Gunman robs Chicagoan on North Avenue

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A Chicago man was robbed at gunpoint in the 6900 block of North Avenue in Oak Park at 11 a.m. on July 19. 

The offender, who was described as approximately 16 years old, entered the victim's work truck and took an iPhone from the center console. When the victim yelled at the offender to confront him, the offender approached the victim, pulled out a gun from his waistband, pointed it at the victim and told him, "Shut up." 

The offender then fled the scene westbound on North Avenue. He was described as a black male with a slim build, short hair and wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white Nike gym shoes. The estimated loss is $800.


Aggravated assault

Two Melrose Park residents allegedly were threatened by a man with a gun while preparing to tow his vehicle in the first block of Division Street at 1 a.m. on July 19. 

The victims reported being in the rear of a building, preparing to tow a vehicle when a man approached and said, "If you tow this car, I'm gonna come at you." 

The first victim hooked up the car to the tow truck, and the man pulled out a handgun and cocked it, prompting the victims to leave the scene. The offender then fled eastbound on Division Street. 

The gunman was described as black with a thin build, about 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall, with a beard and wearing a white hat, white tank top, gray shorts black shoes and carrying a black backpack.


Oak Park man shot in leg

An Oak Park resident was shot in the right leg by an unknown person at 12:09 a.m. on July 20 in the 100 block of South Austin Boulevard. Neither the victim nor a witness could describe the offender. No additional information was immediately available.


Man robbed at Green Line station

An Oak Park resident was robbed by a man claiming to have a gun in the stairwell of the Ridgeland Green Line station at 12:30 a.m. on July 17 in the 300 block of South Boulevard. 

The victim was exiting a Green Line train when the offender grabbed the victim in the stairwell and knocked the victim to the ground. The victim attempted to push the offender away at which point the offender stated he had a gun. He then struck the victim and took a cell phone. 

The offender was described as black man in his 20s, with a thin build, long black hair in a ponytail and wearing a black sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and carrying a black backpack. No gun was observed in the incident. The estimated loss is $500. 



Someone stole a black handbag that was left unattended in the 1100 block of South Boulevard at 12:45 p.m. on July 19. The handbag contained the victim's passport. The total loss is $100.

A catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of South Kenilworth Avenue, sometime between 3 p.m. on July 19 and 10:15 a.m. on July 20. The estimated loss is $500.

An unlocked blue Chevrolet Suburban was stolen from the 600 block of North Harvey, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6:17 p.m. on July 21. The estimated loss is $7,670.


A residence was burglarized in the 1100 block of Highland Avenue at 3:21 p.m. on July 20. The offender entered through an unlocked rear window and took a Google nesting hub, two Amazon cameras and a diamond ring. 

The incident was captured on a home video surveillance system. The offender was described as a black male with a thin build, facial hair, between the ages of 16 and 23, and wearing a black T-shirt, stone-washed jeans, red underwear and black shoes. The estimated loss was $1,450.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, July 17-22, 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 Timothy Inklebarger

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