Monday, December 11, 2017

4 Years For Beating, Robbing Gay Man In Hate Crime Attack

Phillip Brown beat and robbed a gay man just hours before the 2015 Pride Parade kicked off across town.
A Garfield Park man has been sentenced to 4-years in prison for attacking and robbing a man in an anti-gay hate crime in Lincoln Park more than two years ago.

Just before 4 a.m. on June 28, 2015, Phillip Brown mumbled gay slurs as he approached an Uptown man who was hailing a cab in the 2300 block of North Ashland, police said. Brown then unleashed a series of punches to the man’s face while telling the victim to “get your gay ass out of here.” He then took the man’s iPhone and jumped over a fence, according to court records.

Police were able to identify Brown through an investigation that led to his arrest when he showed up for an unrelated court date in Skokie more than a year later.

Brown, 21, agreed to plead guilty to robbery and hate crime charges. In exchange, the state dropped a felony aggravated battery count. Cook County Judge Alfredo Maldonado sentenced Brown to four-years for the robbery to be served concurrently with three-years for the hate crime charge.

Brown is scheduled to be paroled on July 12, 2019.

Eight hours after the hate crime, Chicago’s 2015 Gay Pride Parade kicked off. Prosecutors did not draw any connection between the events.

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Blotter: Robbery Near Belmont Red Line; LVHS Student Reports "Inapproriate Touching"

A handful of recent reports from around our area:

• Police are investigating a criminal sexual abuse case reported at Lakeview High School on Friday.

Chicago police said Friday that an 18-year-old female student reported being touched inappropriately by a 17-year-old male student around 1:30 p.m.

CPD’s Office of News Affairs this afternoon said that there were no further developments to report in the case. Lakeview Principal Paul Karafiol has not responded to a request for comment sent late this afternoon.

As a side note to the case, the victim’s father called 911 to complain that his daughter had been waiting more than 20 minutes for police to arrive at the school. The 19th (Town Hall) District had a backlog of calls awaiting police service that afternoon due to understaffing.

CWBChicago will update this story when we receive more information.

• A man told police that he was robbed near the Belmont Red Line station early Saturday by two offenders who implied they had a weapon. The victim said the offenders took his cash and cell phone near Belmont and Wilton, then fled eastbound on Belmont around 2:45 a.m.

The robbers were described as two black men—one wearing a tan sweater and the other wearing a black jacket with blue sweatpants.

• While residents who attend local CAPS meetings are enduring lectures about how many burglaries are the result of unlocked doors, a North Center burglar expended a great deal of effort (and blood) during a forcible break-in last week.

Around 1 p.m. on Thursday, a resident in the 1800 block of West Byron called police after finding their home broken into. A burglar had smashed through a rear window. When an officer radioed for an evidence technician to handle the crime scene, the cop reported “blood everywhere in the house. There’s blood at the rear pantry window. Blood on the basement floor. Blood on the main floor on a filing cabinet. Blood in the bedroom. Also blood on the rear basement door.”

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North Center Man On Probation For Burglary Is Charged With...BURGLARY Again

He received probation for burglary in May, now he’s walking free after posting bail for another burglary in November. Let’s give a warm welcome to the pride of North Center—Nathan Wettig!

Wettig | CPD
An officer who watched video of a burglary that took place in the 2400 block of West Addison last month recognized Wettig from a previous arrest. Cops went to Wettig’s home on November 28 and took him in for questioning.

Police say Wettig admitted that he’s the guy seen on video taking a bike from the garage on Addison a week earlier. He’s been charged with burglary.

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It’s a familiar routine for Wettig. He was previously arrested at his home in May after detectives determined that he had burlgarized a man’s house in the 2000 block of West Byron days earlier, according to court records.

Police say Wettig admitted to stealing a MacBook from the home because “his friend Taylor was going to wipe it clean…so he could have it for his personal use.”

Wettig pleaded guilty to the May burglary a month later and received one-year probation from Judge Marvin Luckman.

You’d think that being arrested for burglary five months after getting probation for burglary might be grounds to revoke Wettig's probation…but, no. This is Cook County. When Wettig returned to Luckman's courtroom for his latest bail hearing, the judge set bail at just $10,000.

Elsewhere

Mendoza | Cook County Sheriff
A Rogers Park man smashed an Uptown homeowner’s sliding glass door with a propane tank, entered the residence, and then punched the 45-year-old victim in the face after encountering him in the living room, police said.

Cops caught up with 21-year-old Vladimir Mendoza a couple of blocks away shortly after the 2:30 a.m. break-in on November 29.

Mendoza is charged with Class X felony home invasion and was ordered held without bail by Cook County Judge David Navarro.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Christmas Miracle: TBOX Bar Crawl Records ZERO Arrests

A couple of festive "nesting dolls" take up residence on Clark Street. | Video grab from @the1stMikeC
Five years ago, a Wrigleyville Christmastime bar bacchanal called TBOX resulted in a drunken stabbing, multiple arrests, and a destroyed neighborhood.

Four years ago, our site was brand new and we began tracking TBOX activity and reporting on the organizer's efforts to be a little less of, frankly, an asshole to our neighborhood.

Since we began reporting on TBOX many changes have been introduced: They hired private security to contain their mess and private ambulances to haul off their intoxicated customers—jobs that used to fall into the hands of the local police district and firehouses. In 2013 and 2014, TBOX could single-handledly be thanked for depleting emergency personnel across the North Side.

For the first time, CWBChicago can report that a TBOX event resulted in no arrests this year. That's down sharply from eleven in 2013. There were seven arrests in 2014; six in 2015; and four last year.

Held Saturday, crowds appeared thinner than in recent years—possibly due to a reduced number of participating bars.

It sure is neat when for-profit entities take responsibility for their events rather than pushing it all off on the neighborhood to deal with.

Of course, we kept track of emergency radio traffic throughout the event. Reflecting the day's reigned-in antics, the list of interesting calls is much shorter than in previous years:

Ewww. Maybe they aren't nesting dolls after all. 
9a.m. — Nothing says Christmas like the annual arrival of the Chicago Police Department’s “Big Scary Bus” in Wrigleyville.



1:27 p.m. — Deuces wild! “I need a fire inspector and a (police) organized crime unit at Deuces!” 3505 N. Clark.

2p.m. — Early afternoon video...

2:01p.m. — The 19th District runs out of police officers to handle incoming calls for service. 911 calls will be stacked up to await officer availability. This condition—known as a “RAP”—will continue for the next 7 hours and 52 minutes.

2:35p.m. — The unhinging begins. Addison east of Clark: “Man down, cracked his head. Intoxicated.”

2:38p.m. — At 3225 North Southport ya got a “man, semi-conscious, trying to sit up, spitting up, mumbling.”

You know what they say. "Early bird gets the worm!" | Video grab from @the1stMikeC
4p.m. — Video of what you "missed."

4p.m. — A TBOX attendee vomits into the “Toys For Tots” donation bin at Nisei Lounge, defiling gifts intended for underprivileged youngsters. Nisei Lounge immediately launches a drive to replace the damaged items.

At TBOX, the early bird gets the ambulance.
4:15p.m.— Criminal damage in progress. 3167 Clark. The Uber driver refused to pick up four people who are too inebriated. They’re kicking his doors and harassing him.

4:32p.m.— Clark and Irving: “male white, 20-25, red Christmas sweater, drinking in the middle of the street.”

4:50p.m.— “Suspicious person. Male white, intoxicated, red shirt, checking car doors” at Clark and Addison.

5:06p.m.— Battery report at Barleycorn. A woman says the bouncer battered her. In the background, a woman is heard screeching, “That’s not how you handle a girl!”

5:40p.m.— 1151 West Eddy: “Unknown male, face down, pants down, lying on the ground.”

6p.m. — Video update from @the1stMikeC

Some holiday costumes are timeless, like this blazer-wearing cowgirl Sox fan. | Video grab from @the1stMikeC
6:19p.m.— A few steps away in Boystown: “Ride with EMS. Halsted and Bradley. Unknown male bleeding. He says he was kidnaped. Male white, Santa hat, and reindeer sweater.”

6:43p.m.— Officer at 3463 North Clark: “I think we got a lady who’s a little unresponsive right now.” Private ambulance dispatched.

7:23p.m.— Check the well-being at Addison and Wolcott: “Male white, 30’s, wearing a blue Christmas sweater, knocking on car windows in traffic.”

9:40p.m.— Fire Department assist in the 1200 block of Fletcher. “Caller says someone in a green sweater kicked him and chased him.”

10:34p.m.— So, regarding that call an hour ago on Fletcher: “Mario is now calling about his friend who went inside a house and did drugs with him on Fletcher.” His friend is missing and Mario is hiding in the bushes outside of 7-Eleven at Racine and Belmont.

10:39p.m.— Sergeant frees Mario from the bushes and reports “this is a possible OD. His friend was unable to be awakened and this guy was thrown out of the apartment by the man in the green suit.” Fire department requested for the Fletcher address.

10:55p.m.— Sergeant: “Disregard fire. He has popped back to life.”  Dispatcher: “Good to hear!”

Ain't no party / Like the big scary bus party / Cuz the big scary bus party don't stop! 

12:11a.m. Sunday — Dispatcher: “Is that TBOX crawl done with?” Sergeant: “I think it’s over, but the rest of the intoxicated people are still walking around.”

9:28 a.m. Sunday - Tweet from Nisei Lounge: “To be scrupulously fair, 85% of the #TBox2017 people we got were delightful. But yes, this was still our last year.”

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

WACKED! Felony Charges For Couple That Claimed They Were Robbed Of $20K

Ryan Reiersgaard (left) and Katie Mager falsely claimed to have been robbed, police said. | CPD
A Minnesota couple that falsely claimed to have been robbed of $20,000 in cash and property after their GPS led them into Lower Wacker Drive on Thursday has been charged with felonies, police said this afternoon.

Katie Mager and Ryan Reiersgaard, both 27, voluntarily admitted to fabricating the robbery story, authorities said.

The pair told police that three men confronted them with a knife near Columbus and Lower Wacker around 1:50 a.m. and took an engagement ring valued at $12,000; a $3,000 suitcase; a $2,000 MacBook Air; a $300 bag; and a $150 iPad Mini, according to the department.

An investigation revealed that “the incident did not occur,” police said.

Mager and Reiersgaard are each charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct—false report.

The two live separately in suburban Minneapolis.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Closed By Quadruple-Shooting, Uptown Restaurant's Now Burglarized

The Jerk Stop before this week's bad fortune | Yelp
It’s been a bad week for The Jerk Stop, a year-old quick-service restaurant in Uptown.

Wednesday evening at 8:15, four people were shot in an attack outside their front door. The eatery’s windows and glass door were shattered by the hail of rifle rounds.

After taking Thursday off to recover from the drama, workers returned at 10:30 Friday morning. They found the store burglarized.

Taken sometime since the shooting were the store’s safe and cash; its cash register, a 45-inch TV, and seven iPads.

Detectives are investigating the burglary (and the shootings).

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Another Woman Groped By Bicyclist On North Side; This Time There's A Picture Of The Pervert

Almost three months after a dozen North Side women reported being groped by a man on a bicycle, Chicago police say there’s been another incident. This time, they have a photo of the suspect.

Police have not officially connected the latest incident with the assaults they detailed in a September community alert. But the cases have similar details and suspect descriptions.

This man is wanted for the Friday morning assault in the 3200 block of West Foster, police said. | CPD

Cops just released this image of a man who they say approached a woman from behind and inappropriately touched her through her clothing in the 3200 block of West Foster around 9:20 this morning.

The victim was walking when he approached her, then he climbed onto his bike and fled northbound on Sawyer, police said.

The suspect is a Hispanic man in his early- to mid-20’s who stands about 5’7” tall and weighs 160-170 pounds, according to the police alert. He was last seen wearing a black and red jacket with the word “CHICAGO” written on the back.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

This autumn, police warned of a 25- 40-year-old white or Hispanic man who had ridden up on women and touched them inappropriately as they walked. Cases were reported in Ravenswood, Uptown, Lincoln Square and beyond:
• 5900 block of N. Maplewood on September 3 at 3:15pm
• 1400 block of W. Pratt on September 14 at 9:49am
• 4400 block of N. Ravenswood on September 14 at 10:33am
• 4600 block of N. Campbell on September 14 at 10:45am
• 4800 block of N. Magnolia on September 14 at 10:55am
• 2300 block of W. Sunnyside on September 14 at 11:00am
• 2700 block of W. Bryn Mawr on September 14 at 11:25am
• 2200 block of W. Leland on September 20 at 12:30am
• 5000 block of N. Wolcott on September 24 at 12:30pm
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Lincoln Square Man Threatened To Kill Rahm and Blow Up City Hall, Prosecutors Say

Richard Schmidt (inset) allegedly threatened to kill Mayor Emanuel and blow up city hall.
A Lincoln Square man is accused of threatening to kill Mayor Rahm Emanuel and blow up City Hall in a pair of 311 calls. Making things worse for Richard Schmidt are the narcotics that police say they found when they executed a search warrant at his home on Wednesday night.

Cops went to Schmidt’s home in the 4500 block of North Damen Wednesday morning, one day after he allegedly called an armed forces recruitment center in Avondale and said he wanted to attack and bring down the government “and mentioned something about nuking the country,” police said.

Detectives prioritized Schmidt's case after he allegedly threatened this military recruitment center on Tuesday.
Detectives had wanted to talk with Schmidt since November about the threats he made to Emanuel and City Hall this summer, according to court records. The alleged recruiter threat put him at the top of their “to do” list.

Officers returned to Schmidt’s home Wednesday evening with a search warrant. They recovered a bottle containing suspect cocaine, two “cutting” cards packaged with two rolled-up dollar bills, and a bottle of suspected Quaaludes, according to police records.

The 35-year-old is charged with misdemeanor telephone harassment; misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; and felony charges of possessing cocaine and possessing Quaalude.

Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered Schmidt to be released on a $10,000 recognizance bond.

The Armed Forces Career Center refused to pursue charges, according to police.

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Good News: Even MORE Arrests Made In October Robbery Spree Across Lakeview and Lincoln Park

We have even more great news to report about a series of robberies in Southeast Lakeview and Lincoln Park in October. Ongoing investigative work by Area North detectives and the 19th District robbery mission team has resulted in two more arrests in connection with the cases.

Last Friday, we reported that 19-year-old Deontae Hollins and 22-year-old Breann Taylor of Englewood had each been charged with two felony counts of robbery and one felony count of aggravated robbery-indicating the presence of a firearm.

Deontae Hollins (left) and Breann Taylor were arrested last Friday. Now, two more suspects are in custody.
Hollins and Taylor were charged with:
robbing a 24-year-old woman of her purse and phone while implying that they have a handgun in the 600 block of West Wrightwood on October 26  
robbing a 45-year-old woman of her laptop and wallet in the vestibule of a building in the 400 block of West Aldine on October 30  
robbing a 20-year-old woman of her purse in the 500 block of West Surf on October 30
Here’s what’s new today:

Thomas Wilson, 33, and 18-year-old Keonte Hollins were arrested by 19th District officers Wednesday evening at a home in the 6300 block of South Laflin. Investigators learned that both men had been captured on video using credit cards taken in the local muggings, police said.

Keonte Hollins (left) and Wilson were arrested in Englewood two days ago by 19th District cops.
Keonte Hollins is charged with two counts of felony robbery and one count of felony aggravated robbery. Prosecutors say he participated in the Wrightwood, Surf, and Aldine hold-ups. Judge Sophia Atcherson set his bail at $100,000.

Wilson is charged with one count of felony robbery for helping others with the Wrightwood mugging. Judge Atcherson released him on a $10,000 I-Bond.

Court records show that Wilson was charged with a South Side robbery in January 2004. The state eventually allowed him to plead guilty to a reduced charge of battery for which he was placed on probation for one-year.

More Detail

Police sources said:
• Taylor served as the get-away driver for the robbery crew
• The entire crew lived in the same home on South Laflin
• A juvenile offender remains at large, but an arrest is expected soon.
Robbery cases generally go unsolved unless offenders are caught quickly after a hold-up. It's great to see these aging cases end with the arrests of an entire crew.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

LAKEVIEW: On Parole For 35 Days, Convicted Robber Started Robbing People Again

Kamira Paxton was on parole for 35 days this summer before she started robbing people at gunpoint again, police say.

Paxton | Illinois Dept of Corrections
Cops caught up with her last week and she’s now facing four fresh robbery charges—two in Lakeview and two in the Douglas neighborhood.

Early on August 29, Paxton pulled out a handgun, then robbed a man and tried to rob a woman in the 2800 block of North Seminary. The man lost his phone to the robber, but the woman did not turn over any property, police said.

When police walked into Paxton's bedroom last week, they found a backpack and IIT-logo scarf that was taken in an armed robbery near the IIT campus hours before the Seminary hold-up, authorities said.

Paxton is also charged with committing another robbery near the ITT campus on October 21.

Altogether, she is facing three counts of Class X felony armed robbery with a firearm and one count of Class X felony attempted armed robbery with a firearm.

Paxton was paroled on July 24 after serving half of a 6-year sentence that she received for an armed robbery in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. In July 2014, Paxton pointed a gun at a woman’s face on the South Side and screamed, “Give me the pizza! Give me what you have in your pockets! Do you have a phone?!

Paxton had “several Domino's pizzas, a 2 liter of Sprite, $15” and the woman’s phone when cops found her minutes later.

Illinois Department of Corrections officials said they will revoke Paxton’s parole. Paxton has been ordered held without bail by Cook County Judge David Navarro.

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UH-OH TUNOCCHIO! Alderman Brags Crime Is "Down" Compared To Last Year (DON'T ASK About 2015 and 2014)

44th Ward Alderman Tom "Tunocchio" Tunney in an artist's rendering.
It’s been a while since Lakeview Alderman Tom "Tunocchio" Tunney (44th) unleashed a whopper like this one.

In a newsletter to constituents Thursday, Tunney wrote:
At last night's CAPS Beat 1923/1924/1925 meeting, 19th District Police shared updates on reported burglaries, robberies and thefts: 
Beat 1923 Year to DateBurglaries are down 46.77%Robberies are down 19.5%Thefts are down 14.13% 
Beat 1924 Year to DateBurglaries are down 41.28%Robberies are down 19.32%Thefts are down 2.41% Beat 1925 Year to DateBurglaries are up 20.69%Robberies are down 27.5%Thefts are up 9.57% 
Sure looks good, right? That’s because the police department and the alderman are only telling you a small sliver of the story. The part that lets them say that “crime is down” by seemingly huge amounts.

There’s a problem with their narrative when you look beyond the information they’ve provided.

How is crime performing this year compared to two years ago—2015?  Answer:
• Burglaries are up 8%
• Robberies are up 24%
• Thefts are down 6%
So…”crime is down” compared to a disastrous 2016. But crime is up compared to a more normal 2015.  (P.S.—This year’s crime is also up compared to 2014.)

By the way, something else is DOWN compared to last year: the number of cops who work in our district. But you won’t hear the alderman pounding the table about that, demanding that the mayor deliver the cops that he promised two years ago. That would NOT be the Chicago Way.

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UPTOWN: Dead Body Found In Burning Charity Donation Bin

A dead body was found inside this charity donation box in Uptown this morning. | ABC7 Image
Detectives have launched two investigations after a dead body was found inside a burning charity donation bin in Uptown this morning, according to police and sources.

Fire department personnel responded to 1500 West Wilson around 7;15 a.m. to extinguish a fire inside a donation box that sits outside a Walgreens. Firemen then found the body inside.

About two hours after the body was found, investigators decided to launch a parallel arson investigation to go with the death inquiry, a source said.

It is not uncommon for homeless people to take up residence inside of large charity donation boxes that dot the city. But,  ABC7 reported that the donation box was locked, raising questions about how the dead person got inside.

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Tourists Robbed Of $20K After Following GPS Into Lower Wacker Drive This Morning

Two tourists were robbed near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Lower Wacker Drive, police said.
UPDATE 6:49 PM — Within the hour, Chicago police issued the following media alert: "UPDATE – The incident has been determined to be unfounded. UPDATE – A 27 year-old male and female are in custody and charges are pending for false reports."  CWBChicago will publish an update once charges are finalized.
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Two tourists who allowed their GPS to lead them into catacombs of Lower Wacker Drive are probably regretting it this morning.

Chicago police say a man and a woman, both 27, were confronted in Downtown’s famous underbelly by three men who proceeded to rob them around 1:50 a.m. today in the 300 block of North Columbus.

One offender produced a knife while the crew relieved the visitors of at least $20,000 in cash and property, a police spokesman said.

Taken were a wedding ring valued at $12,000; a $3,000 suitcase; a $2,000 MacBook Air; a $300 suitcase; and a $150 iPad Mini, the department said.

On Twitter, @Chicago_Scanner reported that the reported proceeds also included a $1,900 Burberry purse and $5,000 cash.

Police offered no descriptions of the offenders who fled in an unknown direction.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Four Shot In Uptown Rifle Attack; Local Gangbanger Targeted, Source Says

The victims were shot here, at 1132 West Wilson, around 8:15 p.m. | Google
Four people were shot in a rifle attack outside of Truman College in Uptown on Wednesday evening. One victim was reported in grave condition as he entered surgery. The other three victims are in good condition.

Officially, police are saying that the four victims were standing on the sidewalk when two male offenders exited a vehicle and fired shots, according to CPD's Office of News Affairs.

CWBChicago reporting has found multiple witnesses who saw a gunman wearing a ski mask open fire with a rifle in front of 1132 West Wilson around 8:15 p.m. Some said the offender fled on foot. Others thought he jumped into a light green Subaru Outback that fled toward Racine.

Cops are hoping that several nearby CTA surveillance cameras captured the attack.

One of the victims in good condition is part of a well-known drug operation family in the Uptown area. At least two and possibly all three of the other victims may have been unintended targets, according to a police source.

According to police, the victims’ ages, conditions, and wounds are:
• Male, 19, good condition with gunshot wounds to the upper thigh or buttocks. Police believe he was the intended target of the shooting, a source said.
• Male, 56, good condition with a gunshot wound to his upper leg
• Female, 20, good condition with two gunshot wounds to her buttocks
• Male, unknown age, grave condition with multiple wounds to his chest, torso, leg
Two of the victims were transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center by ambulance. Two others went to Masonic on their own.

Wednesday’s quadruple-shooting was the third multiple-victim shooting in Uptown since November 1. So far this year, 28 people have been shot in Uptown—five fatally.

Understaffed, But Trying

It took nearly eight minutes for the first police officers to arrive at the Uptown shooting scene after calls of shots fired flooded the city’s 911 dispatch center Wednesday. The first calls for help came in at 8:15 p.m., according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. The first officer reported being on-scene at 8:23 p.m.

But don’t blame the cops. They can only do so much.

The 19th District’s manpower, decimated by the administration of Rahm Emanuel, continues to operate with 105 fewer cops—that’s 25% fewer officers—than when Emanuel took office.

The mayor promised Lakeview Alderman Tom Tunney and Uptown Alderman James Cappleman that the 19th District would have a minimum of 384 cops by mid-2016 in exchange for their votes to raise the city’s property taxes in 2015. As of last week, the district had just 362 officers.

So far this year, the 19th District has literally run out of cops to handle emergency calls on 160 occasions. 

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BREAKING: Four Shot Near Truman College Tonight

UPDATE 11:37PM: See our full, updated report HERE.
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UPDATE 9:35PM:

Victims:
• Male, 19, shot in buttocks (good-to-serious condition)
• Male, unknown age, shot 6 times in chest/torso, 2 times in leg (critical condition)
• Female, 20, shot two times in buttocks (good-to-serious condition)
• Male, 56, shot in back of thigh (good-to-serious condition)
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Four people were shot this evening in the Uptown neighborhood. Three are reported in serious- to good condition and one is in critical condition, according to police.

Here is the early information:

• Four individuals, including at least one woman, were shot about 8:15 p.m. near Truman College.

• Two individuals were found at 1132 West Wilson and two others transported themselves to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

• At least 20 shell casings have been recovered. Rifle casings were found on-scene, indicating that the offenders were well-armed.

• Police were looking for a green Subaru Outback that was seen fleeing the area after the shooting.

• The understaffed 19th District was stretched thin. Nearly eight minutes elapsed from the first call of “shots fired” to the arrival of the first cops on-scene.

• Tonight's shooting is the third multiple-victim shooting in Uptown since November 1.

CWBChicago is actively working this story. We will post a full update before the morning commute.

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Wicker Park Attacker Taught Disadvantaged Youth, Had Been Wanted By Cops Since 2012

CWBChicago has learned new information about the man who followed a 23-year-old woman from the Damen Blue Line station and the brutal attack he unleashed on her in a Wicker Park gangway on November 26.

Deonte "Tay" Terry | Facebook
Deonta Terry told arresting officers that he was a teacher at Community TV Network, which uses media to “improve the education, quality of life, and opportunities available to underserved youth in Chicago.” An October post on the CTVN website refers to Terry as an “instructor.”

Ironically, the CTVN is celebrating its win of “Best Documentary Short” at a recent film festival in Vancouver. The film title? “How To Be A Man.”

Court records say 27-year-old Terry grabbed his victim from behind in the 1600 block of North Bell “dragged her into a gangway [and] strangled her unconscious” with his bare hands before he “ripped off” her clothes.

Terry took the woman’s green coat, purse, iPhone, and cash before returning to the Damen CTA station to flee the area around 3:40 a.m., prosecutors said in filings.

A 24-year-old Glen Ellyn woman found the unclothed victim minutes later.

The victim is recovering now, back home in her apartment that’s located precisely one block from the scene of the attack.

“You can move to a nice neighborhood,” she said, “and terrible shit can still happen to you. I know I learned my lesson.”

Terry is charged with felony counts of robbery, kidnapping by force or threat of force, aggravated battery-strangulation, and attempted criminal sexual assault by force. He is due back in court on December 20.

According to a police source, Terry has been the subject of an investigative alert from Chicago detectives for nearly five years. Cops have been waiting to talk to him about a felony theft from a Loop restaurant on December 1, 2012. Maybe he'll find some time to connect with them now.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Arrest Made In Vitamin Shop, Dry Cleaner Robberies

Detectives have arrested a West Loop man who they say robbed a Lakeview vitamin store and an Old Town dry cleaner on November 25.

Sheppard | Chicago Police Dept
Antonio Sheppard, 46, was arrested last Tuesday afternoon in the 1300 block of South Canal wearing the same clothes that the store robber wore days earlier, police said.

Police say video surveillance showed Sheppard entering the 7-Eleven store at 30 East Jackson shortly on the morning of November 25. He used his personal LINK card to buy a Snickers candy bar. Then, a few minutes later, he returned to the same store, pulled out a knife, and robbed the clerk, police said.

Around 11:20 a.m. that morning, Sheppard pressed a kitchen knife to a worker’s skin as he robbed The Vitamin Shoppe at 3325 North Ashland, prosecutors said. About 30 minutes earlier, he also held up the Best Price Cleaners at 1212 North Wells while brandishing a knife, according to charges.

Investigators armed with surveillance photos of the 7-Eleven robber happened upon Sheppard last Tuesday and took him into custody for questioning.

Sheppard is now charged with three counts of Class X felony armed robbery. He has been ordered held without bail.

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Catalytic Converter Thieves Struck Lakeview Early Tuesday

Catalytic converters are targeted by thieves because they have high junk value. | Deseret News
Catalytic converter thieves toured Lakeview overnight, according to two residents who contacted CWBChicago on Tuesday morning. Both readers reported seeing the car part thieves at work in separate locations and at different times—but their descriptions of the offenders are similar.

Around 3:50 a.m., two men in hoodies got out of a black sedan in the 1400b lock of West Waveland and sawed the catalytic converter off of a Jeep, one reader said.

Then, just after 6 a.m., another reader saw two men in hoodies get out of a black sedan and cut “something” off of a vehicle in the 3300 block of North Clifton. The two then fled westbound.

Thieves love stealing catalytic converters because the parts contain expensive metals including platinum and palladium that can demand payments of $100 to $200 at scrap yards.

SUVs are often targeted because their high ground clearance makes it easier to access the undercarriage with a saw.

Victims almost never know that their catalytic converter has been stolen until they start their car. That’s when they’ll be startled by a loud, roaring sound of their freshly-unmuffled engine.

Some suggestions to make it more difficult to steal your catalytic converter include:
• Welding the converter’s bolts in place or having the bolt heads cut off to make removal nearly impossible
• Having your license plate number engraved on the part to make resale more difficult 
• Always park your car in a garage, if available
• Install a catalytic converter theft prevention kit that essentially places a cage around the part, making theft impossible
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Ripping Off The Ritz: Armed Robbery On Exclusive Street Near Mag Mile


A 33-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint Monday evening just steps from the Magnificent Mile on one of Chicago’s most exclusive residential streets.

Police said the victim was loading “purchased consumer merchandise” into his car in the 100 block of East Lake Shore Drive when a gunman approached him from behind around 8:30 p.m.

The offender announced a robbery, pulled out a handgun, and took several items from the car before running away, police said.

They said the suspect is a black male between 25- and 30-years-old.

Police did not list the exact address of the robbery, but a source said the hold-up occurred outside of the Drake Tower, 179 East Lake Shore Drive.

Residences in the tower typically span a half-floor and owners pay $4,000 to $5,000 a month just for homeowners' association fees.

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Two Robberies In Boystown, Others In Uptown This Weekend

A tourist was robbed early Saturday in the 700 block of Roscoe
Police are investigating two robberies reported in Boystown this weekend along with two more from the Uptown neighborhood. No arrests have been made.

Here’s what we’ve learned about the Boystown cases:

• Four offenders pushed a Lakeview woman over a small fence and held her to the ground while taking her purse and phone early Saturday. The victim was at Pine Grove and Addison when the four men attacked her around 1:20 a.m.

After taking the victim’s property, the four climbed into a small red car, possibly a Honda Civic, police said.

The offenders were all black males, the victim said. One was wearing a blue hoodie with a black mask and another wearing a black hoodie. Their car was last seen heading southbound.

• Around 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, a tourist was jumped and robbed in the 700 block of West Roscoe, just east of Halsted Street. Police said the visitor was too intoxicated to provide a description of the offender.

This 7-Eleven near the Lakeview/Uptown border was robbed early Sunday
In Uptown:

• The 7-Eleven store at 4150 North Broadway was robbed at 4:10 a.m. Sunday by a man who appeared to have a handgun, police said. The offender handed the clerk a note and was given $50 after he threatened to shoot the worker. He was last seen heading north on Broadway. Police said the suspect is black, 50- to 60-years-old, 5’9” tall, 250 pounds and clean shaven. He was wearing a black jacket, a gray shirt, and black pants.

• A robber approached a woman from behind and placed a weapon on her back in the 1000 block of West Wilson early Friday, police said. The victim did not see the weapon, but she handed over her valuables and sought help in the nearby McDonald’s. Police said the offender is in his 30’s, black, slim, and about 5’7” tall. He was last seen wearing a yellow jacket with the hood up and carrying a white shopping bag as he walked northbound on Kenmore.

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