Wednesday, March 22, 2017

River North: High Rise Resident Tore Down 44th Floor Wall To Burglarize Neighbor's Unit, Prosecutors Say

Esquivel-Perez is accused of tearing through a 44th-floor wall at 10 E. Ontario (right) | Google
A River North man is accused of carrying out one of the most poorly-planned burglaries in history.

36-year-old Epifanio Esquivel-Perez used a hammer to tear down a wall between his high-rise apartment and a neighbor’s unit, prosecutors say. He then crawled through the hole, collected the neighbor’s valuables, and walked out of the neighbor’s front door, according to court records.

It all allegedly took place on the 44th floor at 10 East Ontario this month.

The neighbor’s cell phone, keys, identification, purse, Brookstone speaker, and white laser pen were recovered from Esquivel-Perez, police said.

Cops say Esquivel-Perez “admitted to entering [the neighbor’s unit] through drywall and taking the victim’s property. He further admitted to damaging [another neighbor’s] door knocker,” which was worth $200.

Esquivel-Perez is charged with residential burglary and criminal damage to property.
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Worst Driver In Lakeview History Is Outta Prison — And Behind The Wheel In Boystown

Back in 2013, Kenzell Lesure made quite a splash in Lakeview.

That’s when video of then-19-year-old Lesure intentionally crashing a stolen SUV into several vehicles along Belmont Avenue went viral — it’s been seen more than 6.6 million times on YouTube.

Prosecutors charged Lesure with receiving-possessing a stolen vehicle, criminal damage to property, and aggravated assault.

Then, they handed him an incredible gift: They agreed to accept his guilty plea in exchange for just 30 months probation.

Lesure screwed that up. His probation was revoked and he wound up going to prison for the Lakeview incident in 2015. He was paroled in November.

Now, it looks like he’s back in the hood.

Chicago Police arrested Lesure Sunday evening after they allegedly found him in a crashed stolen car at Roscoe and Halsted.

Prosecutors charged Lesure with criminal trespass to a vehicle and a traffic violation.

The next day, Lesure received another fantastic gift from Illinois.

Prosecutors dropped the criminal trespass case in exchange for Lesure’s guilty plea on the traffic item.

That’s cool.

It just means that watching traffic in the neighborhood will be a lot more fun this summer.

Oh, one more thing.

Two people who saw the police activity on Sunday couldn’t help but notice that Lesure was sporting a Center on Halsted ID badge. (Crazy right?) And court records show that he lists the Howard Brown Health Center at 4025 N. Sheridan as his home.

Old Habits

2012 pic of Kenzell Lesure in the Center on Halsted CyberCenter | Facebook
Speaking of old habits that are hard to break: The Center on Halsted this week failed to show up in court for a criminal court case.

Just days after we reported that the Center had started appearing in court to face defendants who’ve been arrested and charged on its behalf, the LGBTQ service agency once again failed to appear.

Trespassing charges against Miara Davenport were dropped as a result, according to court records.

Incredibly, the failure to appear came exactly one week after the Center met behind closed doors with two alderman and the local police commander to address public safety issues. We’re told that Center reps agreed during that meeting to continue to appear at all court cases in which the firm or its employees are listed as victims.

That promise lasted a week.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Man Charged With Biting Cop Outside Boystown Library

Florian (inset) is charged with aggravated battery of a police officer outside the Merlo Library.
A Logan Square man bit a 19th district cop’s arm so hard, the officer suffered “deep round lacerations…bleeding and bruising” even though he was wearing a leather uniform jacket at the time, according to court records.

The incident happened at 3:30 p.m. on March 2 while the officer was conducting a routine premise check at the Merlo Library, 644 West Belmont.

According to police, the officer tried to detain Timothy G. Florian after seeing the 35-year-old kick the side of the cop’s squad car.

Florian resisted, and the officer tried using pepper spray, but that failed when Florian blocked the spray with his hand, police said.

Florian then bit the officer on the left bicep as the two struggled on the ground, according to a report that said Florian was eventually tamed after the injured cop “used stun blows to the head…to stop the assault.”

The officer and Florian were treated at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Florian, charged with aggravated battery of a police officer, is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thieves Stealing Cars Left Running On North Side (DUH!)

Drivers are making auto theft easy these days by leaving their keys in unattended cars, according to cops on the North Side.

Since February 5, nine cars have been stolen in the 3200 to 4200 blocks of West Lawrence Avenue, police said. Most of the thefts were committed during evening hours and involved cars that had been left running or had their keys left inside.

Another three cars were stolen during evening hours in a concentrated area of Lincoln Park between March 2 and March 9: two in the 2400 block of North Lincoln and one in the 500 block of West Deming. Again, all of the cars were either left unattended with the keys inside or were left running.

As usual, the related police alerts include lists of “things you can do” to avoid being a victim. In an act of saintly patience, the officers saved “Do not leave your keys in the vehicle” for the #3 suggestion:
• Be aware of this crime and alert your neighbors.
• Pay special attention to any suspicious people loitering in the area.
• Do not leave your car keys in the vehicle.
• Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.
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Packs Of Robbers Are Beating Victims In Uptown And Lincoln Square, Cops Say

A string of violent robberies involving groups of attackers in Uptown and Lincoln Square is the topic of Area North detectives’ latest community alert.

According to investigators, several offenders are beating people to the ground with kicks and punches.

Some of the robbers take the victims’ valuables while others continue beating the victims while they are down, the alert said.

Two victims were attacked on March 7: one in the 2700 block of West Lawrence at 1:10 a.m. and the other in the 4500 block of North Magnolia at 8:30 p.m.

The third victim was jumped at 5:30 a.m. on March 11 in the 4500 block of North Broadway.

Police said the offenders are black males between 15- and 25-years-old. They range from 5’9” to 6-feet in height, and all have been wearing different colored hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to call Area North detectives at 312.744.8263
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Accused Wrigleyville Rapist: Released From Prison Early Despite Violent Past

Henigan in photos from the Tulsa (OK) Police Department; Antioch (IL) Police Department; and Facebook
The man who's been charged with raping, robbing, and abducting a 24-year-old Wrigleyville woman on March 9 is a three-time convicted felon who has been released early from prison three times, despite having a violent track record. That's according to a CWB Chicago review of Illinois court and prison records.

To summarize 31-year-old Jarqueese Henigan's adult years:
2004: Sentenced to 4 years for burglary
2006: Released early
2006: Sentenced to 10 years for firearms charge
2011: Released early
2011: Sentenced to 6 years for possessing a firearm in a robbery
2014: Released early
2017: Charged with raping, kidnapping, robbing Wrigleyville woman
Sadly, one of the next entries in that timeline will almost certainly include the phrase "released early." Illinois never learns.

Bad Behavior Earns Rewards

Most recently, Henigan was convicted of robbing a Game Stop in the Wisconsin border town of Antioch, Illinois.

He was 25 when he and another man pulled out handguns and took the store's cash and video surveillance tape in September 2011, according to Lake County records.

Henigan was unaware of a second surveillance camera that captured the crime, leading investigators to one of his co-conspirators.

Henigan and the other gunman were arrested soon after the third man was scooped up in a Lake County traffic stop three days later.

The suburban Daily Herald newspaper reported optimistically in 2011 that Henigan, "faces a mandatory prison sentence of six to 30 years."

In fact, Henigan did receive a six year sentence. But, he was also given Illinois' standard 50% discount off of that sentence and he was paroled in 2014.

Prior to that, Henigan was given a 50% discount off of a ten year prison sentence that he earned in 2006 for attempted aggravated discharge of a firearm in Lake County.

And, before that, he was given another 50% discount off of a four-year sentence for burglary in Lake County.

"While You Were Out"

After being paroled on the robbery case he resumed his practice of having run-ins with police.

Wilmette authorities charged him with excessive speeding, fleeing, and eluding police in September 2015.

Then, he went missing until he was picked up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last August on an Illinois prison fugitive warrant.

Details about what happened after that were not immediately available.

A Good Boy

Henigan got divorced almost immediately after being released from prison in 2014.

Illinois prison records indicate that he has at least four gunshot wound scars, including one on his head and two in his back.

Apparently, he just isn't that popular of a fella.

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North Center Bank Robber Sought

The FBI says this woman robbed a bank in North Center on Friday morning | FBI
Cops are looking for a woman who robbed a US Bank in the North Center neighborhood on Friday morning

A woman walked up to a teller around 10:35 a.m., demanded money and fled with about $2,000 cash.

The woman is black and in her mid-30’s, according to the FBI. They say she weighed about 145 pounds and was wearing a black knit hat, black scarf, and a long sleeved red shirt.

A reward is being offered by the FBI, which may be reached at 312.421,6700
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Man Charged With Wrigleyville Rape And Abuction

Henigan (inset) is accused of raping, robbing, and kidnaping a woman from the 3700 block of North Fremont
NOW POSTED: CWB Chicago's exclusive report that details Henigan's criminal history and Illinois' decision to let him out of prison early. Three times. See it here.

Our original report follows.
A South Side man is charged with a string of felonies in connection with last week’s rape, robbery, and abduction of a Wrigleyville woman, police said.

Fingerprints recovered from the victim’s vehicle and surveillance images of the offender using the victim’s ATM card led police to 31-year-old Jarqueese O'Brian Henigan, according to Chicago police.

He is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon; aggravated kidnaping-inflicting harm; armed robbery with a firearm; aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm; armed habitual criminal; possession of a controlled substance; and resisting police.

Henigan is also being held on an out of state warrant.

Police arrested Henigan Friday in the 10300 block of South Halsted.

Investigators say Henigan confronted a 24-year-old woman as she walked out of her garage and walked toward her residence in the 3700 block of North Fremont Street around 8:20 p.m. on March 9.

Henigan approached her from behind, forced the woman into the trunk of her car and raped her, police said.

With the victim in the trunk, he proceeded to drive to the Far South Side where he tried to withdraw money from her account at several ATMs.

Around 10 p.m, Henigan crashed the woman’s car into a tree 11516 South Throop and ran away, according to police.

In a community alert issued the next day, detectives said the case was “similar and MAY [involve] the same offender" as a February 28th case in which a woman was raped at gunpoint in a car near Barry and Racine in Lakeview.

Henigan is currently only charged in the March 9 case.

The February 28th attacker is described as a black man between 25- and 30-years-old, 5’9” tall, about 160 pounds, with short black hair, and a medium complexion. He had a short beard or scruff on his chin and a mole on his face. He was wearing a brown or green colored vest, a black button-downed shirt with white markings on the bottom and dark colored pants.

Henigan is due in bond court today.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Source: Center On Halsted To Draw Up "Security Plan" For City Review

Two local aldermen and 19th District Police Commander Marc Buslik this week asked the Center on Halsted (COH) to draw up a new security plan for their review, according to a government source.

The move comes after CWB Chicago reported that police officers, tipped off that a theft suspect had fled into the sprawling LGBTQ community center at 3656 North Halsted, were blocked by COH staff members who told the cops to “get a warrant.”

Buslik, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, and 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman met with Center on Halsted board members this week to discuss the incident, the source said.

An additional security guard has been brought in by the Center to complement the one officer who currently patrols their facility.

Not clear from the information we received is how the Center on Halsted will conduct itself when police officers, acting on reliable information, believe a wanted person is taking refuge in the complex.

COH Director of Public Relations Peter Johnson did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment about developments. An auto-reply stated that COH Chief Executive Officer Modesto “Tico” Valle is out of the office until tomorrow.

Alderman Tunney, his Chief of Staff Bennett Lawson, and his Director of Public Safety and Community Affairs Chris Jessup did not immediately reply to our email.


There is good news coming out of the Center on Halsted.

After long misleading the community about its failure to appear in court to confront offenders who are arrested at the Center’s request, the COH is on the right track.

CWB Chicago reported on November 17 that COH failed to appear in court for 25 out of 26 cases in which the Center or its employees were identified as victims.

CWB researchers found the only case in which the COH did show up for court was in 2013 when the victim was its CEO, “Tico” Valle.

Those findings were in sharp contrast to public statements made by COH spokesman Johnson at local community policing meetings. As we reported in November:.
“If anybody does commit a crime, we prosecute,” Johnson told the crowd. “We always send a representative to court when we file [criminal charges]”
Our findings also conflicted with statements that Center executives gave to at least one local businessman:
“I’ve spoken to 'Tico' Valle about this," Stu Zirin offered."He said they do go to court. You know, if it’s something serious."
Days after our November report, the Center had a closed-door meeting with local officials during which they agreed to show up in court, according to a source.

And so far, so good.

COH reps have been in court for all five cases in which the Center or its staff were identified as victims since our report.

Four cases were resolved with guilty pleas. The fifth is on-going after the defendant initially failed to appear:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Man Charged With Robbery Outside Ann Sather Restaurant (PS—He Robbed Another Man On The Same Block In 2014)

Lakes robbed a victim outside of Ann Sather while he was on parole for beating and robbing another man at the Belmont CTA station, prosecutors said. | Google
In June 2014, Roger Lakes and two other men beat and robbed a man in the 900 block of West Belmont, prosecutors said. He probably wouldn’t have been caught if he hadn’t returned to the scene of the crime two days later while observant police looked on.

Lakes | Chicago Police Dept
Lakes was sentenced to five years in prison for the robbery and four years for severely battering his victim.

Now, sit down for this part: Lakes was released on parole last year and he’s been arrested again for robbing yet another victim in the 900 block of West Belmont—this time outside of Alderman Tom Tunney’s flagship Ann Sather Restaurant.


Early on June 17, 2014, a Chicago Police Department prisoner transport van declared an emergency outside of the Belmont CTA station.

The officers had just found a robbery victim down, bleeding from the head in the middle of Belmont under the L tracks. The 34-year-old man was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center with serious injuries.

Two days later, Roger Lakes was arrested as he stood on the steps of the Belmont Red Line station. Patrol officers who had seen CTA surveillance images of the attack recognized Lakes as being one of the robbery offenders.

One of Lakes’ partners in the attack, Joshua Givens, was arrested the next night when he also returned to the Belmont CTA station and was recognized by police.

The third offender was never found.

Lakes and Givens both pleaded guilty to robbery and aggravated battery-causing great bodily harm. Lakes was sentenced to five years for the robbery and four years for the aggravated battery. Givens received 42 months for each charge.

Freed From Prison

Lakes, 24, was freed from prison in May of last year after serving less than half of the “5 years plus 4 years” concurrent sentences.

Five months later, he was arrested for allegedly selling crack near Truman College.

Now, another robbery charge has been filed against him.

Prosecutors say he has been identified as the man who beat and robbed a victim in front of Ann Sather at 2:45 a.m. on November 4.

His bail is set at $100,000.

Police say he’s a Gangster Disciples street gang member.
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