Homewood Skaters Robbed At Gunpoint

The two armed robbers fled the scene before police could locate them.

Police are on the lookout for two armed robbers who stole over $1000 worth of property from a group of skaters at Extreme Scene Skatepark, 18350 Harwood Ave. on Dec. 6, according to reports.

The group was skating around 4:30 p.m. when the robbers approached with a gun, police say. They stole the following:

  • Two wallets
  • Two high school IDs
  • Two cell phones
  • One graphing calculator
  • School books

The group of skaters left the scene and moved over to 183rd Street and Harwood Avenue where they called police, according to the report. Officers immediately surveyed the skatepark but they could not locate the robbers, the report said.

The skatepark robbers are both described as black men, roughly 18 years old. One has a light complexion, the other, dark.

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Brandon December 13, 2012 at 01:32 PM
What !!! The kids can't even play in their own community. These black young men are wild and I hope they get caught !! I'm African American and I can't stand the sight of thugs!!!!
DJ Morgan December 13, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Wow, ARMED robbery for graphing calculators? What is wrong with people? We need to be paying more attention, you see people that obviously do not belong, inform the police. If you are wrong a minor inconvenience---if you are right you just might save a life of one of our children.
Sadb December 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
They moved from robbing the old people at Walmart on Halsted to the young kids at the skate park and all Homewood worried about is a casino and some dumb hotel, Home Sweet Homiewood!!!
Big Bad Wolf December 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Here's an idea: Instead of pumping $ into a hotel and potential casino - let's put the $ behind fighting the crime. Then AFTER we get our act together - we can focus on other things.
Bo82 December 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
There goes the neighborhood......again. Just let them have the town and move out. Then they will just rob and shoot each other like the good ol project days.
JP December 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
ugggggg --- we work our butts off to bring million dollar business ideas to the area, keep really nice homes valuable and try really hard to keep the area safe without turning it in to a police state......and this crap ---- one step forward 10 steps back --- uggggggg (What now..... more police? more cameras? more tax money ---uuuggggg again)
WA Mama December 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Agreed. Neither of those two projects brings anyone who adds to our village. Meanwhile, there are guns being drawn ON children, BY children in a public park in broad daylight. WTH?
LocalRez December 18, 2012 at 08:53 PM
put the $ behind fighting the crime - how do you do that?. Bigger police guns? A policeman on every corner? Cameras on every block? Hate to say it but arresting them and sticking them in jail with hardened criminals will only help them learn more bad habits. How are you going to turn these youths around? I really don't think more police is going to solve the problems. These kids need help to see that there is a future for them if they make it happen. (either way) Why not look into making the old Homewood Hotel a community youth center or a boys town? Offer Basketball, swimming, supplemental education and career counseling and other useful programs. Homewood doesn't need a casino that is for sure! Let Hazel crest share the cost too since many of their residents are regulars ont he Police blotters. Let kids go there with a verified resident, proven ID and track them, there attendence, make them contribute time or efforts to gain a membership. Let them work towards there membership, more efforts, more opportunities - like the real world - you work, you get paid. charge back to their home community - for prevention costs instead of more crime and police. Not saying it would be easy but something needs to be done to teach these kids values, lord knows they seem to have none. Make the community service workers clean the place and watch others from the sidelines having fun and maybe they might want to do better.


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