Man in ski mask carjacks Oak Park resident

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park resident was carjacked in the 400 block of South Maple Avenue at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 8.

The victim was approached by one of two offenders, who demanded the driver's cell phone and car keys. The victim complied and the two offenders entered and drove off southbound on Maple in the victim's gray 2006 Toyota Corolla.

The estimated loss is $4,000.

Both offenders were black males between the ages of 18 and 25. The first offender was 5-foot-5, 120 to 150 pounds and wearing a black jogging suit and a ski mask. The second was 5-foot-10 with a heavy build, medium complexion, thick eyebrows and wearing a gray puffy coat with a black horizontal stripe across the chest.

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Les Golden  

Posted: January 16th, 2019 7:26 PM

Were the carjackers African-Americans? If you're a SUSPECTED, UN-CONVICTED felon, does that mean you've given up your African heritage? Why wasn't Lightford in another WJ article described as "black" but as "Afircan-American"? This is so confusing.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: January 16th, 2019 4:19 PM

"does not care"

Alex Garcia  

Posted: January 15th, 2019 3:02 PM

Gene: The Cook County State's Attorney has made it painfully clear to us that she does care about these things. Even if charges are brought and a prosecution advances, Cook County judges have made it painfully clear to us that they will not hand down meaningful sentences. Even if they do, Illinois' automatic 50+% time-served discount guarantees that the perps will be back on the streets doing their thing again in short order. As Bruce said, we're basically on our own.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 14th, 2019 9:58 PM

@ Ernie Morales: They are not getting up at 6 AM to commit this offense. They have been up all night and early morning to commit this offense.

Ernie Morales  

Posted: January 10th, 2019 6:00 AM

Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help." = Psalm 22:11 Keep those heads on a swivel because full coverage insurance usually doesn't cover the full cost of your loss and if you only have liability like me (older car) then your screwed. 6:30 am? They have alarm clocks now? God Lord!!

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 9th, 2019 11:46 PM

Get real Gene. We're on our own here. The reality is that if these scumbags are under 18 yrs. they are often back on the streets the very next day - even after charges are filed. Consequences are minimal.They know it. And now you know it.

Gene Spanos  

Posted: January 9th, 2019 7:34 PM

When Will The County State's Atty Get Tough and Charge These Rats. Enough !

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