Two youths pull guns at Oak Park 7-11

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Three teenagers — two of them displaying semi-automatic handguns — robbed the 7-11 on the 200 block of Chicago Avenue at 11:38 p.m. on Jan. 18. The youths entered the store, allegedly displayed handguns and demanded cash from the registers. They also demanded money from a female customer. The clerk and customer complied and the thieves fled eastbound toward Harvey Avenue.

The suspects were described as black males, 17-20, wearing black stocking caps. The first was 5 feet 6 with a medium build, acne scars on his face and mustache and facial hair wearing a black scarf, black hoodie and black vest. He displayed a black semi-automatic handgun with a red tip. The second man was described as 6 feet tall, wearing a black coat and hoodie, carrying a black semi-automatic handgun. The third was described as 5 feet 3, wearing a black coat. Estimated loss was $200.

"The case is still under investigation," said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.

Fanny-pack snatchers nabbed

Two male Chicago juveniles were arrested and turned over to their parents after they snatched a fanny-pack from a woman walking on the 100 block of Oak Park Avenue at 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 20. According to reports, the two teens approached the woman from behind and "just grabbed it," said Commander Reynolds. Police caught the two on the 100 block of N. Ridgeland. The pack contained a cell phone and miscellaneous papers, which were intact after the arrest.


A man walking on the 300 block of S. Euclid at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 23 was approached by two males who demanded money. One reached into the victim's pants pocket, removing his wallet. When they discovered it was empty, the offenders dropped the wallet and fled eastbound on Washington.

Fight in the library

An overheard conversation at the Oak Park Public Library on the 800 block of Lake Street resulted in one patron punching another about the head and face at 2:50 p.m. on Jan. 19. The assailant then left the library. "The offender took exception to something the victim said and a physical altercation resulted," said Commander Reynolds.

Chicago police arrest Ascension computer thief

Chicago police arrested Mark Walker, 41, of Chicago, on Jan. 18 and charged him with trespassing and burglary of electronic equipment from the Ascension Parish offices overnight on Jan. 11. Walker was nabbed on the 1400 block of S. Laflin, Chicago. He was in possession of an external hard drive belonging to the parish.

Blue Line cell phone grab thwarted

A woman struggled with a man who tried to grab her cell phone on the CTA Blue Line near the Austin stop around noon on Jan. 20. The victim kicked the offender away from her and did not give up her phone, even after the man reached into the front waistband of his pants and grabbed an unknown black object — implying a gun. The man fled the train at the Oak Park station.

Residential burglary

A Toshiba laptop and other electronic equipment worth $1,750 were removed by a burglar on the 1100 block of N. Austin during the day on Jan. 19. Persons unknown entered the house by forcing open a first-floor window.

Burglary from auto

Someone removed the catalytic converter from a black '96 Toyota Landcruiser, parked on the 800 block of South Blvd. during the day on Jan. 12. Estimated loss was $1,529.

The windshield of a parked, red 2005 Dodge Neon was shattered by unknown means on the 200 block of S. Taylor overnight on Jan. 19.

'Gypsy Scam' in River Forest

Two men posing as utility workers, purportedly checking for water pressure, talked their way into an apartment in a complex on the 1500 block of Bonnie Brae on Jan. 12. The following day, residents noticed that three wedding rings and two pairs of earrings were missing from a bedroom. Loss is not yet calculated.

Car stolen

A silver 2007 Chevy Impala was stolen overnight on Jan. 23 from the 1100 block of S. East Avenue. Estimated loss was $16,000.

Bricks through windows

Overnight on Jan. 16, someone hurled a brick through the back windshield of a blue 2004 Chevy Suburban, parked on the 800 block of S. Kenilworth. Estimated loss was $500.

Someone threw a brick through the front window of a house on the 900 block of N. Harvey overnight on Jan. 17. The victim told police four male white youths, 15-18, were observed standing in front of the house around midnight yelling for the resident. Total estimated damage was $500.


Tony Taglia, 57, was charged with alleged battery of two men outside a residence on the 400 block of S. Maple at 11 a.m. on Jan. 19.

David J. Riddiford, 30, of the 700 block of S. Maple, was arrested and charged with battery at 9:26 a.m. on Jan. 20.

Anthony M. Hinton, 50, of E. 56th St., Chicago, was arrested and charged with battery on Jan. 22.

Kabrina M. Mitchell-Halls, 18, and a female Oak Park juvenile were charged with alleged battery of another female Oak Park juvenile on the 100 block of N. Cuyler at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 22.

Domestic Battery

Jeremiah D. Jackson, 24, of the 1400 block of N. Austin was arrested at home for domestic battery on Jan. 18.

Robbie Horton Jr., 31, of Maywood, was arrested for domestic battery after a traffic stop at 2:30 a.m. on the 1150 block of S. Highland on Jan. 20.

Kyle D. Brown, 18, of Markham was arrested and charged with domestic battery after an incident that occurred on the 100 block of Madison the evening of Jan 20.

John J. Ruiz, 30, of the 300 block of Wisconsin was arrested and charged with domestic battery in the early morning on Jan. 21.

Darnell C. Hilliard, 18, of the 1600 block of N. Long, Chicago, was arrested for domestic battery on the 1100 block of N. Humphrey on Jan. 23.


Police charged David P. Smith, 18, of Chicago with DUI and underaged drinking after a traffic stop in River Forest on Jan. 16.

Andrea G. Body, 22, of Palos Heights was stopped by River Forest police on Jan. 17 and charged with DUI.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from January 12 to January 24, 2011. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

—Compiled by Jean Lotus

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Posted: February 26th, 2011 2:24 AM

Just what OP needs -- *more* idiots running around with guns.


Posted: February 25th, 2011 11:11 PM

Time for concealed carry, and remember this comment: "When seconds count, the Police will take minutes to respond....."

Mary Ellen Eads from Oak Park  

Posted: January 26th, 2011 8:51 AM

Why don't they put a police substation next to the Chicago Ave. 7-11. The place is a crime magnet par excellence. Or hook up a camera wired into the police station.

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