April 20, 2020 update – Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds is asking residents in the vicinity of the recent double homicide in the 500 block of Fair Oaks Avenue to share any security video they may have dating back as far as a week prior to when the crime was reported on April 13.
“Part of the investigative process is not only to examine the scene, but also to look beyond the incident for movements in the area that might offer clues that can help solve this heinous crime,” Reynolds said. “That’s why I am asking residents in the surrounding blocks to help by sharing any security video they may have recorded up to a week prior to the incident.”
Video can be uploaded via the Village website at www.oak-park.us/policevideo. Any shared video is treated as confidential aspects of ongoing investigations. However, files may be shared anonymously with Police via the online uploader.
Officers routinely look for nearby private security cameras when they canvas a neighborhood after a crime has been reported, but there still could be video that would help the investigation, according to Reynolds, who stressed that even the smallest detail could yield valuable information.
In the meantime, Reynolds said solving the murders of Leslie Ann Jones, 67, and her husband Thomas E. Johnson, 69, is a top priority for the Oak Park Police Department.
The West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, Illinois State Police and FBI are involved and the Chicago Police Department also has offered assistance.
“The level of resources focused on solving this crime is unprecedented in Oak Park,” he said. “While it may be difficult for some to understand why more information can’t be released at this time, ensuring the integrity and thoroughness of the investigation must be the number one priority. Keeping the details confidential is an important part of the investigative process.”
Reynolds added that nothing in the investigation to date suggests residents are at any increased risk. However, in an abundance of caution, increased Police patrols and visibility in the area will continue.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Oak Park Police Department at 708.386.3800. Information may also be provided anonymously by calling 708.434.1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.