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Community Alert

Dear Fellow Villagers,

We want to alert you to recent incidents that occurred in and around Roscoe Village: 

As reported in, at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, three teenagers attempted to carjack a woman in the parking lot of the Office Depot, located at 2928 North Ashland Avenue. The victim told police that two teenagers approached her, pretending to be selling something.  They then forced their way into her car in an attempt to steal it.  However, the woman escaped the vehicle with its key, seeking help inside the nearby Office Depot.  Fortunately, she was uninjured.
The suspects then fled in a gray car driven by a third male.  The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 16-years-old, 5’4”, 120 pounds, with short dark hair, and wearing a white sweatshirt and a white face mask.  The second is described as a black male, about 17-years-old, 5’8”, 120 pounds, with short dark hair, and wearing a black hoodie, white t-shirt, and dark-colored baseball cap.

Twelve hours earlier, at approximately 5:05 a.m., a North Center resident telephoned police after spotting two men stealing rims from vehicles parked near the intersection of Cullom Avenue and Leavitt Street.  After seeing the witness, one of the thieves fired a handgun into the air.  No one was injured.   Then, at 6:45 a.m., a Roscoe Village resident saw two men stealing rims from vehicles parked near the intersection of Henderson Street and Wolcott Avenue. No shots were fired in this incident. 
In both cases, the suspects were described as white males wearing gray hoodies.  They drove off in a black Toyota.

Lastly, at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, two women, both age 26, were sitting in a parked car on the 1900 block of West Nelson in the Hamlin Park neighborhood, when a man approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and produced a handgun.  The women were ordered out of the car.  The gunman and an accomplice stole their phones and purses, before entering the one woman’s gold Honda Accord and fleeing south on Damen Avenue.  Fortunately, neither woman was injured.  The gunman was described as a young black male with dreadlocks, dressed in a light blue hoodie. 

Roscoe Village remains one of Chicago’s safest neighborhoods because residents and business owners maintain their situational awareness whenever out in public.  We are further assisted by our “Neighborhood on Watch” (NOW) video camera program, launched by RVN in 2017.  To date, 25 high-definition security cameras and license plate readers have been installed in key locations around the Village.  All footage is uploaded to the Cloud where footage can instantly be retrieved by RVN and provided to Chicago Police detectives. 
For the two full years since the program’s inception, Roscoe Village has experienced a 23.75% drop in crime.  To continue this trend, we ask all Villagers to continue to maintain their vigilance and situational awareness wherever they may be. 
For more information, or to become more deeply involved in the Village, please contact RVN at or, or become a member by visiting

Stay safe,

Roscoe Village Neighborhood Watch Committee



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