Berwyn resident carjacked at gunpoint

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A resident of Berwyn was the victim of aggravated vehicular hijacking in the 1000 block of Hayes Avenue at 4:38 a.m. on Sept. 22. The vehicle, a black 2000 Honda Civic, was recovered at 7:25 p.m. on the same day in the 1600 block of North Parkside Avenue in Chicago. 

Oak Park police report that the carjacker displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim's vehicle. The victim exited the car, which the carjacker entered and fled northbound on Hayes Avenue. He was described as in his 20s, 5-foot-10, with a thin build, short black hair, and wearing a white T-shirt and black jeans.


Theft by deception

A man and woman deceived a Chicago resident into believing they needed their help in transporting cash to Africa, convincing the victim to drive them to U.S. Bank, 11 Madison St., about 2 p.m. on Sept. 20. In an act of good faith, the victim gave the two an envelope of cash and an I.D. in return for a blue bandana containing what the victim believed to be cash but was only a newspaper. The victim then drove the couple to the 5900 block of Madison Street. The man was described as approximately 50 years old, black, 6 feet tall, with a medium build, a light complexion, wearing a brown suit and tie and speaking with an African accent. The woman was described as between the ages of 55 and 75, black, 5-foot-4, 125 pounds, missing the bottom front teeth of her dentures and wearing sunglasses and a long black skirt.


Hey, a car alarm actually worked

A Hainesville resident witnessed two females and a male standing near his white 2014 Volkswagen Routan after the car alarm went off at 8:29 p.m. in the 300 block of Taylor on Sept. 23. The victim ran down to the vehicle to find that the rear driver's side quarter window had been forced down and the rear driver's side door open. The three fled eastbound in the north alley of Washington. The estimated damage is $100.

Three juvenile Chicago residents were arrested for attempted burglary after being seen using a screwdriver to attempt to enter the window of a Darien resident's 2005 Dodge Caravan parked in the 700 block of Van Buren Street in Oak Park at 10:40 a.m. on Sept. 22. 

A white 2008 Audi Q7 that was left running was stolen from the 100 block of Madison Street at 10:19 p.m. on Sept. 23. The estimated loss is $20,000.


Battery arrest

A 28-year-old resident of the 1000 block of South Humphrey was arrested at his residence at 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 22 for battery in an incident that took place in the 500 block of Jackson. 


Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon

An Oak Park juvenile was arrested in the 500 block of North Humphrey at 2:39 p.m. on Sept. 23 and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he displayed a handgun during a disturbance at the location. He was transported to the station, processed and taken to the juvenile detention center.


Aggravated assault

An Oak Park resident saw a man point what was believed to be a semi-automatic handgun out of the rear passenger side window of a newer model black sedan with tinted windows at 5:45 p.m. in the 700 block of Madison Street on Sept. 24. The man who waved the gun was described as 20 to 25 years old. The vehicle was last seen headed southbound on Wesley from Madison.


Aggravated arson

A man between the ages of 35 and 40 used a cigarette lighter to ignite a newspaper inside a CTA bus in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue at 10:11 p.m. on Sept. 16. The fire caused an estimated $500 in damage to the seat. The man was described as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, short with black hair and wearing a yellow shirt and blue jeans.


Criminal trespass to motor vehicle arrest

A Berkeley man, 24, and a Maywood man, 25, were arrested at noon on Sept. 18 in the 100 block of Frank Lloyd Wright Lane and charged with criminal trespass to motor vehicle. They were transported and processed. The former was released after posting bond and the latter was held in lieu of bond.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Sept. 16-24, 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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