Thursday, October 19, 2017

15-Year-Old Charged With Robbery Near Boystown This Weekend

A 15-year-old boy is in custody, accused of taking part in a group robbery near Boystown early Saturday morning.

Police responded to the 3200 block of North Clark around 2:45 a.m. after a woman reported seeing three males holding two other men at gunpoint near a painting supply store. Officers on patrol near Halsted and Aldine located the 15-year-old and found him to be in possession of a fake firearm and credit cards belonging to a 20-year-old man, according to a police spokesman.

The victim had left the scene to seek treatment at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, police said, but investigators later contacted him by phone.

Police said the teen is charged with one misdemeanor count of theft of lost or mislaid property and a city ordinance violation for possession of a replica firearm. Officials said no further information about the boy will be made public because he is a juvenile.

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Woman Gets Probation For Post-Pride Parade Gun Incident; Two Other Local Gun Cases Wrap Up, Too

Three gun crime cases in our area have recently wrapped up, and the results range from eight years in prison to acquittal. Here are the details:

Elderly Man Attacked, Robbed, Thrown Down Stairs At Loop CTA Station

CTA surveillance images of Monday's attack were released by investigators on Wednesday. | Chicago Police
UPDATE 7:59AM--Multiple sources this morning have said that police believe they have identified a prime suspect in the attack--a 25-year-old female.

An 81-year-old man is in intensive care after being thrown down the stairs of a Loop “L” station during a robbery on Monday evening. Police are asking for help in identifying his attacker.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Who Is This Red Line Passenger? Cops Say He Robbed And Beat An Old Man Into A Coma

Police identified this man as the suspected attacker.
A 70-year-old man was beaten into a coma during a robbery on a North Side Red Line train two months ago, police said. Now, the victim has regained consciousness and has identified his attacker. Police need your help in tracking down the offender.

The victim was found unresponsive and unable to speak at the Sheridan Red Line station around 2:30 a.m. on August 7, police said. Last Thursday, the victim was finally able to communicate. He told police that he had been beaten and robbed by the man shown in this surveillance photo.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chicago Police “Overwhelmed, Understaffed” Says Gold Coast Alderman

Police resources will be front and center in the city's 2018 budget, said Ald. Hopkins (top) and Ald. Reilly
By Steven Dahlman (email), Loop North News

Slow police response, sometimes no response at all, is ‘unacceptable,’ says 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, and he will ‘fight for additional patrol officers’ in the 18th police district.

When a dead body washed ashore on Montrose Dog Beach in late August got the response of Chicago Fire Department but not police, it was because “they didn’t have enough patrol officers to respond” to 911 calls from numerous people, 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins says.

Former State Football Stand-Out Charged With Robbery, Battery At Belmont Red Line Station

McCall is charged with a robbery and three aggravated batteries on the Belmont Red Line platform, police said.
A 24-year-old Dolton man who once played college football for Iowa is now charged with robbery and aggravated battery in connection with an incident on the Belmont Red Line platform this weekend.

Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, 911 callers reported that a well-dressed man was attacking people on a platform at the Belmont station, 945 West Belmont. Police today said Mikail McCall was identified as the offender who struck three men—ages 32, 31, and 27—then took property from the 32-year-old and fled.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thieves Targeting "Legally Parked " Autos, Police Say

Map showing the approximate locations of 12 related auto thefts listed in tonight's police alert | BatchGeo
Chicago police tonight are warning the Town Hall District about a series of incidents in which legally-parked cars have been stolen since September 18.

At least twelve cases have been connected to the pattern, but investigators did not reveal how the parked vehicles are being stolen. No offender description was offered.

Gunman Robs Lakeview Bicyclist Sunday Evening; Fourth Robbery In Southeast Lakeview In A Week

Last night's robbery is at least the fourth to be reported in southeast Lakeview since October 9.
A Lakeview man was robbed of his bicycle near Diversey and Sheridan Sunday night. He becomes at least the fourth robbery person to be mugged in the southeast Lakeview neighborhood since last Monday.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lakeview Burglars Plead Guilty; Sentences Range From 8 Years To Probation

A bunch of North Side burglary suspects have reached plea deals in recent weeks. Here is a run-down on the allegations against them and their sentences:

• Lifelong thief Randall Browning received an eight-year sentence from Judge Matthew Coghlan for burglarizing a Wrigleyville home on the morning of March 2, 2016.

Police were called to the 1300 block of West Addison after a resident reported seeing a porn movie being filmed in a car in the alley. As it turned out, there was no porn movie being filmed. The people in the vehicle were undercover cops. And they were filming Browning as he broke into a nearby coach house.

Lakeview Troublemaker Charged With Battering Cops, Trying To Burglarize ATM

Tucker is charged with trying to break into a Wrigleyville ATM and battering police. | Google; CPD
A Lakeview neighborhood menace is finally facing serious charges after he tried to break into a Wrigleyville ATM and then battered the police who tracked him down, prosecutors said.