Oak Park resident carjacked on South Boulevard

Vehicle recovered in Austin 45 minutes after hijacking

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

An Oak Park resident was carjacked Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. in the 200 block of South Boulevard. A man wearing a black ski mask and displaying a black handgun reportedly approached the victim and demanded the keys to the vehicle before getting in and driving away.

The suspect was described as a black male, between 23 to 27 years old, about 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds and wearing a light brown jacket and dark blue jeans.

The stolen vehicle was found by Chicago police 45 minutes later, undamaged and unoccupied, in the 300 block of South Lotus Avenue in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. The suspect has not been apprehended.

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Mikhail Ivanov  

Posted: September 27th, 2019 3:13 PM

There the police go profiling again! Nope, no crime and public safety problem here...and it's clearly just a coincidence that the car ended up in Austin.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park .   

Posted: September 27th, 2019 11:17 AM

Michelle and Alice - the quote comes from the Wednesday Journal's reporting on the meeting. I just cut and pasted it from their reporting. I can see why you are quick to try and spin it.

Alice Caputo  

Posted: September 27th, 2019 9:49 AM

Thank you for the actual transcript. There is no doubt in my mind that this is an unsubstantiated claim that the Oak Park police department engages in racist activities. Trustee Walker-Peddakotla owes the police department an apology for this slanderous remark. Sounds like a of showboating, not leadership.

Michelle Roser Major from Oak Park  

Posted: September 27th, 2019 4:57 AM

Trustee Walker-Peddakotla didn't say that. She said the following, "The first board goal that we discussed on Monday night was public safety. After listening to the comments of my fellow trustees, I felt compelled to state that I do not cosign on to public safety as a board goal. I believe in radically transforming the way we think about policing in our community. Because when we think about public safety, what is it we're actually addressing? Whose safety are we ensuring? Who ends up feeling more safe in our community? We're not even willing to ask these questions in our community, and that's something that I find very troubling." Are we willing to ask and explore that question? If not, why not? Ask yourself if you are operating from a place of privilege and fear. You by now should know that in this country we have a radically different incarceration rate for people of color vs whites. It's a travesty that is the result of a system that we built. Until we re-build the system, we will have these same, unjust results. Oak Park cops can still be good people while also playing a part in a system that is unjust. Trustee Walker-Peddakotla is doing what she was elected to do?"leading.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: September 27th, 2019 12:34 AM

...."I just don't think we have a public safety problem," Walker-Peddakotla said...

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