Witness stops carjacking attempt | Police reports Nov. 12-18

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

A man carrying a small black gun attempted to carjack an Oak Park woman in the 200 block of Lake Street at 6:58 p.m. Nov. 11. The man showed the firearm and demanded the woman's car keys. Police said a witness saw the attempted carjacking taking place and "intervened verbally."

The alleged perpetrator fled. Police described him as roughly 20 years old, African American, of thin build and around 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with brown eyes and short black dreadlocks; he wore a black jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt and white shoes.


Armed robbery/aggravated kidnapping arrest

Police arrested Chicago resident Cordero Williams, 30 years old, for armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping in the 300 block of Lake Street Nov. 16 at 10:45 a.m. The armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping occurred the same day. Williams was transported to the Oak Park Police Department for processing. He is currently in custody, being held without bond. 



Chicago police recovered a stolen gray 2006 Nissan Altima in the 300 block of North Lorel, Chicago on Nov. 12 at 9:42 a.m., but made no apprehensions. The car was taken in an aggravated carjacking on Nov. 8 in the 300 block of South Humphrey Avenue. 

A Maywood resident's Samsung Galaxy 9 smart phone was taken in the 300 block of Madison Street Nov. 12 at 6:53 p.m. by two men. Total loss is $500.

Packages were stolen from four residences in the 900 to 1000 blocks of North Humphrey Avenue and one residence in the 400 block of South Taylor Avenue Nov. 11 between 2 p.m. and 4:30. 

The contents of the stolen packages include party supplies, soap, a copper pearl car seat cover, pregnancy pillow, children's clothing, a pair of women's black Ugg snow boots and bathroom towels.


Criminal damage to property

Someone scratched a name and a star into a statue at Mills Park in the 200 block of Home Avenue between 8 a.m. Nov. 7 and 10 a.m. Nov. 9.

In the 800 block of Pleasant Street, a man driving a Silver Ford Explorer pulled alongside another person's Kia Optima, got out of his Explorer and started yelling at the other person on 7;20 a.m. Nov. 18. The man then broke the victim's license plate bracket and manually bent the victim's license plate before fleeing the scene, traveling eastbound on Pleasant Street. 



Someone broke the glass door of a business and stole an ATM machine and cash register containing $300 in the first block of North Harlem Avenue at 2:41 a.m. Nov. 12.

A person opened the unlocked rear passenger door of a Jeep Wrangler belonging to an Oak Park resident and ransacked the interior in the 100 block of Forest Avenue between 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 6 a.m. Nov. 14. No loss was reported.

A person shattered the glass rear door of Park Avenue Coin Laundromat and damaged the Alaska ATM machine, while trying to steal it, in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue between 9:55 p.m. Nov. 17 and 6:10 a.m. Nov. 18. Estimated damage is $4,000.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Nov. 12-18 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.

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Janet Haisman from Oak Park  

Posted: November 22nd, 2019 11:23 PM

The businesses in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue have complained for years about their dim or nonexistent street lights. Perhaps that helped contribute to the ATM crime? Why can't the Village do something about those lights?

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 21st, 2019 11:57 AM

Brian Slowiak I suppose if the reporter asked some one at the Police Department if the actions were advisable then you would have your blanket statement which would be good especially when there is not harm involved. There was a situation years ago if I recall correctly that involved a female being offended by a male. Another male came to the assistance of the female and was stabbed if I am recalling the basic information. The man who came to the aid of the woman, did the right thing and I know you would do the same thing

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 21st, 2019 8:33 AM

@ Tommy "Real" McCoy: What people know and people do are two entirely different aspects. I applaud the actions of the citizen in response. A very brave person. The point of view of the Police Department has been don't get involved directly, call 911. Dont the Chicago blue lights all have cameras?

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 20th, 2019 12:13 PM

Brian Slowiak I think most people know not to get involved when danger lurks about, and even the Shaft knows not to go out, although can you imagine if 10 people came to the aid of their fellow citizen that the criminal would most likely just want to get out of the situation. Of course it was dangerous and not advisable to do although the person do it. There are a lot of camera's in that area with infra red that are adjusted at specific angles and distance which is much better than the blue lights in Chicago, so that can be helpful at times, too

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 20th, 2019 8:46 AM

The Oak Park Police Department has not made the usual admonishment that citizens should not get involved directly , place themselves between a criminal and victim. Especially when the criminal is armed.

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