Friday, September 13, 2019

Lincoln Park family wakes up to find their home burglarized (2 other homes on the same street have been struck this month)

Three burglaries have been reported on the 1000 and 1100 blocks of West Lill (red) this month. | Google
A Lincoln Park family woke up Wednesday morning to discover that their home had been burglarized while they slept. And police say the crime is just one of three break-ins on a two-block stretch of Lill Avenue this month.

The most recent victims found several valuable items including a purse taken from their home on the 1100 block of West Lill when they woke up around 7 a.m. on Sept. 11th, according to a police report. Police suspect the burglar slipped in through an open window.

Two more burglaries were reported in the 1000 block of Lill over the past week. One took place around 9 p.m. on Sept. 5th and the other at 5:40 p.m. on Sept. 10th.

Video footage from one of the burglarized homes showed the burglar to be a black male who stands about 5’5” tall and weighs about 140 pounds.

Police are encouraging residents to ensure that their doors and windows are locked at all times. Tips regarding these crimes may be shared with Area North detectives at 312-744-8263. Refer to pattern number P19-N-235.
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Boystown: Charges filed after man allegedly window peeps on three female roommates

Deonte Jackson | CPD
An Englewood man has been charged with window peeping on three women in their Boystown apartment on Thursday morning, police said.

Deonte Jackson, 26, was arrested around 7:30 a.m. after the women told police they saw him looking into their home from their back porch on the 800 block of West Roscoe.

Police allegedly found a knife in Jackson’s possession during a search.

Prosecutors charged him with misdemeanor window peeping and misdemeanor possession of a deadly weapon. He is due back in court on Oct. 7.

In August 2017, Jackson was charged with threatening two men and one of their teenage sons with a knife on the 3500 block of North Halsted in Boystown. The victims told police that Jackson became verbally aggressive toward them outside a late-night taco joint. Jackson allegedly followed the three to a nearby parking lot while clutching a knife near his waistband and asking, “Do you have a problem?” according to prosecutors.

Jackson eventually pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a deadly weapon in exchange for an eight-day jail term. Three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon were dropped in the plea deal.

Chicago police records show that Jackson has been arrested five times in the Boystown area over the past two years. Charges have included theft, criminal trespass to residence, assault and retail theft. The outcomes of those cases were not immediately available.
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Robbery alert issued for Wrigleyville

Police issued a warning Thursday night about a robbery crew that has struck three times in Wrigleyville over the past couple of weeks.

Detectives established a pattern of hold-ups in which two or three offenders have targeted people near Wrigley Field during evening hours. Two of the victims were battered and robbed while the third handed over their property when the men demanded it.

The first robbery in the pattern was reported at 9:35 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the 1100 block of West Waveland. A 28-year-old man told police that three strangers approached him and struck up a conversation. The offenders suddenly began punching the man in the head and body and then threw him to the ground where he was robbed of his wallet.

Police said the victim suffered scrapes to his face and bruising on his hands and arms, but he declined medical attention. While the victim spoke with police, one of his credit cards was used at a convenience store located across from Wrigley Field.

The other robberies were reported in the 1000 block of West Addison between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 and in the 3500 block of North Clark at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 2. No further details about those crimes were available.

Police said the robbers are three black men who are all about 20-years-old and about 5’10” tall. Two have dreadlocks while the third wears his hair in a ponytail.

Anyone with information about the crimes may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Streeterville: Bicyclist sought in sexual assault attempt

Police have released a surveillance image of a man who allegedly tried to sexually assault a woman in the Streeterville neighborhood early Tuesday.

The victim was in the 200 block of East Pearson when the offender approached on a mountain bike and “made inappropriate physical contact” with her between 3:20 a.m. and 5:12 a.m., according to an alert issued by Area North detectives. Police said the man then fled toward the lake on his bicycle.

Investigators are looking for a man between 20- and 25-years-old with an olive complexion who stands 5’6” to 5’8” tall and weighs 140 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball cap turned backward, black goggles or glasses, a multi-colored jacket, dark pants with socks pulled over the cuffs, reflective stripes around his calves, and dark gym shoes with white soles and white laces, police said.

Police are encouraging area residents to inform their neighbors about the incident. Tips may be shared with detectives at 312-747-8380. Refer to case number JC-427081.
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Update: Accused Lincoln Park "stalker" recently did federal time for threatening to rape 3 women in scores of phone calls

Jonathan Chain (left) and surveillance images that allegedly show him on a Lincoln Park woman's deck. | CPD; Ring
The man charged this week with stalking a Lincoln Park woman and entering her home this summer did federal prison time for placing hundreds of phone calls in which he threatened to rape and injure three women in 2015, according to court records.

Jonathan Chain, 39, was charged Tuesday with felony burglary and felony stalking after a 26-year-old woman identified him as the man who repeatedly entered her home and stalked her on the 2600 block of North Seminary.

Video showing a man identified as Chain peering into the woman’s windows while apparently pleasuring himself was posted to a neighborhood crime network in August.

CWBChicago has now learned that Chain is on supervised release after serving time for federal crimes in Ohio.

Chain pleaded guilty in November 2016 to threatening three women during a series of interstate phone calls between July and December 2015, according to federal records.

One woman received 101 calls from Chain in which he threatened to “sexually assault, rape, and kill her and injure and kill her child,” according to a grand jury true bill.

Another woman allegedly received 55 similar calls from Chain during the same period. And a third woman received at least nine calls in which Chain threatened to rape her, the grand jury found.

All of the calls took place between Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio, federal prosecutors said.

A judge sentenced Chain to three concurrent two-year terms after he pleaded guilty to three counts of making threats using interstate commerce. The judge also ordered him to serve three years of supervised release.

Chain wrote to the judge from prison in September 2017 and asked to be assigned to a halfway house in Chicago where he promised to “start again from scratch.”

The judge agreed and ordered additional conditions that federal probation officers in Chicago required before accepting him to their jurisdiction. Chain was ordered to participate in a sex offender treatment program, to comply with state and local laws pertaining to convicted sex offenders, and to not possess “any device that could be used for covert photography without the approval of [his] probation officer.”

Illinois and Ohio records show that Chain is not registered as a sex offender in either state, but his federal crimes were not technically sex offenses. It is unclear if the judge who instructed him to “comply with state and local laws pertaining to convicted sex offenders” expected him to register with authorities.

Meanwhile, the Lincoln Park woman who posted video that allegedly shows Chain lurking on her back porch told neighbors he “opened both my window panes and screen somehow, took some pictures on his phone, took his d**k out, stuck his whole arm in my window, and pulled the blanket off the bed.”

A lengthy video of the man that was posted to the Ring Neighbors network appears to show him satisfying himself as he stands and crouches around the woman’s windows.
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Streeterville man charged with mailing narcotics

Pawel Borowski-Beszta | CPD
A convicted drug trafficker and four-time felon is charged with placing a package containing narcotics into a U.S. Postal Service mailbox. The investigation was launched after the parcel apparently opened inside the mailbox, prompting authorities to launch a hazardous materials response on Wednesday morning.

And, it turns out, he was charged in February with having a huge amount of drugs in an allegedly stolen car.

Police responded to the 3600 block of West Fullerton around 10:30 yesterday morning after a “suspicious package” was found by a postal employee. Authorities closed the area to traffic while a bomb team and other personnel investigated. The suspicious package turned out to contain drugs, police said.

Shortly after 1 p.m., officers arrested 25-year-old Pawel Borowski-Beszta in connection with the incident. Prosecutors charged him with felony trafficking of a controlled substance and felony manufacture-delivery of a controlled substance. He is due in bond court this afternoon.

Drugs and cash police say Bowrowski-Beszta had in February. | CPD
Borowski-Beszta, who lives on the first block of East Chicago Avenue, was sentenced to six years in prison for Class X felony manufacture-delivery of cocaine in 2012. He also received concurrent terms of three years for unlawful possession of a handgun; three years for manufacture-delivery of cannabis; and three years for felony theft, according to state records. He was released from parole almost exactly one year ago - on Sept. 8, 2018.

But he was soon back in hot water.

Chicago police records show that Borowski-Beszta was charged with multiple narcotics counts after officers arrested him in the 1000 block of West Roosevelt on Valentine’s Day.

Officers pulled him over for driving with a flat tire and eventually discovered a trove of drugs and cash, according to police records.

Prosecutors subsequently charged him with manufacture-delivery of over 900 grams of methamphetamine; possession of 15 to 100 grams of cocaine; possession of more than 5000 grams of cannabis; manufacture-delivery of more than 20,000 Xanax pills; criminal trespass to a vehicle; and traffic violations. The status of those charges was not immediately available.
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Cops issue 2 robbery warnings for Streeterville and River North

Approximate locations of the armed robberies (red) and phone-related muggings (blue). | BatchGeo
Police late Wednesday issued two community alerts after a surge in robbery reports around River North, the Magnificent Mile, and Streeterville.

Detectives have identified two separate patterns, one involving a man who’s armed with a gun and the other involving teenagers who are taking phones from pedestrians by force. Investigators issue community alerts when they believe an individual or group is responsible for a specific series of crimes.

Armed robbery alert

Four people in the area have been robbed by a gunman since late August, police said. The gunman is engaging people in conversation before he demands money and property while holding them at gunpoint handgun or implying that he is armed with a gun.

On Aug. 28, a 70-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint in the first block of East Chicago at 10:53 p.m., according to the alert and police records. The victim told officers that the robber wore a blue shirt and was last seen walking toward Michigan Avenue.

Then, a 53-year-old woman was robbed at 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 3 as she walked in the 200 block of East Pearson near the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Police said a struggle broke out, but the woman stopped resisting when the man displayed a handgun. The offender then fled eastbound on Pearson in a “boxy white vehicle.” That victim said the offender was wearing black jeans and a black hoodie that has white stripes at the bottom, police said.

The third robbery of the pattern was reported early on Sept. 7 on the 200 block of West Grand, but no further details of the case were immediately available.

Most recently, a victim was robbed at gunpoint on Michigan Avenue just south of Chicago Avenue at 12:58 a.m. on Sept. 10. The offender, who wore a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and a gold chain, fled the scene southbound on a bicycle, the victim said.

Detectives described the robber as a black male between 25- and 35-years-old who stands 5’9” to 6’1” tall, and weighs 160 to 180 pounds.

Information about the crimes may be shared with Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380. Refer to pattern P19-1-295.

Second pattern

Seven victims have been robbed in Streeterville and River North recently by men who either battered them or used force to gain control of their phones, according to the second alert.

Police records indicate the robberies were reported in the 600 block of North Wells at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3; in the first block of West Grand at 9 a.m. on Aug. 7; in the 100 block of East Chestnut at 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 18; in the first block of West Huron at 9 p.m. on Aug. 29; on the first block of West Walton at 6:55 p.m. on Aug. 29; on the 1100 block of North Clark at 11;41 a.m. on Aug. 31; and on the 600 block of North Michigan at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1.

The offenders are one or two black males between 15- and 18-years old. They stand 5’8” to 6-feet tall and weigh 150 to 180 pounds, according to the community alert.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Man attacks, robs, tries to sexually assault woman in Lakeview apartment building, cops say

Alberto Feliciano was arrested in the lobby of a high-rise apartment building on Lake Shore Drive. | CPD; Multiplottr
A Lakeview woman was attacked and robbed by an assailant who tried to sexually assault her in the stairwell of her lakefront apartment building on Saturday, police said. Charges have been filed.

Residents of a high-rise building on the 3400 block of North Lake Shore Drive called police around 11 a.m. after hearing a woman scream that she was being beaten and that a man was going to shoot her.

The victim told officers that she was walking down the hallway on her floor when 41-year-old Alberto Feliciano blocked her path and struck her in the head with a heavy recycling bin, police said. He allegedly pulled the woman backward toward a stairwell as she tried to fight her way free. Police said Feliciano continued the attack until witnesses intervened and the woman escaped.

Feliciano took the woman’s purse and phone, then fled to the building lobby where arriving police officers detained him on suspicion that he was involved in the incident. The victim subsequently identified him as the attacker and police took Feliciano into custody.

Prosecutors charged Feliciano with felony counts of attempted kidnapping by force; attempted criminal sexual assault by force; and felony robbery. He has been ordered held without bail.

The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of multiple contusions to her head, police said.

Feliciano and the victim are residents of the building, according to a management email sent to tenants. The company said it is "taking all necessary steps to prevent [him] from returning." He's due back in court on Sept. 26.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One year after systemwide theft problem, Divvy bikes are still coming up stolen

Divvy riders enjoy an evening near Oak Street Beach in August 2019. | File
It’s been a year since the operators of Chicago’s Divvy bike program took action to address widespread theft of the system’s blue bicycles from docking stations across the city.

Divvy said they reinstalled a security device that had been removed from stations to make it easier for riders to dock bicycles at the end of their ride. Without the inconvenient device, seemingly-locked Divvy bikes could be taken from docking stations by climbing on, pedaling, and rocking the handlebars from side to side.

Last August, during the peak of the theft wave, at least 87 adults were arrested in Chicago and charged with theft of lost or mislaid property for riding stolen Divvy bikes.

That number fell to at least 39 arrests in September 2018 and about eleven in October, according to police and court records monitored by CWBChicago.

Far fewer adults have been charged with having stolen Divvy bikes this year. But the number of arrests is still significantly higher than in the months before last year’s theft wave.

Last month, at least 22 adults were charged with theft of lost or mislaid Divvy bikes. That's a 75% reduction from last August’s peak. Yet, it's a significant increase from 2017— a year for which we could not find a single case of Divvy theft resulting in an arrest.

Precisely why Divvy theft arrests continue at elevated levels is not clear.

About a quarter of the stolen Divvy bikes recovered from adults this year were taken from docking stations, according to police reports reviewed by CWBChicago. It’s not clear if the bikes were stolen by thieves who exploited last year’s security weakness or if the Divvies were improperly docked by users.

Two Divvy users who were the last to use bikes before they were stolen from docking stations spoke with CWBChicago this summer. Both said they are confident their bikes were properly docked upon return.

Other police reports indicate that several bikes recovered by cops this year were taken from Divvy’s service trucks.

One likely reason for the ongoing arrest of alleged Divvy thieves is that the 2018 spree made police aware of the potential for the rideshare bikes to be stolen.

Asked about the continued arrests, a Chicago Department of Transportation spokesperson said, “We are proud of the investments and improvements made to Divvy that have curtailed thefts. Chicago's bikeshare network is strong and on its way to a $50 million citywide expansion with over 10,000 brand new bikes.”

An apparently stolen Divvy on a Wrigleyville roof. | Craig Symons
Since February 2018, at least 277 adults have been charged with theft of lost or mislaid Divvy bikes, according to CWBChicago research. Police and court records are not available for juvenile arrests.

The average accused Divvy thief has been arrested in Chicago five times since 2014, according to Chicago Police Department records. Their average age is 33-years-old.

As for the bikes, the average stolen Divvy recovered by  police has been missing for 32 days.

Among bikes known to have been taken from docking stations, the most popular station for theft was the Divvy rack at Indiana and Roosevelt, according to CPD reports. Runners-up are stations at Prairie and Garfield; Jeffery and 67th; Halsted and 63rd; and Central Park at Ogden.
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Charges filed in creepy Lincoln Park stalking case

Jonathan Chain (inset) and video images of the Aug.11th "Peeping Tom" incident. | CPD; Ring
Well, well, well. Would you look at this.

Chicago police on Tuesday announced that a Skokie man is being charged with felony residential burglary and felony stalking after a 26-year-old Lincoln Park woman identified him as the man who repeatedly entered her home near Seminary and Altgeld.

Jonathan Chain, 39, was arrested in Evanston around 3:15 p.m. Monday, police said.

A police department media alert did not elaborate on what Chain is alleged to have done. A source said he is believed to be the Lincoln Park “Peeping Tom” that  CWBChicago posted video of early Tuesday.

Detectives were motivated to arrest Chain after the Lincoln Park victim inquired about the status of her case in the wake of a creepy “Peeping Tom” incident near Wrigley Field over the weekend.

Police said Chain broke into the Lincoln Park woman’s home at least once and video from the Ring Neighbors network shared on CWBChicago this morning shows the Peeping Tom reaching into a bedroom window from the apartment’s back porch.

He “opened both my window panes and screen somehow, took some pictures on his phone, took his d**k out, stuck his whole arm in my window, and pulled the blanket off the bed,” the victim wrote online as she shared a longer, more graphic version of the video with neighbors shortly after the Aug. 11th incident.

Chain was due in bond court this afternoon.
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