Lou Malnati's pizza driver carjacked at gunpoint

Oak Park police searching for four teenaged suspects

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police are searching for four teenagers who carjacked a Lou Malnati's delivery driver at gunpoint on Friday evening in the 1000 block of Highland Avenue.

Sergeant Michael Lepczynski said in an email response to questions that at 9:18 p.m. the victim was sitting in his black 2006 Chevy Impala when an armed teenager male approached the driver side window of the vehicle and demanded that he get out.

When the victim exited the vehicle, a second teenager displayed a handgun and went through the victim's pockets. The second offender then entered the driver's seat of the vehicle.

Two other males entered the back seat of the Impala. The teenagers then fled southbound on Highland and then eastbound on Fillmore.

Lepczynski said the victim was not harmed in the incident. Oak Park police do not currently have anyone in custody.

The driver of the vehicle could not immediately be reached for comment.

"The safety of our employees and our customers is our highest priority," Lou Malnati's spokeswoman Meggie Lindberg said in a written statement. "The police are investigating an incident that occurred Friday evening involving one of our employees. The employee was unharmed in the incident."

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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James Peters from Oak Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2016 1:44 PM

The word "Gangs" is not politically correct. But, after seeing the video on TV, you could convince me it was a gang initiation. Get a couple of recruits to steal a car.

James West  

Posted: March 29th, 2016 12:36 PM

Mike Hanline, some would think that Alex Garcia, would prefer Bernie Sanders, and not Donald Trump, who is always implying he is going to kick some group in the rump. Reality television has trained people to the type of behavior Trump, displays. People think they are watching a Jerry Springer, show, and don't realize that this race is about selecting a responsible adult to represent, America. The media is fully responsible for all of this, and they have enjoyed all of the commercial time that has been sold.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: March 29th, 2016 11:50 AM

I guess if we all put out "Trump 2016" signs on our lawns, the gangbangers from Austin would suddenly be too afraid to cross the OP border, right Alex?

Mike Hanline  

Posted: March 29th, 2016 11:44 AM

Because EVERY issue needs to be politicized, right?

Alex Garcia  

Posted: March 29th, 2016 9:08 AM

Undoubtedly, Oak Parkers response to this will be more Bernie Sanders yard signs.

James West  

Posted: March 28th, 2016 10:53 PM

This turned out well because the driver was not hurt. This is not uncommon for people to call a Pizza place, and then rob the driver. This could have been a crime of opportunity when 4 teenagers carry hand guns, noticed the driver delivering a pizza, and decided to take delivery on a car to go driving around. The location made it easy to get out of Oak Park. If anybody gets the drop on them, and they are packing a gun, the chances are this could have ended up a lot worse. It's nice that the spokesperson said they are concerned about the safety of their employees, and customers. It would be nice if they compensated the employee with a rental car until the car can be found, and it would be nice if any damage to the car was paid for by the employer. Unfortunately, the delivery person is the one who has to deal with being robbed at gun point, and when the car is found, I hope when it is processed, it will have prints where there should be some on.

Jack Hughes  

Posted: March 28th, 2016 10:01 PM

Impossible! Bad, bad guns are outlawed in OP !!!!

Roxann Lopez  

Posted: March 28th, 2016 7:22 PM

Living as close as I do this is extremely unsettling. For all I know these individuals walked past my home on their way to find a victim. We have only lived here for 6 years but in that short time have seen things change dramatically in our neck of the woods. We used to joke that we moved to Pleasantville between the near constant street cleaning and police cars on patrol. This one, isolated incident, as I have heard it described over and over is much more than that to me and I hope to other residents of SE Oak Park.

John H. Wilharm III  

Posted: March 28th, 2016 6:57 PM

How can this happen in the OP? We are a community of peace and love.

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