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Homeowner Robbed At Gunpoint In His Own Garage

Robbers surprise homeowner as he worked in garage with overhead door open, police said.

Oak Lawn police searched for two men who robbed a homeowner at gunpoint as he worked in his garage, reports said.

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The homeowner was working his attached garage on the 9600 block of South Kolin Avenue with the overhead door open around 8:45 p.m. Sept. 18. Police said the homeowner noticed two male blacks, approximately 18 to 25 years old, walking southbound down Kolin Avenue.

About five to ten minutes later, the men came walking from the north and entered the garage. One of them was holding a black semiautomatic handgun. The homeowner told police the robber asked where kept his safe.

When the homeowner told the robbers that there wasn’t a safe, the gunman demanded the homeowner’s money. After handing over his money clip with $130 and wallet, the gunman told the homeowner to get down on the ground.

As the homeowner was going down to the ground, the gunman patted him down and took his iPhone 4 from his belt. Police said both robbers were saying things like, “let’s just pop him,” while the homeowner was lying on the ground.

The homeowner thinks the robbers fled on foot southbound on Kolin Avenue. When he knew they were both gone, the homeowner ran inside his house and called 911.

Police talked to a neighbor who said he saw two male blacks walking southbound down Kolin when he arrived home. The neighbor was unable to provide a description of the men but told police he owns a restaurant in the Englewood area, reports said.

A perimeter was set up and police searched the area with police dogs but could not locate the robbers. Evergreen Park police found the homeowner’s Costco card and iPhone case at 95th Street and Kedzie Avenue.

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Kenneth Henderson September 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Funny how people turn things around from being a horible robbery to the writer not using PC correct terminology. Get a life, the people that did this are scum regardless of what race they are. That poor man is very lucky to be alive and it reinforces the need to always keep your eyes open to your surroundings and call the police when you see suspicious activity. I was robbed at gun point when I had my store at 63rd and Western several years ago. Having someone put a gun to the back of your head and make you lie face down on the floor makes a lot of things go through your head. I will tell you that it took me a very long time to get over that trauma. Oak Lawn is a great neighborhood and this could have happened anywhere. Hopefully these thugs will get what they deserve. I feel so bad for what than man is going through.
JohnEggert September 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
This is the big issue for the mayor, trustees and Village executives. Much more so than all the silly games the board plays, whether it's the Fall on the Green audits or the Tressler-Querrey&Harrow-Odelson-Godfrey&Kahn lawyer stuff. If Oak Lawn can't be safe - if our government can't be effective at keeping Oak Lawn safe - then it really doesn't matter who gets elected to what position. It won't matter, because people will be leaving. Message to Oak Lawn government: There aren't really many things we people ask for. Public safety is first on the list. And, frankly, without that, nothing else matters.
Maureen Hughes September 26, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I agree that we should not run like our parent's generation. However, how are we to defend ourselves from crime? What about the elderly who are often targets of these brutal morons? I DO live in the neighborhood west of Central & south of 103rd. When incidents of loud parties or fights happen the police are here with-in minutes. With the good police protection we have and neighbors watching out for neighbors we can all feel a little less threatened. Take an interest in your community and support our police. Also, don't support the franchises - such as Hooters or TGIF's - in Oak Lawn. Keep our mom and pop businesses stable.
comic relief September 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I totally agree. If anyone isn't being politically correct it's "Oak Lawn Resident". To call them African American would infer that they are from Africa... just because they're black?? I'm a male white from Poland, I don't want people calling me "Polish American".
anthony September 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
What the residents should do is call the cops whenever they see someone suspicious That gives them a reason to check the Backpack. That gives them inusrance against profiling .. Dont think these guys are stupid Look at them funny and the dissappear as soon as you turn the corner... this is coming from a guy who gets regular false witness beared againt him By jilted jealous people ... Dont be afraid to give your name, your not the cop nothing can be done to you unless you made the whole thing up
Tonia Lorenz September 26, 2012 at 06:53 PM
This is just scary as hell. I can't imagine what it must have felt like to hear "Let's just pop him" as I was lying on the ground being robbed. Thankfully the homeowner got out of this alive. Brings tears to my eyes to think of it happening to me or anyone I know. Who knows why the thugs decided against killing him... maybe they still had a spark of humanity left in them.
fred wiese September 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Are all african americans black? How about white africans [dutch,germans}? Do some research then let it go. We are all Americans. Wikipedia 1 Culture 1.1 Africa 1.1.1 North Africa 1.1.2 Republic of South Africa 1.2 Asia 1.2.1 China 1.2.2 India and Southeast Asia 1.2.3 Israel 1.3 Europe 1.3.1 Balkans 1.3.2 Eastern Europe 1.3.3 France 1.3.4 Turkey 1.3.5 United Kingdom 1.4 North America 1.4.1 United States 1.4.1.1 One-drop rule 1.4.1.2 Blackness 1.5 Oceania 1.5.1 Melanesia 1.6 South America 1.6.1 Brazil
Aj September 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
This should be the tipping point for people to buy guns to protect themselves. Shoot then and ask later, it's terrible to say that but this could have been a case of him or them! They have the upper hand since there is a 99.9% chance he wouldn't have a gun on him. INSANE!
PD September 26, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Unfortunately Charles, you are so right. It also seems that most places that you go to are having big problems. I don't like seeing it happening here but as long the Oak Lawn police are keeping their eyes open hopefully they will keep on top of things.
terry burke September 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
i know all of my neighbors if i see anyone that doesn't belong on my street i call 911.i figure its better than having the police go thru hours of paper work explaining 2 dead thieves and having to clean up the mess. HooYah!
Dist. 2 Curious September 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Aj, what you say may be true, and to be clear I am not opposed to guns in any way, but for a gun to have been effective in this case, the victim either would have had to have it on him while working in his garage (really?) or he would have had to excuse himself from the robbers to go get it. Just being in the house wouldn't be enough. Is there an answer to that dilemma?
sue s September 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thank you John. This next election has had no debate about the things residents really care about. Safety, schools and business development are all items I have yet to hear anyone running talking about. Good schools are key to bringing in quality residents. Families want to buy homes in areas that are safe with good public schools.
John J. Gonczy September 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
BINGO! Thanks, John, for being a voice of reason!
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
The Patch police blotter is compiled from Oak Lawn police reports. The report on the homeowner being robbed in his garage was made available on Tuesday evening. In cases where the OLPD send out press releases or community alerts--the missing Oak Lawn man in August, for example--we send out immediately as breaking news alerts. As for sending out breaking news alerts for lost dogs, I've done it before and I will do it again.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM
"Black" is AP Style, the guide that news organizations follow for reporting, spelling, referring to race, etc. Many people of color are not necessarily African-American (which has a hyphen, btw.)
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
As I mentioned above, most of our crime stories are compiled from OLPD reports. This report was just made available Tuesday.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I am following AP Style.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Borinol and Comic Relief, both your comments danced on the border of violating Patch's terms of use. You may rephrase and repost. For a refresher course, take a long at Patch's TOU. http://oaklawn.patch.com/terms
Aj September 27, 2012 at 01:57 AM
having it on him is the answer, with a holster it is not that strange.
Sandra Bury September 27, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I agree too John! We need to be careful though and not have the expectation that public safety is exclusively someone else's responsibility - like the government's. It's like holding a teacher 100% accountable for a student's learning. It’s just not right. Our excellent first responders in the OLPD and OLFD need us to partner with them in the job of public safety. There are few forces in this world as powerful as a strongly connected and motivated community with a highly trained and properly equipped police force. The danger isn’t lack of public resources. It is apathy. Thankfully, Oak Lawn residents are passionate about our community. What they do need is leadership that shows up when the cameras aren’t around, cares, listens, gets involved and works for them.
oaklawnrn September 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Thanks for you response. I really did not think you were intentially not being "PC" but was just surprised that was someone's initial reaction after reading about this horrible event.
Daytona Beach September 27, 2012 at 04:03 PM
RIGHT ON AJ. 2ND AMENDMENT PEOPLE, 2ND AMENDMENT! AND DIST. 2 COURIOUS. IF ILLINOIS HAD THE RIGHT TO CARRY AS EVERY OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY, WOULDN'T THE FACT OF JUST KNOWING THAT THE PERSON YOU MIGHT BE THINKING ABOUT ROBBING, OR ASSAULTING JUST MIGHT BE PACKIN SOME HEAT OF HIS OWN BE A BIT OF A DETERRENT? IT REALLY SUCKS THAT WHEN ONLY THE COPS WHO CANNOT BE EVERYWHERE THEY ARE NEEDED WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED AND THE CRIMINALS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN CARRY, AND THE GUY WHO SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT HIMSELF, FAMILY, NIEGHBORS AND ANY PERSON IN DISTRESS CAN NOT. 2ND AMENDMENT ILLINOIS, 2ND AMENDMENT. AND TO THOSE THAT ARE CONCERNED, I WOULD RATHER BE CAUGHT WITH IT THAN TO BE CAUGHT WITHOUT IT!
ME September 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I think the guy with the restaurant in Englewood should be checked out. Is he bringing that trash over to our neighborhood? Were these people after him for giving them a bad deal on food or something? There's usually a connection somewhere. Check him and his family out!
Tyler Durden September 27, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Carry a gun while working in your garage or yard? Really? YES!!!!! Get a FOID card,purchase a firearm legally,and take a basic safety/training course. It IS legal to carry a firearm on your property!!!! EVERYONE in your home should be informed on the proper use/safety of a firearm. Do NOT be a victim !!!
O.L. Taxpayer September 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I know the easy answer to that question. We need to have the State police make it harder for gang bangers and drug dealers to get FOID cards. With all of the gun laws our Democratic governors have enacted and the state police just goes giving them out to every law abiding thug that wants to take what you have worked so hard for.As far as a cc permit I agree that this governor is a joke when a majority of the residents would be for it, but he will veto any bill that give the minorities in the voting population of englewood and gresham any competition in taking the rest of your money. Can't just settle for the drug test free check hand delivered to them on the third of the month now they are organizing a " search party" for those they feel have not paid enough into the keep the poor wealthy account. The bible says- give a man a fish he eats for a day, but teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime. I was once told if you want to get rid of an unwanted guest stop feeding them. They will go elsewhere to find food.
Borninol September 27, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Seriously Lorraine? The only dancing I'll be doing is when I hear shots fired. What happened to that man is bogus and now you have two dirtbags is on the loose.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I agree with you, Borninol.
R September 28, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Police2Citizen website has Oak Lawn Police arrests, incidents, and accidents: http://www.oaklawnecomm.org/p2c/main.aspx Stay informed. Access also for Evergreen, Burbank & Bridgeview.
Oak Lawn Gal October 09, 2012 at 03:13 AM
1. I'm curious if a community alert phone call went out after this robbery. I know we didn't get one here. 2. It sounds like the two criminals could have been after the owner of the restaurant ~ thinking he brought money home to store in a safe. There was a similar crime a while ago involving a family who owned a gas station in Englewood. 3. Every time there's a crime involving blacks/african americans someone posts a comment about all of the section 8 housing in Oak Lawn. Well we had a guy who's a realtor in Oak Lawn post a while ago on another thread that he didn't know of any section 8 housing in Oak Lawn. Seems like a realtor would know. So I view the section 8 comments as fear mongering. 4. Oak Lawn is a great place to live. Running seems a weak response to any problem. Many of our parents and grandparents ran from Englewood/New City in the 60's. What did that accomplish? Nothing. Politics aside I agree with Dr Bury on this one. The Police can't be everywhere. If we see suspicious people we need to call the Police and not ignore them. If running accomplished nothing back in the 60's then it makes sense that staying and fighting intelligently for our community now should make a difference. And it's important to note that there are nice families of all races and religions in Oak Lawn who don't want criminals here.
Gil Wilcox October 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I don't believe that the two perpetrators live in Oak Lawn so I am confused by the comments about Oak Lawn changing. It's a terrible thing to write.

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