Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lincoln Park: Robber beats 7-Eleven clerk, assaults him with pizza cutter

Fred Suane is charged with robbing this Lincoln Park store and assaulting its clerk with a pizza cutter.
Police say a Lincoln Park convenience store clerk was beaten, clobbered with a pan, and assaulted with a pizza cutter during a robbery that netted the offender 10 packs of Newport cigarettes.

Shortly after midnight on August 10th, Fred Suane of Uptown walked into the 7-Eleven at 2619 North Clark Street and asked for 10 packs of smokes. When the clerk asked for Suane to present a method of payment before handing over the cigarettes, Suane allegedly became violent.

Prosecutors said he threw a bottle of milk at the 32-year-old clerk, then went around the counter and began punching the man in the face. When the clerk tried to fight back, Suane clobbered him repeatedly with a pizza pan and then tried to attack him with a pizza cutter, according to a criminal complaint. Suane then picked up the 10 packs of cigarettes and chased the victim out of the store with the pizza cutter, prosecutors said. 

Police officers found Suane nearby and arrested him. The victim was treated for cuts to his hands and arms.

Suane, 64, is charged with Class X felony armed robbery and felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Judge Sophia Atcherson set bail at $50,000. He is due back in court on Friday.

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Two arrested after North Side robbery spree; Officer injured

Locations of last night's three robberies and the subsequent arrests of two suspects.
A man and woman who committed three robberies within 90 minutes on Tuesday evening were later chased and arrested on the DePaul University campus, police said. One officer suffered a broken hip during the arrests.

Charges are currently pending, and the arrestees have not yet been publicly identified. Here is what we know so far:

Around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the man and woman approached a victim on the street in the 3900 block of North Damen. The man pulled out a silver handgun and went through the victim’s pockets, taking his cell phone. Both offenders were last seen heading southbound on Ravenswood.

One hour later, a man reported being robbed in the 2900 block of North Greenview. The victim told police that he walked past a man and a woman who were standing with a bicycle near Greenview and George. Moments later, the male offender walked up behind him and took his cash and phone at gunpoint. Both robbers then headed south on Greenview.

Then, around 9:50 p.m., two women were robbed at gunpoint in the 1200 block of West Wrightwood. The victims reported that while a masked man was mugging them, a woman pedaled up on a bicycle and asked him if he “got everything.” Both offenders then left the area.

Just a few minutes later, officers on patrol saw two people matching the offenders’ descriptions near Kenmore and Belden on the DePaul University campus. Police pursued the couple and arrested the woman inside a DePaul school building. The man was arrested, and his firearm was recovered near Fullerton and Clifton. Property that was taken in the robberies was also recovered from the suspects, according to police.

An officer who fell during the arrest of the male offender suffered a broken hip, according to the police department’s chief spokesperson, Anthony Guglielmi. The officer was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he will undergo surgery, police said.

CWBChicago will update this story when charges are approved.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Downtown Update: Armed carjacking reported on Mag Mile; More robberies in the Loop

The men were carjacked here, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Delaware, police said. | Google
Chicago police are investigating an armed carjacking reported Sunday night in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. Two men were sitting in a car on the corner of Delaware and Michigan around 10:30 p.m. when a gunman ordered them out of the vehicle, police said.

The offender got into the victims’ gold 2012 Kia Optima and sped eastbound on Delaware toward Lake Shore Drive. Police said one of the victims left their phone in the car. About 20 minutes after the carjacking, the phone was pinging near Presidential Towers, 555 West Madison. Police searched the area but did not locate the stolen car.

Police said the stolen car has a temporary license tag and a sticker on the rear window that says “Chicago Car Center.”

The offender was a black male in his early 20’s who was dressed in a white t-shirt and khaki pants, according to the victim.

Area Central detectives are investigating.

More Robberies In Loop

At least two people were robbed in Loop on Sunday by offenders who were on bicycles, police said.  No one is in custody for either hold-up.

In the first case, a man on a mountain bike displayed a handgun and tried to rob a victim in the first block of East Washington around 5 a.m., according to a police report. The offender fled without getting anything of value from the victim. Police said the would-be robber was black, 19-24 years old, thin, and wore a blue shirt with a Banana Republic logo, blue pants, and black shoes. He was last seen riding eastbound on Washington on a bike.

Then, just before midnight, a man was robbed by two offenders in the first block of South Dearborn. The offenders stopped the victim, punched him, and went through his pockets before fleeing southbound on Dearborn, according to police. The first offender rode a bicycle. He was a black male dressed in a maroon shirt, faded blue jeans, and white shoes. The other robber was a black male who wore a white shirt, blue jeans, and carried a book bag.

River North: Gun Charge For Homeless Man

A homeless man who took a gun out of his pocket to “adjust himself” after going to the bathroom in River North was arrested when a passer-by saw the firearm in the man’s hand, according to police.

Wakili Boyd | CPD
Officers said they were flagged down by a man who was sitting in a car near LaSalle and Chicago on the afternoon of August 8th. He told cops that a man who was pushing a cart made eye contact with him while holding a gun as he walked down the street. The man did not point the gun at him, though, the witness said.

Police found 44-year-old Wakili Boyd nearby in the first block of West Chicago. During a pat-down search, an officer found an unloaded .38 caliber handgun in Boyd’s left pants pocket, prosecutors said.

Boyd told officers that he“found the gun in his belongings” and only took it out of his pants because he had to adjust himself after going to the bathroom, police wrote in their report.

Prosecutors charged Boyd with felony possession of an unloaded handgun without a Firearm Owners ID card. Judge Sophia Atcherson set his bail at $2,000.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

North Center: Man charged with lewd behavior near daycare center, knife threats

Bogathy | Chicago Police Dept
Charges have been filed against a man who allegedly exposed himself and touch himself inappropriately outside of a North Center daycare center in April. The arrest was made after the man returned to the area two weeks ago, according to a criminal complaint.

An FBI agent told police that he was dropping off his children at a daycare center in the 2600 block of West Irving Park Road on April 30th when a man approached his car, pulled down his pants, and began touching himself. The agent recorded the incident on his phone and then informed the school.

Three months later, on the afternoon of July 31st, a seven-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man were in the 3100 block of West Irving Park when they reported being threatened by a man with a knife. The offender threatened the two victims and spit on the boy, according to police. He ran from the scene after the older victim sprayed him with pepper spray.

Officers searched the area and stopped 51-year-old Russell Bogathy in the 2500 block of Irving after seeing him walking down the street with a knife in his hand, police said. A faculty member from the daycare center who saw the arrest taking place approached the police with a community alert that detailed the April incident.

Prosecutors charged Bogathy with misdemeanor aggravated assault, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor indecent behavior-lewd exposure. Judge Joanne Rosado ordered him held without bail. Bogathy was also ordered held on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a separate trespassing charge.

Bogathy is due back in court on August 30th.

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Monday Gunday: A look at how the courts are handling Chicago's gun cases

Reginald Tyus is accused of possessing a handgun outside of Water Tower Place. | CPD; Wiki Commons
People walking on the Magnificent Mile late on August 3rd called 911 to report seeing a man with a gun tucked into his waistband near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue.

Police stopped a 20-year-old man named Reginald Tyus outside of Water Tower Place because he matched the witnesses’ description of the gunman. During a pat-down search, police found a 9-millimeter handgun in Tyus’ right pants pocket and a loaded extended ammunition magazine in his left pants pocket, according to prosecutors. Police said Tyus “admitted” to carrying the gun for protection.

Prosecutors charged Tyus with felony aggravated unlawful use of an unloaded weapon, misdemeanor possession of ammunition, and felony possession of ecstasy. Judge David Navarro set his bail at $5,000, allowing him to go home by paying a $500 deposit.

Police say they stopped Dwayne Hutcherson because he looks like a gunman who opened fire outside this Uptown firehouse. Hutcherson was carrying a firearm when cops arrested him, according to prosecutors. | CPD; Google
Dwayne Hutcherson, 25, is charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon after police say they found him carrying a handgun in the 4500 block of North Magnolia last Sunday afternoon. Police stopped Hutcherson because he looks like the man who was seen on surveillance video firing six or seven shots at a car near the fire station at 1212 West Wilson on August 2nd, according to a police report.

Arresting officers felt a bulky object in Hutcherson’s backpack that turned out to be a loaded 40-caliber handgun, prosecutors said. Hutcherson was charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon. State records show that Hutcherson was convicted of receiving-possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2016.  Judge Sophia Atcherson set his bail at $40,000, allowing him to go home by posting a $4,000 deposit.

A bouncer at Boss Bar allegedly disarmed Emmanuel Rice during a disturbance on July 29th. | CPD; Google
Prosecutors say 26-year-old Emmanuel Rice got into a dispute with management at the Boss Bar in River North around 3:30 a.m on July 29th. He allegedly battered a 47-year-old manager at the tavern, 418 North Clark, prompting security to intervene. At one point, Rice reportedly yelled, “What the f*** do you want to do? We can take care of this right here,” as he reached into his front right pocket.

Two witnesses told police that they could see the butt of a handgun in the pocket Rice was reaching into. The security guard grabbed Rice’s right hand and began fighting to get control of the gun, according to a police report. Police say the bouncer eventually succeeded in disarming Rice of a loaded 22-caliber handgun before officers arrived.

Prosecutors charged Rice with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and misdemeanor battery. Judge Navarro ordered him held without bail.

Left to right: De La Cruz; Hunley; and Word | Chicago Police Dept
• Police in River North were waved down in the 200 block of West Hubbard early on July 13th by a passer-by who reported that one of two men who were fighting nearby had a gun. The officers approached the arguing men and one of them, Aaron De La Cruz, started running from the area while holding his waistband, police said. Officers quickly caught up with 31-year-old De La Cruz and found him in possession of a loaded 22-caliber handgun, according to a criminal complaint. Prosecutors charged De La Cruz with one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon without a Firearm Owners ID card. Judge Mary Marubio set bail at $75,000. De La Cruz went free by posting a $7,500 deposit.

• Gerald Hunley, 22, was arrested in the Near North neighborhood on July 17th because officers recognized him as the man who was seen on surveillance video firing a gun at people in the 800 block of North Cambridge on June 9th, according to prosecutors. Hunley, who was already a registered gun offender due to a previous weapons conviction, was charged with Class X felony aggravated discharge of a firearm. Judge Marvin Luckman set his bail at $100,000. Hunley was set free to await trial after a friend posted a $10,000 bond.

• In Lincoln Park, prosecutors say 29-year-old Darius Word came out of a home int he 2600 block of North Hoyne with a shotgun around 4:30 p.m. on August 4th. Wood racked the gun and pointed it at a woman and other people in the area, according to court complaints. Wood is charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and failure to register as a gun offender. Judge Navarro set bail at $1,500. Wood went free by posting a $150 deposit.

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Lakeview: Two more robberies reported early Monday

Approximate locations of Monday's incidents.
Two more robberies were reported early Monday in the Lakeview neighborhood, but neither incident appears to be related to the work of an at-large armed robbery crew that has committed at least sixteen hold-ups over the past three weeks.

A 21-year-old woman told police that she was walking in the 2800 block of North Burling around 2:10 a.m. when a man ran up from behind and wrestled her purse away while implying that he was armed, police said. The victim was not seriously injured.

Police said the robber is a six-foot-tall black man in his 20’s who was wearing a red sweater or hoodie with khaki cargo shorts and black shoes. He was reportedly last seen heading north on Burling Street.

Then, around 3:10 a.m., a 57-year-old man was robbed as he stood near an ATM in the 3500 block of North Halsted Street in Boystown, according to police. The victim said the robber ran past and grabbed several items the victim was holding, including a phone, cash, and credit cards.

The offender is a white man in his 30’s who stands about 5’11” tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He had black hair and was wearing a gray shirt with tan pants. He was last seen running south on Halsted Street from Cornelia Avenue.

Meanwhile, police continue to hunt for a robbery crew that has robbed at least sixteen victims in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and nearby neighborhoods since late July. That group of offenders has not been heard from since they pulled off six robberies in Lakeview East early Friday morning.

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Boys, ages 14 and 15, charged with robbing Uptown convenience store

Two teenage boys, one 14 and the other 15, are charged with robbing the 7-Eleven store at 4150 North Broadway early Monday morning, police said.

The pair and a third teen entered the store around 12:30 a.m. and implied they had weapons as they collected merchandise and headed for the door. When the clerk intervened, one of the offenders punched the 30-year-old victim in the face.

Police said the clerk pursued the teens as they ran from the store, but the trio began throwing rocks at him. Some of the rocks shattered the store’s front window.

Police searched the area and made two arrests at an apartment building in the 800 block of West Buena. Those two teens are charged as juveniles with armed robbery-dangerous weapon, criminal damage to property, and aggravated battery of a merchant.

The offender who remains at large is a black male in his mid-teens who was wearing a white tank top, police said.

Wilson Red Line Robberies

A CTA passenger reported that several male teenagers robbed him as he rode a northbound Red Line train at the Wilson station early Monday, police said.

The victim said the teens approached him at Wilson, took his money and iPhone by force, and then fled around 1:55 a.m. One offender was black, 15-16 years old, with short hair. He was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans. Another was also black and 15-16 years old, but he wore a black t-shirt, blue jeans, and yellow shoes, according to police.

One week earlier, another man reported that he was robbed by four offenders at the Wilson station around 1 a.m., according to police records. That victim said a group of teenagers wearing hoodies jumped him and took his iPhone before walking away. Police stopped one suspect nearby and took him into custody after the victim identified him as one of the robbers.  The teen was charged as a juvenile with robbery.

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Lincoln Square yoga studio robbed Monday afternoon; Business suffered similar hold-up in 2017

The Bloom Yoga Studio in Lincoln Square was robbed on Monday afternoon, police said. | Google
The Bloom Yoga Studio in Lincoln Square was robbed on Monday afternoon in a crime that bears a striking resemblance to a robbery of the same business in May of 2017. No one is in custody for today’s hold-up.

Around 2:15 p.m., a teenage male entered the studio at 4663 North Rockwell and asked to use the restroom, police said. About an hour later, the suspect returned to the business wearing different clothes and in the company of another male teen. The pair, who were both wearing masks, announced a robbery.

Interior of the Bloom Yoga Studio | Yelp!
“Give me the money,” the first offender told a clerk while holding his hand inside his hoodie pocket. “Don’t make me use this.”

The robbers collected two cellphones from people inside the studio as well as cash from the register. They were last seen heading eastbound on Leland Avenue, according to police.

Both of the robbers are black males between 16- and 20-years-old who stand between 5’3” and 5’6” tall, police said. The one who implied that he was armed has short, slicked-back hair and was last seen wearing a dark green or black hoodie with jeans. His accomplice was wearing a blue hoodie with jeans.

When the first offender asked to use the restroom before the robbery, he was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, according to the store clerk.

The same yoga studio was targeted in a similar robbery on the evening of May 3, 2017.

Two juveniles punched a yoga studio employee in the face, stole her wallet, then emptied the business’ cash drawer around 8:15 p.m. that night.

After the robbery, both offenders fled the store eastbound on Leland—the same escape route used by today’s robbers. The 2017 offenders were described as two black male teenagers wearing hoodies.

Cops from the nearby 20th District found one of last year’s suspects behind the Lawrence Hall School for Boys, 4833 North Francisco. That boy was identified by the victim and was taken into custody. The second offender was not found.

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Loop: Two detained after man is shot near Chicago Hilton Hotel; Downtown gun violence at 16-year high

The Chicago Hilton Hotel's south entrance. | Google
Two people were detained for questioning after a man was shot three times in a drive-by shooting outside the Chicago Hilton Hotel early on Monday, police said. Officers at the scene said the incident is narcotics-related.

The victim was at 71 East 8th Street near the hotel’s south entrance when someone fired several shots at him from inside a silver GMC Acadia shortly after midnight. The vehicle sped away southbound through an alley, leaving the victim shot three times in his legs, police said.

Investigators found money on the ground near the shooting scene, leading them to suspect that the incident was a drug deal.

Two men who matched witnesses’ descriptions of the suspects were arrested near the crime scene about 15 minutes after shots were fired. They were taken in for questioning by Area Central detectives.

Police said the victim was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was in serious but stable condition.

This morning’s shooting is the sixth in the Loop so far in 2018, with two of the shootings being fatal. Through August 4th, the Loop saw more homicides and shootings this year than in any year since at least 2002, according to statistics posted on the city’s data portal. Complete information for years before 2002 are not available on the city’s site.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Man robbed after leaving popular River North piano bar, now cops release images of a suspect

Chicago police are seeking this woman in connection with a robbery in River North on July 27th. | CPD
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who may be connected to a robbery crew that is posing as a ride-hailing service car in River North. Police on Sunday night were not ready to connect the latest case to a community alert issued earlier in the weekend that warned about two women who had robbed three people in River North by posing as ride-hailing drivers.

Another image of the woman and the vehicle used in the robbery. | CPD
Between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. on July 27, a man left the Redhead Piano Bar at 16 West Ontario and stepped into an SUV that he thought he had ordered via a ride-hail app. Two men and two women inside the vehicle robbed the man by force of his wallet and a gold chain.

Detectives late on Sunday released these images of a woman who used the victim’s debit card to make withdrawals at a Chase ATM in south suburban Crestwood. She also used the man’s credit card to make purchases at a Walmart in the suburb, police said.

Also released by police was an image of the suspects’ vehicle, a dark blue or black 2003- to 2006 Jeep Liberty with an Illinois temporary license tag that begins with 225U.

Anyone with information about the woman, the vehicle, or similar cases is asked to contact Chicago Police Detective John Sego at 773-663-5904 or via email at

Previous Warning

In the earlier warning, police listed three recent cases in which people had been robbed by force or at gunpoint by two women after getting into cars that they thought were their ride-hail pickup. Two of the robbery victims were picked up on the Hubbard Street bar district between State and Dearborn, police said. One was on June 30th, and the other was last Sunday. The third victim was picked up in the 600 block of North Franklin on July 22nd. All of the incidents took place during the early morning hours, according to the alert.

The robbers in the alert were described as two African-American women in their 20’s who stand 5’7” to 5’10” tall and weigh 120- to 150 pounds.

Ride-hail service users should always confirm that the license plate listed on their app matches the license plate of the vehicle that they get into.

Anyone with information about the latest series of robberies can contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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