 18. Police reports state the victim woke up to find both the vehicle and the girlfriend gone. The estimated loss is $5,900.

Recovered stolen auto

The 2012 black Ford Fiesta reported stolen March 11 from the 1100 block of South Boulevard was recovered by Chicago police without apprehension in the 5000 block of West Fulton Avenue in Chicago at 6 a.m., March 17.

The 2009 gray Toyota Land Cruiser reported stolen Sept. 21, 2019 from the 1000 block of South Boulevard was recovered by Downers Grove police in a Downers Grove car dealership lot at 11:48 a.m., March. 17. 

Theft

The catalytic converter was cut from a 2004 Honda CRV parked in the 200 block of Chestnut Lane between 3 p.m., March 11 and 11 p.m., March 15. 

The catalytic converter was cut from a blue 2022 Mitsubishi parked in the 100 block of Madison Street between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., March 18. 

The catalytic converter was cut from a gray 2003 Hyundai XG350L parked in the 500 block of South Cuyler Avenue between 4 a.m., March 15 and 1 p.m., March 18. 

The catalytic converter was cut from a white 2015 Nissan NV200 that was parked in the 400 block of South Elmwood Avenue between 7:30 p.m., March 18 and 7:20 a.m., March 19. 

The catalytic converter was cut from a blue 2016 Mitsubishi parked in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue around 7:45 a.m., March 20.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports, March 15-21, 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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