Police arrest Oak Park Bleeding Heart Bakery robbery suspect

Search ongoing for a new Oak Park location


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A 19-year-old convicted felon out on parole was charged Thursday night with robbing the Bleeding Heart Bakery in Oak Park earlier this month, police said in a statement last Friday.

Based on the sketch distributed to the public and other law enforcement agencies, an officer from Chicago's 25th Police District recognized Travion D. Trapp from an earlier traffic stop. An employee at Ridgeland Common also contacted police with information that allowed them to place Trapp in Oak Park the day of the robbery.

Officers conducted surveillance on Trapp's home in the 300 block of North Hamlin Avenue, Chicago, said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds.

They followed him to the 400 block of North Pulaski Avenue shortly before noon on Thursday, where he was stopped and arrested.

The victim picked Trapp out of a photo array and later identified him from a line-up, the statement said.

During the Dec. 5 robbery, Trapp allegedly took cash from the bakery's register and safe and held an employee around the neck before locking her inside a basement storeroom. He also took her cellphone and car keys, for a total loss of about $3,550.

Trapp was charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and burglary.

A bond hearing was scheduled for Dec. 16. Trapp was on parole after serving one year of a three-year sentence for robbery, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Samantha Gilmore, general manager of the bakery at 1010 North Blvd., said it will reopen by tomorrow and stay open at least through the end of the month. But due to a decrease in revenue and staff not feeling comfortable in the store after the robbery, Gilmore said other locations in Oak Park will be scouted.

Meanwhile, Gilmore said cameras at the store's Belmont location, which will soon move down the street, will be installed at the Oak Park location for now.

Evan O'Brien/Staff

Bad vibes: Bleeding Heart Bakery, 1010 North Blvd., may be moving to a new location.

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don from anywhere  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 2:00 PM

how many murders have the OP police caught? give up on petty crime...everyone there is in danger....Tanksley doesn't get....publish stats about murders....and all the false arrests that take officers time to be in court...

ejhickey from chicago  

Posted: December 17th, 2011 10:41 PM

I never heard of BLB until this story. so I checked out their menu . looks like they have some pretty amazing bake goods. Now I am going to have buy something there. hope they stay in OP . glad they caught the pos who did this but maybe if more people learn about BLB some good will come from it . hope the employee is getting better.

Sarah B from Oak Park  

Posted: December 17th, 2011 12:25 PM

Please don't leave us, Bleeding Heart! I'm sure you can find another location in Oak Park!

Op Rez  

Posted: December 17th, 2011 10:44 AM

Christmas came early! Glad this piece of human waste will be put back in his hole where he belongs! Thank you OPPD for this present. I will be celebrating this losers demise.

Gerald Butters from Oak Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 3:47 PM

We love you Bleeding Heart Bakery!!! We are all anxious for you to reopen!

Betsyritz from Oakpark  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 3:19 PM

God bless the bakers who work such lonely hours to get us those yummy creative treats each AM!

Brian for Chief  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 3:09 PM

Outstanding police work. Thank you OPPD!!

Brian Slowiak from OaK Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 2:37 PM

No bond is actually a bad idea.If he makes no motions,trial must start within 45/90 days of the first hearing.The time clock runs against the state.A high bond,say $50 million dollars is a better position for the state which must be ready to start trial or he walks.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 2:05 PM

@Laurie: Why would one bakery turn you off to vegan altogether? Do you consider that a logical attitude?

matt from chicago  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 1:49 PM

the article sez a bond hearing is scheduled for friday dave but he would primarily have no bail cuz he is already on parole. he only got out just last august which is of course typical

Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 1:22 PM

Just an outstanding job by the police to nail this guy. It's amazing that they were able to catch him. I'm curious what kind of input the Ridgeland Common employee could have given. The sketch was vague enough that it could have been anybody. Really impressed by the outstanding police work here. Kudos.

Joe Friday  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 1:21 PM

@ Dan Lauber. I agree Dan, that would be a great location. RFPD also has a camera overlooking the parking lot.

Julie from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:59 PM

I'm not a vegan and I don't need to eat gluten-free, but BHB is still my favorite bakery in town! I'm glad this guy was caught, that the employee is going to be OK, and that they're staying in town!

epic lulz  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:55 PM

An employee was almost killed, and you morons are lashing out at the business for "overreacting"? Good to see that the OP tradition of bashing the victim is alive and well.

FormerOakParker from Jackson, MS  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:47 PM

I wouldn't want to eat anywhere that has the word "Bleeding" in their title. Not the most appetizing of restaurant names...


Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:44 PM

@Laurie: Bleeding Heart has some of the best gluten free and vegan baked goods I've had. Which still isn't saying much. :)

Good work by law enforcement...  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:37 PM

A job well done by our police department! Crime is up everywhere because of the economy, isn't it?! It does seem that staffing a store with one person makes that person very vulnerable. Bleeding Heart has some wonderful things but the products don't always seem so fresh. It makes me wonder if this is their day old store. They might do better in a new location that suits them better, especially if they ratchet things up all the way around for employees and customers. Let's hope it happens.


Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:36 PM

His bond was set at no bail, thankfully. I do think Bleeding Heart is over-reacting. Robbery can happen anywhere, and overall Oak Park is a very safe town. Look at the crime stats overall for the location in Oak Park vs. their locations in the city and if that's their concern, they should close up shop in Chicago.

Oaken Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:21 PM

These people seem rather squeamish to me. That is a rather safe part of town. There have been robberies in my building's lobby. I still go home each night. Seems like they are wanting to bail out.

Joe Friday  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:14 PM

Nice work by the Chicago Police Officer and the Ridgeland Common employee. The police need imput from the public to do their job as best they can.We are all in this together. I bet the Louis Vuitton cap gave this moron away. As far as parole goes for violent offenders, "JUST SAY NO" !!!

Dan Lauber from River Forest  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:13 PM

Bleeding Heart should expand its options to include locating in the River Forest Town Centre. It's like being in Oak Park, but with plenty of free parking.

Laurie from Oak Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 12:11 PM

I'm sorry Bleeding Heart was robbed, but I think they are using the robbery as an excuse to reconsider keeping their shop open. The bakery products are just not good. They've turned me off to eating vegan.

Oak Parker for 20 yrs  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 11:56 AM

A disappointing response from "Bleeding Heart" Bakery. Any business can be robbed. I am not aware of an area in Oak Park, River Forest, or any of the surrounding communities in which a robbery has not occured at one time or another. Bleeding Heart was willing to come into our area with their high priced goodies, but it does not appear that they are a sustainable business - at least not in the real world.

Fred Tamburino from Oak Park   

Posted: December 16th, 2011 11:40 AM

This is outragous that this guy was out on parole put him in jail for life before he kills someone next time!

Fred Tamburino from Oak Park   

Posted: December 16th, 2011 11:38 AM

A 19-year-old Chicago man has been charged with the Dec. 5 robbery of Bleeding Heart Bakery in downtown Oak Park, police announced Friday. Travion D. Trapp, of the 300 block of North Hamlin Avenue, was charged Thursday with attempted murder, robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and burglary, a press release from Oak Park Police said. On the night of Dec. 5, a clerk was working the bakery's night shift when a man came in and robbed the store. After forcing her to open the cash register, the

nancy from oak park  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 11:33 AM

Great work, OPPolice! I'm really pleased to know that another location will be scouted for OP. We'd hate to lose Bleeding Heart. Speedy recovery wishes to the BH employee . . . so sorry it happened.


Posted: December 16th, 2011 11:28 AM

How does he match up with the description given? He looks a little different than the police sketch.

Ellen Ross from Oak Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 11:21 AM

Another job WELL DONE by the Oak Park Police Department! We are lucky to have you all doing such difficult work to keep us safe. Thank you.

Matt from Oak Park  

Posted: December 16th, 2011 11:20 AM

Well done. Is this guy connected to additional crimes in OP?

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