Guardian Angels Take To Oak Park After Robberies

OAK PARK, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — The Guardian Angels have descended on the CTA Green Line ‘L’ in Oak Park, since five women have been beaten or robbed in recent weeks.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports, the five robbery attacks have occurred since March 30. The victims were all women walking alone around midnight.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports

Police increased patrols following the third attack, and are circulating a sketch of the assailant based on the third victim’s detailed description.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Chapter of the Guardian Angles is providing escorts, the Oak Park Leaves is reporting. Chapter founder Miguel Fuentes said the group came to Oak Park after the third victim provided a usable description.

At first, the Guardian Angels spent several 12-hour days passing out fliers and making their presence known.

Over the past week, they have given as many as 15 escorts a night to people walking home from the Green Line, from Austin Boulevard to Harlem Avenue, Fuentes said. They’ve also patrolled areas adjacent to the elevated tracks on bike.

The first in the string of robberies happened March 30 in the 200 block of Lake Street. A second incident took place on April 2, near Lake Street and Austin Boulevard. The third happened on April 4 on the 200 block of North Oak Park Avenue.

The victim in the robbery on April 4 was able to help police create a composite sketch of the suspect.

“I mean, he got $100, but he almost killed me,” victim Lisa Dodge said. “He jumped me, he started strangling me. He threw me to the ground and started basically trying to kill me for my purse.”

Another attack happened April 19 in the 200 block of South Harvey Avenue. The victim spoke exclusively CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot, and said she was screaming for help at the top of her lungs with a bloody nose.

“I walked outside of the garage and I was closing the back garage door, and the person just jumped on me from behind,” she said. The robber got her purse, which contained $40.

The woman described her attacker as being about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds, medium build, unknown age. A witness said the suspect ran from the Harvey Avenue alley to the driver’s side of a light-colored newer model Ford sport-utility vehicle or Jeep Cherokee, and drove away westbound. Another witness described the car as possibly an older model.

About an hour before the attack on Harvey Avenue, another woman was attacked in her back yard in Oak Park, but police said they don’t believe that robbery was related to the other four.

Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Oak Park police at 708-386-3800, or e-mail at Information can be forwarded anonymously by calling 708-434-1636, or online at

Pioneer Press’ Oak Park Leaves contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Sounds like he’s a vicious, fat Afroican.

  • Bill

    I hope the angels bring their whistles!!!!!If they don’t have one,maybe the mayor will lend you his!!!

  • Mr. Justice

    Well, the guardian angels are a start. BUT how about allowing the law abiding citizens their 2nd Amendment right to protect themselves. These women have the right to protect themselves instead of relying on others to protect them. These 5 women that have been robbed should sue the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois for not affording them their 2nd Amendment Rights. 48 states have some form of Conceal Carry, but Daley and his puking liberals think they know whats best for the citizens when it comes to protection. No, Gun Control only works for the thugs, gang bangers, and other bad guys. WAKE UP PEOPLE! It is time for “law abiding citizens” to call their state representatives and tell them you want Conceal Carry here in Illinois. By the way, the Aldermen of Chicago are allowed to carry firearms. So why should other law abiding citizens be afforded the same right? The police do what they can, but when seconds count, sometimes one must be able to defend themselves, their families, or their property.

  • Brenda

    hey mr. justice or shall i call you ummm oh i’ll be nice… why sue the city of chicago or why does it have anything to do with chicago, read the article again it happened in Oak Park, not chicago. all I hope is hes caught and dont hurt anyone else, these thugs need to just be locked up or something…praying all walking home at night or daytime stay safe and thanks guardian angels for your help in trying to protect them.

    • Mr. Justice

      I realize it did not take place in Chicago, my point is Daley and his gun control friends have allowed a lot of crime to take place in the city and state wide because citizens have not been allowed to “legally” own firearms until this past year or so. I agree with you in that I hope this “bad guy” is caught too. I just want people to wake up and realize the police aren’t going to be there in most cases, thus, people need to be able to stand up and protect themselves. Thank you for being nice, I don’t think you would want to be any other way.

    • Bill

      Oak Park liberals want gun control.In other words,they want to control your right to defend yourself.The mayor suggests that you blow a whistle to protect yourself.Brenda….your right…the city of chicago is not oak park but they share the same position on gun control!By you commenting on Mr. justice oversight,you do what all liberals do….distract yourself from the real issues.Just because your afraid of guns,why do you project you fears on others who think differently than you do?I asked Rahm what should I do if someone kicks in my door of my house and he replied:Call 911.No Rahm,just ask your bodyguard to take care of it!I’m my own bodyguard and I don’t think liberal politicians should be treated like royalty as if their lives are more important than mine!!!

      • Brenda

        Im not affraid of guns i have a foid card and live in the suburbs of chicago… the state does not limit you owning guns only chicago does part of why i moved back out of there. But most people dont want to own one, and its nearly impossible to get a carry license, I personally loved living in texas where its allowed. But i also know many that would never carry even if they could. That is not the issue…. the issue is these thugs being able to run the streets in the first place and everyone arming themselves dont necessarily stop that… should of seen a paper i wrote in school many years back i believe in capital punishment yes the death penalty for any repeat offender, so dont assume something on someone when you dont know. but i know that would never pass but might make others think twice before doing anything.

      • Mr. Justice

        @ Bill. Thank you for your logic. I wish more people used logic instead of emotions. Remember the Korean War Veteran who shot and killed a man who was breaking into his house? He was not arrest or charged with any crime, Even Though, his gun at the time was “illegal”. The police decided Not to press charges against him. Mainly because he was exercised his 2nd Amendment Right. Have a good week and let’s get Conceal Carry passed here in Illinois. There is no logical reason why the citizens of this state shouldn’t be afforded their 2nd Amendment Rights.

  • janet

    If these women were attacked from behind, how in the heck was a gun going to help protect them? And wouldn’t it mean that this man now has their guns???? This isn’t a good example of why we should be allowed to conceal and carry, more of an example of why they don’t want it to happen…

    • Bill

      You have a victim mentality!You should be street smart and aware of your surroundings at all times.There are BAD people out there!Why do you use your twisted logic to find reasons Not to carry?That’s your choice,but you don’t have the right to impose your defeatist attitude on me!Just because you fear guns,that doesn’t make me unable to protect myself with one.There are courses you can take in self defense.I chose to take them because I choose not to be a victim.I have been attacked in highly visible location in downtown Chicago,didn’t use a gun (my choice)but did neutralize the threat!The man got behind her because this coward picked on the least threat to him!A person that thinks maybe that she’s a nice compassionate person and why would anyone pick on me?Well,there are people that don’t think like you!!!You will not remove these threats by gun control.The criminals have and will always have guns!But you don’t want law abiding people to have them?Now that’s twisted logic or what I like to say…..Stinken-thinken

      • Mr. Justice

        Amen Bill. You are totally correct. Janet does have the victim mentality. I could not have said it any better than you did. If people do not want to own firearms or carry them, that is their choice. JUST as it is my choice to own a firearm and carry my firearm. And, yes I do carry my firearm when I travel outside the communist state of Illinois. Bill, you know and I know, that if we were in the vicinity if and when Janet were to be attacked, we would come to her aide, because that is what law abiding and people that are aware do. So, Janet, my friend, you will be safe if Bill or I are in the vicinity. However, the logical answer would be for you to take the NRA course entitled, “Refuse To Be A Victim”. The cost is only $10. I would encourage you to do so. Because, Bill and I will not be there when the SHTF. You must be able to protect yourself. Be Safe

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