May 22nd, 2019 4:52 PM
A spate of robberies, one of which was at gunpoint, took place in Oak Park in less than 24 hours on May 21 and 22. Three of the incidents took place at or near the Blue Line CTA stops in the village.
Oak Park Commander of Investigations Joseph Moran said in a telephone interview that none of the incidents appear to be connected.
The first two incidents took place at around 8:30 a.m. on May 21, one in the 900 block of South East Avenue and the other in the 1000 block of South Harvey Avenue.
The South East Avenue incident occurred at 8:33 a.m. when a man approached a Berwyn woman at the CTA turnstile, placed something hard into her back and attempted to remove her purse by force.
He allegedly struck her on the left side of the face and then fled in an unknown direction without the purse. The offender was described as a black man in his 30s, 6-feet tall, with a thin build, long dreadlocks pulled back in a ponytail, light facial hair and wearing a burgundy sweater and black pants.
The second incident occurred six minutes later in the 1000 block of South Harvey Avenue, when two males in their late teens, armed with handguns, approached two people – a Wisconsin resident and an Oak Park resident.
The first offender reportedly displayed a silver handgun and removed a shopping bag containing a small black purse from the victim.
The second offender reportedly also displayed a silver handgun and took the other victim's blue canvas bag, which contained a white purse and a 17-inch blue Dell laptop computer.
The two offenders fled eastbound on Harvard Street. The estimated loss was $1,109. Both offenders were described as black with dark complexions. The first was described as about 5-foot-8 with a heavy build and wearing a dark sweatshirt. The second offender wore a gray sweatshirt.
Less than an hour later, at 9:18 a.m., a delivery driver was the target of robbery in the 800 block of Washington Boulevard. A man in his mid-20s approached a delivery driver and asked for the driver's package. The offender then attempted to pull the package from the victim and pushed the victim.
The offender than fled westbound on Washington in a black Mercedes. The police report did not identify a loss in the incident.
On May 22 at 7:53 a.m., an Oak Park woman was robbed in the 500 block of North Austin Boulevard. The offender reportedly grabbed the victim from behind and took her Android ZTE cell phone by force and then fled east on foot.
He was described as black, 5-foot-10, with a thin build and wearing a beige jacket with fur lining and black pants with a gray pattern design.
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