Four Chicago boys, age 10-12, were released to their parents Thursday after an Oak Park police detective observed them attempting to steal a bike ridden by the 9-year-old daughter of an Oak Park police officer.
The detective was driving on Lake Street, the afternoon of June 26, when she saw three boys on bikes, and a fourth riding on rear wheels bars, kicking at the crying girl as she rode, trying to knock her off her bike.
"She saw three boys riding bikes and one doubled up on the back," said Commander Clemet Harbour. "They tried to kick the bike as she was riding."
The detective and her partner stopped the boys and questioned the girl. The girl said the four had surrounded her and demanded her bike. When she refused, they chased her down Lake Street, continuing to try to knock her off until police intervened.
Harbour said the girl was scared but unharmed. The boys were processed and turned over to their parents.
Paris A. Stephens, of the 400 block of Wisconsin Ave.; Rayshawn Wooten, of the 200 block of South Lombard Ave.; and Regimond Maxwell, of the 400 block of Clinton Ave, all 18 years old, were arrested on the 1000 block of Washington Blvd., the afternoon of June 26, after being identified as the participants in an earlier incident on the 100 block of Washington. Stephens was charged with battery and mob action after she allegedly punched and kicked an Oak Park girl as the victim stood in her front yard. Police say Wooten and Maxwell did nothing during the course of the attack, and were charged with mob action. A second woman with the group who reportedly stopped Stephen's alleged assault was released without charge.
Someone entered a residence on the 300 block of North Scoville Ave. via an unlocked window, the afternoon of June 26. A laptop computer, valued at $1,000, was stolen.
The afternoon of June 25, various hand and electric tools, valued at $4,700, were stolen from the locked rear bay of a pickup truck on the 300 block of South Cuyler Ave.
A Global Positioning Satellite device was stolen from a car parked in an open garage on the 600 block of North Kenilworth Ave., June 21-23.
Someone kicked in a garage side door, overnight June 23, on the 300 block of North Harvey Ave., ransacked a car and stole a bike.
Someone kicked in the side door of a garage on the 1000 block of Mapleton Ave., overnight June 23. However the thief was unable to steal the secured and locked bikes inside.
Police reportedly found Anthony J. Donatille, 22, of Melrose Park unconscious behind the wheel of a car on the 400 block of Madison around 1 p.m., June 24. He was charged with disobeying a traffic device, DUI and having no proof of insurance.
Criminal damage to property
A garage on the 900 block of Mapleton Ave. suffered $400 damage, overnight June 23, when someone kicked a metal side door, denting it and cracking the door jamb. The thief did not gain entry, however.
An Oak Park woman, exiting a store on the 7000 block of Roosevelt Road, the afternoon of June 25, was distracted by one of three men, one of whom lifted her wallet from her open purse.
Numerous bikes were stolen from a number of Oak Park parks last week. The bikes, many unattended and unlocked, were stolen from the 1000 block of LeMoyne Parkway (two), the 900 block of North Kenilworth Ave., and the 400 block of Lake St.
Kenyate J. Jackson, 34, of Chicago was arrested after security at Dominick's, 259 Lake St., said they caught him stealing merchandise, the afternoon of June 26.
Copper continues to be a popular theft target. In what was actually a burglary, some 400 feet of various width copper pipe, valued at $2,160, was stolen from a storage yard on the 200 block of Madison, overnight June 23.
Twenty feet of copper gutter, valued at $500, was stolen from a home on the 300 block of South Oak Park Ave. between May 31 and June 23.
Twenty feet of copper gutter, valued at $250, was stolen from a home on the 300 block of North Lombard Ave., overnight June 19.
Two pieces of copper gutter, totaling 20 feet and valued at $2,000, were stolen from a home on the 700 block of South Lombard Ave. between June 3 and June 25.
Three River Forest juveniles were arrested after stealing a bike on the 7900 block of Lake St. on June 28 at 5:35 p.m. All three of the offenders were brought to the station before being returned to their parents.
River Forest police responded on June 28 at 6:24 p.m. to reports of a suspicious letter that had been slid under the dorm room door of a student at Concordia University. The letter reportedly contained threats directed at the Concordia student.
An unknown man fled the 7-Eleven at 1140 Harlem Ave. in River Forest on June 30 at 3 a.m. The man reportedly had been yelling at the store clerk because the burritos were too cold and not done cooking when he wanted to purchase one.
On June 28 at 6:30 p.m. a River Forest man reportedly stole three bottles of Gray Goose from the Jewel at 7525 Lake St. The man fled the store heading southbound before officers arrived.
At 9:01 p.m. on June 29, at a William St. apartment building, someone reportedly was pounding on a neighbor's door and screaming uncontrollably. Police reports indicate that the man was holding a bat in his hand still pounding and screaming when officers arrived. The man threatened to kill both the neighbor and the police before fleeing into his own apartment. Officers were able to calm the man before escorting him into a private ambulance without any further incident.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from June 22 to June 29. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
- Jacob Boyer and Bill Dwyer