Oak Park teen arrested for flashing gun at library

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An 18-year-old Oak Parker was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly threatening a worker at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., with a pellet gun on Nov. 17.

According to Oak Park police, the young man was approached by a library employee after causing a disturbance on the 2nd floor of the library. The young man was asked to remove his feet that were propped up on a library table, and the worker asked another group of people to "quiet down." 

The library employee then walked back to the young man and asked if he'd just gotten out of Cook County Jail. The offender said "that's not your problem" and another person involved in the incident responded, "You ain't going to do nothing."

The worker responded, "What are you going to do?" before walking back to the service desk. While at the service desk, he was approached by the young man and his associate. Both apologized for the incident, saying, "No disrespect, we were just talking."

The young man then lifted his shirt to reveal a black gun tucked in his waistband and said, "Just to let you know we don't fight anymore."

The library worker escorted the two men out of the library without incident and called police. The young man was later positively identified by police in the 600 block of W. Lake St., and arrested for aggravated assault.

 

Man arrested for sexual abuse at West Suburban Hospital

A 31-year-old Oak Park man was arrested in the first block of Erie Court at 10:31 on Nov. 16 and charged with criminal sexual abuse.

According to a police report, Ramus was being treated as a patient at West Suburban Hospital, 3 Erie St., at about 10 p.m., when he allegedly groped a female nurse. The nurse told him that his behavior was unacceptable. He then attempted to expose his genitals by pulling down his boxer shorts and went on to make a series of sexually explicit comments.

When she observed him trying to pull down his boxer shorts, she physically pulled them back up to prevent him from exposing himself. Ramus was treated and then taken into custody.

 

Residential burglary

A residence was burglarized in the 800 block of South Austin sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 6:17 a.m. the next day. The burglar broke a window pane on the rear door to gain entry and then stole a wallet with cash and credit cards, a black duffel bag containing four pairs of athletic shoes, a silver Apple MacBook Pro, a Bose speaker and a black Chicago Bulls jersey. The loss was an estimated $2,810.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

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Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Sklyar June  

Posted: December 12th, 2016 10:43 AM

I am not even sure that all those kids live in Oak Park. I never said ban kids after 5. I said to require a guardian after 5. The library is being used as a childcare center until the parent comes to pick them up. Why can't they just go home if they don't want to read? Why do their parents not trust them to be home alone? Something is missing in all this. And for the record, what about Andersen, Barrie, Fox, etc.? All community centers.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 12th, 2016 12:46 AM

Bringing a gun to the library is not kids being kids. Rude behavior that is allowed to go on daily ruins the library for other patrons trying to use it, as a library. The library staff calling the collection of late fee fines a nickle and dime exercise, when it generates $170k a year, almost $2 million a decade - points toward a source of funds needed for making a community room feature available.

Bridgett Baron  

Posted: December 11th, 2016 3:44 PM

This idea of banning all kids under 18 after 5 pm...hey why don't we just move up the curfew, not allowing kids ANYWHERE in town past 5 pm? Better yet, let's just get rid of those pesky kids altogether and ban them from Oak Park completely? Think of all the money we'd save on property taxes that currently goes to the schools! Seriously though, until/unless this town has a more "acceptable" place for kids to be kids, like a community center (RF has one, and they have 1/5 our population) they are going to continue to hang out at the library. Do I think it's a traditional library's job to have to deal with the stuff our library does? No. But if no one else in this town is providing such services and such space, then what the heck? We seem to spend our money building things for kids with money--swimming pools, ice rinks, gymnastics facilities. What about a good chunk of the families in this town who don't have such disposable income? How about a place for kids to hang out, without having to plunk down hundreds of dollars? That's why they are hanging out at the library. Give them a community center without all the bells and whistles, just a safe place to be, and you will most likely get your more "traditional" library.

Sklyar June  

Posted: December 11th, 2016 12:08 PM

The library needs to update their policy about teens on the second floor. They are allowed to make noise. I am glad this library employee was trying to get them to simmer down but I was there recently and they did not look like they wanted to read, which is the EFFING POINT OF LIBRARIES! They are not supposed to be community centers and the ambiguity is what creates the confusion and absence of cohension. The new rule should be that minors (under 18) cannot be in the library alone past 5 PM and no more than two students can be next to each other. I see these groups of kids laughing and congregating and it just isn't a good situation.

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: December 11th, 2016 6:50 AM

Put these thugs in Jail where they belong.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 10th, 2016 9:31 PM

Dead body in the upstairs bathroom. Assault and manslaughter by the front entrance. Guns brandished on the second floor. Staff afraid to ask clients to pay fines for late books. AWESOME use of our property taxes.

Barbara Joan  

Posted: December 9th, 2016 9:15 AM

Make the Library safe and peaceful so everyone can enjoy spending time there.,

Haney Ned  

Posted: December 7th, 2016 3:18 PM

Why isn't the 18 year old in this blotter identified? He is an adult and lives among us in Oak Par, as indicated by the report. He brandished a gun in our library. He should be identified so the community and his neighbors are aware of his presence in our village.

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