Man shot while putting air in tires on North Avenue | Police Reports March 9-16

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In what is believed to have been a targeted attack, a man was shot while putting air in his car tires March 11 at 2:25 p.m. in the 6100 block of North Avenue. The shooter crossed from the Chicago side of North Avenue and approached the victim, who was filling his tire with air. The offender then took a handgun from his sweatshirt and fired several rounds, hitting the victim. The shooter fled northbound across North Avenue and got into a reddish-orange SUV, last seen driving west on North Avenue.

Police describe the shooter as being a black male of heavier build, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and wearing black jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt with a white mask and blue gloves.

No information has been released regarding the victim's medical condition. 


Aggravated robbery

A masked man implied he had a firearm and demanded money, while another masked man grabbed cash from the register, cigarettes and candy at 7-Eleven, 661 South Blvd., March 13 at 4:25 a.m. The first man also took the clerk's backpack. 

The first man is described by police as black, of thin build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black mask, black gloves and black pants. Police describe the second man as being black and in his 20s, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black mask, black gloves and black pants. The two men fled the area in a newer white Chrysler 200. Police estimate the loss at $670.


Someone stole a black 2014 Honda Pilot between 7:45 p.m. and 8:44 p.m. March 12 in the 1100 block of Clinton Avenue. Police estimate the loss at $18,500.

An unsecured blue-silver Trek 7200 multi-track bicycle was stolen out of a common storage in the 400 block of Wisconsin Avenue between 3 p.m. March 8 and 5:57 p.m. March 13. The estimated loss is $700. 

Someone removed five political signs in the 6000 block of Roosevelt Road between 1 p.m. March 12 and 8 a.m. March 13. Estimated loss of $25. 

A package containing a Bissell carpet cleaner that had been delivered to a victim's residence was stolen between 6:25 p.m. March 14 and 7 a.m. March 15 in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue. The estimated loss is $124. 

A man ran off the CTA train carrying the victim's backpack, which contained a black wallet, a wireless Apple speaker and a pair of work boots at 7 a.m. March 13 in the 300 block of South Boulevard. The estimated loss is $300.

An Amazon package containing a book and a sink spout was stolen between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. March 8 in the 1000 block of North Boulevard. The estimated loss is $95. 


Someone broke a kitchen window and entered into an apartment in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard between 10:30 a.m. and 7:27 p.m. March 12. No loss was reported.

Someone broke into a vehicle and stole $5 in change out of it at 2:35 p.m. March 12 in the 1100 block of Westgate Street.

A person broke into a parked vehicle and ransacked the middle console and trunk and took a small pocketknife between 2 p.m. March 13 and 3:05 p.m. March 14 in the 1100 block of South Taylor Avenue. The estimated loss is $30.

Criminal damage to property

Someone damaged a double-paned window after throwing a rock at it at 9:06 p.m. March 14 in the 100 block of North Elmwood Avenue. The estimated damage is $1,000.

The exterior single-pane glass of a resident's basement window was broken March 6 between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Grove Avenue.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports March 9 to 16, 2020 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 Stacey Sheridan 

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 20th, 2020 8:17 AM

Tommy, do you think the police or gang culture will listen to anyone?

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: March 19th, 2020 7:05 PM

Brian Slowiak there was a web group gathering which had the Chief, D.C., Commander and Residential Beat Officer. You may be interested in joining the North Avenue District. Contact and ask to be informed when the next event is. As a former Police Officer, you must understand what is going on since the culture has not changed except the sizes of the gangs our now micro managed

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: March 19th, 2020 5:12 PM

That's two shooting victims on the same block within a week. What ever is going on, "ever" is coming to Oak Park.

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