Armed robbers drove 4-door Chevrolet | Police reports Sept. 2-9

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park man was robbed at gunpoint in the 300 block of South Scoville at 7:35 a.m. on Sept. 7. The man was approached by a black male in his late teens brandishing a firearm. The victim handed over his cell phone, and the offender fled in a black, late-model 4-door Chevrolet. The estimated loss is $500. The gunman was described as 5-foot-7, with a thin build and wearing a black sweatshirt.



Cortez Taylor, 29, of the 5800 block of W. Augusta, Chicago, was arrested in the 100 block of LeMoyne at 9:27 a.m. on Sept. 6 for a burglary that took place in the 1200 block of North Ridgeland. He also was arrested on an IDOC parole violation warrant.



A black 2014 Hyundai Accent that was parked in the lot of a business in the 7000 block of Roosevelt Road was stolen sometime between 2 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 6. The offender stole the victim's car keys and jacket to gain access to the vehicle. The estimated loss is $5,000.

Criminal damage to property 

Windows were shattered on several vehicles sometime on the evening of Sept. 6 through the next morning. One of the victims in the 100 block of North Kenilworth heard the glass to their vehicle break and witnessed two teens running from the scene. That incident occurred at 7:01 p.m. It was one of three vehicles reported damaged on that block. Vehicles also were reported damaged in the 100 block of South Oak Park Avenue; two in the 800 block of South Boulevard; and the 900 block of Lake Street. 



An Oak Park business in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard was robbed at 12:04 p.m. on Sept. 7. The offender entered the business, went behind the counter, struck two employees and took $1,200 in cash and fled on foot. He was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 25 years old, 6-foot-1, with a large build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

An Oak Park resident was robbed by two men in their late teens or early 20s in the 200 block of South Euclid at about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 8. One of the offenders approached the victim and grabbed his phone and fled. The victim chased the offender and saw the robber in possession of a handgun. The offender and his accomplice entered a mid-size bright red sedan with tinted windows. The robber was described as black, approximately 5-foot-11, 140 to 160 pounds, with 2-inch black twists in his hair and wearing a dark-colored coat and blue jeans.

An Oak Park man was attacked by a man who broke into his garage in the 500 block of Scoville Avenue at 2:07 p.m. on Sept. 4. The victim attempted to stop the man from stealing a snowblower from his garage, when the man battered him. The attacker drove a red minivan.

A delivery driver was robbed of the food and $145 in cash in the 700 block of North Humphrey Avenue at 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 4. The offender displayed a firearm. 


Aggravated assault

Frankie Myles, 62, of the 5500 block of West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, was arrested at 3:29 p.m. on Sept. 4 and charged with an aggravated assault that took place on Aug. 26, 2019 in the first block of Madison Street.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Sept. 2-9, 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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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: September 18th, 2019 8:34 AM

@ Kevin Peppard: Just keep in mind, I will always be an ex-cop, but never an ex-friend of yours. A classic example of one mistake killing a viable program. In the Oak Park case, a perfect example of avoiding any possible mistake, passing the cost on to the citizen.

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: September 17th, 2019 6:17 PM

@ My ex-cop friend Brian Slowiak: Here was what killed the STRESS program in Detroit. An undercover STRESS unit spotted a guy with a revolver going into an after-hours card game in an apartment, in a high crime neighborhood around midnight They started into the place to make arrests, saw weapons, large amounts cash and plenty of liquor on the card table, All hell broke loose in a shootout. It turns out that they had found some off-duty Wayne County Sheriff Deputies, who were instructed to always carry their weapons. One died, more were wounded, some very badly. STRESS officers had become a law unto themselves, and some were slightly nuts from the extended service in that undercover "bait" role.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: September 17th, 2019 11:18 AM

@ Kevin Peppard: There was an idea floated at the Oak Park Police Dept. to chain a bicycle at a rack and leave the lock open. A police crew was supposed to watch the bike and arrest anyone who removed the chain lock and bicycle.. The chief of police nixed the idea because it was to close to entrapment for his tastes. I wonder whatever happened to The Forest Park program to use ignition cut outs for certain cars that were left unlocked and staked out? I thought they had backing from an insurance company

Tom Leeds  

Posted: September 16th, 2019 10:17 PM

Ramona, you can thank our Kim Foxx for that. She is giving us what she campaigned to do.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: September 16th, 2019 12:51 PM

According to the Chicago Adult Arrest records on the CPD website, Cortez Taylor has been arrested 7 times. Frankie Myles was arrested on 7/27/19 and 7/29/19, both for domestic battery. Here is the link:

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: September 16th, 2019 11:30 AM

@ Tom Leeds: The Nuclear Option on reversing the feeling that Oak Park is easy pickin's for committing crimes would be to establish something like what Detroit once did. It had a police unit called STRESS (Stop the Robberies Enjoy Safe Streets). Police would dress as decoys (some small men as little old ladies covered in babushkas, for instance).With nearby backup also dressed down, as apparent winos or addicts, they were prepared to pounce on any malfeasor. It was highly dangerous, violent work, and a police officer had to be slightly nuts to volunteer. But it worked, in some cases, fatally. The word spread quickly. Even I don't think we're ready for that, and it may be that Oak Park doesn't have a similar enough layout to Detroit to make it successful.

Tom Leeds  

Posted: September 16th, 2019 10:47 AM

Just another week of Oak Park crime. Brazen attacks.

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