Sunday, August 20, 2017

UPTOWN: Cops Prepare For Gang Payback After Rogers Park Triple-Shooting

The shooting of a high-profile rapper has North Side gang violence on the rise, cops say. And a triple-shooting this morning in Rogers Park may bring payback to Uptown.

CWBChicago reported exclusively that 26-year-old rapper Keith “Bang Da Hitta” Hayer suffered a leg injury in a shooting near Broadway and Leland in Uptown on August 6.

Hayer is associated with a faction of the Gangster Disciples street gang that runs on the Far North Side, according to police.

Around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, one person was killed and two others injured in a drive-by shooting in the 7700 block of North Ashland, near Hayer’s stomping ground.

Now, cops have been warned to be on the lookout for retaliatory strikes in the Uptown gang conflict area, which is centered on the intersection of Wilson and Broadway.

The Far North Side’s 24th Police District had recorded only three shooting incidents this summer before today’s triple-shooting. That’s down sharply from nine incidents at this point last summer.

But with Hayer’s high-profile shooting on the board, cops expect rival gangs to return to their old habits.
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Lakeview Woman Robbed By Two Men Armed With Guns

The woman was robbed here, near the intersection of Surf and Braodway. | Google
Two men armed with handguns robbed a Lakeview woman early Saturday morning, police said.

The victim said she was near her home in the 500 block of West Surf when the offenders approached and forced her to the ground at gunpoint around 1:30 a.m.

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Police said the offenders are two black men with short dreadlocks who were last seen running southbound on Cambridge. Both were armed with a handgun and at least one of the men was wearing a black hoodie.

Chicago Police Beat #1934, which includes the 500 block of West Surf, has recorded sixteen robberies so far this year. That’s up from nine robberies at the same point last year.
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Lincoln Square Cellular Store Targeted In Robbery Friday; North Center Man Robbed Early Sunday

A Lincoln Square cellular store was targeted in an attempted robbery Friday evening, but the offenders fled empty-handed, police said.

The Boost Mobile at 4774 North Lincoln reported the robbery attempt around 8:20 p.m.

An employee told police that a black man in his mid-20’s with multiple tattoos on his face tried to rob the store, but he appeared to get spooked and suddenly fled eastbound on Lawrence.

The robber, who was wearing a red hat and a blue t-shirt, may have been assisted by a black female in her mid-20’s who was wearing a purple shirt, gray leggings, and glasses.

Police Beat #1911, which includes the Boost Mobile store has recorded 19 robberies so far this year. That’s up from 14 robberies at this point in 2016.

North Center Robbery

A North Center man was robbed at gunpoint in the 2000 block of West Pensacola early today.

The victim told police that two men with their faces covered threatened him with a gun and took his cash and wallet around 1 a.m.

Both offenders jumped into a dark-colored sedan which was last seen driving southbound in the alley behind Damen. They are described as young black men in their late teens who were wearing dark clothing.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cops: Pills, Crack, $2,000 Found In Recreation Drive Arrest

Olivarez was arrested here, in the 3700 block of North Recreation Drive, police said. | CPD; Google
Cops say they found an Albany Park man sitting in his car near the lakefront with suspected crack cocaine, pills, and more than $2,000 cash early Friday.

Police approached Juan Olivarez’s car in the 3700 block of Recreation Drive around 2:30 a.m. because the park was closed, authorities said. Officers saw a “green leafy substance” on the car’s center console and asked Olivarez to step out, according to court records.

Prosecutors say a further search turned up suspected crack cocaine inside the center console, seven hydrocodone pills in one of Olivarez’s pockets, and $2,160.

The 21-year-old’s Jeep was impounded, and he is now charged with two felony counts of narcotics possession and with being on park property after hours.

Last year, Olivarez received probation for casual delivery of cannabis in Lincoln Square, court records say.

Olivarez’s arrest stems from a sharp increase in police patrols throughout the 19th District’s park system under Commander Marc Buslik.

Similar patrols in mid-July resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old Lakeview man for allegedly possessing nearly $6,500 worth of narcotics in the Diversey Harbor parking lot.

22-year-old Israel Araujo was sitting in his car rolling a cigarette and reeking of alcohol when cops stepped up to see what was going on around 9:30 p.m. on July 16, prosecutors said.

Between Araujo’s legs was a backpack containing $1,870 worth of crack cocaine; $930 in heroin; $2,175 in powder cocaine; 37 hits of LSD worth $185; $406 worth of pot; empty gelatin capsules; and “109.5 prescription pills” that were not prescribed to him, according to police.

The prescription drugs included 9.5 Oxycontin; 44 Lexapro; 46 Xanax; and 10 Tramadol, officers said.

Altogether the stash was worth $6,495.60.

He's facing five felony narcotics charges; possession of drug paraphernalia; and—the least of his worries—possession of alcohol on park property. The case continues to work its way through court.
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Robbers Strike 12 Times In 5 Days Across Mag Mile, River North, Streeterville

Map showing the approximate locations of twelve phone thefts and robberies included in today's alert. | Batchgeo
A new community alert is warning people to be alert in Chicago’s prime tourist areas after at least twelve people were robbed of their phones in River North, the Mag Mile, and Streeterville between August 6 and August 11, cops say.

Nearly all of the incidents unfolded during afternoon and evening hours, making the crimes even bolder.

Police say the offenders have approached victims from behind, grabbed the victims’ phones and then fled on foot or by bike. A white Cadillac was used to get away in four of the incidents, the alert says.

The offenders are two black men or boys.  One is between 15- and 20-years-old, about 5’11” tall, 140 pounds, and has dreadlocks. The other is described only being 18- 24-years-old.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380

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The locations, dates, and general times of the incidents are:
• 0-100 block of East Hubbard St., Sunday, August 6 in the morning.
• 300 block of East Illinois St., Sunday, August 6 in the evening.
• 300 block of East Illinois St., Sunday, August 6 in the afternoon.
• 600 block on North Michigan Ave., Monday, August 7 in the afternoon.
• 900 block of North Wells St., Wednesday, August 9 in the afternoon.
• 400 block of North Orleans St., Thursday, August 10 in the morning.
• 200 block of East Ohio St., Thursday, August 10 in the afternoon.
• 100 block of East Grand Ave., Thursday, August 10 in the afternoon.
• 200 block of East Delaware Pl., Thursday, August 10 in the afternoon.
• 200 block of West Kinzie St., Friday, August 11 in the afternoon.
• 200 block of East Delaware Pl., Friday, August 11 in the afternoon.
• 600 block of North Lake Shore Dr., Friday, August 11 in the afternoon.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Whoops! CTA Pickpocket Exits Bus Into Mob Of Cops At "Antifa" Protest

Steele (inset) exited a CTA bus into the middle of dozens of cops. | Protest image: DNAInfo Chicago
A career pickpocket was caught red-handed this week when he stole a woman’s wallet on a CTA bus, then stepped off the bus into the middle of dozens of cops who were handling an anti-facist protest, prosecutors said.

55-year-old Lawrence Steele stole the woman’s purse as they rode westbound on a #77 Belmont bus around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to court records. He jumped off at Western Avenue and quickly transferred to a southbound Western bus.

Unfortunately for Steele, nearly 40 cops were stationed on the street at Belmont and Western because “antifa” protesters had injured an officer during a dust-up moments earlier.

The victim was able to quickly notify one of the officers who radioed out a description of Steele. He was arrested minutes later when 14th District officers boarded his Western Avenue bus near the Kennedy Expressway.

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Officers found the victim’s wallet and bank card onboard.

Charged with felony theft from person, Steel’s bond is set at $100,000.

In November 2014, Steel was sentenced to 2 years prison for (this may sound familiar) reaching into a woman’s purse and stealing her wallet while riding a #22 Clark bus in Lakeview.
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Man Who Robbed Lakeview Jewel-Osco With Hypodermic Needle Gets Six Years

A man who brandished a syringe when Jewel-Osco security tried to stop him from stealing $544 worth of Oil of Olay last November has been sentenced to six-years in prison.

Malhotra pleaded guilty to 3 robbery counts this week.
50-year-old Sanjay Malhotra of Garfield Park was also convicted of robbing two suburban stores last autumn while armed with a needle. He received concurrent sentences of six-years for each of those.

Lakeview cops were called to the Jewel store at 2940 North Ashland around 10 p.m. on November 18 after store security reported that they had detained a man for shoplifting.

Jewel security told officers that they saw Malhotra load 20 boxes of Oil of Olay products into two canvas bags and then head for the exit.

When security stopped Malhotra near the front door, Malhotra began to struggle with the guard and then brandished a syringe while threatening to stab the agent, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors charged him with armed robbery, aggravated battery of a merchant, and retail theft of more than $300.

In a bizarre coincidence, one week before Malhotra was arrested, another man was taken into custody for trying to steal $1,100 worth of Oil of Olay from Mariano’s at 3030 North Broadway.

27-year-old William Mayor Jr. of North Center was sentenced to 27 months in prison for that case in April.
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Men Who Robbed Boystown Motorist Get Easy Sentences

Murphy (left) and Perry pleaded guilty to robbing a motorist at Belmont and Halsted.
A man who was on parole for robbery when he robbed a Boystown motorist in November received a cake walk sentence of 2-years in prison this week. His co-offender received an even easier sentence: 2-years of “mental health probation.”

Parolee Joseph Murphy, Juan Perry, and an unknown third person approached a driver at Belmont and Halsted while he waited for a red light to change. One of the men asked the driver for a cigarette and became enraged when the driver turned them down, prosecutors said.

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A fight broke out with Perry knocking the man to the ground and Murphy kicking the victim while he was down, according to court records. The offenders tried to take the victim’s wallet and keys while the third man entered the victim's car and took his phone, prosecutors said.

Murphy and Perry were arrested later that night when the victim saw them in the 900 block of West Belmont and flagged down patrol officers.

State records show that Murphy was on probation for two other robberies at the time of the mugging. He had been sentenced to four years in prison for robbery in March 2013, and he was given another four years in a separate case in November 2013, records show.

Despite that, Murphy was paroled in November 2016. He lists the Howard Brown Health Center at 4025 N. Sheridan as his “home.”

He has now been given a fresh two-year sentence. With credit for time served awaiting trial, Murphy is expected to be freed this spring. Perry was instructed to undergo mental health treatment while on probation for two years.
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Alert: Cops Warn Of Armed Robbers In MInivan

Chicago police have issued an alert to warn North Side residents about an armed robbery team that CWBChicago first reported on Thursday morning.

The warning confirms the connection between the robberies of two commuters—one in Lincoln Park and one in North Center on Wednesday morning. In those hold-ups, an armed man in a dinged-up white Dodge minivan robbed two commuters in separate muggings. Neither victim was injured.

Among the new details in the police alert are the possibility that the getaway vehicle has a blue and white license plate of D832TM, D0832TM, or D083JM; and word that the gunman was accompanied by an unknown driver.

As previously reported, a Lincoln Park man was robbed around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday as he waited for a 151 Sheridan bus in the 2400 block of North Stockton Drive. He told police that a man in a white Dodge Caravan drove up, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, and demanded his valuables.

About an hour later, a North Center man was targeted in a similar hold-up as he was getting into his car in the 4300 block of North Oakley around 6:20 a.m. Once again, an armed man pulled up in a white minivan and demanded the victim’s valuables.

According to the victim, the minivan had a disability license plate that may be from out-of-state.

Police said the primary offender is described as a 20-26-year-old black man with dreadlocks or short braided hair. He’s 5’5” to 5’8” tall, weighs 130-160 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white Malone T Shirt, dark blue security type jacket, and dark pants.
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Cops: Man Robbed Woman After Taking Pix Of Her Undies On Red LIne

Winfield allegedly followed the woman from the Bryn Mawr station. | Wikicommons, Cook County Sheriff
A south suburban man used his phone to film a woman’s underwear on the Red Line, then followed her from the train and robbed her in Edgewater, police said.

48-year-old Reginald Winfield of Harvey is charged with robbery and videotaping through clothes.

An Edgewater woman told police that Winfield approached her near the Bryn Mawr Red Line station around 11:45 p.m. on August 6 and said, “I’ll whoop your ass and take your phone” before snatching her iPhone from her hands and running away around.

Cops caught up with Winfield nearby, and the 31-year-old victim identified him for police.

An investigation revealed that Winfield had been videotaping the woman on a CTA train before he robbed her, police said. Officers found evidence that Winfield “was trying to videotape the victim’s underwear” on the Red Line.

A judge set Winfield’s bail at $90,000.
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