Oak Park police arrest 15-year-old in 7-Eleven robbery

Clerk shot one of three robbers on Dec. 11

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department has arrested a 15-year-old Oak Park boy and charged him with an attempted armed robbery that took place at the 7-Eleven convenience store, 240 Chicago Ave., at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Few details were provided concerning the arrest of the minor, who is allegedly one of three people who attempted to rob the store. Police took the boy into custody at 12:50 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Village spokesman David Powers said in an email that the store clerk shot and wounded a 17-year-old male in the attempted robbery, who was transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood and listed in critical condition. One of the three alleged robbers was armed, according to Powers.

An update on his condition and whether he has been charged in the attempted robbery were not immediately available.

No information was available about the third male connected to the robbery.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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David Patterson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 18th, 2017 6:37 PM

Thanks to all for the education! I have to say, I'm really surprised that West Suburban isn't a place that specializes in GSWs. Fact is stranger than fiction!

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: December 15th, 2017 11:12 AM

Deb Brown, according to some one I talk with on the street who was shot 6 times, Mt Sinai, was able to save him. It was a long recovery although they did fantastic work. He recently was required to move from his regular area of pan handling to another location although he had every right as a citizen to be where he was. He just wasn't representing the right image for Oak Park, I suppose

Deb Brown  

Posted: December 15th, 2017 11:00 AM

It's a bit of an eye opener. Even in the city of Chicago, there are only four Level I trauma centers listed for adults! Mt. Sanai sees a huge number of GSW but gets little funding to support their very important service.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: December 15th, 2017 2:25 AM

No thank YOU David. But something I did not know but just found out after checking Deb's reference. West Suburban Hospital is not a trauma center despite treating a large number of GSWs (http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170118/NEWS03/170119866/a-web-of-shadow-trauma-centers-covers-cook-county). I always thought it was a level 2 trauma center. Apparently, it is part of the informal "shadow trauma network" of Chicago. These are hospitals that are not formally designated trauma centers ?" perhaps because they don't have the financial resources to meet those standards as the standards require an enormous financial commitment on the part of the hospital ?" but are right smack in areas of the city at the highest risk for trauma. So they necessarily are forced to deal with trauma and GSWs. Obviously not ideal. And all the more reason the triage decision that initiated this discussion was absolutely correct in transporting to Loyola ?" a Level 1 trauma center ?" even though further away than West Sub. One other thing. I agree ?" as you suggest - that the public should have some idea of this stuff ?" particularly residents of Chicago and Cook County since Cook County Hospital under the direction of Drs. Freeark and Baker was pivotal in establishing one of the first civilian trauma units in the country way back in the 1960s. Oak Parks' own Dr. John Barrett former chief of trauma at CCH was instrumental in establishing the Chicago Trauma Network in the 1980s if I recall correctly. I had the privilege of working with Dr. Freeark, when I was at Loyola (and he the Chief of Surgery at Loyola) at the beginning of my career. I thought he was a modest man, all the more remarkable considering his enormous contribution to trauma care ?" not only here in Chicago but nationally as well.

David Yamashita from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2017 10:29 PM

Thank you David, Deb and Bruce for a great discussion on hospital emergency care and the triaging the most life threatening injuries to the appropriate level trauma center. This is a good "real life" example for the non-medical audience to understand and sort out the complexity of our medical care system. On the rare occasion that EMS does not triage and transport a patient to the right facility, readers will keep this info in mind on where to take a severely injured patient for the best chance of survival. Likewise, an educated public is essential in supporting good public policy for an adequate and effective trauma system. WE often have to guide our political and business leaders to make wise decisions for public safety and well being (rather than profit). The in-development Level 1 Trauma Center at Univ. of Chicago is an example of correcting bad public and business policies, which left a large portion of south Chicago with inadequate trauma resources.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: December 14th, 2017 6:20 PM

David: Loyola is the closest Level I trauma center. West Sub is Level II. Ms. Brown provides the exact operational definitions and differences between the two. And that difference can be critical in terms of a life saved ... or not. Having treated trauma patients' personally as an anesthesiologist and critical care physician, I can most assuredly tell you that the best chance that kid has or had for survival after a major GSW to the abdomen (perhaps involving major vascular injury to the aorta or inferior venacava) is "scoop and transport" to the closest Level 1 trauma center ASAP STAT: in this case Loyola. There is absolutely NO doubt about this. None.

Deb Brown  

Posted: December 14th, 2017 4:51 PM

David, it depends on the type of injury. Not all hospitals are designated trauma centers and there are different levels of trauma centers as well. See link: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/emergency-preparedness-response/ems/trauma-program/centersByReg

David Patterson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2017 4:39 PM

Could someone explain the process to me? Why would the ambulance have taken the kid who was shot all the way to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, when West Suburban Hospital is literally four blocks away?

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