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River Forest Police Investigate an Attempt Robbery Event and Arrest Juvenile Offenders Responsible for Unrelated Theft and Robbery Incidents

July, 17, 2019

Officers responded to an Attempt Armed Robbery in the area of Chicago Ave. and Franklin at 9:10 pm Tuesday evening. The victim reported that an armed offender described as 40-50 years-old, 5' 2" - 5' 5" tall, medium build, brown eyes, wearing a light colored hoody and mask approached her and demanded a specific piece of jewelry. After the victim yelled at the offender and threw her purse down, the offender fled eastbound on Chicago Ave. No loss of property was sustained. Officers from several communities, including a K-9 from the North Riverside Police responded to the area and conducted yard to yard searches. It is believed the offender fled in an awaiting vehicle. Prior to the incident, the victim had been shopping in a nearby community. It is believed she may have been specifically targeted and possibly followed to her residence.  The River Forest Police Department’s Detective Unit is actively investigating the event.

In a separate set of incidents, two (2) juvenile offenders, ages 14 and 15, were arrested by River Forest officers after being involved with the Theft of a purse from Walgreens and a Robbery, which occurred in the area of Monroe and Oak, Tuesday evening. Both the purse and the proceeds from the Robbery were recovered by responding officers. Both juvenile offenders were petitioned to Juvenile Court and were transferred to the Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago. In these incidents, one victim was a senior citizen and the other victim was a juvenile. The juvenile offenders are believed to have been involved in several other crimes in area communities. 

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