Driver offers two Oak Park teens a ride

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Three Oak Park teenagers told police they were crossing the 1100 block of Lake Street, the afternoon of Jan. 2, when an unknown man asked if they wanted a ride.

The teenagers, 13 and 14, told police the man's minivan was stopped in traffic and he called out to them as they crossed in front of it. They ran away and called police and the driver fled northbound on Harlem Avenue.

Oak Park police said they don't think the incident is related to a similar one last month, when an unknown man made a suggestive comment to a 13-year-old girl.


Five Chicago boys, age 12 and 13, approached a 10-year-old Chicago boy in the 800 block of Lake Street, the night of Jan. 3, as he was waiting for a ride. One boy asked him what was in his pockets, and another patted him down. Another boy produced a BB gun, pointed it at the 10-year-old and told him to give him his shoes. The boy pushed the gun and ran away and the gun fell to the ground. Responding officers saw the group getting onto the CTA platform and recovered the BB gun. They were all charged with aggravated robbery and mob action. One was also charged with battery because he hit the victim in the head.

An unknown man approached a resident of the 900 block of North Austin Boulevard on the street, struck him in the face and removed an iPhone from his hand, the evening of Jan. 3. The man then fled south toward Chicago Avenue. Estimated loss is $500.

A woman was approached by an unknown man in the 900 block of Ontario Street, the night of Jan. 5, from the rear and pressed an unknown object against her back. The woman gave the offender her tote bag containing her wallet, cellphone, keys and miscellaneous credit cards. Estimated loss is $310.

Criminal damage to property

Someone damaged a vehicle, overnight Dec. 27, in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard by slashing all four tires and using a black marker on the hood. Estimated damage is $500.

Several BB projectiles were shot at the rear window of a building in the 1000 block of Garfield Street between the morning of Dec. 28 and afternoon of Dec. 31. Estimated damage is $400.


A pry-type tool was used to break the door to a residence in the 1100 block of Linden Avenue between the nights of Dec. 19 and 28. The offender ransacked the interior and removed miscellaneous jewelry. Estimated damage is $610. Loss is unknown.

Someone removed a platinum wedding ring, a platinum wedding band, a Dell laptop computer and a Kindle from a residence in the 1000 block of South Kenilworth Avenue between the morning of Dec. 20 and night of Dec. 28. Estimated loss is $18,250.

An unknown person entered a vehicle parked in the rear of a residence in the 700 block of North Humphrey Avenue, overnight Dec. 28, ransacked it and damaged the radio in an attempt to remove it. Estimated damage is $450.

A 42-inch TV, jewelry and two laptop computers were removed from a residence in the 1400 block of North Austin Boulevard, overnight Dec. 31. Estimated loss is $5,850.

An unknown person entered a residence in the 800 block of Linden Avenue, the evening of Dec. 31, and removed miscellaneous jewelry and a jewelry box. Estimated loss is $725.

More than $2,500 worth of jewelry was removed from a home in the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue, the resident told police on the afternoon of Jan. 4. The resident had returned home to find pry marks on the back door.

A man observed entering a vehicle in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue, the night of Jan. 4, broke a front window and removed a desktop radio and miscellaneous clothing. The ignition lock was also damaged. Estimated loss is $950.

Someone removed an Acer laptop computer and miscellaneous tools from a 1999 Chevy Astro van in the 1100 block of South Grove Avenue, overnight Jan. 4. Estimated loss is $3,530.

Entry was gained to the rear door of a residence in the 900 block of Columbian Avenue, the night of Jan. 5, and a crystal bowl and jewelry were removed. Estimated loss is $7,750.

An Apple iPod and a phone charger were removed from an unlocked 2011 Ford Escape in the 900 block of Wenonah Street, overnight Jan. 5. Estimated loss is $230.


A catalytic converter was removed from a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier while it was parked in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard, overnight Dec. 30. Estimated loss is $1000.

Someone cut the catalytic converter from a 2010 Mitsubishi parked in the 700 block of South Lombard Avenue, overnight Dec. 30. Estimated loss is $1,200.

A spare tire was removed from underneath a 2004 Lexus parked in the 1100 block of South Harvey Avenue, overnight Dec. 30. Estimated loss is $500.

A cellphone left unattended on a display table at the AT&T store in the 400 block of North Harlem Avenue was removed on the morning of Dec. 21. Estimated loss is $130.

Underage drinking

A 17-year-old River Forest boy was cited for hosting an underage drinking party after he was arrested in the 500 block of William Street, the early morning of Dec. 31. Officers saw two teenage girls, who appeared to be intoxicated, talking loudly in the street, and the girls told the officers they had been drinking at an unsupervised party. Officers observed an open front door at the house and about 300 empty beer cans in the basement. A 17-year-old boy returned to the home and admitted responsibility for the party, where about 35 underage teenagers drank alcohol.

Driving under the influence

A 37-year-old Chicago man was arrested in the 7500 block of North Avenue, the afternoon of Jan. 4, after he was observed drifting between lanes and narrowly avoiding collisions with other vehicles. His blood alcohol level was 0.26, three times the legal limit.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Dec. 29-Jan. 7 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.

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

2 Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Violet Aura  

Posted: January 12th, 2013 11:27 AM

Let's break down the story with the BB gun even further: if the victim was on the 800 block of Lake St. waiting for someone, it was likely in front of the Main Library. So there were hordes of kids from Chicago also there! This is one of the issues I have about the use of the Main Library--why are so many people from Chicago hanging out there? Sometimes I think there are more kids outside of OPRF at the Main Library than from within these two towns.


Posted: January 9th, 2013 8:13 PM

Ah, yet another week in Oak Park with robberies and attempted abductions... it wouldn't be home without it. I suppose the 5 Chicago 11-12 year olds were practicing armed robbery with a BB gun for what is going to be their chosen career path? I wonder how these 5 boys will turn out in a few year? The real question is if these teens parents will do anything about this when they get home...

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad