Oak Park and River Forest police reports-May 11-18

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By Amy Malina


Valuables plucked at the point of a gun

On May 11, just after midnight, a man wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans approached two people in the 100 block of Madison and demanded their valuables, bolstering his demand with a small black handgun. After the victims handed him a watch and a necklace valued at $5,500, plus $1,100 in cash, the armed robber fled with the loot west on Madison Street, then north into the K-Stone parking lot. 

Early morning South East Avenue shots 'not a random act' 

Police say an early morning incident where neighbors reported hearing shots fired Tuesday morning in the 1100 block of South East Avenue was "not a random act." 

"We have information that leads us to believe this is not random," said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds. 

Oak Park police responded around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning after residents called 911 to report hearing seven gunshots.

A witness told police she observed an unknown man in a Chevy Malibu parked on the west side of the street shortly before the shots were heard. Police at the scene recovered several shell casings. Bullets struck at least one parkway tree, according to a witness.

"We are increasing police presence in the area while we continue to peel back the layers of this investigation," Reynolds said.



On May 18 at 2:41 p.m., in the 200 block of Chicago Avenue, a 50-year-old Chicago man allegedly grabbed a female 7-11 employee by the arm, then licked her forearm. Police caught up with the offender in the 500 block of north Elmwood, where the victim positively identified him as the arm-licker. 

Aggravated battery

At 10:18 p.m. on May 18 in the 400 block of South Boulevard, a 21-year-old man told police, flowers were slapped out of his left hand and the cellphone out of his right by a man who then struck the victim's face and chest. The victim reported seeing a knife in the hand of his attacker. Police stopped a 35-year-old male resident of that block, who was found to be in possession of a knife; he was arrested and charged with aggravated battery. 

Felony theft

Chicago resident Christian T. Male, 23, was arrested and charged with felony theft after he allegedly approached a 13-year-old boy in the 400 block of south Ridgeland Avenue and removed a $20 bill from the boy's pocket. The theft reportedly occurred at 7:19 p.m. on May 17. 


An unknown offender pried open the front door of an apartment in the 400 block of Lake Street sometime during the day on May 12 and removed a white Apple laptop valued at $1,200.

A Tinley Park resident's silver Honda Accord, parked in the 6900 block of Roosevelt Road, suffered a broken window around 8:30 p.m. on May 12. A witness told police two men — one in a Kangol cap and both wearing white bandannas with black etching over their faces — broke the rear driver's side window with a screwdriver and stole a duffel bag from the back seat. The bag contained an unknown amount of money. The thieves fled in a silver vehicle, last seen southbound on Clinton Avenue. 

On May 13 in the 200 block of south Maple Avenue, someone pried open the front door of an apartment between 9 a.m. and 7:50 p.m. The apartment was ransacked. Missing items include a silver Macbook Air laptop, a white iPad and jewelry for a total loss to the victim of $1,315.

In the 700 block of Ridgeland Avenue, during the night of May 15-16, someone entered an unlocked garage, then an unlocked car, and stole a $1,075 laptop from within.

On May 16, sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., an unknown person, using a key, entered a residence in the 400 block of South Boulevard, ransacked the place and made off with $1,920 worth of items, including a laptop, a tablet computer, a DVD player and 10 discs, and jewelry.


A bicycle locked in the ped/park locker in the 1000 block of North Boulevard was removed by unknown means between 8:10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 12.

Between 2 and 3 p.m. on May 13, someone in the 600 block of north Grove Avenue stole two packages, delivered there by mail, of clothing from a front porch.

Someone stole an $825 bicycle from the 1100 block of south Lombard Avenue by cutting through the fence. Also taken was the victim's black U-lock. The crime occurred during the night of May 13-14.

A village of Oak Park Lot #2 permit sticker was removed from the rear window of a car while the car was parked in the 700 block of North Boulevard during the overnight hours of May 13-14. 

Someone removed the catalytic converter from a car parked in the rear of an address in the 600 block of south Maple Avenue. According to the report it happened sometime between May 14 and 17.

Two red and silver 1950s-vintage barstools were reported stolen from a residence in the 600 block of Lake Street, sometime between April 17 and May 17.

A 38-year-old Oak Park man, who initially gave police a Chicago address, was stopped in the 800 block of Thomas Street at 3:19 a.m., May 16. He was riding a specialized cross-trail sports bicycle without a headlight. The man told police he had bought it on the street. Police held the bicycle to determine proof of ownership and let the man go. At 3:40 p.m., an officer spotted an open garage in the 500 block of Linden Avenue and contacted the owner, who said a bicycle had been removed from it. She identified as hers the bike police were holding. The same man was later stopped in the 500 block of Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, arrested and charged with theft.

Criminal damage

On May 14 between noon and 2 p.m., a Lifeline Ambulance Service driver told police he had a verbal altercation with a strange man while on a call in the 600 block of south Maple Avenue. When the driver returned to the ambulance, the driver's door had been keyed and the passenger-side door dented.

In the 100 block of north Lombard Avenue, around 7 p.m. on May 17, three males were seen defacing a garage and retaining wall, using a black permanent marker.

Someone disassembled an 18 by 36-inch garage window in the 1100 block of south Elmwood Avenue; the damage was discovered May 18 around 3 p.m.

Controlled substance

An Elgin woman, 31, was arrested in the 700 block of North Boulevard, May 14, at 11:55 p.m., and charged with possession of a controlled substance, after police found her in possession of 6.2 grams of heroin.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed May 11-18 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 Amy Malina

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 27th, 2014 1:25 PM

I hope the guy who suffered the Agg Battery May 18th understands how lucky he is that he wasn't seriously injured. Someone with a knife slapping items out of your hands can cause some very grave injuries in a hurry.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 21st, 2014 10:29 AM

see the april 29 to may 11 reports for the car jacking.

Watch out  

Posted: May 21st, 2014 10:12 AM

Where's the report of the carjacking on 900 north lombard?

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