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Oak Park Man and Family Threatened with Death at his Back Door and Forced to give Credit Card and Code for ATM, at 4:45p.m.
On Monday, July 14, 2014 at about 4:15 p.m. an Oak Park man was leaving out the back door of his house on the 200 block of Clinton when he was confronted by two young black youths, one brandishing what appeared to be a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
The homeowner was instructed by the young man with the gun to handover his credit card and to give the PIN number so that his associate could withdraw funds from his ATM account.
The young man with the gun pointed at the victim said that he would stay there with him on his back porch until the funds were obtained by his friend. The young man threatend to kill him and to go into the house and kill his children too if the transaction did not go through.
The children inside and their baby sitter were unaware of the crime being committed out their rear door. The victim spent nearly 20 minutes with the robber at his house. The victim was getting concerned why it was taking so long. The two young men were communicating by telephone and when the call came back that they had taken a reported $500.00 from the ATM.
The victim was concerned that his two next door neighbors might come out of their back doors, since it was the time that too might be coming home from work.
The brazen and dangerous move to get a few hundred dollars has many in the community in fear. The frightening part is that this was a random crime against a family.
The two young black men fit a similar crime a few days earlier on Euclid in Oak Park. Two young black men with the same discription robbed in daylight a citizen, but without taking the victims card for an ATM.
There are photos of both men taken from the ATM transaction as well as from a local convenient store where the masterminds used the stolen credit card to make purchases. The two young black men had no obvious distinguishing characteristics, no gang tatoos, or other unusual traits. The lack of thought in this crime to the consequences and risks taken helps to assure their capture by the police. When they are captured and brought to trial they may very well end up as someones girl friend in prison and we hope that is soon so that people will sleep a little better.
The man who was robbed had no gated back yard and a cat for a pet. Cats often do not do a great job of warning of intruders. A small dog adopted from our local Animal Care League would have barked with someone in the yard or at the back door.
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