Attempted murder charge for man accused of beating Oak Park woman

Detectives arrested two men accused of attacking a woman for her purse

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By Nick Moroni

Forest Park Review Editor

Two suspects were arrested on March 24 for the severe beating of an elderly Oak Park woman outside a Forest Park grocery store last month, and one of them now faces an attempted murder charge.

Forest Park detectives arrested Addison residents Robert Mix, 53, and Kenny Hollyfield, 52, for their alleged involvement in a violent, and unsuccessful, attempt to rob a woman of her purse in the parking lot of Ultra Foods, 7520 Roosevelt Rd., on the night of Feb. 11.

According to a press release from Forest Park police, Hollyfield is believed to be the "primary attacker." He appeared at the fourth-district bond court in Maywood on Monday morning and was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated battery of a senior citizen, attempted first-degree murder and attempted robbery.

"On Friday, the recommendation [of Forest Park police] was for battery and battery of a senior citizen," Police Chief Jim Ryan said. "[Assistant State's Attorney] Maureen O'Brien, she chose to upgrade the charges."

Mix was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated battery of a senior citizen.

The detectives spotted Mix and Hollyfield in Maywood last week driving around in a car that matched the suspects' getaway car, which was captured on security footage. The two were in an early-'90s silver Mercury Grand Marquis.

Detective Jarlath Heveran investigated the case and said that the department obtained a list from the Illinois Secretary of State that contained information for every silver Mercury Grand Marquis registered in Illinois between the years of 1991 and 1994. The department used this information, and the damage to the right side of the car, which was captured on security footage, in their investigation. Heveran said police were going from "house to house."

Mix, Hollyfield and a third, female passenger were spotted by Heveran in Maywood.

"I saw a car that looked [like the] Silver Marquis," Hevaran said. "I recognized it by the grill and the color."

He also said that the car's right-side damage and a sticker were consistent with the getaway car that was caught on tape.

Mix is being held at Cook County Jail on $50,000 bond; Hollyfield is also detained there, but without any bond.

Police have also identified a third, female subject, but have not located her at this time. Heveran said the female riding with Mix and Hollyfield when they were arrested was not charged with anything.

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OP Resident  

Posted: March 30th, 2011 8:14 AM

Major crime and violent crime is on the rise in Oak Park. Petty crime, theft and similar matters are down slightly. This decrease in petty crime is bacause people simply don't bother to report it. The unreported crime really gives the false impression that overall crime is down. The crime that really matters is up. Don't believe the spin you hear from the OPPD.

Chris C  

Posted: March 29th, 2011 10:07 PM

(regarding other comments) I thought despite feelings and reports otherwise, crime was on a steady decline for the last 15 years? Also, for what it's worth and it's not much, isn't Ultra Foods practically in North Riverside? It's not exactly on Madison.

T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2011 8:41 PM

@Confused Also, I never said that the WJ is evil. They feel that they are acting in the best interest of Oak Park by not always giving people in Oak Park the whole story. Oak Park as a village has some unique challanges that at times requires people tolerate more risk than most people are willing to put up with.

T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2011 8:30 PM

@confused Yes, but most Oak Park resident don't read the Forest Park Review. The WJ has a different "mission" than the Forest Park Review. The WJ editorial board will even tell you that these types of omissions are intentional.

Joe Murray from OP  

Posted: March 29th, 2011 8:26 PM

I wish that for just one Wednesday a year, the WJ ran a compelete list of the crime that occured in Oak Park during the previous week. This won't ever happen because it would scare away too many people. The violent crime in Oak Park has been our dirty little secret for years. The most violent crime almost never makes the paper. It would blow your mind if you knew what went on in this village on a weekly basis. But remember, shhh... it's our secret.


Posted: March 29th, 2011 8:22 PM

@T.J. You're aware the "Evil" WJ does publish both papers right? (Check the links at the bottom of the page)

T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2011 8:13 PM

Why no pictures like the Forest Park Review site? The reason is because senior management at the WJ have chosen to not depict certain demographics in the crime stories related to the Village of Oak Park. You can view their picture at the Forest Park Review site and see what I mean. The WJ has been long determined that the benefits outweigh the advantages of doing so. It would destabalize the village. The WJ wants to downplay how much crime occurs in and around Oak Park. Be careful in OP

brian slowiak from oak park  

Posted: March 29th, 2011 8:13 PM

The police can not charge anyone with a felony complaint in cook County without a review and authorization from a States Attorney. The process is called felony Review.


Posted: March 29th, 2011 7:54 PM

Why no pictures like your Forest Park review site?

Jean from Forest Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2011 6:35 PM

I am glad the Asst State's atty upgraded charges. I am baffled as to why FP police had not done so.

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