Monday, April 22, 2013
Cops say Justice man leaned in and bit off piece of victim's ear in domestic dispute.
A 28-year-old Justice man bit a piece of another man’s ear off during a domestic dispute, authorities said. Richard Vody of the 7800 block of Garden Lane, was charged with home invasion, aggravated battery and domestic battery. Vody is currently out of jail on a $250,000 bond. Cook County Sheriff’s Police received a call about 8:45 a.m. Friday for a domestic battery in the 200 block of Walnut in unincorporated Justice. Officers said that Vody was found at the scene, along with the 26-year-old victim from Westchester, and the victim’s girlfriend, who lived at the residence. Authorities said all three knew each other. Vody forced his way into the residence. After arguing with the victim, Vody leaned into the victim and bit off about half of …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Oak Lawn police reports, Dec. 18 through Dec. 28.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 A stolen 1994 Buick used in an armed robbery in Chicago Ridge was recovered after it crashed into an Oak Lawn police car during a police chase. Police went to speak to the 64-year-old owner whose car was recovered around 12:58 a.m. Dec. 28. The owner said he did not give anyone permission to drive it, reports said. Police said that Anthony L. Armour, 24, of Chicago, used the car to commit an armed robbery in Chicago Ridge. Armour crashed the stolen vehicle into a village police car on the 9500 block of South Meade Avenue while being pursued by Chicago Ridge and Oak Lawn police. Armour was taken into custody after a brief foot chase, reports said. The car owner told police that he left his car parked unlocked on his …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Deputy fire chief faces multiple charges after police say he attacked a woman in a Tinley Park home invasion.
A Tinley Park woman was attacked in her home in the early morning hours of Saturday by a man wielding a knife. Police arrested a man matching the description of the attacker in the condominium parking lot who they identifed as Gary M. Swiercz. Connect with Patch: Evergreen Park / Oak Lawn / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Swiercz, a 49-year-old Chicago Ridge deputy fire chief, was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated attempted criminal sexual assault and residential burglary, police said. Swiercz appeared in Cook County Circuit Court on Sunday where assistant state's attorney Dan Calandriello said that the deputy fire chief broke into his neighbor's home in his Tinley Park …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Boys tell cops strangers walked around home taking pictures and reminiscing about old times.
Three strangers pushed their way into a home where two young boys were home alone, reports said. Subscribe to the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Oak Lawn police responded to a suspicious activity call in the 9600 block of South Merton Avenue around 5:41 p.m. Oct. 20. The mother said she went out for a while and left her sons, ages 12 and 13, home alone. When she returned home, her sons said that three strangers—one male and two females—had pushed their way into the house. Police interviewed the 12-year-old who said he heard the doorbell ring and went to answer the back door. The 12-year-old said three strangers stood at the back door—a man and two women— and asked if an adult was home. Police said the adults told the …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Cook County Judge Colleen Ann Hyland warned prosecutors that the next round of fingerprinting of the three defendants in the 2011 Buell Court home invasion case will be the last.
Authorities want to identify a fingerprint found on a magazine in the botched Buell Court home invasion case that ended in the shooting of a woman last August, prosecutors told a Cook County judge Tuesday. Subscribe to the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. That was the reason why the Cook County prosecutors asked Judge Colleen Ann Hyland for one more set of prints to be taken from the three defendants charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion. Authorities say Timmie Walton, 28, of Midlothian, and Keon Thigpen, 23, and Kennedy Clark, 51, both of Chicago, forced two women inside a home in the 10100 block of South Buell Court on Aug. 3. Once inside, a male relative reportedly fired a shotgun in…
Friday, April 27, 2012
Homeowner startled prowler coming out of kitchen who used hidden key to enter home, police said.
A homeowner encountered a prowler coming out of the kitchen during the early morning hours of April 18. Oak Lawn police said the homeowner woke up around 5 a.m. after he heard someone open the front door of his home on the 4100 block of West 99th Street. Initially thinking it was his son coming home, the homeowner poked his head out the screen door to see if his son had gone back to retrieve something from his car. When he did not see his son outside, the homeowner encountered a man walking toward him from the kitchen. Police said the homeowner startled the man, who told him he was looking for “PJ.” The man quickly walked by and left through the front door. Once outside the prowler, described as a male black with a bald head and wearing a …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Couple tries to rob man who ordered "female companion" for personal massage off the Internet.
A 46-year-old man didn’t get what he asked for when ordering a personal masseuse over the Internet. Oak Lawn police responded to a call of a home invasion in an apartment complex on the 10400 block of South Circle Drive at 5:39 p.m. Dec. 11. According to the report, the man obtained a phone number with a Cayman Islands area code that he got off a classified ad website called backstage.com under "adult" services. The man called the number in the ad and requested a “white female companion.” About an hour later, he heard a buzz at the door of his apartment complex. A woman said she was there for the massage. He buzzed her into the building. A few minutes later someone knocked on his door. Police said that when the man opened his door, a black…
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Burglars enter Oak Lawn resident's yard on McVicker Avenue by cutting a hole in her fence. Men fled when elderly homeowner yelled at them after they were inside her home.
An elderly Oak Lawn homeowner scared off two men after they broke into her home on the 9500 block of South McVicker Avenue around 5 p.m. Aug. 23. The homeowner told police she heard several loud bangs from the rear of the house and yelled, “Who’s back there?” She walked outside and saw two men flee the house through a door that had been locked. Both men ran through a hole they had cut in the fence, Oak Lawn police said. A neighbor reported that he was in his home across the alley having supper when he saw two men running to a brown SUV that sped away. Police looked around but could not find the men, who were both said to be wearing blue surgical masks. The homeowner said that nothing appeared to be missing from her home.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Charges have been brought against three men who police said went to an Oak Lawn home with the intent to commit armed robbery. The home was targeted in a similar armed robbery last November.
Police arrested and charged three men nabbed after a home invasion in which a woman was shot. The crime has rocked a quiet neighborhood in Oak Lawn. Three men were arrested after leading police from multiple towns on a car chase that ended in Summit early Wednesday morning. One fugitive remains at large. Timmie Walton, 26, of Midlothian, and Keon Thigpen, 22, and Kennedy Clark, 50, both of Chicago, have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion. Police said Walton, Thigpen and Clark showed up at a residence on the 10100 block of South Buell Court shortly after midnight intending to commit armed robbery. The men removed two women from the front porch of their house and walked them to the rear entrance where…
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
After someone shot at the home invaders with a shotgun, they fled and were chased by police. The cops caught three men. A fourth remains at large. The victim has been released from the hospital.
A 24-year-old woman was shot during a home invasion early Wednesday morning on the 10000 block of Buell Court. Oak Lawn police responded to a 911 call of person shot around 12:15 a.m. The woman was shot in the arm by one of three armed men, police said in a press release. Police said that a male relative of the wounded woman fired a shotgun at the three home invaders but missed. The men fled to a waiting blue SUV. Moments later, an Oak Lawn police officer tried to stop the SUV matching the description at 95th Street and Central Avenue. A car chase ensued as the SUV fled and was pursued north on Harlem Avenue into Summit. The men jumped from the moving SUV at 61st Place and Harlem in Summit. Two of the men were captured within minutes by a …