Sunday, May 20, 2018

Duo Goes To Prison For Robbery Spree That Stretched From Lincoln Park To North Center

Robinson (top) and Stenson pleaded guilty to robbing an employee of Half Acre Beer Company and others.
Two men accused of committing a string of three armed robberies across Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and North Center in late October have pleaded guilty.

Daveion Robinson, 19, and Reginald Stenson, 19, admitted to robbing an employee of Half Acre Beer Company as the man took a smoke break behind the brewhouse in the 4200 block of North Lincoln on October 28th. The men also pleaded guilty to robbing two other victims that night: a sportscaster in the 1200 block of West Roscoe and another man in the 1900 block of North Dayton.

Robinson also pleaded guilty to partaking in a fourth mugging. He was sentenced to three six-year terms and one seven-year term to be served concurrently. With 194 days credit for time served and Illinois’ standard 50% sentence reduction for anticipated good behavior, he will be paroled in April 2021.

Stenson was sentenced to three concurrent seven-year terms. He will also be paroled in April 2021.

Judge James Obbish approved the plea deals. A juvenile was also charged in connection with three of the robberies. No information is available about those cases because the teen is shielded by law.

Winfield (inset) followed a woman from the Bryn Mawr station, cops said. 

“Upskirt” Mugger Gets Five Years

A south suburban man who allegedly used his phone to film a woman’s underwear on the Red Line, then followed her from the train and mugged her in Edgewater, has pleaded guilty to robbery. Reginald Winfield, 48, of Harvey was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge William O’Brien. After receiving credit for 218 days time served and Illinois’ 50% “good behavior” discount, Winfield is slated to be released in January 2020.

Last August 6, an Edgewater woman told police that Winfield approached her near the Bryn Mawr Red Line station around 11:45 p.m. and said, “I’ll whoop your ass and take your phone” before snatching her iPhone from her hands and running away around.

Cops found Winfield nearby, and the 31-year-old victim identified him for police.

An investigation revealed that Winfield had been videotaping the woman on a CTA train before he robbed her, police said. Officers said they found evidence that Winfield “was trying to videotape the victim’s underwear” on the Red Line. An illegal videotaping charge was dropped as part of Winfield's plea deal.

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Near North: Parolee Back In Prison After Cops Catch Him Selling Cups Of Booze On The Street

Linzy (inset) was arrested here, in the first block of West Chicago, police said. | Google; CPD
Oopsie! A twice-convicted robbery offender is back in prison, picked up on a parole violation warrant in River North after cops realized that he was selling individual servings of liquor on the street, according to court records.

Robin Linzy, 24, was arrested near Chicago and Rush after police monitoring a local pod camera reportedly saw him dishing out single-servings of booze from a bottle in his bookbag. A search of Linzy turned up cocaine, pot, and a fake handgun, police say.

But the big reveal came when cops ran Linzy’s name in a criminal database. It turns out he was wanted by the Illinois Department of Corrections for parole violation. Linzy this week returned to Stateville where he will serve out the balance of a six-year sentence he received for a 2014 robbery on the Near North Side.

He is also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor obstruction of identification, discharging a toy firearm, soliciting unlawful business, and possession of cannabis. Police said in their arrest report that Linzy is an admitted Black Disciples street gang member.

Hawkins (inset) was arrested after a robbery victim tracked her him, police say. | CPD; Google


A South Side woman summoned cops last week after she successfully tracked her stolen phone to an isolated homeless man who was standing near Millenium Park, police said.

The 21-year-old victim told police that her phone had been taken in a robbery at knifepoint earlier last Tuesday and she managed to track it down to Dwayne Hawkins who was standing outside of the Walgreens at 30 North Michigan Avenue. Cops say they confirmed the results of the phone tracking and approached Hawkins for an interview.

Asked if he had a phone, Hawkins allegedly admitted that he did—and a knife, too, he reportedly said. Police searched the 48-year-old and recovered the victim’s phone, a knife, and a wallet that contained a bunch of credit cards issued to a woman named “Wang.”

Hawkins was arrested and has been charged with theft of lost or mislaid property. He was freed on a recognizance bond.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Man Pleads Guilty To Shooting Three People In Lakeview — He'll Be Paroled In 22 Months

Smothers (inset) and Chicago police personnel at the scene of his arrest in October 2016. 
A man who shot three people and threatened two cops with a firearm in Lakeview has reached a plea deal that will have him out of prison less than two years from now.

Ricky Smothers, 23, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer with a firearm in exchange for a seven-year prison sentence. With credit for 552 days spent in jail awaiting trial and Illinois’ standard 50% sentence reduction for anticipated good behavior, Smothers will be paroled on March 13, 2020, according to state records. Judge William Hooks approved the deal.

Early on October 29, 2016, Smothers shot three people outside of a house party in the 2900 block of North Sheffield, according to charges. He then threatened the cops who chased him into an alley behind the 1000 block of West Oakdale moments later.

Two men and a woman, all in their 20's, suffered minor injuries from gunshot wounds to their lower extremities.

“I heard six shots,” a woman who lived nearby told CWBChicago at the time. “There was a guy on the ground surrounded by police screaming for a while before an ambulance came.” Police found the other two shooting victims nearby.

Smothers was sentenced to four years total for the three shootings plus a consecutive three years for assaulting police.

21 Years For Beating, Mugging Long-Time Lakeview Resident

Askew | Illinois Dept of Corrections
A man who helped beat up and rob a 63-year-old world-renowned expert on ancient Egypt in Lakeview two years ago has been sentenced to 21-years in prison.

Juan Askew, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and was found guilty in a bench trial of armed robbery, unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery in a public place. Judge Joseph Claps oversaw the trial and sentencing. Askew is scheduled to be paroled on December 31, 2026.

On the afternoon of July 10, 2016, Askew and 21-year-old gang member David Shabazz tackled the victim, beat him, and robbed him at gunpoint near the victim’s home in the 1000 block of West Barry, prosecutors said. Witnesses told CWBChicago at the time that the victim was bleeding after being knocked to the ground, kicked and punched by the two men.

Shabazz reached a plea deal last summer that gave him a 13-year sentence for his role in the attack. He was ordered to serve at least 85% of his sentence and is scheduled to be paroled on January 1, 2026.

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Lakeview: Parolee And 16-Year-Old Charged With Robbing Couple On Diversey

A 28-year-old man who’s on parole for robbery is back in custody, charged with robbing two people along the Lakeview-Lincoln Park border early Friday morning.

Police said that a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were walking in the 1100 block of West Diversey around midnight when they were confronted by two strangers. Kontrell Jones, 28, struck the male victim in the face, took alcohol from the man, and tried to take the man’s jewelry, a police spokesman said.

Jones and a 16-year-old male juvenile followed the victims into a nearby pizza restaurant where both offenders attacked the victims again, according to police. Cops caught up with Jones and the teen in a nearby alley.

The teen and Jones are both charged with felony robbery and felony attempted robbery. Jones was ordered held without bail.

State records show that Jones was paroled in September 2016 after serving half of a four-year sentenced for robbery. He was previously sentenced to four-years for burglary in 2012. No additional information is available about the teen offender as his case is shielded by state law.

Another Lincoln Park Case

Police are investigating another robbery in Lincoln Park that was reported early on Thursday. Around 2:30 a.m., a woman was robbed of her phone near Clark and Arlington by two men, according to police. No one is in custody.

The victim told police that the offenders fled southbound in the west alley of Clark Street after the hold-up. She described the offenders as two black men in their early 20’s who both wore dark jeans. One was tall and wore a gray hoodie, she said.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

14-Year-Old Among Three Robbed In North Center Thursday

Approximate locations of Thursday's robberies.
A 14-year-old boy was among two people robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents across North Center on Thursday evening, police said. A third victim was robbed in the neighborhood earlier in the day.

Police said the boy was in the 2100 block of West Byron around 4:30 p.m. when two offenders approached him. One robber displayed a handgun while the second man took the teen’s property, according to a police spokesman.

About 20 minutes later, a 60-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint in the 1800 block of West Larchmont, according to police. Once again, one of the offenders displayed a handgun while the second robber took the victim’s belongings.

Cops suspect the same offenders are responsible for both robberies. The suspects are described as two black men between 20- and 25-years-old. One is about 5’8” tall, weighs about 155 pounds, and was wearing a gray hoodie. The second offender is taller, a little thinner, and has a neck tattoo. He was also wearing a gray hoodie, police said.

As CWBChicago reported previously, a woman was robbed in North Center just after 1 o’clock on Thursday morning. The woman was near Cornelia and Leavitt when two offenders approached her and one pulled out a handgun. The men took the woman’s purse and fled northbound in the alley behind Leavitt, according to the victim. She said the robbers were two black men between 18- and 25-years-old who were wearing jeans. One had dreadlocks and the other wore a gray hoodie.

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Suburbanite Lied About Being Attacked By Black Men Near Wrigley, Cops Say

Dustin Garza falsely reported that a group of black men attacked him near Wrigley, police say.
A suburban man called 911 with a false report of a person with a gun near Wrigley Field on Sunday evening, police said. Dustin Garza, 36, of Elgin allegedly made the emergency call around 9:30 p.m. When police arrived, Garza told them that he had been battered by a group of black men—one of whom displayed a gun, according to a police department report.

Garza's claims were “revealed to be false" when police reviewed footage of nearby surveillance cameras, an officer wrote. No motive was given for the alleged false report. Police said Garza had $2 in his pocket when he was arrested.

Garza, charged with one misdemeanor count of filing a false report, was released on a recognizance bond. He’s due back in court on June 27.

The incident followed Sunday’s Cubs vs. White Sox game.

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Cops Seek Man For Brown Line "Indecency"

Chicago police today issued a community alert after two women reported a man behaving indecently on Brown Line trains over the past 10 days. Both women are pregnant, police said.

The women told police that the man pictured here began masturbating near them as they rode trains in Lakeview and Lincoln Square during afternoon hours.

The first case was reported around 3:15 p.m. on May 8th by a woman who said the incident occurred while riding near the Montrose station. Two days later at about the same time of day, another woman reported similar behavior as the train moved near Southport.

CWBChicago previously reported that the first victim told police that the man followed her from the train when she exited at the Western stop. He then walked away in an unknown direction. Police describe the offender as a black man between 40- and 50-years-old who stands about 6-feet tall.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Area North detectives at 312-744-8200

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Blotter: Woman Robbed In North Center This Morning; Dope Misdelivered In Lakeview; Students Robbed In Loop

Map showing approximate locations of incidents.
NORTH CENTER — Police are investigating the armed robbery of a woman near Cornelia and Leavitt early today. The victim was approached by two offenders when one of them pulled out a handgun and announced the robbery around 1:10 a.m. The men took the woman’s purse and fled northbound in the alley behind Leavitt, according to the victim. She said the robbers were two black men between 18- and 25-years-old who were wearing jeans. One had dreadlocks and the other wore a gray hoodie.

LAKEVIEW — While most of us have had packages go missing from our front door, a Lakeview woman yesterday had the opposite experience: A box was on her porch and she didn’t order it. After opening the box, the woman called police to report that there was a vacuum-sealed pouch inside that she believed to contain marijuana. Officers responded to her home in the 400 block of West Aldine and confirmed that she had received “a large quantity of narcotics." Postal inspectors and Chicago police are handling the matter.

LOOP — A group of college students was robbed on its way to class in the Loop on Monday afternoon. Police said the victims were jumped near Michigan and Van Buren by a group of offenders around 2:45 p.m. The offenders escaped with one victim’s green and black Samsonite-brand backpack, according to police. Descriptions were available for two of the suspects: One is a black male between 18- and 25-years-old who is slender, has a fade haircut, and was wearing a light blue shirt with red Timberland boots. The other is a heavyset black male between 18- and 25-years-old who was wearing a red jacket.

NORTH CENTER — The burglar who has been targeting ATMs around the Boystown neighborhood may have moved to North Center this week. Investigators are looking into the burglary of a liquor store in the 4000 block of North Lincoln that was discovered Tuesday afternoon. The store’s rear door had been pried open and two ATMs were struck, including one that serves the public through the storefront. Two storefront ATMs were burglarized in Boystown on Friday. A total of four ATMs have been struck in East Lakeview since mid-April, according to police.

Liceaga | Chicago Police Dept
LOOP — A Chicago Lawn man was arrested after he forced his way into a TV station’s employee entrance while claiming to be in love with a local TV personality, police said. Vincent Liceaga, 33, was arrested at the ABC7 studios, 190 North State, late last Thursday. As a security guard opened the station door to allow a reporter out, Liceaga allegedly pushed his way into the station “in an aggressive manner” and tried to “engage and make contact with” the reporter, according to prosecutors. While police were handcuffing Liceaga he allegedly “claimed he and the victim were in love and emailing one another.” The victim denied ever seeing or having contact with Liceaga. A station security guard told police that he saw Liceaga loitering outside the station and other employees reported seeing him behaving strangely on numerous occasions, police said. Liceaga was charged with assault. He was released on a recognizance bond without appearing before a judge, according to court records.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lakeview Man Faces The *Third* Attempted Murder Charge Of His Life; Plus Other Guys Who Keep Getting Arrested

The rich, fertile fields of Cook County seem to produce a bountiful supply of repeat criminal offenders. But a few of these “revolving door” types have really stood out lately. Here are three of our favorites:

Third Time’s The Charm?

Santiago | Chicago Police Dept
Most people manage to go through life without ever being charged with attempted murder. Miguel Santiago is different. Last week, Santiago was charged with attempted murder for the third time in Illinois. He’s was convicted once, settled for a lesser charge on the other, and is now being held without bail for allegedly trying to shoot someone on an Uptown street last Monday. Police said the latest incident was domestic-related.

In 1984, Santiago was charged with attempted murder, armed violence, and multiple counts of aggravated battery. He pleaded guilty to one of the battery charges and was sentenced to six-years.

Then, Santiago was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 1996 after being found guilty of murder-intent to injure. Details of the crime were not available. Yet, before those 24 years are even over, Santiago is now jailed again for allegedly trying to kill someone else.

Prosecutors say that around 10:15 a.m. last Monday, Santiago pulled out a 22-caliber handgun and opened fire on a man in the 4500 block of North Broadway, directly across the street from the local alderman’s office. Incredibly, no one was struck by the gunfire.

Cops found Santiago a few minutes later as he peddled a bike toward his Lakeview home. Following Santiago’s instructions, cops went to a portable toilet in Uptown and found a handgun he had stashed away, police said.

Santiago has been ordered held without bail. Thankfully.

Eight shoplifting-related mugshots of Daniel Bol | Chicago Police Department

A Bunch Of Bol

Daniel Bol, 25, became somewhat of a regular at the downtown police station this winter. Between January 8 and April 3, Bol managed to get arrested and charged with shoplifting not once, not twice, not four times, but SEVEN times. As bonuses, he was also busted for shoplifting in Greektown last September and is currently facing a new shoplifting charge in suburban Homewood. That’s nine shoplifting charges in eight months.

Bol has given cops home addresses in Grand Rapids, MI, Hazel Crest, and the West Loop. A run-down of his run-ins with police, according to court records:

• September 8 — Charged with stealing $276 worth of Abreva; Pepcid AC; and Zyrtec from the Greektown Mariano’s, the case was thrown out when the store failed to appear in court.

• January 8 — Charged with stealing $44 worth of Red Bull from the Greektown Mariano’s. Prosecutors dropped the case.

• January 11 — Charged with stealing sixteen packs of “medicine” from a Near South Side Jewel-Osco, he was sentenced to eight days time served by Judge Marvin Luckman.

• January 28 — Charged with stealing $515 worth of Nicorette, razor blades, deodorant, and baby formula from the Target store on State Street, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six month’s court supervision by Judge Anthony Calabrese.

• February 20 — Court supervision got off to a rocky start when Bol was charged with stealing $332 worth of Red Bull, Claritin, Zyrtec, Nicorette, and Skittles from the same Target store. Charges were dropped because Target didn’t show up in court this time.

• March 7 — Charged with taking $292 worth of Red Bull, Tide, and other items from a Near North Jewel-Osco, Bol wounded up in Judge Calabrese’s court again. The judge sentenced him to two days time served.

• March 17 — Charged with stealing a pack of t-shirts and twboxesks of Nicorette from Target on State Street again. The case was dropped by prosecutors.

• April 3 — Charged with stealing $82 worth of Nicorette and Tide from Target in the South Loop. This case is on-going.

• April 26 — Charged with stealing $174 in general merchandise from Jewel-Osco in Homewood. The case is also ongoing.

A collection of Dareece Uring's taxi cab-related mugshots. | Chicago Police Department

Taxi Grab

Darreece Euring of the Washington Park neighborhood has had the incredibly unfortunate experience of being accused of stealing from downtown taxi drivers six times since November. It’s been quite a stretch of bad fortune for the 21-year-old:

• November 5 — Accused of distracting a Near North taxi driver and stealing $125 from the cab’s center console. The cabbie failed to appear in court and charges were dropped.

• November 30 — Cops in the Loop were flagged down by a taxi driver who identified Euring as the man who failed to pay for a cab ride and then stole a bundle of cash from the taxi’s front seat. Cops said Euring was carrying $27 in one dollar bills at the time of his arrest. Judge Anthony Calabrese sentenced Euring to eight days time served.

• December 16 — Euring was arrested in the Loop after he refused to pay for a short cab ride. He was not accused of stealing any money from the driver this time. Prosecutors dropped the case.

• March 12 — A cabbie flagged down cops on the Mag Mile and reported he picked up Euring and a woman at Water Tower Place. After traveling one block, Euring allegedly said: “forget it, I’ll grab an Uber.” While the woman distracted the driver, Euring allegedly grabbed the cabbie’s phone from the front seat and fled.

While police were talking with that driver, another cabbie pulled up and said that the two people in his back seat had just tried to steal his phone from the center console. Guess who the two people in the back seat were? Yep! Euring and the woman.

Police said they removed Euring from the second cab as he “clenched his fists, grit his teeth and advanced toward second cabbie saying ‘You want to fight? I will kick your ass.’”

Euring was charged with theft, attempted theft, and assault. Judge Calabrese sentenced him to fourteen days minus eight days time served.

• April 1 — What were you doing on Easter morning? According to prosecutors, Euring was in the Loop stealing from a taxi driver. Police say a taxi driver flagged them down in the 200 block of North Wells around 11 a.m. and reported that his passenger had begun kicking the back of his seat, saying he had lost his phone in the cab. When the cabbie pulled over to help the passenger look for his phone, the man reached into the taxi’s center console, removed $43, and walked away without paying his fare, the driver said. Cops caught up with Euring whose alleged “verbal admission” was captured on police body cameras, according to court records. Euring is charged with theft and theft of services. He’s due in court on Friday.

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"Nosy Neighbor" Snares Lakeview Burglar, Cops Say

Andrew Horton (inset) is charged with burglarizing an apartment building in the 900 block of West Dakin. 
An observant neighbor and some conveniently-located cops teamed up to lasso a burglar near Wrigleyville and Boystown on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The 19th (Town Hall) Police District celebrated the arrest two hours later with a tweet cheering, “CPD loves nosy neighbors!”

Police said the neighbor reported seeing 47-year-old Andrew Horton use a tool to force his way into the vestibule of a building in the 900 block of West Dakin. Horton picked up some packages and left, police said.

The manager said he followed Horton and watched as he opened the packages and removed their contents in the 3900 block of North Broadway. Within moments, the manager flagged down a passing patrol car and reported what he saw.

Horton was arrested nearby. Charged with three felony counts of burglary, Horton was due in bond court today.

Court records show that Horton has a lengthy criminal history that began with an attempted murder charge in 1989. He pleaded down to aggravated battery and was sentenced to two years.

Since then, he has beefed up his criminal resume with more than 30-years of combined prison sentences: three years for narcotics in 1991; five years for burglary in 1993; six years for burglary in 1995; 18 months for narcotics in 2000; six years for burglary in 2002; four years for narcotics in 2004; two years for retail theft in 2006; and four years for retail theft in 2008.

In case you’re curious, the packages that Horton allegedly stole contained a pair of sandals and a pair of women’s slippers, according to police inventory records.

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