Woman Attacked, Robbed of Vehicle in Skokie

A 58-year-old woman was cut with a sharp object following a robbery attempt in Skokie on Saturday. The offender would ultimately make off with woman's vehicle.

A Skokie woman was attacked with a "sharp object" prior to having her vehicle stolen on Saturday, police said.

The woman, 58, was unloading groceries from her car at about 12:12 p.m. in the 4800 block of Carol Street, according to police. The man tried to take the victim’s purse, but she refused and a struggle soon ensued.

The woman was cut with a sharp object and the offender was last seen fleeing the scene with the woman’s 2004 silver Toyota Highlander, police said. The license plate number is 7118755, police said in a press release.

Meanwhile, the woman was taken to Evanston Hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries.

The man is described as white, tall, about 20 to 25-year-of-age with a skinny build. He was wearing a black hood and black jacket at the time of the robbery, police said.

No further information is available at this time. If new details come in Skokie Patch will update.


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ververa January 27, 2013 at 03:55 AM
If your not safe in Skokie then that's bad!!!
Steve Mottel January 27, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Also check out: http://skokie.suntimes.com/news/17782511-418/man-stabbed-on-church-street-in-skokie.html New daily events in Skokie. TIme to vote out these bums that "govern" around here...... OR, pack your things and move far away. May not be a bad idea the way Illinois is headed http://wuisnews.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/s-p-downgrades-illinois-over-pension-debt/ Otherwise, get ready to receive and pay your property tax bill and income taxes in the Spring while letting these clown politicians do nothing while we are living/dealing with the above. SAD, SAD, SAD
Paul N January 27, 2013 at 06:59 AM
Dan Cox January 27, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Criminals are all over the Gold Coast, you are easy targets. Unarmed, defenseless and usually not even paying attention to what is going on around you, I.E. Texting, or talking on the phone, thinking that is a safety measure... foolish idea. Concealed Carry is needed in Illinois, if they do not know who is armed, they have to think twice about who they attack. It is rather simple, they are predators, are you the helpless prey?
Troy January 27, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Skokie isn't as safe as it used to be, but neither is any other town. The people of the Skokie Police Department are excellent, but there aren't enough of them. There is no presence until they are called. You used to see police cars patrolling the streets, but you don't anymore--they're busy handing calls. I can drive through town for days and never see a single squad car. Efficiency is one thing, but having a presence is a deterrent.
Carmen L Mercado January 27, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Just because one or two things happen in Skokie does not make it a bad place to live. Crime happens anywhere and everywhere. WE need to take better care of ourselves like Dan above said. It's a shame that crime happens, yes we should get more Police Officers out there just patrolling our street.
Marlena Jayatilake January 27, 2013 at 04:55 PM
If she had a gun for protection she wouldn't have had time to to use it...he suprised her. Lets say it was in her purse and she struggles for it and the mugger took it...then it would be one more gun on the street.
Dan Cox January 27, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Marlena, Please check out the ways to carry a Concealed Carry Gun, none are in a purse. The purse is the thing they want to steal, so never keep your self defense weapon in a purse. My Wife and Daughters carry their guns in an undershirt holster or an inside the waistband holster. They love their 5 shot, revolvers, made by S&W, called Airlite Model 636. We refuse to live in fear and we have taken steps to be able to defend ourselves and our loved ones. Weapons can be secured only if you have control of the weapon. The weapon must be on your person, not locked up in a box, or in a purse.
lilian darcey January 27, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Whewwwwwww ! I'm glad the criminal was white. If he had been black there would be more than 20 comments right about now talking about "changing demographics", "evanston residents" "voucher people" etc.
Ilya Khait January 27, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Finally someone who knows what he's talking about. Thanks for the post Dan.
helen January 27, 2013 at 08:28 PM
You live by the sword you die by the sword.
Dan Cox January 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Is that what happened in Sandy Hook, Aurora, Colo, Columbine, Colo, 9/11 ? Is that what happened to the thousands of unarmed people who are murdered every year? How many victims are armed and shooting back at their attacker, when they were killed... according to the FBI 0.035%
Dan Cox January 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Thank you, for the support. We will get word on AG Madigan's Appeal to the 7th District Federal Court of Apeeals of Moore vs Madigan in the first week of Feb. CCW is coming to Illinois this year!
shp January 28, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Violent crime in Skokie has increased every year for the past 10 years period!!!!!! Go to the Skokie Police Department website and look at the 2011 annual report. This is the latest report and it will be interesting to see 2012 report. It is very misleading when the Village reports to the public that "overall" crime has gone down in Skokie. Yes, if you take the average of all crime, it has gone down. That is not very comforting to me! It gives people a false sense of security that it is very safe in Skokie. In addtion, to report that 360~ people took the Citizen survey and report that life in Skokie is great, is not very comforting either. Skokie has 66,000 people! I've lived in Skokie for over 16 years and I have never received said survey. Who is receiving this survey anyway? The data has been collected that a majority of the violent crime committed in Skokie are by people who live in Skokie!! I don't think this was the case 16 years ago when we moved here. It is not a perception that violent crime has increased it is REAL. Please vote for the independent candidates running for Skokie trustee this April. Let's vote for candidates who are not beholden to the Skokie Caucus party. Skokie can't afford new police officers, but we can afford to give Oberweiss the deal of a lifetime?This is ridiculous! I think it is time to have independent trustees overseeing what is in the best interest for Skokie residents. The current leadership is not getting the job done!
shp January 28, 2013 at 02:24 AM
I so sorry for the woman who was traumatized yesterday. I hope she makes a full recovery and can get back to her life!
Seymour J. Schwartz January 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM
From what I can see in the Patch article the survey commissioned by the National Research Center was well constructed, well executed, & scientific. The Skokie administration is to be commended by their use of this firm. For those who question the number of those sampled & the rate of return, you don't understand scientific sampling. If anything, the sample number seems a little large for the total population of Skokie. The rate of return was average for scientific polling. Skokie asked the right poll questions. How are our leaders going to make use of the data results and will they prioritize the responses in guiding their policies? For me the most telling result was in the responses of citizens feeling safe in their neighborhoods after dark. In 2003, 78 felt safe , 22% felt unsafe. Nine years later, just 65% felt safe, 35% felt unsafe. A drop of 13% & more than 1 out of 3 feel unsafe to out of their homes after dark. One out of three residents--the fear is palpable & shows many residents have a siege mentality. Patch reporting shows increased armed robberies in the streets & parks both in BROAD DAYLIGHT as well under the cover of darkness. Mayor and Trustees, the results of your own study suggests YOU NEED TO GIVE THE CRIME ISSUE YOUR HIGHEST PRIORITY IN RESOURCE EXPENDITURES. You need to review the proposed budget and re-prioritize resource allocation and greatly increase the police department budget. This should be the main issue in the campaign.
shp January 29, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Thanks Seymour. I appreciate your scientific perspective. I agree it is what the Village does with the results not really the survey itself. How do we measure that? If 35% of the people surveyed feel unsafe, then there is work to be done.
Seymour J. Schwartz January 29, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Thank YOU SHP. With mine and other continual posts on crime in Skokie, often followed by pieces posted by trustee candidates and too frequent reportage of bald faceD armed stick-ups and narcotic related stabbings, I don't want to give the impression of Skokie being emblematic of the ""Wild West" because it is NOT. But Skokie is a community in great and rapid transition increasing its population of minorities from Chicago and immigrants from other countries and unemployed non-minorities. Most of these people are not well-off and in particular, consist of a disproportionate number of males between the ages of 17-27. These represent a perfect storm demographically of increases in violent street crime. There is no one panacea in stopping these types of crimes but one vital metric in which to measure Skokie's greater commitment in combatting it is their finding new funds in the upcoming budget to greatly increase police department line item appropriations. It is politically risky for them to do it, but the character and future of Skokie is on the line. Remember, political leaders serve in the relative short term, but by what they do transcend into the long term even when they are gone. We need more profiles in political courage and risk taking for the larger good.


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