An Oak Park woman was carjacked at gunpoint in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue Aug. 10.

At about 5:49 p.m. that evening, a small white “newer model” sports utility vehicle pulled up behind the victim’s silver 2008 Toyota Rav4. A man exited the SUV and approached the victim, who was retrieving items from her vehicle.

He pointed a small silver handgun at the woman and demanded the keys to her Rav4. Upon handing over the keys, the man got into the victim’s vehicle and fled westbound in the alley north of Lake Street, followed by the white SUV.

The estimated loss of the car is valued at $6,000.

Armed robbery

  • An armed man robbed the Carleton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant St., at 4:47 a.m., Aug. 9. The man walked into the hotel, announced the robbery and brandished a small black handgun, he then pushed a hotel employee over the counter to get to the cash register, from which he took money, and then left the building. He robbed a second victim just outside of the hotel on Marion Street, pointing a gun at her and taking her black purse and maroon tote bag, before fleeing the scene. The estimated combined loss is valued at $1,393.
  • An Oak Park resident was robbed after a man emerged from a staircase and pointed a small black handgun at the victim at 10:21 a.m., Aug. 10 in the 1100 block of South Austin Boulevard; the victim then threw property at the offender, who grabbed it and fled on foot. Officers recovered some of the property while searching the area. The estimated loss is $285.

Aggravated robbery

  • An Oak Park resident traveling on a westbound CTA Blue Line train was robbed by two men, one of whom claimed to have been armed with a knife, at 2:49 p.m., Aug. 12 near 854 S. Oak Park Ave. The two approached the victim and demanded he hand over his wallet, which he did. The offenders took cash and a debit card out of the wallet, then handed the wallet back to the victim and fled from the train. The estimated loss is $20.


  • An on-duty security guard was threatened by a man driving a black Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows after he asked the man to move his car out of an accessible parking spot at Chase Bank, 800 Madison St., at 1:11 p.m., Aug. 13. The offender fled the scene.

Motor vehicle theft

  • A white 2010 Chevrolet HHR parked in the 1000 block of Clinton Avenue was taken between 9 a.m., Aug. 9 and 6:30 a.m., Aug. 10. The vehicle was recovered by the owner Aug. 12 in the 1400 block of North Karlov Avenue in Chicago.
  • A 2017 Hyundai Sonata with a broken window was taken from the 1150 block of South Cuyler Avenue between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Aug. 12.

Attempted motor vehicle theft

  • Someone broke into a white 2017 Hyundai Tucson by smashing the rear passenger’s side window and then attempted to move the vehicle by peeling the steering column between 9 p.m., Aug. 3 and 9:46 a.m., Aug 7 in the 900 block of Highland Avenue. The estimated damage is $200.
  • Someone attempted to steal a white 2015 Hyundai Elantra 4S by breaking the rear driver’s side window to enter the vehicle, and then once inside, the offender then pulled the steering column, damaging it, between 10 p.m., Aug. 12 and 1:46 p.m., Aug. 13 in the 100 block of Flournoy Street.

Recovered stolen motor vehicle theft

  • The white 2018 Dodge Journey reported stolen Aug. 7 from the first block of Francisco Terrace was recovered in the 5700 block of South Princeton Avenue in Chicago.


  • The catalytic converter was removed from a blue 2011 Ford Econoline van that was parked in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard between 8 p.m., Aug. 6 and 8 a.m., Aug. 7.
  • Three packages were removed from the vestibule of a building in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Aug. 10. The estimated loss is $640.
  • The rear license plate was removed from a 2009 Ford Edge parked in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue between 7 p.m., Aug. 9 and 9 a.m., Aug. 10.
  • Film production equipment belonging to Essanay Studio and Lighting, 1346 N. North Branch St., Chicago, was removed from an alley in the 1100 block of Linden Avenue between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Aug. 11. The estimated loss is $300.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports through Aug. 9 to Aug. 15 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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