Oak Park and River Forest police reports Feb. 29-March 9

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Three charged in Oak Park home invasion

Three Chicago men in ski masks and armed with handguns allegedly attempted to rob a makeshift recording studio inside an apartment building in the 800 block of Lake Street on March 7.

Oak Park police have three men in custody and have charged each with six counts of home invasion, six counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated battery. 

Police report that the suspects – Marliss Pelmer, 21; Justin Harrison, 18; and Devonte Gosha, 20, all of Chicago – entered the top-floor apartment, announced a robbery and demanded money from the six individuals inside.

Three of the victims said the alleged offenders struck them with a handgun. Two were treated at the scene for head lacerations and bruises.

When police arrived at the scene, two of the suspects were still in the building and the other was found nearby. Police reported that an unspecified amount of cash and jewelry were taken from the apartment before they arrived. They also recovered two handguns with the assistance of a Forest Park Police Department canine unit.

The three men, each given a $1 million bond, are being held at Cook County Jail. A court date is set for 9 a.m., March 11, in room 102 of the 4th District Municipal Court in Maywood.

A police news release also noted that the recording studio was not licensed by the village.

 Soliciting in the roadway arrest

Ronald R. Vercnocke, 51, of the 4000 block of South Federal in Chicago, was arrested on March 11 at 4:50 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Harlem for soliciting in the roadway after being warned to stop. 


Residential burglary arrest

Anthony Q. Hickley, 25, of the 6100 block of West Roosevelt Road in Cicero, was arrested on March 10 at 5:15 p.m. for a residential burglary that occurred on March 21, 2013, in the 1000 block of South Austin. 

 Residential burglary

A man wearing a bright red fishing/floppy hat and dark pants rang the doorbell of a residence in the 600 block of South Lyman Avenue on March 9 at 6:30 p.m., and entered the enclosed, but unlocked, front porch. 

Once on the porch, he ransacked a bag there and then fled northbound on Lyman when confronted by the victim. No loss was reported.

An apartment unit was burglarized in the 100 block of South Harvey Avenue between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 29. The offender used a pry tool on the rear door of the apartment to gain entry and stole five laptop computers, three Amazon Kindle Fire tablets and a 10-inch Apple iPad. The total loss was an estimated $1,800.

 Attempted residential burglary

Someone attempted to gain entry to a residence in the 600 block of South Harvey Avenue on March 9, sometime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The offender attempted to enter the residence by forcing open the rear door but was unsuccessful. The loss was an estimated $500.


A man wearing a black flat/newsboy-style hat, pulling a rolling book bag entered a commercial building in the 100 block of North Marion Street on March 13, between noon and 2 p.m. and successfully gained entry to four business suites using a pry tool. The man unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry to five other suites. The loss due to damage was an estimated $900.

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Feb. 29 – March 9, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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