Police are warning Park Forest residents about a string of home invasions where a man ties women up before stealing belongings from inside their homes – and the attacks could be related to a series of similar incidents reported in numerous southern Chicago suburbs.
After two recent reports of similar attacks, police have resurfaced a warning that was first issued in late October.
In the two recent incidents, which both happened around Onarga Street, female residents were “overpowered by a male suspect who had forced entry into the homes.”
Police said the man bound the woman before stealing items from the homes and leaving.
The incidents each happened during the early evening hours.
“We have reason to believe that these Park Forest incidents are connected to other incidents that have been reported in other south suburban communities,” Chief Green from the Park Forest Police Department said in a statement. “As our description of the suspect is vague, we are asking all Park Forest residents to be vigilant and be aware of your surroundings when arriving or leaving your homes.”
In an earlier community alert, police reported that around 6 p.m. on Oct. 27, a woman was confronted by a man armed with a knife who entered her home through an unlocked back door in the West Lincolnwood neighborhood. The man tied up and battered the woman and stole items before leaving.
At the time, police said the incident shared similarities with another home invasion that occurred in a multi-family housing neighborhood in early October and reports of another incident in a neighboring community.