Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gunman Robs Commuter At Lincoln Park Bus Stop, Then Strikes Again In North Center

A bus shelter in the 2400 block of North Stockton Drive | Google
An armed man in a dinged-up minivan robbed two commuters in separate hold-ups Wednesday morning. Neither victim was injured, and the offender remains at large, police said.

A Lincoln Park man was robbed around 5:15 a.m. as he waited for a 151 Sheridan bus in the 2400 block of North Stockton Drive. He told police that a man in a white Dodge Caravan drove up, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, and demanded his valuables.

The offender got the victim’s lunch box and an Under Armour-brand gym bag containing two cell phones and a laptop, according to police. The van, which had damage to the front driver’s side door, was last seen heading north on Clark Street.

Police said the offender was a younger black man who stands 5’4” to 5’8” tall. He had braids and wore a black jacket with black pants.

Yesterday's robbery is at least the third to be reported in the park near Diversey Harbor since July 25.

About an hour later, a North Center man was targeted in a similar hold-up.

The second victim told cops that he was getting into his car in the 4300 block of North Oakley when an armed man pulled up in a white minivan around 6:20 a.m.

An offender, who appeared to be wearing a security guard uniform, pointed the gun at the victim and demanded his property. He then drove off after getting the man’s wallet, phone, and backpack, according to a police report.

According to the victim, the minivan had a disability license plate that may be from out-of-state.

The offender was a black man with medium-length braids in his mid-20’s. He wore a white t-shirt with a dark blue shirt on top and a gold chain.

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At least two hold-ups were reported on Tuesday:

• Three men jumped out of an older-looking, black 4-door sedan and tried to rob a man near Montrose and Western around 10:50 p.m. The offenders were armed with a handgun, but the victim managed to slip away without injury.

He described the offenders as two Hispanic men 18-20 years old and one black man 18-20 years old with short black hair and a black handgun. All three men wore blue jeans.

• In Uptown, a 35-year-old man was beaten by two offenders who tried to rob him and take his car near Clark and Lawrence around 1:30 a.m.

The robbery failed, but the victim suffered cuts to his face and was bleeding from his ear, according to a witness.

Both offenders were black men, one wore a white shirt, and one wore a black shirt, police said.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

On Parole For Lincoln Park Burglary, Man's Arrested Again...For Burglary!

Last May, he was sentenced to two years in prison for burglarizing a home in Lincoln Park.

Walker. Again. | Cook County Sheriff
But 23-year-old James E. Walker was paroled in April after serving less than one year—and NOW he’s charged with burglary again!

Last Tuesday afternoon, two Uptown men saw Walker force open a window to gain access to an apartment in the 5000 block of North Glenwood, police said. Cops arrived on-scene just as Walker was leaving.

Walker was arrested after a short foot chase and police said they found two MacBooks in his backpack—including one that was allegedly taken from the apartment on Glenwood.

Cops say Walker told them that he took the laptops so he could sell them, asking “How else would I eat?”

A judge set his bail at $50,000.

In April of last year, Walker was charged with burglary after an undercover Chicago police unit caught him leaving the scene of a Lincoln Park break-in, court records say.

Officers who stopped Walker for a field interview found property that they traced to a home in the 2600 block of N. Wayne, where a forcible-entry burglary had taken place, prosecutors said.

Walker was carrying a Dell laptop, a Samsung phone, Oontz wireless speakers, an iPod, and credit cards in another man’s name, cops say.

He quickly pleaded guilty to a downgraded theft charge and was given a two-year sentence. But, since Illinois is a “criminal-friendly” state,  Walker was set free after serving less than a year at the Centralia Correctional Center.

More Break-ins

Another handful of burglaries have been reported since our update this weekend:
• The 3600 block of North Greenview around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
• Two apartments in the 1500 block of West George around 10 p.m. on Sunday
• An apartment in the 1300 block of West Barry was found burglarized at 11:10 p.m. on Saturday. 
The burglars used force to enter all four properties, a source said.

Edgewater Burglary Alert

Detectives yesterday issued a community alert for the Edgewater neighborhood.  At least four break-ins have been reported in a concentrated area there since August 4. No offender description was offered in the warning.

The thieves have entered homes through doors or windows in the morning and afternoon hours, police said.

Detectives mentioned four specific cases:
• In the 1100 block of W. Balmoral on August 4, 2017, 9am-5:30pm
• In the 1000 block of W. Foster from August 6-8, 2017 8am-11am
• In the 5200 block of N. Winthrop on August 11, 2017 11:30am-4:35pm
• In the 5500 block of N. Broadway on August 11, 2017 9am-3:30pm
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Lincoln Square Jewelry Store Robbery Part Of Larger Pattern, Cops Warn

The recent armed robbery of a Lincoln Square jewelry store is part of a larger crime pattern, according to a new community alert from police detectives. At least two similar hold-ups have been reported at businesses since July 28, police said.

In each case, a man armed with a knife has entered a business during the afternoon hours and demanded valuables.

On August 4, the offender walked into the Nomadic Ant, 4604 North Western, around 5:20 p.m. and placed a knife to the side of an employee’s chest. After demanding “all of the money,” the man fled southbound on Western Avenue with cash, according to a report.

Last Monday, the same man held up a store at 12:41 p.m. in the 3500 block of West 26th Street. Police said he also robbed a store in the 4700 block of West Fullerton around 5:15 p.m. on July 28.

The suspect is a Hispanic man with a physical impairment to his left eye, according to the community alert. He stands 5’10” to 6’1” tall and weighs 160-220 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and is between 20 and 37-years-old.

The Lincoln Square victim said the man had bandages on his face.

Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8382 or Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Wicker Park: Burglar Busted When He Stops To Masturbate, Cops Say

He's facing hard time. But the court may let him plead down to a misdewiener.

Cops caught up with a 24-year-old burglar Sunday afternoon because he took a break from his escape to masturbate in a nearby gangway, police said.

Gentry | Chicago Police Dept
A Wicker Park resident called police around noontime after seeing a man enter his home and steal an iPad in the 2000 block of West Le Moyne.

Cops were speaking with the victim when another 911 call was dispatched: A woman on a nearby street said a man was masturbating outside of her house—and her description of the man closely matched the burglary offender.

Officers said they rolled up to the woman’s home just in time to see Michael Gentry take off running. They caught up with him in a yard in the 1400 block of North Leavitt.

He just happened to be carrying an iPad and the burglary victim was able to identify him, police said.

Gentry is charged with one count of burglary. Bail is set at $250,000.
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Second Man Connected To Lincoln Park Basketball Star's Robbery Spree

Taylor | Chicago Police Dept
A second man is now accused of taking part in one of the seven robberies that police have connected to former Lincoln Park High School basketball standout Bryce McGill.

Christopher K. Taylor of Chicago Lawn has been charged with one count of robbery for his alleged involvement in the mugging of a 25-year-old man in the 800 block of West Webster on July 2.

The victim was walking to work around 5:30 a.m. when Taylor and McGill approached him on the street, punched him in the face, and took his phone and watch, prosecutors said.

The watch was part of a “treasure trove” of robbery proceeds that cops said they found in McGill’s backpack after arresting him near the Addison Red Line station on July 14.

McGill | Chicago police
McGill was identified by the victim in a photo line-up days later. Last week, Taylor was identified in a live line-up, police said.

All of McGill’s alleged victims reported that two men were involved in the crimes. Police are continuing to investigate the other six cases.

McGill’s public defender made a splash at McGill’s bond hearing when he told a Cook County judge that his client had a full-ride scholarship to the University of North Carolina. The school subsequently denied any knowledge of McGill.
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Robbery With Paintball Gun In Lincoln Park Earns Man Probation

McCaskill | Chicago Police Dept
One of two men accused of threatening pedestrians with a rifle-like paintball gun around Lakeview and nearby Lincoln Park in 2015 has pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery.

Raheem McCaskill, 23, received 30-months probation in the case, which stems from an incident in which he and another man allegedly demanded a pedestrian's shoes while brandishing the paintball gun near Clark and Fullerton.

McCaskill’s partner in crime, LeDonte Washington, pleaded guilty to the same charge and received a 3-year prison sentence in December 2015.

Washington was released after serving less than 6-months, state records show.

Photo of a paintball gun from McCaskill's Facebook page. In the photo's caption, McCaskill said he would be "popping up on mfs tonight." 
As CWBChicago reported at the time of the pair’s arrest, McCaskill's Facebook page included a video showing an apparent stranger running in fear after being threatened with what is later shown to be a fake rifle.

Also posted: footage of McCaskill entering a home while firing a "gun" to scare people inside and a photo post in which MeCaskill said he just had a great time threatening people with a paintball gun because "shit look real."
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bottle Rocket Leads To Big Trouble For Former Supermax Inmate

Things turned sour for Tyrone Dorn when cops stopped him for lighting a bottle rocket in this Loop park.
42-year-old Tyrone Dorn was arrested in Pritzker Park, 330 South State, after cops say they saw him light a bottle rocket around 10:30 p.m. last Monday.

A fireworks charge would be laughable for Dorn, who spent years at the Tamms Supermax penitentiary after participating in attacks at a “regular” Illinois prison while serving time for carjacking.

Unfortunately (for Dorn), cops found a loaded .357 magnum revolver in his backpack at the police station, prosecutors said. He was also carrying three cell phones.

The Near West Side man is now charged with being an armed habitual criminal, which is a Class X felony. Prosecutors also smacked him with charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon; possession of ammunition without a firearm owner’s ID card; using Chicago Park District grounds after hours; reckless conduct; and possession of fireworks.

A judge set his bail at $75,000.

In 2009, Dorn told the Chicago Tribune that he passed the time at Tamms by “reading the Quran and playing chess with an inmate housed upstairs in the same wing. They shout out moves to each other.”

"The hardest part [about Tamms] is the isolation,” Dorn said while locked up there. “It's like being buried alive."
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13 Years For Beating Lakeview Senior Citizen With Pistol (Plus Other Recent Sentences)

David Shabazz (inset) allegedly beat the man during a robbery in the 1000 block of West Barry. | Google, CPD
A 21-year-old street gang member accused of beating a 63-year-old world-renowned expert on ancient Egypt with a handgun during a robbery in Lakeview last summer has reached a plea deal.

David Shabazz pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery in a public place and received a 13-year sentence. In exchange, prosecutors dropped fifteen other charges: two counts of armed robbery; eight counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon; three additional counts of aggravated battery; two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and one count of unlawful restraint.

Shabazz and Juwan Askew were accused of tackling, beating, and robbing the man at gunpoint near his home in the 1000 block of West Barry on a Sunday afternoon last July. Askew is due back in court on September 18.

Four months before the robbery, Shabazz was arrested in Boystown and charged with brandishing a replica firearm during a fight on Halsted Street.

Days later, a Cook County judge threw out the weapons charge against David Shabazz finding “no probable cause” despite statements by multiple witnesses and police officers’ own reports of recovering a Sig Sauer blue steel air pistol from Shabazz’s coat.

Cops say he is a member of the Traveling Vice Lords street gang.

Ax Threat Brings Probation

Kardasz | Chicago Police Dept
It’ll be four-years probation for a Lakeview man who was accused of storming into his ex-girlfriend's home and threatening to kill her new boyfriend with an ax two years ago.

Joseph Kardasz, 29, of the 3100 block of Southport reached a plea deal with prosecutors and was handed the sentence late last month.

Kardasz was accused of forcing his way into the woman's home in the 1600 block of Wrightwood around 3:30AM on July 4th, 2015, while threatening, "I'm going to kill [the new boyfriend] right in front of you!"

Prosecutors said Kardasz swung the small ax several times, striking the boyfriend on his hand and forearm, causing minor cuts and lacerations.

Prison (Finally) For Third Robbery Conviction

Farley | Chicago Police Dept
A 22-year-old Morgan Park man who was given probation for robbing two women at gunpoint in Lakeview last December has received a slightly stiffer sentence for his third hold-up.

Weeks after getting the probation sentence for the December muggings earlier this year, Jwan Farley was charged with a third robbery that took place in the 800 block of West Fletcher two months before he robbed the women.

That third case just wrapped up with Farley pleading guilty to robbery and the court sentencing him to four years. Farley will be eligible for parole in March 2019.

Milwaukee Women Sentenced For Lincoln Park Mugging

Two Milwaukee women who went missing after being accused of mugging a Lincoln Park woman have reached plea bargains.

Bass (left) and Franklin | Illinois Dept of Corrections; Chicago police
Prosecutors accused 36-year-old Ellise Franklin and 37-year-old Tamisha Bass with knocking the victim to the ground and wrestling away her purse in the 2600 block of North Lincoln on October 8, 2016.

Franklin received 24-months probation and Bass was given a 3-year prison sentence in exchange for their pleas.

Bass was on probation for retail theft at the time of the robbery, according to Wisconsin state records. Her criminal history includes several shoplifting and fraud convictions, the state said.

Despite the nature of the crime, Bass’ history, and the fact that they lived in Milwaukee, a judge gave both women relatively low bonds. They posted bond, then went missing. Both were recaptured earlier this year.

A court record says that Judge Joseph Panarese was not aware of “all necessary information” when he set the low bond amounts.
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Man Shot Dead In Uptown Sunday Morning; May Be Domestic-Related, Police Source Says

The man was shot outside of a senior living home at 1032 West Montrose (left) | Google
A man believed to be in his mid-20’s was shot to death Sunday morning in Uptown. No one is in custody. The incident may be domestic-related, according to a police source.

Officers responded to calls of a person shot outside of the Wilson Yards senior housing complex at 1032 West Montrose around 6:50 a.m. A man found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds to his left side was pronounced dead upon arrival at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.


Witnesses said a man emerged from a car, fired three to five shots, and then drove away. The gunman is described as a slender black man who stands about 5’9” tall. Shell casings were found in the middle of Montrose.

Investigators are looking for a small black car with Michigan plates—possibly a Toyota Venza or a similar Volkswagen—which was last seen heading westbound on Montrose.

Minutes before the shooting, police received a call of a domestic altercation at Broadway and Montrose. The caller reported that his child’s mother had hit him and then drove away. Working on early reports from witnesses, police believe the incidents are related, a source said.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lakeview Woman Awakened By Burglars Saturday Morning; After Sharp Decline, Break-Ins Spike

These tips work on our side of the pond, too. | West Midlands (England) Police
While our area has enjoyed a 27% decline in burglaries compared to last year, there are indications that break-ins are on the rise—most likely the work of a small number of criminals who’ve found a nice hunting ground, police say.

Most recently, a Lakeview woman was awakened at 5:00 this morning by two men who forced their way through her back door in the 600 block of West Briar.

The woman hid in the closet while the offenders combed through her home, but the men managed to get away before police arrived.

The burglars were described only as two men who carried a flashlight or a cellphone light.

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The 19th District, which stretches from Fullerton to Lawrence and from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan reported 65 burglaries between July 1 and August 3. There were 64 burglaries in the district during the same period last year.

Year-to-date, the district has reported 355 burglaries, down sharply from the 489 recorded as of this time last year.

Here are the latest burglaries that have been confirmed by Chicago police:


DATE OF REPORTBLOCKTYPE OF ENTRYLOCATION
07/02/2017 12:00:00 AM2400 W IRVING PARK RDFORCIBLE ENTRYPARKING LOT/GARAGE
07/02/2017 3:00:00 AM1000 W ADDISON STFORCIBLE ENTRYBAR OR TAVERN
07/02/2017 9:00:00 AM2600 N BURLING STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/03/2017 9:00:00 PM2100 W WILSON AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/04/2017 8:00:00 AM2400 N LAKEVIEW AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/04/2017 1:12:00 PM3100 N SHERIDAN RDUNLAWFUL ENTRYNURSING/RETIREMENT HOME
07/04/2017 5:00:00 PM2300 W SUNNYSIDE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYOTHER
07/05/2017 4:40:00 PM4100 N LINCOLN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESTAURANT
07/06/2017 9:30:00 AM4300 N SHERIDAN RDFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/06/2017 8:00:00 PM3400 N BELL AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/07/2017 11:59:00 AM1200 W EDDY STFORCIBLE ENTRYOTHER
07/07/2017 4:00:00 PM2800 N CLYBOURN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/08/2017 11:00:00 PM600 W MONTROSE DRFORCIBLE ENTRYBOAT/WATERCRAFT
07/09/2017 4:00:00 AM2800 N CLYBOURN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYBUSINESS OFFICE
07/09/2017 9:14:00 AM2400 N CLYBOURN AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/10/2017 9:00:00 PM4400 N MAPLEWOOD AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/11/2017 10:40:00 PM2300 W SUNNYSIDE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYOTHER
07/12/2017 12:01:00 AM3000 N KENMORE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/13/2017 1:00:00 PM1300 W ADDISON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/14/2017 7:20:00 AM700 W SCHUBERT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/14/2017 1:00:00 PM800 W ROSCOE STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/14/2017 4:45:00 PM4000 N SHERIDAN RDFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/14/2017 11:00:00 PM1900 W GRACE STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/14/2017 11:45:00 PM800 W FLETCHER STFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/15/2017 2:00:00 AM800 W NEWPORT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/15/2017 7:00:00 PM2300 W SUNNYSIDE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYPARK PROPERTY
07/16/2017 3:12:00 AM2900 N BURLING STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/17/2017 7:00:00 AM2400 W BYRON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYCONSTRUCTION SITE
07/17/2017 10:00:00 PM3700 N JANSSEN AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/18/2017 6:00:00 AM2100 W WAVELAND AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/18/2017 8:00:00 AM800 W GEORGE STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/19/2017 12:01:00 AM3100 N SOUTHPORT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/19/2017 5:06:00 AM2000 W BELMONT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYSMALL RETAIL STORE
07/19/2017 9:00:00 PM4700 N CAMPBELL AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/20/2017 12:01:00 AM1400 W HUTCHINSON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/20/2017 8:00:00 AM4700 N KENMORE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/20/2017 9:30:00 AM1300 W EDDY STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/20/2017 10:30:00 AM4300 N KENMORE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/20/2017 12:00:00 PM600 W STRATFORD PLUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/21/2017 2:53:00 AM800 W IRVING PARK RDFORCIBLE ENTRYCONVENIENCE STORE
07/21/2017 5:00:00 AM1300 W GRACE STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/21/2017 8:30:00 AM2600 N MILDRED AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/21/2017 6:00:00 PM3400 N RACINE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/22/2017 9:30:00 AM600 W BUENA AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/22/2017 7:30:00 PM2300 W SUNNYSIDE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYPARK PROPERTY
07/22/2017 10:45:00 PM800 W FLETCHER STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/23/2017 9:00:00 PM4500 N SIMONDS DRFORCIBLE ENTRYRESTAURANT
07/24/2017 7:24:00 PM700 W BUCKINGHAM PLUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/25/2017 1:20:00 AM4500 N MALDEN STFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/27/2017 12:13:00 AM2300 W SUNNYSIDE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYPARK PROPERTY
07/28/2017 8:00:00 AM4200 N SHERIDAN RDUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
07/28/2017 9:15:00 AM1400 W HUTCHINSON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/29/2017 2:45:00 AM4300 N KENMORE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/29/2017 2:00:00 PM1900 W BELLE PLAINE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYPARKING LOT/GARAGE
07/30/2017 3:30:00 PM2400 N LINCOLN AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESTAURANT
07/31/2017 2:49:00 AM800 W NEWPORT AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/31/2017 7:25:00 AM1100 W OAKDALE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/31/2017 9:00:00 AM3600 N ASHLAND AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
07/31/2017 2:30:00 PM3800 N GREENVIEW AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE-GARAGE
07/31/2017 10:46:00 PM2500 N LINCOLN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYTAVERN/LIQUOR STORE
08/01/2017 9:00:00 AM900 W GORDON TERUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
08/01/2017 9:00:00 PM4500 N SIMONDS DRFORCIBLE ENTRYPARK PROPERTY
08/03/2017 8:00:00 AM1400 W IRVING PARK RDFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
08/03/2017 11:47:00 AM4600 N VIRGINIA AVEATTEMPT FORCIBLE RESIDENCE
08/03/2017 3:30:00 PM800 W BUCKINGHAM PLFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
"Forcible entry" means that the offenders forced their way in, typically by breaking through a door or window. "Unlawful Entry" means that no force was used--a window left unlocked, for example.
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