Oak Park and River Forest police reports Aug. 30- Sept. 8

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Cabbie robbed on Madison

The Oak Park Police Department is searching for a man who robbed a cab driver at gunpoint on Sept. 1. Police report that a black man between the ages of 25 and 30 entered the cab at 11:25 p.m. in the 700 block of Madison Street.

The robber, who was described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds, held a black semiautomatic handgun to the driver's neck and demanded money. He also patted down the cabbie and was given $130 in cash. The man then fled northbound by foot on Euclid, according to police. 

The man was described as having short, black hair and facial hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

 Attempted armed robbery

An Oak Park resident was the target of an attempted armed robbery on Sept. 1 at 11:15 p.m. in the 600 block of South Euclid Avenue, according to Oak Park police. 

A black man about 30 years old, standing about 6 feet tall, weighing roughly 185 pounds, with short black hair, a beard and wearing all-dark clothing approached the victim and asked for change for a $20. 

The offender then allegedly placed a black semiautomatic handgun against the victim's head and demanded his wallet. He then fled westbound on foot on Adams after the victim showed that his wallet was empty.

 Vehicle break-ins

A 2009 Nissan Versa was burglarized in the 500 block of North Cuyler between 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 and 7 p.m. on Aug 30, according to Oak Park police. The burglar entered the vehicle through an unlocked door and stole a black iPod valued at $250.

A 1999 red Jeep Wrangler was burglarized in the 800 block of Pleasant between 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 1, according to Oak Park police. The burglar cut the plastic passenger side window and ransacked the interior, causing $300 in damage.

A 2009 gray Chevy HHR was burglarized in the 100 block of South Austin between 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 and 6:30 a.m. on Aug.31, according to Oak Park police. The burglar stole a white iPad, a neon orange leather tote bag, sunglasses and a pink and black iPad charger. The loss was estimated at $195.

 Domestic battery arrest

A 67-year-old Oak Park man was arrested for domestic battery in the 100 block of Madison Street on Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m., according to Oak Park police.

 DUI arrest

A 45-year-old Oak Park man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in the 300 block of Harrison Street on Sept. 1 at 9:11 p.m., according to Oak Park police. He was released on bond.

 Home invasion arrest

Henry Clemons, 32, of the 1000 block of West 87th Street in Chicago, was arrested for home invasion and held for bond hearing, according to Oak Park police. 

Oak Park Police Officer Michael Lepczynski said in a telephone interview that the victim and the offender knew each other. 

"There's absolutely no threat to the community," he said. Lepczynski declined to give additional information on the case.

 These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Aug. 30-Sept. 8 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

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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