Monday, April 22, 2019

12 more teens arrested in Easter Sunday "large groups" downtown


Chicago police today said twelve juveniles were arrested during an Easter Sunday edition of “large groups,” the euphemism that city officials use when dozens to hundreds of teenagers overtake parts of the downtown area, spawning fights, batteries, and occasional robberies.

Sunday’s arrests began around 6:15 p.m. in a usual hot spot: The intersection of Chicago Avenue and State Street.

More (yes MORE) gunfire in Uptown Sunday evening

Racine and Sunnyside, where shots have been fired twice in a week. | Google
More gunfire ripped through Uptown on Easter Sunday as the neighborhood’s reignited gang war continued to cause concern for local residents.

At least nine shots were fired just before 5 p.m. near Racine and Sunnyside, the same spot where shots rang out last Tuesday. Once again, no one was injured on Sunday, but the relentless paces of the shooting attempts make it clear that a rival gang is not giving up on their efforts to draw blood.

Once again, witnesses reported seeing an all-black Jeep Compass in the area at the time of the gunfire. Similarly-described vehicles have been seen in the area of several recent incidents.

The month-long increase in shooting incidents around the Uptown neighborhood apparently spread into Lakeview last week. Residents and motorists reported hearing and seeing shots fired between two vehicles in the 4100 and 4200 blocks of North Ashland around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Responding officers found shell casings spread across the two city blocks.

About 15 minutes later, witnesses reported seeing three young men park a bullet-ridden car in the 4100 block of North Hermitage and then walk away from the scene. Police caught up with two men who they believe were in the car. One of them is an 18-year-old gangbanger from the Uptown neighborhood. No weapons were recovered from the men, who were later released.

Police believe the car was shot up by rival gang members from the Rogers Park neighborhood who have been engaged in a month-long battle since two persons were shot in the 1000 block of West Argyle on March 19th, according to a source.

Last Tuesday, two persons were detained and two guns were recovered after shots rang out in the 4400 block of North Racine around 5:45 p.m. Officers found several parked cars with bullet holes and shattered windows nearby.

A search of an apartment building stairwell resulted in two arrests and the recovery of a firearm in the 4400 block of North Racine. Another handgun was found about an hour later on the same block.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on April 6th, witnesses reported hearing ten to fifteen shots fired near a discount store’s parking lot in the 900 block of West Agatite. A lone gunman opened fire on a black Infinity or BMW that crashed into three parked cars before speeding from the scene, bystanders said. Shell casings were recovered from the parking lot at Dollar Tree, 4443 North Sheridan Road.

On March 26, a 24-year-old woman was shot in her right leg as she walked in the 800 block of West Agatite, about a block from where Saturday’s gunfire rang out.

On March 24, several people were shaken up, but none were injured after shots were fired in the 900 block of West Eastwood. In that incident, witnesses reported that two men drove a Jeep Cherokee into an alley around 10:25 a.m. The men emerged from the Jeep and opened fire with a silver handgun. They then returned to the vehicle and sped away westbound.
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North Center: Man who accidentally shot himself is saved by cops with new trauma training

Chicago police practice LEMART techniques. | Airport Magazine
Chicago police used the department’s recently-introduced first aid training and equipment to save the life of a 29-year-old man who accidentally shot himself in the North Center neighborhood early Friday.

Around 4 a.m., residents called 911 to complain about what they believed was an intoxicated man causing a disturbance as he tried to get into a building in the 4300 block of North Bell.

Arriving officers found the man lying on the ground unconscious and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to his right leg, according to a police report.

The officers summoned an ambulance and used a CPD tourniquet to slow the bleeding. Police said the beat cops had participated in Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART), which the department first introduced widely in 2016.

Investigators determined that the man shot himself in an alley behind the 2200 block of West Montrose. He was listed in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Sunday.
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Man, 72, charged in Near North retirement home shooting

Willie Walton is charged with shooting a 63-year-old woman at the Zelda Ormes Apartments. | Google: CPD
A senior citizen who shot a 63-year-old woman in a Near North retirement facility where the two lived is facing attempted murder and other felony charges, police said.

The woman and 72-year-old Willie Walton became involved in an argument around 11:45 Friday morning that escalated when Walton pulled a gun and shot the woman several times at the Zelda Ormes Apartments, 116 West Elm, according to police and witnesses.

Walton was briefly locked inside an apartment on the 13th floor of the building, but police were able to take him into custody without incident. A gun was found in a grassy area below the apartment window where Walton was arrested, police said.

Police on Sunday said the victim is in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to her chest and stomach.

Prosecutors charged Walton with felony attempted first-degree murder; felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and felony aggravated battery-discharging a firearm. His bail information was not immediately available.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Shots fired as Uptown gang war spills into Lakeview, no injuries reported

Shell casings were found in the 4100 and 4200 blocks of North Ashland, police said. 
A month-long increase in shooting incidents around the Uptown neighborhood apparently spread into Lakeview this week. No one was injured.

Residents and motorists reported hearing and seeing shots fired between two vehicles in the 4100 and 4200 blocks of North Ashland around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Responding officers found shell casings spread across the two city blocks.

About 15 minutes later, witnesses reported seeing three young men park a bullet-ridden car in the 4100 block of North Hermitage and then walk away from the scene. Police caught up with two men who they believe were in the car. One of them is an 18-year-old gangbanger from the Uptown neighborhood. No weapons were recovered from the men, who were later released.

Police believe the car was shot up by rival gang members from the Rogers Park neighborhood who have been engaged in a month-long battle since two persons were shot in the 1000 block of West Argyle on March 19th, according to a source.

Last Tuesday, two persons were detained and two guns were recovered after shots rang out in the 4400 block of North Racine around 5:45 p.m. Officers found several parked cars with bullet holes and shattered windows nearby.

A search of an apartment building stairwell resulted in two arrests and the recovery of a firearm in the 4400 block of North Racine. Another handgun was found about an hour later on the same block.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on April 6th, witnesses reported hearing ten to fifteen shots fired near a discount store’s parking lot in the 900 block of West Agatite. A lone gunman opened fire on a black Infinity or BMW that crashed into three parked cars before speeding from the scene, bystanders said. Shell casings were recovered from the parking lot at Dollar Tree, 4443 North Sheridan Road.

On March 26, a 24-year-old woman was shot in her right leg as she walked in the 800 block of West Agatite, about a block from where Saturday’s gunfire rang out.

On March 24, several people were shaken up, but none were injured after shots were fired in the 900 block of West Eastwood. In that incident, witnesses reported that two men drove a Jeep Cherokee into an alley around 10:25 a.m. The men emerged from the Jeep and opened fire with a silver handgun. They then returned to the vehicle and sped away westbound.
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Four carjackings brings police alert for Lincoln Park

Approximate locations of the four carjackings. | Multiplottr
An armed carjacking in Lincoln Park on Monday evening has been connected to at least three similar crimes in the neighborhood since March 24th, according to a community alert issued by Chicago police.

Investigators now believe Monday’s crime is linked to carjackings on March 24th in the 2200 block of North Lincoln and the 2200 block of North Lincoln Park West as well as a carjacking in the 2300 block of North Cleveland on March 25th.

All of the crimes have been committed by two to four black males in their late teens or early 20’s who are using a dark gray colored SUV, according to the alert.

On Monday, a 26-year-old man was in the 2100 block of North Fremont at 9:25 p.m. when two men approached him—one on each side of his black 2008 Honda Civic. He told police that the offender on the driver’s side pulled out a handgun and ordered him out of the car. When he got out of the vehicle, the two offenders got in and drove away southbound on Fremont. Police said the stolen car’s license plate begins with BB870.

At 1 a.m. on March 25th, a 29-year-old man told police that four black male teenagers forced him to open his vehicle’s door and get out of his car in the 2300 block of North Cleveland.

One of the teens took the man’s gray Subaru Impreza with a license plate that beings with V930. The other three offenders fled the area in a dark colored SUV. The victim said thousands of dollars worth of surgical equipment was in the stolen car’s trunk.

On March 24th, a 48-year-old man was standing near the rear of his vehicle in the 2100 block of North Lincoln Park West around 9:45 p.m. when three offenders pulled up in a stolen gray Dodge Journey bearing a license plate that begins with BB97, according to officers on the scene.

Two men exited the Journey and repeatedly punched the victim in the face before they took the keys to his 2015 Jeep Cherokee and drove away with it. The stolen car, which bears a license plate number beginning with Z252 and has Uber stickers in the windows, was last seen heading south on Lincoln Park West, according to the victim.

Anyone with information about the carjackings may contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 regarding pattern #P19-1-089B.
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Cops issue burglary alert for Lincoln Park

Approximate locations of the burglaries. | Multiplottr
Chicago police have issued a community alert after a series of burglaries were reported in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Police said at least eight home break-ins this month are likely connected to the same man who has entered residences through unlocked doors or windows. Once inside, the thief has taken computers, jewelry, power tools, and cash, according to the alert.

Related burglaries were carried out on the afternoon of April 1st in the 1100 block of West Armitage; on the evening of April 2nd in the 1700 block of North North Park and the 2100 block of North Seminary; during the day on April 8th in the 2200 block of North Bissell; during the evening of April 15th in the 1900 block of North Kenmore; in the 2200 block of North Racine on the evening of April 16th; in the 2200 block of North Clifton during the afternoon on April 17th; and during the evening of April 17th in the 1700 block of North Clybourn.

The offender is described only as a white or Hispanic male in the police alert.

Investigators are encouraging residents to keep their doors and windows locked and to ensure that home surveillance systems are functioning correctly.

Anyone with information about the crimes may contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 regarding pattern #P19-1-126 (CA).
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Loop: Driver fatally shot at Wacker and Lake Shore Drive


A 24-year-old man was shot to death in a drive-by shooting in the Loop early on Easter Sunday. No one is in custody.

The victim had just exited northbound Lake Shore Drive and was waiting for a traffic light to change on Lower Wacker Drive when another vehicle pulled up, and shots were fired from inside the car around 3:03 a.m., according to a witness and police. The shooter’s vehicle then fled westbound on Lower Wacker Drive.

Police said the victim, who is “known to police,” was shot once in the chest. He was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 3:34 a.m.

Detectives found an unused round of ammunition in the victim’s car, but no weapon had been immediately located. Casings from the shooter’s gun were found in the 500 block of East Lower Wacker Drive.

The getaway vehicle was described as a black or navy blue four-door SUV with two black male occupants.
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Loop: 3 charged with beating 7-Eleven clerk with skateboards to steal sandwiches

(L to R): Dahveed Richards; Aaron Wallas; and Calvin Varga. | CPD
Three men, including one who had been released early from prison less than a week earlier, have been charged with beating a Loop convenience store clerk with skateboards during a robbery attempt early Thursday, according to police and state records.

Dahveed Richards and Aaron Wallas, both 22, and 23-year-old Calvin Varga are each charged with felony attempted robbery and felony aggravated battery of a merchant.

Prosecutors said they put food in their pants and then used skateboards to severely beat the store clerk at 29 East Madison around 1:55 a.m. The 42-year-old victim was beaten in the face and head and may have also been bitten, according to a police report.

The clerk flagged down a passing police officer who arrested Richards and Wallas at the scene. Varga was taken into custody a short time later.

The victim was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of head injuries and bite wounds. An officer on the scene said the attack was “a pretty bad one.”

Bail for Varga and Richards was set at $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. No bail information was immediately available for Wallas.

State records show that Varga was given early release from prison on April 12th after serving half of two concurrent four-year sentences for burglary and theft. He previously served three years for possessing a stolen motor vehicle.
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Lakeview: Two more women robbed Thursday evening, 3 juveniles arrested

Locations of recent robberies in Lakeview
Two more robberies were reported in the Lakeview neighborhood on Thursday evening, part of a significant uptick in muggings around the area in April. Here are the latest details:

• A woman was parking her car in the 3100 block of North Sheridan around 6 p.m. Thursday when three offenders approached and demanded her keys, police said. The woman ran from the scene. Meanwhile, the robbers went through the victim’s car and stole her purse along with other items and fled. The victim’s car was not taken.

She described the robbers as three "polite" black males between 15- and 17-years-old who wore clean, pressed jeans and windbreakers. One of the jackets had red sleeves.

• A 22-year-old Boystown woman was attacked and robbed by three offenders in the alley behind her home in the 800 block of West Newport at 8:50 p.m. Thursday. The teens took the woman’s purse and phone then fled to the Addison Red Line station where police were waiting to bring them into custody. Officers recovered the victim’s property from the teens who have been charged with robbery as juveniles. Police said the victim suffered injuries to her face and right hand.

Police this week issued two community alerts about robberies in the Lakeview area—one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday.

Robberies have been reported in the 500 block of West Belmont600 block of West Aldine; 3800 block of North Sheffield2800 block of North Sheridan; and 2700 block of North Clark.

At least two other robberies were reported this week in nearby neighborhoods:

• An Uptown man escaped unharmed after a ski-masked offender tried to rob him at knifepoint in the 4500 block of North Magnolia at 11:55 p.m. Monday. Witnesses said the offender displayed a “long knife,” but the would-be victim ran from the scene before losing any valuables. The robber was described as a male of unknown race who was wearing a black jacket and ski mask. He stands 5’6” to 5’8” tall, weighs 130 to 140 pounds, and may be a juvenile.

• Another masked robber tried to rob a woman of her purse near the intersection of Greenview and Wrightwood in Lincoln Park late Wednesday. The victim told police that the offender tried to grab her shoulder bag around 10:40 p.m., but a struggle broke out, and the man ran away without getting her property. She said the offender was male of unknown race who wore a black mask and a black, white, and blue nylon jacket. He stands 5’6” to 5’9” tall and wore blue jeans. The offender was last seen running eastbound on Wrightwood, the woman said.
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