Man tries to lure Oak Park teen

July 3rd, 2017 11:47 AM

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A 15-year-old Oak Park girl was unlocking her bike in the 400 block of Erie Street at 3:22 p.m. on June 22, when a man driving a white four-door car reportedly pulled up to the curb near the teen and said, "Get in the car."

Police said that the teenager yelled at the man, who drove away southbound on North Scoville Avenue. The man was described as black, between the ages of 35 and 40, with a muscular build and bald, with a "very round head."



  • An Oak Park man was robbed by two men in the 200 block of South Oak Park Avenue at 1:26 a.m. on June 28.

Two offenders approached the man and reportedly struck him in the neck and demanded his money. One of the offenders went through the victim's pockets and removed a wallet and a receipt. He then dropped the wallet and the two fled eastbound on Randolph Street.

  • A Chicago woman was walking to her vehicle, which was parked on the street, in the 600 block of Adams at 10:55 a.m. on June 26, when two teenagers approached her.

According to police, one held his hand inside his waistband to suggest he had a weapon, and both demanded her belongings. The victim handed over her gold Kate Spade wallet and gold iPhone 6S.

The two offenders fled eastbound on Adams Street on foot. The estimated loss is $1,060. Both were described as black males between the ages of 14 and 17. One had a medium build and wore a Cubs T-shirt, Cubs hat and black baggy gym shorts. The second teenager had a thin build and wore a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

  • A Chicago woman was the target of an attempted robbery in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue at 10:43 a.m. on June 26, according to Oak Park police.

The intended victim parked her vehicle and was walking on the sidewalk when two teenage offenders tugged at her sweater. They demanded her car keys, but she yelled for help and ran away. No loss was reported.


Motor vehicle theft

  • A silver 2003 Chevy Impala was stolen from the 1100 block of South Highland sometime between 8 p.m. on June 22 and 8:18 a.m. on June 23.

The thief initially broke into an unlocked black 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe and stole a purse containing a $200 money order, an iPhone 5 and a key they used to steal the Chevy Impala.

The purse was recovered in the alley in the 1100 block of South Highland. The estimated loss is $4,300.

  • An Elmhurst woman driving a gray 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML63 was rear-ended by a white Infinity Q50 while headed westbound on Roosevelt Road at 2:54 on June 22.

The victim pulled over in the 1100 block of South Euclid Avenue to check the damage and one of the passengers in the Infinity drove away northbound in her car. The driver of the Infinity pushed the victim and re-entered his vehicle, which also drove away northbound on Euclid.

The Mercedes later was recovered in the 100 block of South 13th Avenue, Maywood, with the license plates removed. The thieves also stole the victim's purse, $800, credit cards, a golf bag and golf clubs and an iPad mini. The estimated loss is $8,040.

  • A blue 2010 Mazda CX9 IL was stolen from the 800 block of North Ridgeland sometime between 11:55 p.m. on June 27 and 6:46 a.m. on June 28.

The thief broke a lock to enter the garage and stole the vehicle by using the key fob, which was left in a center cup holder. The estimated loss is $12,000.

  • A women was standing in her garage near the front passenger side of her silver 2017 Honda Accord, which was running, in the 700 block of South Taylor Avenue at 12:21 p.m. on June 28, when a she was approached by two men in their late teens or early 20s.

One of the men entered the vehicle, drove it out of the garage and the picked up his accomplice and drove away. The offenders got away with the victim's brown purse, miscellaneous credit cards, cash and a Samsung flip phone, which were left in the vehicle. The estimated loss is $44,190.


Cooper's Hawk vandalized

A 7-by-4-foot glass window on the northwest side of the yet-to-open Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant, 150 Forest Ave., was shattered by a BB-type projectile sometime between 10 p.m. on June 22 and 7:55 a.m. on June 23.

The restaurant, which serves as the ground-level tenant at the Vantage apartment building at the corner of Lake and Forest, is expected to open within the next few weeks. The estimate loss is $2,500.

Police reported separately that at 10:11 p.m. on June 22, a pellet gun was fired into the dining area of a restaurant in the 1000 block of Lake Street. The pellet shattered a window that separates the enclosed patio and interior main seating area.

A witness saw a black vehicle – possibly a Chevy or a GMC – slow down in front of the patio and then heard a popping sound come from the vehicle, which was last seen headed westbound on Lake Street.


Theft from person

A 45-year-old Chicago man was arrested at the BP Amoco gas station, 6119 W. North Ave., and charged with theft after allegedly grabbing money from a customer's hand and attempting to flee at 4:52 p.m. on June 25.



These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, June 22–28, 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