Oak Park River Forest Crime Report: Oct. 13-19

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Armed robbery from behind on Austin

Oak Park police said a 17-year-old Chicago resident was walking in the 1500 block of North Austin Boulevard around 5:45 p.m., Oct. 14, when a man, roughly 18 years old, exited a black Chevy Trailblazer and approached the victim from behind, pressing an unknown object into his back and saying, "Give me everything," and "Give me what's in your pocket." The victim surrendered a white iPhone 5 worth $600 and the offender said, "Don't turn around." He jumped into the Trailblazer and sped away. The victim said the truck was driven by an older man with two other men in the rear seats.


  • A woman walking in the 200 block of North Oak Park Avenue around 7 p.m., Oct. 16, was approached from behind by two males, both wearing hoodies. One of them grabbed her tan Coach purse from her shoulder. The two fled eastbound on Erie. The empty purse was recovered in the alley nearby. Loss was estimated at $349.
  • On Oct. 18, Oak Park police arrested three Chicago juveniles in the 400 block of south Ridgeland Avenue for a robbery and aggravated battery that occurred in the 300 block of South Lombard Avenue. They were processed, referred to juvenile court, and turned over to their parents.

Copper pipe cut from high school

Using a cutting device, someone removed 75 feet of copper piping from the parking garage in the 100 block of North Scoville Avenue sometime between Sept. 2 and Oct. 14. Estimated loss was not provided.

Fleeing car strikes guard

River Forest police, around midnight, Oct. 13, arrested a 20-year-old Bridgeview man who was suspected of participating in narcotics activity at the Dominican University Priory Campus parking lot, 7200 W. Division St. The man drove quickly out of the lot, allegedly striking a female security guard with his vehicle. Police curbed the car at Division and Harlem. They recovered 7.6 grams of cannabis, a glass pipe and a cannabis grinder. The driver was charged with pot and paraphernalia possession as well as battery and traffic violations.

RF residential burglary

River Forest police took two Maywood men, ages 20 and 19, into custody, the morning of Oct. 18, after witnesses said they matched the description of two men seen attempting to break into a home. A woman in the 1500 block of Franklin Avenue called police after she observed the men trying to break a rear first-floor window and enter her home. When confronted by the resident, the two men fled on foot.

The two were apprehended in Elmwood Park and taken into custody. They were charged with felony attempted residential burglary. Bond was set at $10,000 for each offender.

  • Someone forced open the rear door of a house in the 500 block of North Harvey Avenue, the morning of Oct. 14. Removed were three Apple laptop computers, keys from the dining room table and a black 2008 Mercury Mariner from the garage. Estimated loss was $27,050. The battered Mercury was recovered on Oct. 17 by Chicago police in the 3500 block of West Beach, Chicago. It had apparently struck several other cars before being abandoned.
  • Someone entered a house in the 300 block of North Cuyler Avenue during the day, Oct. 15, by forcing open the side door. Offices and bedrooms were ransacked. Damage was estimated at $1,000.
  • Someone broke into a house in the 900 block of Wenonah, Oct. 4-18, and removed a snowblower, a lawnmower, an LG flat screen TV, an Xbox, a Playstation console and 50 Xbox video games. Estimated loss is $5,400.
  • A laptop worth $1,300 and change were removed from a house in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue, the morning of Oct. 19. Entry was gained by kicking in the rear basement door.
  • A woman saw a man's hand reach into her rear bedroom window around 7:20 a.m., Oct 20, in the 400 block of North Austin Avenue. She yelled that she would call police and the male offender, roughly age 20, tried and failed to enter a neighbor's window, then fled eastbound.

Whispering creep

River Forest police observed a woman being followed by a man near Lake Street and Harlem Avenue around 2 a.m., Oct. 11. The woman was attempting to get away from the man and tried to hail a cab. The victim said the man had followed her from her place of work in Oak Park and tried to whisper in her ear. She said she became frightened and ran into the street for help. A 21-year-old man from West Chicago was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Theft arrest

Oak Park police arrested a 26-year-old Chicago man, Oct. 16, at the Cook County Jail and charged him with thefts that occurred in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard and the 100 block of North Taylor.

A 31-year-old Chicago man was arrested, Oct. 19, by Oak Park police for a theft that took place in the 200 block of South Grove Avenue.

A wallet left on the ground, Oct. 15, in the 400 block of South Taylor, was relieved of $70, a driver's license and credit cards.

Auto burglaries

Overnight Oct. 13-14, vehicles were burglarized in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard and the 200 block of South Maple Avenue. Cars were ransacked in the 900 block of North Humphrey Avenue and the 6100 block of Washington on Oct. 16. Overnight Oct 14-15, a car was burglarized in the 200 block of Iowa. A car was burglarized in the 1000 block of South Euclid Avenue on Oct. 18.

  • A catalytic converter was removed during the day, Oct. 18, from a 1997 Buick Skylark parked in the Gottlieb Immediate Care lot at 7617 W. North Avenue. Estimated loss was $349.
  • A 2000 Honda Accord was removed from the 800 block of Lake Street, the evening of Oct. 19, after the owner left keys inside. Loss was estimated at $3,000.
  • A red 2012 Ford Fusion, reported stolen Oct. 11 from Hertz rental cars in the 500 block of South Scoville Avenue, was recovered in Oak Park.


A woman using crutches and her female companion consumed $17.37 worth of food from the International House of Pancakes on North Avenue, midday Oct. 15, and fled the restaurant without paying.

Garage burglary roundup

Someone entered a locked garage in the 1000 block of Clarence, Oct. 14-15, and smashed a car window. An unlocked garage was burglarized, Oct. 19, in the 700 block of Highland Avenue. A blue Raleigh bike and a 10-inch electric saw were removed from an unlocked garage in the 900 block of South Grove Avenue, Oct. 9-18.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Sept. Oct. 13-19 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 Jean Lotus

Oak Park and River Forest Crime Map 10.14--10.20

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: October 24th, 2013 10:44 PM

Val - the collective outrage seems to have gone to the same place as the outrage toward Alton Hayes III following his being charged with Agg battery and attempted robbery in April of 2012. I wonder what ever happened with that as the news coverage seems to have dropped off after the May 11th hearing.


Posted: October 23rd, 2013 6:48 PM

Absolutely agree with your point Mr. Dwyer. Due process is crucial. But they were caught in the act, no? Obviously, the WJ story is incomplete, but somehow, being turned over to parents after a group robbery seems like a slap on the wrist. I am finding it harder to define what "juvenile crime" means. This troubles me, btw. I'm not a vigilante. But the regularity of this kind of crime committed by young people is appalling. Where is the collective outrage?

MattCordtwist from IslandDweller  

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 10:39 AM

Guard @ Dominican prkng lot is allegedly hit by vehicle? Can it be said the alleged extent of injury?

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 9:11 AM

"Harsher punishment"? Getting a little ahead of yourself, aren't you, Valerie? Punishment is for a judge to decide. I'm no hand wringing defender of punk thugs who rob people, but I do accept that they have legal rights. They were arrested, criminally charged, processed and turned over to parents under the legal standards of the juvenile justice system.


Posted: October 23rd, 2013 5:48 AM

I too was surprised to see robbery suspects turned over to parents.. Harsher punishment warranted. George Zimmerman belongs in jail. I wish Trayvon's supporters (who I support) would rally against all brutal crimes.

OP Rez  

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 3:05 AM

I agree, Joe. These incidents of violent crime are happening during the day or early evening. God forbid anyone say anything about the males wear "hoodies"... You'll have bands of protesters wearing hoodies shouting "treyvon"! Reality is, if someone is walking towards you, and trying to hide their face, consider the possibility that they're hiding their face for a reason. People need to use their brains a bit more.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 10:57 PM

Three juveniles referred to juvenile court and returned to their parents after a robbery and Agg Battery? They should be in jail until parents can come up with at least a couple thousand dollars in bond.

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