Saturday, November 18, 2017

Home Invasion: Lincoln Park Man Tied Up, Robbed

Police are investigating a Saturday afternoon home invasion in Lincoln Park.

The victim told investigators that he was on the side of his residence in the 900 block of West Wrightwood when two offenders approached him and forced him into his apartment at gunpoint.

Once inside his unit, the robbers tied the victim up and searched his home for valuables, the victim said.

Police report that an iPhone, $300 cash, and a silver ring were taken.

The victim said the gunman was a black man in his 20's with a goatee who was wearing a black puffy coat. The second man is Hispanic, in his 20's about 5'9" tall and he wore a tie-dyed shirt.

West Town Home Invasion

Two men who pretended to be delivery workers are being sought for a Thursday evening home invasion in the West Town neighborhood.

Police said two men walked along the side of the victim's home and approached the victim as she stood outside with a dog in the 1400 block of North Bosworth around 7 p.m. The two said they had a delivery.

At the victim's door, the two turned violent, pushing the woman into her apartment at gunpoint. One of the men pistol-whipped and punched her in the face, police said. The two then demanded money from the woman and searched her apartment for valuables before leaving.

Police said the men wore reflective vests, but no further description has been offered.

The West Town case has not yet been connected to today's incident in Lincoln Park.

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Boystown, Lakeview: Five Attacked In Three Separate Robberies Early Saturday

Approximate locations of three robberies reported in Boystown and nearby Lakeview this morning. | BatchGeo
At least five people were wrapped up in three separate robberies in Lakeview East early Saturday. Two of the muggings were reported in the heart of Boystown. No one is in custody and only minor injuries were reported, police said.

Here is what we have learned from police:

• Around 3:40 a.m., a 36-year-old man was walking with his girlfriend in the 800 block of West Roscoe when four offenders jumped from a car and punched him in the face. The other men took the victim’s property and then returned to the vehicle, which fled westbound on Roscoe.  The victim said the offenders were Hispanic men in a green Ford Taurus.

• About 30 minutes later, a man and a woman were walking in the 3100 block of North Racine when two men emerged from a corner and demanded their valuables. A fight broke out and one of the offenders kicked the 29-year-old woman in the face. She and the 29-year-old male victim were both treated and released from Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said.

Police said the offenders were two Hispanic men. One is tall with a bigger build. He wore a black jacket. A shorter offender wore an orange coat. They fled southbound in the west alley of Clifton in a Chevy Malibu or Impala.

The third victim told police that he was mugged outside of Wood restaurant at Halsted and Buckingham.
• Then, around 5:15 a.m., a 30-year-old man was sitting in the 3300 block of North Halsted when two men approached him and tried to take his property outside of Wood restaurant. The man was battered but managed to escape without losing anything to the offenders. No further description of the suspects was available

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Series Of Muggings Near Magnificent Mile; Alert Issued

Police are warning about a series of violent robberies near the Magnificent Mile. At least three cases have been connected to a group of three or four offenders, according to a community alert.

On November 3 and November 5, the offenders pushed and punched people on the street and took the victims’ property, police said. The suspects ran from each incident on foot. On November 4, they left the area via a Red Line at Chicago Avenue, according to released information.


Detectives connected the following three cases to the same group of offenders:
• 1:57 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 in the first block of West Delaware
• 3:10 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 in the first block of West Chestnut
• 1:14 a.m. on Sunday, November 5 in the 200 block of West Huron


Surveillance images were released showing the suspects aboard a Red Line train and at the Roosevelt CTA station. Police describe the wanted persons at three or four black men between 20- and 25-years-old who stand 5’7” to 6’2” tall and weigh 175 to 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Area Central investigators at 312-747-8380.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Not In Kansas Anymore: Lincoln Park Woman Carjacked Near Oz Park; Another Carjacking In River North

A woman was carjacked near Oz Park yesterday evening.
Carjackers took a woman’s car at gunpoint near Oz Park in Lincoln Park on Thursday evening. About two hours later, a man was carjacked in River North. Here is the latest from police:

• Around 10:05 p.m. on Thursday, a 30-year-old woman was parking her car in the 2000 block of North Howe when three masked men approached and one of them ordered her out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The offenders jumped in and drove away in her black 2009 Toyota Camry. The woman was not injured, police said. No further description of the robbers was available.

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COPS: Groups Of Teens Are Beating, Robbing People Near Grant Park

Three attacks by groups of teens have been reported near Grant Park, police said. | City of Chicago
Groups of teenagers are attacking and robbing people on sidewalks near Grant Park, police said in a community alert late Thursday night. At least five people have been attacked in three separate assaults since last Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

$4K Taken In Wrigleyville Bar Burglary; Also—Uptown Prowler Busted By DNA

The Irish Oak in Wrigleyville was burglarized early Monday, police said. | 10best.com
Burglars took an estimated $4,000 cash from a Wrigleyville bar early Monday as break-ins appear to be making a come-back in Lakeview East.

Lakeview Butt-Pincher Now Charged With Armed Robbery Of Old Town Cabbie

Vargas is charged with robbing a cabbie near the Sedgwick Brown Line station. | CPD; Wikimedia
Say hello (again) to Daniel Vargas. He sure has grown up since being featured on CWBChicago last year for pinching a woman’s butt and having a fake Green Card and bogus Social Security card in Lakeview.

Sunday afternoon, Vargas was riding in a cab through Old Town when he asked to be dropped off in the 1500 block of North Sedgwick, near the Sedgwick Brown Line station, around 2:45 p.m.

VIDEO: Chinatown Mugging Provides Lessons For All

This screengrab shows the victim being held at gunpoint. See full video HERE. | Chicago Police

Police on Tuesday released surveillance video that captured an armed robbery in Chinatown last week from start-to-finish. While the crime took place well out of our usual reporting area, the video provides valuable lessons for all of us.


The clip begins with what’s believed to be the offenders driving down West 23rd Street at 11:54 p.m. last Wednesday. Moments after the car is out of frame, a woman is seen walking down the sidewalk in the opposite direction. She’s not on her phone and she appears to be paying attention to where she’s going.

Another Lincoln Park Restaurant Robbed At Gunpoint


Another Lincoln Park restaurant was robbed at gunpoint after closing time Tuesday. The hold-up bore similarities to two incidents last month at a nearby late-night taco stand.

FBI: Ex-Teller Got $126,000 In Lakeview Bank Robbery

The Chase location at Sheridan and Irving was robbed on November 9. | Google 
For nearly three minutes, a former employee loaded $126,520 in cash from a Lakeview Chase Bank vault into a messenger bag while holding two tellers at gunpoint on November 9, police said. Now, a woman has been charged in the case.