Friday, April 20, 2018

Boystown: Woman Struck And Killed On Halsted Street; HIt-And-Run Driver Sought

The wanted vehicle is seen in these surveillance images taken moments before the crash. | Chicago Police Dept
UPDATE 10:10AM APRIL 20: Police this morning issued a community alert that includes images of the wanted vehicle. The victim has been identified as Dorata Gieslinska. CWBChicago's original report follows.
A 56-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed by a hit-and-run driver Thursday evening in Boystown, police said.. The responsible driver remains at-large.

The woman was walking westbound when a red Jeep Renegade struck her near Nookie’s Tree restaurant 3334 North Halsted, according to police and a witness. Witnesses said the Jeep continued southbound on Halsted after the collision.

The intersection of Buckingham and Halsted is painted with pedestrian crossing stripes and is marked with stop signs for all on-coming vehicles.

The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Around 10 p.m., officers were seen entering nearby businesses in a search for surveillance cameras that may have captured images of the incident or the offender’s car.

The Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit is handling the case.
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Lakeview: Woman Sexually Assaulted and Robbed In Apartment Vestibule

Police said the victim was followed into this apartment complex in the 3900 block of North Fremont. | Google
A 24-year-old Lakeview woman was followed into her apartment complex by a man who attacked her from behind, then sexually assaulted and robbed her Thursday evening. No one is in custody.

Police said the victim saw the offender standing outside of the courtyard building and he followed her in shortly before 9 p.m. The man grabbed her from behind with a chokehold as she entered the building's vestibule. There, the two fought for up to five minutes according to neighbors who heard the fight. Handprints and smears left during the struggle could be seen on the vestibule glass early Friday morning.

During the attack, the man sexually assaulted the woman with his hand before grabbing her purse and running from the scene, police said.

The offender is described as a black male in his 20’s who stands 6’2” tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing.

Police said the victim was transported to Thorek Hospital in good condition with injuries to her face and hands.

Last night's attack bore some similarities to an incident in Lincoln Park last week. Police have not yet determined if the cases are related.

In this image from surveillance video, the Lincoln Park attacker is seen walking from his double-parked SUV moments before a woman was battered and stabbed. | Chicago Police Department 
Around 10:50 p.m. last Wednesday, a man grabbed a 24-year-old DePaul student from behind in a chokehold as she walked in the 1200 block of West Webster. That victim was repeatedly stabbed in the upper body and hands before the man fled.

Police subsequently released a video that showed the Lincoln Park offender double-parking his car and then sitting on a landscaping fence to await his victim.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Oops! So Far This Month, North Side Police District Has Had 3 People Shot — Plus Another 3 Who Shot Themselves!

Hey, if you all could stop shooting yourselves, that would be great.

Over the past 12 days, Chicago cops have handled three cases of accidental self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the 19th (Town Hall) District. Town Hall covers the area from Fullerton to Lawrence and the river to Lake Michigan.

Statistically, the district has had as many people shoot themselves in April as were shot by others.

The streak’s first “selfie” as our friends at Hey Jackass call ‘em came on April 8th.

That’s when a 22-year-old known gang member arrived at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center via Uber to seek treatment for a gunshot wound to his groin. The man told police that he was walking in the 900 block of West Sheridan around 9 p.m. when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire on him. There were no reports of shots fired in the area where the man claims to have been injured. While the case is still classified as a shooting, detectives have concluded the gangbanger actually shot himself in the junk.

Around 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, a 50-year-old Lincoln Park man shot himself in the foot (literally) in the 2600 block of North Bosworth. He was treated for his injuries at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and has been released.

Just after 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, a 39-year-old man was handling a pistol in the 3600 block of North Claremont when he accidentally pulled the trigger, striking himself in the left ankle, police said. He, too, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Neither the Bosworth nor the Claremont "victims" have been charged with any crimes.

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Lakeview: "420" Concert Canceled Over Security Concerns

Herbert "G Herbo" Wright | Twitter
Friday night’s “4-20” concert at the Vic Theatre in Lakeview has been canceled by promoters after Chicago police told theater owner Jam Productions that enhanced security would be needed due to a pending gun charge against one of the show’s headliners.

Herbert “G Herbo” Wright, 23, and two other men were arrested near State and Randolph on February 22 after police received a tip that they were carrying guns in their limousine.

Wright was seated in the rear of the vehicle and cops said they saw him put a handgun into a seat pocket. Another gun was found under the seat where Deavonte Kimble was sitting and a third firearm was allegedly found inside a gym bag that was in the limo’s front seat with Marchello Walton, according to charges.

When 19th District (Town Hall) police learned that Wright would be headlining a show in their jurisdiction, local police executives asked Jam to create an "enhanced security plan" for the event at 3145 North Sheffield.

Police said these guns and magazine were recovered from a limousine carrying Wright (inset) on February 22. | CPD
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the Vic pulled the plug on the show because the venue is not staffed to handle major disruptions.

The Vic show is the second concert featuring Wright to be canceled this year in Chicago over security concerns. The WGCI Take Over Jam at the Chicago Theatre was canceled at the last minute in March after police raised security concerns.

Wright told the Chicago Tribune, “It’s never been any problem, any acts of gang violence or anything like that, that should restrict me from trying to do shows, so I’m just trying to get to the root of the problem, whether I have to hire more security or whatever the case may be.”

But as of Thursday night, the “4-20” show is no longer mentioned on the website of promoter Pete’s House. The Vic website lists the event as canceled.

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Two Charged With Robbery On Chicago Ave Red Line Platform

Taylor (top) and Watkins are both charged with mugging a man on the Chicago Red Line platform.
Two men have been charged with beating and robbing a 30-year-old man on the Chicago Avenue Red Line platform early Wednesday.

Police said Tyrese Taylor, 27, and Kantray Watkins, 23, approached the victim and announced a robbery around 12:47 a.m. The two then began beating the victim and took his wallet before running away, according to authorities.

Cops said they found Taylor and Watkins hiding under a porch in the first block of East Superior a few minutes later. The victim’s wallet was found under the staircase where the two were hiding, a police spokesman said this morning.

The victim, who suffered minor injuries, identified both men as the robbers. Police returned the man’s wallet to him.

Taylor and Watkins are due in bond court on Thursday afternoon.

State records show that Taylor is currently on parole after serving half of a one-year sentence for aggravated DUI. He has three previous felony convictions for narcotics.

Watkins previously did time for burglary.

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Now Charged With Robbing Boystown Resident, Lifelong Felon Is On Parole For Beating Man With A Brick

Parnell Barners (inset) beat and robbed a man in the 3500 block of North Halsted, police said. | CPD; Google
A lifelong violent felon who is on parole for battering a man with a brick near the Belmont Red Line station in 2014 is now charged with robbing a Boystown resident on the Halsted bar strip last month.

Police arrested Parnell Parners, 53, at his Uptown home around 11 p.m. last Thursday after the victim positively identified him in a photo array as the robber, police said. The 34-year-old victim had been beaten in the face and body, pushed to the ground, and robbed in the 3500 block of North Halsted Street around 1:30 a.m. on March 2. The victim, who lives in Boystown, lost $100 and an iPhone to the assailant, police said.

Barners is charged with one count of felony robbery and has been ordered held without bail by Judge Stephanie Miller.

On May 20, 2014, Barners was arrested and charged with aggravated battery after he beat a man in the head with a brick in the 900 block of West School Street. Barners pleaded guilty, received a six-year sentence, and was paroled in May 2017.

State records show that Barners has a lengthy history of violent crime that stretches back to the Reagan Administration.

Prior to the brick attack, his prison sentences included: four years for aggravated battery in 2008; three years for narcotics in 2007; 30 months for shoplifting in 2005; 10 years for robbery in 1995; three years for theft and another three years for narcotics in 1992; seven years for burglary and another seven years for home invasion in 1987; three years for aggravated battery in 1987; and five years for robbery and another five years for aggravated battery in 1984. He began prison life in 1982, when he was sentenced to four years for robbery, six years for a different robbery, and 4 years for theft.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Boystown: Brazen Burglars Bust Into Two Occupied Apartments On Halsted Street

Two burglaries of occupied apartments were reported on the Boystown strip late Monday and early Tuesday.
Burglars busted into two occupied apartments in Boystown on Monday night and early Tuesday, scaring the daylights out of their victims, but leaving no one injured. Both of the break-ins took place in the 3200 block of North Halsted Street.

• Around 10:20 p.m. on Monday, a woman fled to her bedroom after a man kicked in the door of her second-floor apartment. The woman—who didn’t have access to her phone in the bedroom—was able to notify a friend online and he reported the break-in to police. An evidence technician recovered a skull cap that the offender left behind.

• At 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, an unknown man kicked in the front door of another apartment just a few doors north of the first victim's home. The offender fled when he was confronted by one of the apartment’s residents.

Another forcible-entry burglary was reported in the 2900 block of North Seminary last Wednesday. That break-in is believed to have taken place during the day when the residence was unoccupied.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Court Report: Alleged Serial Rapist Gets Another 5 Years; Bucket Boy Gets 3 Years For Robbery; More...

Stephane Edouard used a taxi cab to pick up many of his alleged victims, police said.
Stephane Edouard, a suspected serial rapist who in February received a 41-year sentence for drugging a couple and raping one of them, has been handed an additional five years in prison for attacking his own girlfriend while free on bail.

Not long after Edouard was charged with the rape and drugging of his May 2014 victims, his girlfriend put down tens of thousands of dollars as a bail deposit, allowing him to sit at home instead of being in Cook County Jail.

While on electronic monitoring in June 2016, Edouard allegedly battered, choked, and raped the woman in an Evanston apartment that they shared. The 50-year-old victim was found on the street calling for help, police said. She reported that “she'd been held captive overnight” by Edouard as he battered and sexually assaulted her.

Edouard was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, domestic battery, unlawful restraint, and a list of other charges.

Now, Edouard has pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated domestic battery - strangulation in a plea deal approved by Judge Lauren Edidin. His five-year sentence will be served consecutively with the 41-year term. Fifteen other felonies, including twelve counts of criminal sexual assault, were dropped in the deal. He is currently scheduled to be paroled on March 11, 2044.

Taisean Harris (inset) performed as a bucket boy in the Loop. | Chicago Police Dept; Loop North
• A downtown “bucket boy” accused of robbing a man while on probation for an earlier mugging has been sent to prison. Taisean Harris, 19, received a three-year sentence from Judge Kenneth Wadas in exchange for his guilty plea. Harris’ parole date is set for July 19, 2019.

Harris pushed a man and took his phone on the corner of State and Adams around 3:15 p.m. on January 20, police said. Cops who saw the incident unfold took Harris into custody minutes later on the subway platform at 230 South State.

Court records show that Harris pleaded guilty in August 2016 to robbing a woman of her phone as they rode a CTA bus in the New City neighborhood on May 31, 2016.  Wadas oversaw that case, too, and gave Harris two-years probation while ordering him to get his GED or a high school diploma. Needless to say, Harris failed to take advantage of Wadas’ gift.

Deandre Williams (inset) was arrested after he ran into the traffic lanes of Lake Shore Drive. | Google; CPD
• A 24-year-old man who beat a 48-year-old woman and fractured her son’s head during a robbery in the Gold Coast last May has received a pair of nine-year sentences to be served concurrently.

Deandre Williams was on parole for a 2012 robbery when he and other offenders punched and kicked the woman to the ground in the 1500 block of North Dearborn and then took her purse. The woman's 25-year-old son was also knocked to the ground, cracking his skull. The man was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Cops arrested Williams minutes later as he ran in the traffic lanes of Lake Shore Drive near North Avenue.

Judge Earl Hoffenberg approved the plea agreement which has Williams scheduled for parole on November 17, 2021.

• An Uptown man who was snagged in a months-long narcotics sweep of Uptown last September has received a trio of three-year sentences to be served concurrently. Jermaine Crump, 22, was charged with four counts of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a school, park, or public housing. He was on parole for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon at the time of his arrest. Less credit for time served while awaiting trial, Crump’s parole date is set for February 26.

• 18-year-old Tyrese Nichols of the 4600 block of North Sheridan was caught in the same Uptown narcotics sweep as Crump. Charged with five counts of manufacture-delivery of cocaine near a school, park, or public housing, Nichols reached a plea deal that has him serving a four-year term concurrently with a three-year sentence. He is scheduled to be paroled on August 27, 2019.

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Union Station Restaurant Manager Faked Armed Robbery, Cops Say

Van Buskirk | Chicago Police Dept
A restaurant manager reported being tied up, battered, and robbed in the back office of his Union Station bar and grill last month, but now cops say the whole thing was a charade.

The Junction bar manager James Van Buskirk, 53, is charged with felony disorderly conduct - false report of an offense, police said.

Van Buskirk reportedly told police that he had been restrained with zip ties in the restaurant’s office by an armed man who pistol-whipped him around 10:15 a.m. on March 29, according to police records. The robber was said to have fled the scene with the restaurant’s receipts as well as Van Buskirk’s personal cell phone, wallet, and keys.

Amtrak police and Chicago cops scoured the Loop and surrounding areas for a suspect. Police in suburban Evergreen Park even dispatched a patrol unit to Van Buskirk’s home to ensure that his child, who was home on spring break, was safe, police said.

But last Thursday morning, the whole thing derailed. That's when Chicago police arrested Van Buskirk a few minutes after he opened The Junction for business.

Chicago police today declined to cite a motive for Van Buskirk’s alleged actions.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

AWOL: Two Of Four Adults Charged With RIver North Mob Attack Have Already Skipped Bail (And They Are Not Alone)

Two of the four adults charged with beating and stealing money from a man in River North on April 6th have already gone AWOL by skipping court dates, according to Cook County court records. And they are just the tip of the iceberg. Of the 232 on-going criminal cases being monitored by CWBChicago editors, 36 defendants were AWOL as of Friday afternoon.

Other recipients of “affordable bails” who are in the wind include a man charged with receiving a $66,000 methamphetamine delivery; a man charged with 10 burglaries in Lakeview; and a man accused of having a sawed-off shotgun in a car.

• Dylan Sanders and Jeremy Wilson, both 18, were charged after a 21-year-old man had his cash and phone stolen and was then beaten by a mob when he pursued the thief in the 700 block of North Rush Street on April 6. Sanders was charged with the theft, Wilson was charged with battery, and both were released on recognizance bonds. Neither man showed up in court last week and warrants have been issued for their arrests. (You may remember that the Rush Street case was Sanders’ fifth arrest since February 17.)

• Nerray Canoy, a 21-year-old waiter from West Ridge, was charged with Class X felony possession of 100 to 400 grams of methamphetamine after a mailman allegedly delivered $63,360 worth of speed to a residence. He was freed on a recognizance bond with electronic monitoring. On February 23, he failed to show up in court.

Walker was given a recognizance bond with electronic monitoring even though his "home address" was a shelter.
• Mark Walker, 48, was charged with sixteen criminal counts including burglary and bank fraud for allegedly breaking into at least eight cars and condos in Lakeview on December 21. Cops caught up with him on January 10, but Judge Stephanie Miller—a champion of the “affordable bail” program—released him on a recognizance bond with electronic monitoring. He hasn’t been seen since he skipped court on March 27.

• Lapre Apple was arrested March 3 after a bunch of cops allegedly saw a gun sticking out of his waistband as he stood in front of them in line at a West Loop Portillo’s. Apple, of Indianapolis, was carrying 350 ecstasy pills, the loaded handgun, and $3,202 cash, prosecutors said. He was charged with three felonies, and Judge Michael Clancy set bail at $20,000. Considering that Apple had $3,202 in his pocket, raising the $2,000 down-payment to go free was a snap. He skipped court on Friday, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Other people who’ve gone AWOL, according to court records:

• Eriberto Orozco, charged with burglarizing six apartments in the Edgewater residential complex where he worked. He posted $1,000 of the $10,000 bail set by Judge Sophia Atcherson and skipped court last Monday.

• Marius Manolache, missing since March 12, is accused of possessing 17 fraudulently-made ATM cards that are believed to be linked to a skimming operation. He had $3,040 in $20 bills in his pocket when cops arrested him. Judge Sophia Atcherson set bail at $5,000, so it was easy for him to come with the $500 needed to go free.

• Aziz Muhammad, accused of having a 14-inch sawed-off shotgun in a gym bag in a car on the South Side in late January, skipped bail on April 2. He was freed on a recognizance bond courtesy of Judge Miller.
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