Two women walking in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue last Thursday night were robbed by a man on a bike. In the first instance just before 9:30 p.m., an Oak Park woman was approached by a cyclist who grabbed her shirt and implied he had a gun by lifting up his T-shirt to expose his waistband. When the woman asked what type of gun, the man showed her a black handgun and pointed it at her face. He took her cell phone and rode off.
Just before 11 o'clock that same night, a man riding a bike accosted another woman walking on the same block, placed his hand under his T-shirt and stated he had a gun. The woman handed over her wallet, and the robber took 10 $1 bills from it and fled.
"There's no doubt, it's the same description," said Deputy Chief Bob Scianna. Scianna said his department had added increased patrols and other types of attention to the area following a spate of robberies last month, and that they haven't decreased the level of shift deployment.
"I haven't turned the burner down yet," he said. "We are definitely reacting to this."
A man displayed a handgun to staff members at the Deals store, 6405 North Ave., the evening of Aug. 10, ordered the employees to the rear storage area, and demanded the manager open the safe. The manager complied, and the thief fled with $3,500 in cash.
Gary V. Jones, 21, of the first block of North Lorel in Chicago, and Devon L. Oliver of University Park were arrested along with two juveniles around 5 a.m. Aug. 13 after Jones was identified as the man who punched a Lisle man in the face while the other three held him and took his money.
There were nine burglaries last week, eight in Oak Park. The River Forest incident involved workmen from an asphalt company that had performed work at a home of an elderly couple on Ashland Avenue. Around noon on Aug. 10 two men-one in his 20s, the other in his 60s-coaxed the couple outside, supposedly to inspect the work and to look at other "needed repairs." After the men got in a blue van and drove off, not to return, the woman discovered $4,000 missing from a dresser drawer.
Someone took advantage of a service door at Ridgeland Common, 415 Lake St., that was propped open with a traffic cone overnight Aug. 8. The thieves pried open vending machines and stole soda and coins totaling $4,300.
James J. Riddiford, 21, of Berwyn, allegedly entered a residence in the first block of Augusta Boulevard through an open window the afternoon of Aug. 6. He allegedly stole 3 DVDs and $80 in cash.
Nicholas W. Robertson, 24, and Christopher G. Remeley, 28, were arrested for possession of heroin in the River Forest Town Center the afternoon of Aug. 13. Robertson was paroled from prison from a robbery conviction in February, and Remely was paroled in January.
Carlos E. MacDonald, 21, of Aurora was the driver of a vehicle that was allegedly squealing its tires as it almost hit a police squad car around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 4 near Harlem and Roosevelt. MacDonald, who police say smelled strongly of alcohol, was charged with DUI, and no proof of insurance.
Eulalia Perez-Hernandez was stopped for a traffic violation around 3 a.m. Aug. 13. A name check showed she had no valid driver's license, and she allegedly showed slurred speech and other indications of drunkenness.
Edward P. Creedon, 23, of Chicago was stopped for speeding and driving with one taillight around 4:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Creedon, who was allegedly driving on a suspended license and had no proof of insurance, reportedly smelled strongly of alcohol.
Thomas A. Mitchell of Chicago was reportedly observed by police driving over a cul-de-sac in the 500 block of North Humphrey shortly before 5 a.m. Aug. 9. He was charged with illegal lane usage and DUI.
Austroboereto Saucedo, 33, of Cicero, was reportedly found unconscious sitting in the driver's seat of a car parked improperly on the roadway just after midnight, Aug. 8. Police reportedly found a hypodermic syringe sticking in his wrist, and three foil packets, plus a burnt spoon on the front seat.
Kevin D. Barrett, 25, was pulled over near Thatcher and Oak Avenue just before 2 a.m. Aug. 12 for speeding and improper lane usage. Police say he smelled strongly of alcohol and exhibited other basic indicators of drunkenness.
Sean T. Pickens, 31, of the 5500 block of North Kenmore, Chicago, allegedly struck a woman in the face several times with an open hand the afternoon of Aug. 9 in the 900 block of South Oak Park Avenue.
Keith Pettis, 34, of the 1100 block of North Lockwood, Chicago, was arrested the morning of Aug. 11 after allegedly slapping another man on the back of his hand and pulling the phone away when the man attempted to call police.
Criminal damage to property
Windows were damaged twice last week at Whittier School, 715 North Harvey Ave. Bricks caused $200 damage on each occasion.
Twenty more bikes were stolen in Oak Park last week, as well as one in River Forest. The evening of Aug. 7, an Oak Park boy riding his bike in the 400 block of North Taylor was forced off his bike by two other boys who had ridden up tandem on a single bike. The evening of Aug. 11, police arrested two Chicago juveniles who were identified as the thieves who took two bikes from under a rear yard porch in the 1000 block of Gunderson Avenue.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Aug. 6 to Aug. 12. 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.
-Compiled by Bill Dwyer