Oak Park man arrested for firing handgun on Halloween

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department arrested an Oak Park man on Halloween for firing a gun twice into the air outside his home in the 500 block of South Elmwood Avenue.

Police responded to a report of shots fired near the home of Robert Lewis, 56, at about 8:10 p.m. on Oct. 31, and found Lewis and two other males arguing in the alley near the intersection of Adams Street and Elmwood. 

The two witnesses said they were in the alley when they heard what sounded like a loud gunshot. They said Lewis then appeared and began arguing with them. 

Lewis reportedly raised his shirt to display a black handgun in a holster on his right hip and then went back into his residence. He never pointed the gun at them, two people reportedly told police.

Police interviewed Lewis, who said he observed his garage motion-detector light go off in the alley and saw the two people attempt to go into his neighbor's backyard.

Lewis reportedly told police that he confronted the two males in the alley and said, "Hey, what are you doing? Get out of here." 

Lewis reportedly told police that one of the two males rushed him in an aggressive manner from about 21 feet away. 

According to the police report, Lewis said he felt threatened and fired his 40-caliber Smith and Wesson Shield handgun twice into the air. He then went back inside his residence and waited for police to arrive.

Lewis was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.



A package containing "Fat Brain" brand children's toys was stolen from the front porch of a residence in the 800 block of South East Avenue sometime between 1:08 and 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. The estimated loss is $300.

A 52-year-old resident of the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard was arrested for retail theft in the 200 block of Lake Street at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 10, after removing several bottles of alcohol at the premises on two separate occasions the same day.

A man and woman, who appeared to be working together, stole several skincare products and packages of allergy medication from a business in the 1100 block of Lake Street at 10:47 a.m. on Nov. 10. The man, described as Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, had a heavy build, wore glasses, had green and orange hair, wore a large, black jacket and gray pants, and carried a tan bag. The woman was described as white, with a heavy build. She wore a blue hooded sweatshirt, white scarf, a blue jacket, and dark pants. The man took six Olay products, five facial skincare items, six packages of Flonase, and four packages of Nasacort. The total loss was reported to be $833.23.


Vehicle theft, attempted theft

Three people wearing hooded sweatshirts reportedly broke the window on the passenger side of a North Riverside resident's vehicle parked in the 500 block of North Harvey Avenue sometime between 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 12. Once inside the vehicle, they damaged the steering column and ignition lock. The estimated loss due to damage is $1,000.

A 2008 black Ford Escape that was left running and unattended was stolen from the 500 block of North Taylor Avenue at 7:03 a.m. on Nov. 8. The estimated loss is $7,200. The vehicle was recovered by Chicago police in the 4800 block of Kinzie in Chicago at 2:52 a.m. on Nov. 10.


Criminal damage to property

The double-pane window of a business in the 700 block of Madison Street was damaged by a BB gun sometime between 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 8 a.m. on Nov. 11. The estimated damage is $300.

Someone slashed the tires of a vehicle in the 6900 block of West North Avenue at 10:56 p.m. on Nov. 11. The estimated loss was unknown at the time of the report.



A residence was burglarized in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue around 1:35 p.m. on Nov. 13. The offender entered by opening a rear kitchen window and using a lawn chair to gain access. They then stole a Samsung television, a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, a black and pink Roadmaster bicycle. The television was found on the lawn of the residence. The estimated loss is $180.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Nov. 8-13, 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

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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