Oak Park police seek help finding suspects who held man at gunpoint in backyard

Oak Park police are reaching out to the community for help in identifying a group of men involved in an elaborate armed robbery that took place Monday afternoon.

A resident on the 200 block of Clinton Avenue told police that upon exiting his home at around 4:30 p.m. July 15, he was confronted by two men who brandished a gun and demanded he hand over his ATM card and PIN number.

The men then handed off the card to another accomplice, who used it to withdraw money at two ATM locations — one at Tasty Dog, 708 Lake St., and the other at a 7-Eleven at 661 South Blvd — while they continued to hold the victim at gunpoint “for several minutes,” police said.

Police described the two suspects who held the victim hostage as:

  • An African-American man in his 20s, about five feet, nine inches tall, with a medium build, medium complexion and hair on his chin. He was wearing a white baseball hat with a red brim and Chicago written on the front, white tee shirt, gray sweat pants, black and neon green gym shoes, and a silver chain with a cross.
  • African-American male in this 20s, about six feet tall, with a thin build, dark complexion and bushy hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants.

Though the victim did not see the individual who used the card, police were able to gather surveillance video from one of the ATMs that may be related to the robbery, officials reported on July 16. The video shows a man in a white tank top and another man in a black shirt who may have been involved in the crime.

Officers arrived at the home on Clinton Avenue within two minutes of receiving a call from the victim, but by that time the offenders had fled the scene. It was not known how much money the suspects had withdrawn at the time of the report.

Anyone with information is urged to call Oak Park Police detectives at 708-358-5511. Anonymous tips may be made by calling 708-434-1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/police.

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