UPDATE: 2 Charged With Home Burglary, Ramming Squad Car

Area schools were on lockdown Monday as a precaution while police searched for suspects in a residential burglary in Oak Park.

Updated 6:30 p.m. March 20

Oak Park police charged two men in connection with a residential burglary Monday and are searching for a third possible suspect. A police squad car was heavily damaged in the incident.

Angel Reyes, 24, of the 7500 block of Washington Street in Hanover Park, and Justin Cortez, 18, of the 600 block of N. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago, were both charged with residential burglary and criminal damage to state-supported property.

The men are being held in Oak Park pending a bond hearing Thursday. 

Police say a third suspect might have fled on foot. He is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-foot-9 and wearing dark clothing and a knit hat. 

The front door of the home, in the 600 block of S. Scoville, was damaged in whatappeared to be a forced entry. Police are still determining what might have beentaken. The resident was out of town.

Updated 3:30 p.m. March 18

Oak Park police arrested two men Monday afternoon in connection with a residential burglary reported in the 600 block of S. Scoville Avenue.

A neighbor called police after seeing two men flee the home at about 12:20 p.m. They then reversed their SUV into a squad car and fled southbound. The car was inoperable, but police put out an area alert and asked nearby schools to lock down as a precaution.

Illinois State Police stopped the suspects in the 600 block of North Kedzie Avenue in Chicago about an hour after the incident was first reported.
No injuries were reported from the incident. 

The front door of the home where the burglary occurred was damaged in whatappeared to be a forced entry. Police are still determining what might have been taken.


From Oak Park School District 97:

At approximately 12:35 p.m. today, Longfellow School initiated a lockdown at the request of the Oak Park Police Department, which was investigating a reported burglary in the area.

The police cleared the scene at approximately 2 p.m. and the lockdown was canceled. We do not anticipate this situation will impede our normal dismissal procedures this afternoon.

While the police investigation into this matter is ongoing, there is no evidence linking it to the school. In addition, the lockdown was initiated as a precaution. At no time did the police believe our students or staff members were in any immediate danger; nor are they concerned that the situation poses any threat going forward.

With that said, an incident like this reminds us to always be aware and mindful of our surroundings, and to report any suspicious activities to the school or police.

We will update you if we receive any new information regarding this situation. In the meantime, we thank you for your time and attention on this matter, as well as for your continued support of our schools and the children we serve.

Please check back as more details become available.

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