Man struck in head during attempted armed robbery of Oak Park 7-Eleven

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Three unknown offenders attempted to rob the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 661 South Blvd. at just after 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 3. The three suspects were described as young men between the ages of 17 and 18, all of medium build. The suspects entered the store and one displayed a semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at the store clerk and demanded that the clerk open the cash register.

The clerk pushed a silent alarm and retreated to the back of the store. The offenders then approached an ATM service man inside the store, demanded that he open the ATM machine and struck him twice in the back of the head with an unknown object before fleeing the scene and heading eastbound on South Blvd. There was no loss reported.

Burglar makes off with change

An unknown offender entered a vehicle parked in the rear of a residence on the 1100 block of N. Taylor between Feb. 4 and Feb. 5 and removed United States coins totaling $2.

Snowblowing squabble

A River Forest resident called the police to complain that a neighbor was snowblowing snow into the caller's yard at the 7900 block of Augusta on the morning of Feb. 2. When the police arrived at the scene, the two neighbors agreed not to dump snow on each other's property.

Aggravated vehicular hijacking

An offender described as being a male in his 40s, 5-feet, 11-inches and 200 pounds reportedly hijacked a 2001 Ford Focus and robbed the owner of the vehicle at gunpoint, using a black 2-inch barrel revolver, on the afternoon of Feb. 1. The hijacking occurred at 20 Madison, and the suspect fled the scene in the victim's vehicle. Estimated loss is $1,866.

Rogue snowboarding

Three young men were cited for trespassing on the afternoon of Feb. 2 while attempting to snowboard off of the roof of Lincoln Elementary School in River Forest.

Hit and run

An unknown vehicle struck a blue 2009 Nissan Sentra parked in the parking Lenscrafters parking lot at 7345 Lake St. on Feb. 5. The incident and suspect were not seen, and the victim declined a police report because the damage was minor.

Theft of motor vehicle

An unknown person removed a blue and white 2009 Yamaha R6 motorcycle from the 700 block of Van Buren between Jan. 24 and Feb. 1. Estimated loss is $12,070.

An unknown person removed a silver 2006 Suzuki Verona parked at a location on the 300 block of Madison sometime in the afternoon on Feb. 6. Estimated loss is $12,000.

An unknown person removed a blue 2001 Dodge Dakota sport pick-up truck from a location on the 100 block of S. Humphrey between Jan. 25 and Feb. 7. Also missing was a toolbox containing Craftsman and Stanley tools, which had been left inside the vehicle. Estimated loss is $8,800.


Fernando R. Razzino, 39, of the 200 block of S. Marion St., was arrested and charged with battery on Feb. 2. The suspect was released after posting bond.

Ronode Wright, 38, of 5438 W. Kamerling in Chicago was arrested for battery for an incident that occurred on Jan. 31. The subject was released on bond.

Retail theft

Shantiara M. Mitchell, 22, of the 1600 block of N. Long in Chicago, was arrested and charged with retail theft after placing merchandise from a business located at 8 Lake in her purse, and leaving the scene without paying. Mitchell was additionally charged with battery.

Larry D. Reed, 53, of the 1300 block of Parkside in Chicago was arrested at Deals at 6405 North Ave. on Feb. 6 for retail theft.


An unknown offender pried into a garage on the 600 block of N. Grove sometime between the evening of Feb. 3 and the morning of Feb. 4 and removed a Tom Tom GPS unit from the glove compartment of a blue Honda Odyssey. Estimated loss is $100.

An unknown offender entered a garage at a residence on the 800 block of Clarence and removed $3 in change, a black Garmin Nuvi GPS unit, and a carton of Marlboro Lights cigarettes from the two vehicles parked inside. Estimated loss is $303.


An unknown offender removed five DVDs from their cases at the Oak Park Library at 834 Lake on the morning of Feb. 7. Security videos show a teenage male between 15 and 16 years old, 5-feet, 6-inches, of medium build carrying the DVD cases and then returning the cases to their shelf before exiting the library. Estimated loss is $128.

An unknown person removed $200 in cash and a Visa credit card from inside a gray 2010 Dodge Charger while it was being serviced at a location on the 600 block of Madison on Feb. 7. Estimated loss is $200.

An unknown person removed a Coach wristlet wallet from an unattended backpack in the lunchroom of Oak Park and River Forest High School on Jan. 31. The wallet contained several identification cards including a driver's license, several gift cards and pictures. Estimates loss is $95.

Theft from person

An unknown offender removed a yellow sapphire and white diamond ring in a white gold setting from the victim's possession while the victim was a patient at West Suburban Hospital between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. Estimated loss is $4,000.

Burglary to motor vehicle

An unknown offender entered an unlocked red 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan parked at a location on the 1100 block of N. Woodbine on Feb. 6 and removed a purse containing cash, an Illinois driver's license, miscellaneous papers and a Bank of America debit card. Estimated loss is $100.

An unknown person broke a window of a 2004 Suzuki XL-7 while it was parked in a lot on the 200 block of Marion St. on the afternoon of Feb. 6 and removed a Coach purse containing a wallet, two rings, a T-Mobile cell phone, Fossil sunglasses, cash, miscellaneous ID cards and credit cards. Estimated damage and loss was $1,005.

Residential burglary

An unknown person broke a glass window in an apartment located at 47 W. Harrison St. between Feb. 4 and Feb. 6, entered the apartment and removed two cameras, two flat screen televisions, a stereo, a camcorder, two fur coats, three desktop computers with monitors, cash, an iPod dock and a DVD player. Estimated loss is $3,025.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2011. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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penny lane from oak park  

Posted: February 15th, 2011 9:36 AM

I dont get why people get so offended when the race of people who commit crimes is described. It is what it is. Full descriptions should be made.

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 11th, 2011 1:57 PM

I was typing too fast: COMPLEXION.

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 11th, 2011 1:56 PM

*Sigh* I don't get it--why do bleeding hearts adversely affect the reasoning process--lack of iron or oxygen? In any case, what I attempted to point out is that when there are unsolved crime (which means that the perps are on the loose) and it is obvious that the victim was able to detail a myriad of descriptors: gender, weight, height, age range, clothing, color/type of gun, etc., then the omission of completxion/race/ethnicity is a glaring one, as well as irresponsible.

John Sheehan from Oak Park  

Posted: February 10th, 2011 8:06 PM

@VA Is it important for you to keep a running tabulation of crime referenced by the race of those involved? That seems like an unusual hobby. Just for curiosity sake, could you tell us how many residential burglaries, on average, are committed by Caucasians every year in Oak Park? How many Asians have been assaulted on the Lake Street L? Have you notice an increase in carjackings among Khamirs, Pashtuns and Tamils, for instance? Or is your research more targeted? Just asking.

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 10th, 2011 2:52 PM

@C: Shh...Come, come, now don't be racist...LOL--look at the OP library description where they had actual VIDEO of the teen. Or a carjacking in broad daylight where the uber PC writer of these crimes, Megan, describes the age, height, weight, and color/length of the revolver used in the crime! No, no, heaven forbid we should know the full extent of the physical description. That's okay, though. Megan probably felt guilty saying the same thing over again. Quite patronizing, if you ask me...

C Stewart from Oak Park  

Posted: February 9th, 2011 6:43 PM

What's with leaving out the race of the offender's? All you have to do is read the names to know. And wouldn't it help people to give the full description in case we might see them? You're not profiling. You're giving a complete description.

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 9th, 2011 4:39 PM

Yet another week of WHITEwashing the news...Tons of details except any racial/ethnic descriptions of perps on the loose. Well, if that makes it all better then God bless us all...

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