Oak Park cops nab 7-Eleven armed robber

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OP cops nab 7-Eleven armed robber

Oak Park police arrested a man who had allegedly robbed the 7-Eleven in the 600 block of South Boulevard around 11 p.m. on May 12. Stanley L. Donahue, 28, of the 9000 block of S. Brandon Avenue, Chicago, was arrested in the 500 block of Lake Street, minutes after the robbery.

"He was arrested a few blocks away from the scene. He matched the description given," said Detective Sgt. Michael Lepczinski. Donahue entered the convenience store around 10:54 p.m., according to reports. He allegedly displayed a black replica air-soft pistol and demanded money from the cash register.

He grabbed $112 from the register and fled the store, police said. He was charged with aggravated robbery and held for bond hearings.

Strong-arm robbery on the Blue Line

A female victim, 25, told police she was riding the Blue Line CTA train around 7:45 a.m., May 9, when two men sat down in front of her. One man allegedly said, "Give me your wallet," and she complied, according to the report.

The two fled the train at the Oak Park Avenue stop. The woman told police her wallet contained cash and gift cards worth $590.

Hate crime in spray paint

Unknown offenders, overnight May 8-9, used black spray paint to write derogatory comments on a driveway in the 300 block of Wesley Avenue, referring to one resident's sexual orientation. The incident is under investigation.

Laptops lifted at high school

Eight Lenovo X120 laptop computers, valued at $4,000, were removed from a mobile equipment cart at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of N. Scoville Avenue sometime between April 25 and May 13, police said.

High school cannabis arrest

An 18-year-old Oak Park woman was arrested for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia at Oak Park and River Forest High School, May 10. She was released after posting bond.

Burglary arrests

Linell Harding, 53, of the 5400 block of Van Buren Street, Chicago, was arrested by Oak Park police, May 10, after they reportedly found him in possession of a miter saw, reported stolen in an Oak Park garage burglary, March 20, on the 1100 block of Lyman Avenue. He was charged with theft and held in lieu of bond.

Oak Park police arrested Cody States, 20, of the 800 block of N. Monticello Avenue, Chicago, on May 11 and charged him with a burglary that occurred on the 300 block of S. Scoville Avenue, Sept. 4. He was processed and held in lieu of bond.

Criminal sexual abuse charges

Oak Park police, May 9, arrested a 16-year-old male juvenile from Hillside and charged him with criminal sexual abuse of a 15-year-old River Forest juvenile. Police declined to give the date of the abuse, but said the arrest related to a single incident. The male was issued a court date and turned over to his father, according to reports.

More designer purses snatched

River Forest police on foot patrol, May 8 around 3:15 p.m., arrived at Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), 7321 W. Lake St., and were told that a man had just fled the store with nine designer purses, including Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren brands. The value of the purses was given at $1,729. Witnesses reported seeing the offender enter a green Ford Explorer occupied by a female black driver, and they fled the area. On April 24, a man and women allegedly stole eight Michael Kors purses valued at $1,900. The subjects had fled the store and were last seen entering a black Ford Explorer.


A 2011 Suzuki GSXR750 motorcycle was removed from the parking lot of Rush Oak Park Hospital in the 500 block of Wisconsin Avenue between May 7 and 9. Loss was estimated at $11,000.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed May 6-12 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.

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Posted: May 18th, 2013 1:28 PM

OP Rez, google the actual statutes and then take a nap. Got a beef? Complain to your state legislators and local state's attorney. Otherwise, pipe down.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: May 18th, 2013 7:57 AM

Several years ago a neighbor got 2 years probation for chasing kids away from the front of his house with a starter pistol. The judge told him that had the kids turned around and beat him to death with a baseball bat, they would have walked. It would have been considered self defense. The crime is using fear of harm as a weapon against another,

OP Rez  

Posted: May 18th, 2013 2:47 AM

The 7-11 robber should have been charged with "armed robbery"! He may not have used a real gun, but lessening his crime will only open the door for every clown out there with a BB gun to start robbing people. We need to send a message to these "kids" that think they can come here and terrorize people with their "toys". If you want to pretend you have a real gun when you terrorize someone, be prepared to be charged with the same degree of punishment as people with real guns!

joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 17th, 2013 3:53 PM

Great job to the police for catching the armed robber of the 7-11.

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