Thursday, April 18, 2019

Uptown: Cops issue burglary alert

Girl Evolving
A burglary alert has been issued for the Uptown neighborhood after a series of residential break-ins over the past three weeks.

Police said in two separate alerts that the offenders are entering homes through unlocked front doors or open windows during evening hours.

Related burglaries were reported in the 900 block of West Gordon Terrace after 11 p.m. on March 28th; in the 4100 block of North Sheridan at 5 p.m. on April 6th; in the 4400 block of North Magnolia between 5:10 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. on April 6th; in the 1200 block of West Montrose at 4:30 p.m. on April 7th; and in the 4400 block of North Racine at 10:37 p.m. on April 11th.

CPD’s community alert encourages residents to double-check their doors and windows to ensure that they are locked.

Anyone with information about the burglaries may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.
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Loop: Shoplifters use skateboards to beat 7-Eleven clerk; 2 arrested, 1 on the loose

Three shoplifters used skateboards to severely beat a convenience store clerk in the Loop early Thursday, police said. Two suspects are in custody.

The men walked into the 7-Eleven at 29 East Madison around 1:55 a.m. and began putting food into their pants, according to police. The 42-year-old clerk confronted the men who immediately began beating him in the head and face with their skateboards. At least one offender also bit the victim, according to a police report.

A passing police officer was flagged down by the injured clerk, and two of the attackers were arrested.

Still at large is the third offender, described as a balding white male with a big brown beard. He stands 5’8” to 6-feet tall, wore a white t-shirt, and departed on a skateboard.

The victim was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of head injuries and bite wounds. An officer on the scene said the attack was “a pretty bad one.”
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Lakeview: Woman mugged on Belmont last night as cops issue *another* robbery alert


Chicago police issued their second robbery warning of the week for Lakeview on Wednesday. Within hours, another woman fell victim to a violent mugging in the neighborhood.

The latest developments come as an apparent increase in muggings has developed around Wrigleyville, Boystown, and southeast Lakeview during April. By comparison, the first quarter of the year saw the second-fewest number of robberies in Wrigleyville and Boystown since at least 2001.

Around 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, a Lakeview woman was walking home when she was attacked by two men in the 500 block of West Belmont, police said. The offenders jumped the woman near the corner of Pine Grove and Belmont and repeatedly struck her in the face and head as they tried to wrestle away her purse, police said.

The woman ran home and called the police who said she suffered head injuries and was bleeding from the attack.

She described the offenders as two black men in their early 20’s who stand about 5’10” tall and weigh about 130 pounds. One wore a long sleeve shirt with dark jeans. The other wore dark jeans and had a braided hairstyle, according to the victim. Witnesses reported seeing the men run toward Broadway after the attack.

Another Warning

Earlier on Wednesday, Area North detectives issued Lakeview’s second robbery alert of the week. Warnings are usually released when investigators believe a series of crimes are the work of a single person or group.

The warning said that a group of three to four offenders had been targeting victims who were carrying phones during overnight to early morning hours in the Wrigleyville and Boystown area. Robbers beat their victims and took the victims’ phones before running away from the scene, police said.

One incident was reported in the 3800 block of North Sheffield at 6 a.m. on April 13th.

Police said a 44-year-old man was targeted by a group of offenders near his home in the 3800 block of North Sheffield. “Multiple” offenders approached the man from behind, struck him repeatedly in the head, and took his valuables, a police spokesman said.

The victim sought treatment at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition.

Then, around 12:05 a.m. on April 14th, a woman was attacked in the 600 block of West Aldine outside of The Nettelhorst School. A witness to the attack wrote on a neighborhood watch site: “Just witnessed a lady get beaten up and robbed by 3 young black men on Broadway & W Aldine Ave. They first walked passed her. Then turned back to hit her violently in her back….Simply disgusting and cowardly!”

The witness walked the victim to her home. A police report was filed later in the day.

According to the police alert, the offenders are three to four black males and females. Witnesses have said the group appears to be in their late teens or early 20’s.

Anyone with information about these crimes may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern P19-N-104.

Earlier Warning

Late Tuesday, police issued a warning about two daytime robberies in southeast Lakeview.

In both cases mentioned in the alert, two offenders battered people on the street and stole the victims’ phones before running away, police said.

One incident was reported in the 2800 block of North Sheridan at 11:40 a.m. on March 30th. The second robbery was reported in the 2700 block of North Clark at 10:10 a.m. on April 7th. Neither case was dispatched to police officers for an immediate response, which indicates that either the victims reported the incidents to police well after the crimes occurred or police dispatchers chose to route the victims’ calls to a desk officer.

Detectives said the offenders are two black men between 18- and 21-years-old. One of them is about 5’5” tall and weighs about 125 pounds. No further information was available for the second man.

The alert warns residents to “remain aware of your surroundings and free from distractions” and to “pay special attention to suspicious individuals in the area.”

Anyone with information about these incidents may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern #P19-N-103.
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Cops: 38 arrested as hundreds of teens swarm downtown (VIDEOS)

The blue lights of police bike units shadow a large group of teens on Wacker Drive last night. | Provided
More than 35 juveniles and at least three adults in their late teens were arrested as another night of “large group activity” overtook the downtown area on Wednesday, according to multiple Chicago Police Department sources. Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct while a handful was facing battery, criminal damage to property, and shoplifting charges, the sources said.

By early evening, a CPD deputy chief closed the department’s central detention facility to adult arrests so it could handle the influx of juvenile detainees, according to a source with knowledge of the night’s operations.

Police estimated that as many as 500 juveniles began arriving in the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park areas around 5 p.m. Large groups of teens were shadowed by officers on bikes for hours. Fighting was reported from time to time in downtown subway stations with the Chicago-State and Lake Street Red Line stations seeing the most trouble.
• Three juvenile females were arrested in the Loop in connection with a theft that was reported on Monday 
• One teen was arrested for possession of a Taser 
• Multiple juvenile arrests at the Chicago-State Red Line for battery 
• Two male and one female teens are being sought for a robbery at 79 West Monroe around 7:30 p.m. 
• Another man reported being attacked by a group of “kids” near Garland Court and Lake Street at 7:40 p.m.
Wednesday’s incidents follow a smaller-scale incident in the Loop on Sunday that saw at least two juveniles arrested and a large-scale incident on April 6th that resulted in 21 arrests.

Two-minute video by the Sun-Times’ Nader Issa shows two arrests and general conditions near State and Lake


Snapchat video shows a brawl breaking out near Millennium Park


Fox32 video shows one arrest and large group moving through the plaza at Michigan Avenue and East South Water Street


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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Robbery warning issued for southeast Lakeview

Approximate locations of the two robberies.
Chicago police issued a community alert late last night to warn about two recent daytime robberies in southeast Lakeview.  The warning comes after two more robberies were reported in the nearby Wrigleyville neighborhood on Saturday.

In both cases mentioned in the alert, two offenders battered people on the street and stole the victims’ phones before running away, police said.

One incident was reported in the 2800 block of North Sheridan at 11:40 a.m. on March 30th. The second robbery was reported in the 2700 block of North Clark at 10:10 a.m. on April 7th. Neither case was dispatched to police officers for an immediate response, which indicates that either the victims reported the incidents to police well after the crimes occurred or police dispatchers chose to route the victims’ calls to a desk officer.

Detectives said the offenders are two black men between 18- and 21-years-old. One of them is about 5’5” tall and weighs about 125 pounds. No further information was available for the second man.

The alert warns residents to “remain aware of your surroundings and free from distractions” and to “pay special attention to suspicious individuals in the area.”

Anyone with information about these incidents may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern #P19-N-103.
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Document dump: Foxx aide falsely blames CPD detectives for Smollett leak, calls cops "the worst"

The Cook County state's attorney's office late Tuesday released hundreds of text messages and over 3,000 pages of often-duplicitous emails related to the Jussie Smollett hoax hate crime case.

CWBChicago has summarized our review of the materials in Twitter threads here and here.

Our reporting makes a number of appearances in the produced documents. In one exchange, top staffers in the prosecutor's office appear—uh—disappointed to learn that CWBChicago found that every other person who faced the same charges as Smollett under Kim Foxx was forced to plead guilty to a felony before the state would agree to settlement terms.

In another text thread, a top Foxx adviser called Chicago police detectives "the worst" as he wrongly blamed those investigators for the "leak" that led to CWBChicago's breaking news that a grand jury had charged Smollett with sixteen felony counts. Another staffer calls CWB "the culprit" responsible for reporting the grand jury's action.

The truth is that CWBChicago's reporting team discovered the story by doing what they do every day: They scoured active criminal and civil court files for developments of interest to the public—then, they told you about it. Those darned "culprits." Telling the public about what's happening in the people's courthouse. Such scandalous behavior might be enough to make a prosecutor seal case records prematurely in the future. Oh, wait....

For the curious, we are pleased to offer direct links to all of the materials produced by the Cook County State's Attorney Office last night:

File 1 — Emails (PDF. Download only. 332M)

File 2 — Text messages (PDF)

File 3 — Excluded material (PDF)
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Uptown: At least 2 arrested, 2 guns recovered after shots fired Tuesday


At least two men are in custody, and two guns have been recovered after shots rang out in the Uptown neighborhood Tuesday evening, according to police. No persons were injured in the gunfire, but a resident who lives near the shooting scene said several vehicles were shot up.

Police responded to the 4400 block of North Racine at 5:45 p.m. after witnesses reported hearing about six shots fired and vehicles speeding from the area.

Officers found several parked cars with bullet holes and shattered windows nearby.

A search of an apartment building stairwell resulted in two arrests and the recovery of a firearm in the 4400 block of North Racine. Another handgun was found about an hour later on the same block.

Gang-related shootings have been on the rise in Uptown since two people were shot in the 1000 block of West Argyle on March 19th.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on April 6th, witnesses reported hearing ten to fifteen shots fired near a discount store’s parking lot in the 900 block of West Agatite. A lone gunman opened fire on a black Infinity or BMW that crashed into three parked cars before speeding from the scene, bystanders said. Shell casings were recovered from the parking lot at Dollar Tree, 4443 North Sheridan Road.

On March 26, a 24-year-old woman was shot in her right leg as she walked in the 800 block of West Agatite, about a block from where Saturday’s gunfire rang out.

On March 24, several people were shaken up, but none were injured after shots were fired in the 900 block of West Eastwood. In that incident, witnesses reported that two men drove a Jeep Cherokee into an alley around 10:25 a.m. The men emerged from the Jeep and opened fire with a silver handgun. They then returned to the vehicle and sped away westbound.
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Felon charged with having machine gun on Near West Side: "I'm 130 - 0 getting away with what I do"

Louis Robinson (inset) and the "full-auto" handgun police say they recovered from his car. | CPD
A West Side man told police they were lucky that he decided to drive away from them rather than “spray down” the parking lot where they were standing with his fully-automated AK-47 handgun, according to court records.

Police were searching the Near West Side for a man who fled from police when they came upon Louis Robinson sitting in a car around 11:15 a.m. on April 9th.

Officers who began questioning Robinson saw an AK-47 style weapon with an extended magazine on the passenger side floorboard, prosecutors said. Robinson allegedly rolled up his car window and drove away with police in pursuit.

Two traffic accidents and a foot chase later, police captured Robinson in the 1600 block of West Van Buren and took him into custody.

Police said 24-year-old Robinson was talkative after being read the Miranda warning: “When you saw me, I already had a plan to get out,” Robinson allegedly said. “I ain’t crazy. If I would’ve started shooting, I would have sprayed down that whole parking lot. You guys would have been f*cked. But I ain’t crazy. That why I rolled out.”

“I’m 130 and 0 in getting away with what I do,” he reportedly bragged.

When cops asked if he was working security for a local gang, Robinson allegedly replied, “Somebody’s got to keep an eye out. That gun isn’t a one-shot. It’s full auto. It’s been modified.”

Prosecutors charged Robinson with being a felon in possession of a machine gun and aggravated fleeing. Various traffic violations were also issued.

Judge David Navarro ordered Robinson to be held without bail.
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Lincoln Park: Man carjacked at gunpoint Monday evening

The intersection of Webster and Fremont in Lincoln Park. | Google
A 26-year-old man was carjacked at gunpoint while sitting in his car in the Lincoln Park neighborhood Monday evening, police said.

The victim was in the 2100 block of North Fremont at 9:25 p.m. when two men approached him—one on each side of his black 2008 Honda Civic. He told police that the offender on the driver’s side pulled out a handgun and ordered him out of the car. When he got out of the vehicle, the two offenders got in and drove away southbound on Fremont. Police said the stolen car’s license plate begins with BB870.

After the hold-up, the victim ran to a nearby pizza restaurant to call 911.

The gunman was a black male with short gray hair who wore a gray hoodie, according to the victim.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Loop: At least two teens arrested after "large group" throws bottles and rocks at cops

Police in the Loop on Saturday evening. | Via @LHFirm
Chicago police faced another round of “large group activity” in the downtown area Saturday. Unlike previous incidents, this weekend’s antics played out south of the river in the Loop and Millennium Park areas, according to police reports.

Officially, a police spokesperson this morning said, “there are no confirmations yet on how many were arrested.” CWBChicago confirmed through a source that at least two juveniles were taken into custody.

A group consisting of up to 200 teens was tracked by police officers through the area for a little more than two hours, beginning around 6:30 p.m., according to CPD radio traffic.

After wandering Grant and Millennium Parks without any reported incidents, the groups began to move into the downtown streets around 8 p.m., obstructing traffic and causing trouble for local retailers.

Walgreens at State and Randolph reported large numbers of teens running from the store with stolen merchandise. A convenience store near State and Madison reported similar problems.

At 8:30 p.m., officers reported that some members of another group were throwing bottles and rocks at cops near Madison and Wabash. The two known arrests stemmed from these alleged assaults on officers.

Meanwhile, a couple of blocks away, one small group of teens found themselves encircled by women who wanted to “protect” the youths from the police outside of Macy’s, 111 North State. The women had reportedly participated in a march earlier on Saturday, and they happened to be in the neighborhood to offer their services to the vibrant youngsters as the clock neared 9 p.m.



Police followed the groups as they made their way to various Red Line stations downtown. Northbound CTA conductors were instructed not to leave downtown stations if large numbers of teens were on their trains.

Regardless of the final arrest tally, Saturday's incidents were significantly smaller than a series of mob incidents one week earlier in which twenty-one persons, nearly all juveniles, were arrested.
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