Oak Park man robbed at gunpoint for $12

Two teens attack man in his backyard


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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

Two teens robbed an Oak Park man in his backyard a week ago Tuesday night, but only got away with $12.

The man was in his backyard on the 800 block of South Euclid Avenue just after 5:30 on Nov. 30 when the two boys approached him.

One, holding a light-colored handgun, demanded the victim’s money. The other then punched the man in the face.

The victim reached into his pocket and threw $12 on the ground, which they grabbed, then left through the alley.

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Violet Aura  

Posted: December 7th, 2010 12:26 PM

Anon: You jump to conlusions, Dearheart. I never claimed that it's automatically a Black person when they omit description. Actually, I have heard the Journal accused of protecting White perps by not showing their mug shot! So it works both ways. Bottom line: The WJ should ALWAYS give racial characteristics, just as they give the color of gun handles and pock marks on skin, LOL. But OPRF is sandwiched between two low-income 'hoods so that is where most of the perps hail from.


Posted: December 7th, 2010 2:08 AM

While I agree with some of the comments here I also agree with you Anon. The whole point though is that there has been two very very similar crimes over the span of a week. I think that it is about time that a description or even some sort of sketch of these two, no matter what race they are. It shouldn't matter one bit what race they are. A crime is a crime and residents deserve to know who to look for or who to look out for. Either way no one should assume the race of these idiots.


Posted: December 3rd, 2010 6:44 PM

The white victimhood here is rich. Without fail you can rely on whites to resort to the simplest solution: bigotry. It's collective idiocy for them. They're not even clever about it. I've seen several stories on this site that did not describe race, but I knew the criminal was white. How did I know? Once I encountered the criminal myself, another time I personally knew the person (not well, thank goodness). Other times I've seen pictures posted of the criminal on another site, but not here.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 12:15 PM

Yvette: I don't think most people on here believe that Whites are incapable of crime. HOWEVER...when you read the police blotter time and again and see where the perps hail from, it's the usual suspects. It's only the truth, dear! Nothing to get your thong in a twist about! Austin, Maywood, Bellwood...But what REALLY pisses me is when they travel from far distances to wreak havoc on our 'hoods!

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 12:11 PM

@ih8idiots: No one wants to live in a 'hood with crime if they can help it. If Maywood is full of crime (at least some areas of it), then it is NOT RACIST to avoid it like the Plague. Epic. fail.


Posted: December 2nd, 2010 2:36 PM

ih8ateidiots: In your liberal dreams the Supreme Court had something to do with it. You really don't think punks were carrying illegal guns before the decision? Yvette, I know you are being PC, but you really should spend a morning in Maywood criminal court when they are arraigning people. Or talk to a cop.

Enuf is Enuf from Oak Park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 1:04 PM

A review of crime statistics for Oak Park reveals that armed robbery occurs on a regular and frequent basis in broad daylight, on the public way (streets, alleys, walks) and private property (garages, backyards, and home invasions). It is time we hold David Pope accountable for expending limited village resources on his pet downtown development projects, while neglecting the public safety of local residents.

Jim A. Major from Oak Park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 11:42 AM

How can you help the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us? Go to the Oak Park Police Department Website www.oak-park.us/police You will find information such as daily crime stats, crime prevention tips and the Resident Beat Officer Program. This program has one meeting a month in your neighborhood with an officer who lives in your zone. Get to know your neighbors and look out for each other. Report suspicious activity to police. Stay safe!

ALSO Sick of it from Oak Park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 11:39 AM

I am with you sick, time to get out of Oak Park (Cook County)with its high taxes and criminal elements. Not even safe in your own back yard, they probably hopped on the el and felt like they had a productive day getting $12. I too have been held up at gunpoint and there is nothing ever done about it. Lock em up, hold whatever relative is in charge accountable and get more police involved. Ha Maywood, hahahahahahah

Sandra M. from Oak Park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 10:43 AM

The tennis match back and forth is great but focus on the law enforcement part of it. The same 2 coverup kings have been leading the department for a decade. Stop the bashing and find out why the village board keeps them in power. The failed strategies and overall organizational structure will never work. The wrong people are in the right positions and the right people are in positions or programs which should have been eliminated years ago. We do not feel safe in Oak Park. No change no justice.

yvette from Chicago  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 9:28 AM

Listen, I read no where what color the robbers were. Did I miss something or is it just that if a crime/robbery is committed in Oak Park, the people who committed the crime are black? Is this what I'm hearing from the people on this blog? If so, I feel sorry for you because you are asleep if you think only minorities commit crimes. It's time for you to wake up!

Sobotka from Oak Park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 7:54 AM

@ih8idiots - Here's something that you might be shocked by; the handgun ban doesn't make illegal firearms vanish from people who own them. It's illegal to own one. So. Lots of things are illegal and still happen. Why are people assuming they are from the West Side? It sounds like a lot of you should move West. Enjoy chain restaurants and rows of town homes that you'll never be able to sell, and lots of white people - which apparently means no crime. Leave.

sick of it from oak park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 7:00 AM

@ ih8idiots: you're obviously one of these left wing liberals who can't just admit crimes being committed are by folks coming over from Austin. Why is that racist when it's the truth? you're the idiot. You're also probably in favor of OP bringing in the housing to the Comcast building. idiot.

ih8idiots from undefined  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 9:16 PM

"the crime in Op is ridiculous. i'm tempted to move a little more west." Oh, you mean Maywood? Nah, too Black for a racist like you, isn't it?


Posted: December 1st, 2010 9:14 PM

"Why did those two boys have a handgun??? I thought those were illegal in OP. I guess when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." Read a newspaper some time. SCOTUS overturned the hand gun ban, which is why the streets of OP are now crawling with punks carrying guns, all thanks to the idiots at the NRA.

Violet Aura from undefined  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 8:43 PM

Oh and E? Methinks there is a slight issue if SOMEONE GETS HELD UP IN HIS BACKYARD! Come on, now! There seem to be armed robberies every week. You are right, they are everywhere...everywhere in OP. I love my hometown, am there most days, but I also know the drill.

sick of it from oak park  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 7:36 PM

I am sick and tired of OP residents screaming racism when someone accuses a criminal being from austin. There is a reason. They USUALLY are from Austin! Papers won't print a description of the criminals, because when they do, and if they use the description of blacks or african american, then there are numerous phone calls to the paper to complain about, yep, you guessed it ... saying the paper is racist. the crime in Op is ridiculous. i'm tempted to move a little more west.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 5:44 PM

@E: *Sigh* The way 'racist' is tossed around is truly disheartening. Since I am not Miss Cleo, I don't know what Lamar is alluding to, but it is certainly true that most of OP's criminals come from the West and South Sides, along with Maywood, etc. to the west. Facts are what they are...Take a gander at a typical police blotter on here and see for yourself.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 5:41 PM

@Robert: Oh no! What a RACIST suggestion! You just CAN'T describe the features of the perp(s)! Now of course it's fine and dandy to describe his "light-colored handle," yada yada, but heaven forbid we know any physical characteristics of criminals on the loose...


Posted: December 1st, 2010 5:38 PM

Why did those two boys have a handgun??? I thought those were illegal in OP. I guess when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

E from River Forest  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 5:29 PM

I agree with you OP Resident, a life a crime does lead to misery. @Lamar: I take offense to your (racist?) comment. Oak Park is still a great place to live. It is still alive and well. There is no safe place.

Robert Lynn from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 5:27 PM

How about a description? It sounds like the victim interacted with the thieves, so he must have been able to provide one. Wouldn't that make this article more helpful?

OP Resident  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 5:13 PM

I was robbed at gunpoint and it was truly terrifying. The punks who committed the crime were never caught but I hope the choice they made to be thugs caught up to them in the end. The thieves who took $12 from the man in this report are cowards and the path they've chosen ends in misery. Their victim was traumatized but survives. Too often that's not the case. Regarding the posting by Lamar. His comment is ignorant and does not add to the discussion on how to protect ourselves and property.

Lamar from Acona  

Posted: December 1st, 2010 4:36 PM

Here's a thought change the name of the "village" to "West Austin". Oak Park is long gone.

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