Men in ski masks carjack Oak Parker at gunpoint

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park man was carjacked at gunpoint by three men in ski masks at 6:28 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue.

The three men approached the victim, who was sitting in his parked gray 2010 Subaru Forester. Two of the offenders displayed handguns and told the victim to exit the vehicle. They also demanded his property and he complied, handing over a wallet and iPhone.

The offenders then fled in the vehicle and were last seen headed eastbound on Fillmore Street. The estimated loss is $8,620.

The vehicle was later recovered at 9:50 on Jan. 20 in the 3300 block of Flournoy Street in Chicago. No arrests were made.

  • An Oak Park resident was carjacked at gunpoint in the 700 block of Garfield Street at 10:26 p.m. on Jan. 17. The victim was exiting a red 2014 Kia Forte, when a man exited a white sedan, displayed a handgun and demanded the victim's keys and cellphone.

The victim complied and the offender fled in the vehicle westbound on Garfield Street, followed by the white sedan. The cellphone was later recovered near Lexington Street and South Oak Park Avenue. The estimated loss is $20,000.

The vehicle was recovered by the Chicago Police Department in the 4200 block of West Van Buren Street, Chicago, at 4:23 p.m. on Jan. 20. No arrests were made.




A traffic dispute between two motorists ended with one of the parties threatening the other with a handgun in the 1200 block of North Harlem Avenue at 6:03 p.m. on Jan. 20.

The victim, an Elmwood Park man, was stopped in traffic when he was approached by a man with whom he'd had a traffic dispute.

The offender, who drove a black Chevy Impala, exited his vehicle and pointed a gun at the victim. No additional information was given.



Two copper downspouts were stolen from the porch of a residence in the 300 block of Forest Avenue in Oak Park, sometime between 9 p.m. on Jan. 17 and 8 a.m. on Jan. 18. The estimated loss is $2,000.



  • The common storage area of a building in the 100 block of Forest Avenue, Oak Park, was burglarized, sometime between 10 a.m. on Jan. 7 and 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. The offender pried open the lock and broke the weld on the metal storage gates. Once inside, the offender took two drills, a box of woodworking tools, a level and two suitcases. The estimated loss is $465.
  • A 2011 Chrysler 300 was burglarized in the first block of Pleasant Street, Oak Park, at 9:36 a.m. on Jan. 17. The offender broke the rear driver's side window and took a brown and gray leather backpack containing an iPad, headphones, mics and medical supplies. The estimated loss is $650.


Stolen firearm

A 27-year-old Chicago man was arrested in the 300 block of Wesley Avenue in Oak Park at 8:40 a.m. on Jan. 17 and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. No other information was provided by police.


Criminal trespass

Someone broke into a residence in the 300 block of Washington Boulevard, sometime between 7 a.m. on Jan. 10 and 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 17.

The offender gained entrance via a rear door and, once inside, cooked food and used the bathroom. No loss was reported.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Jan. 16-21, 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 Timothy Inklebarger


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