Friday, November 24, 2017

Lakeview: Men Targeted In Separate Robberies Early Today

Two men were robbed in separate attacks early today, one in Wrigleyville and another near the Belmont Red Line station. No one is in custody. Here are the early details:

• A 49-year-old man was found lying in an alley and bleeding from his mouth in the 3100 block of North Sheffield around 3:15 a.m., police said. The victim was walking down the street when an unknown offender displayed a knife and punched him in the face, according to the police news affairs office. The robber took $15 from the victim and fled. No offender description is available. The victim is being treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

• Another man flagged down police and reported that he had just been targeted in a robbery attempt in the 1200 block of West Addison shortly after 4 a.m. Residents had also called 911 after hearing the man yell for help in the alley. The victim was only able to describe the offender as a Hispanic man who was last seen running north.

Other incidents

• The Thanksgiving holiday got off to a rough start Wednesday afternoon for a man who was robbed at knifepoint near the Diversey Brown Line station. Two offenders mugged the man of his black bookbag in the 2600 block of North Wilton around 3 p.m., police said.

Both robbers were Hispanic men—one wearing a white hoodie and the other a dark blue hoodie. They were last seen running southbound on Wilton.

• A Lakeview woman was robbed around 9:20 p.m. Monday near Roscoe and Seminary, according to police. A lone offender approached the woman on the street and took her large black leather purse before running away northbound on Seminary, a report said. The robber was described as male, black, in his 30’s or 40’s and about 6-feet tall. He was reportedly wearing either a hat or a hoodie.

• Four bold offenders pushed a woman to the ground, choked her, and ripped away her purse in Lincoln Park on Sunday afternoon. The woman was in the 2500 block of North Bosworth when the robbers attacked her around 4:45 p.m. The four were described as black men in their late teens or early 20’s. The primary offender wore a large brown jacket with a hoodie.
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Accused Boystown Peeping Tom Now Charged With Robbery On Michigan Avenue

A 25-year-old convicted felon who was charged with being a Peeping Tom in Boystown in September is now charged with beating and robbing a man downtown.

Brown | Cook County Sheriff
Jerry Brown of Woodlawn approached a 49-year-old man in the 300 block of North Lower Michigan Avenue around 2 a.m. on Tuesday and demanded the victim’s money, police said. When the victim said he didn’t have any cash, Brown punched him in the face and then went through the man’s pockets, taking $50 and a Starbucks gift card, according to prosecutors. Cops caught up with Brown near State and Washington a few minutes later.

He’s charged with one count of robbery. Bail is set at $25,000.

Records show that Brown was arrested in Boystown around 11:30 p.m. on September 2 after a woman reported seeing him peeking in her windows in the 800 block of West Aldine. He was charged with two counts of criminal trespass to residence and disorderly conduct-window peeping. The status of that case was not immediately available due to the holiday.

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COPS: Lincoln Park, West Town Home Invasions Connected; Alert Issued

Two armed home invasions, one in Lincoln Park and the other in West Town, have been connected to the same offenders, police say. Now, a community alert has been issued.

On Saturday, two men approached a Lincoln Park man on the side of his residence in the 900 block of West Wrightwood around 2:45 p.m. and forced him into his apartment.

Once inside the unit, the robbers bound the victim’s hands and feet before searching his home for valuables. An iPhone, $300 cash, and a silver ring were taken.

Two days earlier, the same men posed as delivery drivers to gain access to a woman’s apartment in the 1400 block of North Bosworth, the alert said.

As in Lincoln Park, the men reportedly walked along the side of the West Town victim's home and approached her as she stood outside with a dog around 7:15 p.m. At the victim's door, the two turned violent, pushing the woman into the 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 the apartment for valuables before leaving.

Police said one offender is a 20- to 25-year-old Hispanic man who stands about 5’8” tall and weighs about 150 pounds. The other suspect is male, black, about 5’10” tall and 160 pounds.

Both robbers covered their mouths with black scarves during the home invasions. In West Town, the Hispanic man wore a neon green reflective vest and carried an empty box that he claimed was a delivery. That man wore a tie-dyed t-shirt in the Lincoln Park incident.

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call Area North investigators at (312) 744-8263.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Charges Filed In Sunday Gunfire Near Clark/Diversey

Police at the scene of Sunday's shooting; Brandon Ortiz was arrested nearby. | Kimberly Eberl; CPD
 A 23-year-old suburban man opened fire in an alley near Clark and Diversey on Sunday afternoon, shooting out two condominium windows, but causing no injuries, Chicago police said today.

Robbery Team Beats, Robs ANOTHER Man Near Grant Park

Approximate locations of four muggings near Michigan and Balboa during November. | BatchGeo
Just days after police warned about groups of teenagers beating and robbing people near Grant Park, another man last night was attacked in the same area.

Monday, November 20, 2017

ATM Skimmer Found At Lakeview CVS; Dozens Found Citywide In Recent Weeks

An ATM skimmer was found Monday at this Southport Corridor CVS Pharmacy, police said. | Google
An ATM skimming device, planted to steal victims’ debit card numbers and PINs, was discovered at a Lakeview pharmacy Monday morning.

The finding comes less than a month after Chicago police announced that more than a dozen of the devices had been found recently in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and downtown.

Cops: River North Robbery Crew Has Struck 3 More Times

Police say a group of men who’ve been beating and robbing people west of the Magnificent Mile has struck three more times in the past week, including once since a community alert was issued about their crime wave on Friday.

Police Commander Frustrated By Low Bail, Prosecutor Hurdles: “This has been going on... but it’s getting worse.”

Cmdr. Paul Bauer speaks at the annual meeting of River North Residents Association on Nov 14 |
By Steven Dahlman •

Arrests are up from last year but what happens after an arrest is what frustrates the commander of downtown Chicago’s 18th police district.

Commander Paul Bauer says there is a “high bar to prosecution” in Cook County, requiring Chicago police to get approval from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office before a suspect can be charged.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

UPDATE: FOUND 'EM! Two Kids Missing From Lakeview, Police Say

Karlie (left) and Joseph went missing Sunday evening from the 1500 block of West George, police said. | CPD
UPDATE 10:22PM—The missing kids have been found by a Lakeview resident near George and Seminary. They are reportedly cold, but otherwise ok.

UPDATE 9:20PM—Police have located video of the missing kids walking eastbound in an alley of the 1400 block of West George around 4:50 on Sunday afternoon. Police are extending their search to the east.

Shots Fired Near Clark/Diversey Sunday Afternoon; Possible Drug Deal Gone Bad

Shell casings were found in an alley behind this building at Diversey and Orchard, police said.
A gunman opened fire during an apparent drug transaction Sunday afternoon in Southeast Lakeview, according to police and department sources. No one was injured in the incident, but two windows were shot out in a nearby condo building. A suspect is in custody and a handgun has been recovered.