Something's Rotten in North Shore Suburb

Violence Crosses Into Wilmette

There's something strange going on in Wilmette; violent crime.

For starters, on Saturday a 47-year-old woman with freshly manicured nails was assaulted as she left the Wilmette Commons Shopping Center. The woman had just left a nail salon in the plaza and was walking to her car when she was knocked down from behind and battered. The offender took her ring -- valued at about $20,000 --- before fleeing into a nearby apartment complex.  

The Wilmette & Skokie Police Departments used a K-9 from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police to conduct a search of the area around the apartment complex but were unsuccessful in locating the offender.

The offender was described as an African American male in his late 20’s early 30’s.  He was last seen wearing a white & red baseball hat and a dark jacket.

The victim was treated at a local hospital for cuts and bruises prior to being released. 

Police say a second assault the next day is likely unrelated.

Still, a home robbery in which a father and his son were bound by duct tape is a "high priority," police said.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, five or six Asian men with handguns forced their way into a home in the 400 block of Sunset Road around 9:30 p.m. Sunday and bound a 46-year-old man and his 13-year-old son with duct tape.

The men took more than $2,000 in cash and electronic equipment from the home, police said. The son was able to free himself and call police after the robbers, described as being in their 20s, left the home.

"The evidence suggested that this family was specifically targeted and this was not a random act," Wilmette Deputy Police chief Brian King said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmette Police at 847-256-1200.

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