Sunday, October 22, 2017

Weekend Sees Multiple Robberies, Purse-Snatchings In Lakeview

Police this weekend reported summer-like levels of street crime in Boystown, Wrigleyville, and nearby neighborhoods. Several robberies and at least two severe beatings on the street were reported. And at least three women had their purses or phones snatched, including two on Friday afternoon.

Here's a run-down of what was reported along with links to more detailed stories:

Man Mugged While Tying Shoes Outside Lakeview Halloween Party; Same Crew Strikes Woman Nearby

Locations of two robberies within 15 minutes in Lakeview Saturday evening. | BatchGeo
A man on his way to a Halloween party was mugged near the Southport Brown Line station Saturday evening, just minutes after the same robbers stole a purse from a woman near Boystown. No one is in custody.

Police response to the muggings was slowed because the local 19th Police District was in so-called “Radio Assignments Pending” or RAP status at the time of the attacks. City officials declare RAPs when a police district does not have any officers available to handle incoming calls for help.

Around 9:15 p.m., a man dressed in costume stopped outside of a Halloween party to tie his shoes in the 1300 block of West Newport, police said. Three unknown individuals approached him and announced a robbery, taking the victim’s wallet and phone, police said.

The offenders were described as a black man in his early 20’s with long dreadlocks who wore a black hoodie and a vest; a Hispanic man in a black jacket and blue jeans; and a black female in her early-20’s who may be pregnant.

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Chicago police tonight, citing incomplete reports, were unable to confirm details of a second incident that may have occurred near the Southport station at around the same time.

The robbers are also believed to be responsible for snatching a woman’s purse in the 900 block of West Fletcher shortly before 9 p.m., police said.

Saturday’s RAP in the 19th District began at 1:38 p.m. and continued until 9:48 p.m. It was the 130th RAP for the Town Hall District this year. Since 2011, the district has lost more than 25% of its police manpower.
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ATM Skimmers Found In Lakeview, Lincoln Park Police Say

An ATM at this Fifth Third Bank near Clark and Diversey was among those targeted by skimmers, police said.
More than a dozen ATM skimming devices have been found in the city since late September, including locations in Lincoln Park and Lakeview, Chicago police said.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lakeview: Women Robbed By Crew In Stolen Minivan Friday

Three-man robbery crew in an old brown or gold minivan robbed at least two women in Lakeview on Friday afternoon. No one is in custody.

Just before 3 p.m., a Lakeview mom who was walking to pick up her kids from Hamilton School was jumped from behind by a man who grabbed her phone. The man then returned to the van in an alley behind the 1500 block of West Cornelia. Police determined that the van is a 2009 Honda with Illinois license plate H855843. The vehicle was reported stolen earlier on Friday by the Safe Haven Ministries, a source said.

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The offender who took the woman’s phone is described as a thin black man who stands about 5’8” tall and wore a gray hoodie with baggy jeans. The van was last seen heading east on Addison toward Lake Shore Drive.

Police said the van had been idling in the alley between Ashland and Bosworth before the incident.

About an hour earlier, another woman was robbed of her purse in the 800 block of West Aldine by a man who jumped out of a brown or gold van, two witnesses said. Once again, the offender was described as a black male in a gray hoodie. The van was last ween heading southbound toward Belmont.
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Late Night Taco Stand Robbed Of $2K In Lincoln Park

An armed robber took more than $2,000 from a Lincoln Park late-night burrito shop Saturday morning. No one was injured and no suspects are in custody.

Around 5 a.m., the offender entered through the back door of Taco Burrito Express, 2540 North Halsted.

Inside the restaurant, the robber produced a handgun and demanded the store’s Friday night proceeds, which exceeded $2,000, according to police. He then ran out the back door and fled in an unknown direction.

Police said the offender is a 30-year-old black man who stands 5’4” to 5’8” tall and weighs 190-210 pounds. He was wearing a gray hoodie and dark pants.

Taco Burrito Express is located next to Kingston Mines, a legendary Chicago late-night blues bar.
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Woman Charged With Attacking, Robbing 81-Year-Old Man At Loop CTA Station

Dollarson (right) is accused of attacking an 81-year-old man on a Loop CTA platform Monday.
The morning after an 81-year-old man plunged down a Loop CTA station staircase during a robbery on Monday night, his now-accused attacker took to Facebook:

Friday, October 20, 2017

He Knocked A 70-Year-Old Out And Robbed Him Near The Sheridan Red Line, Prosecutors Say

Cannon punched a 70-year-old man to the ground and robbed him outside the Sheridan Red Line station, cops say.
It’s the third time this week that we’re reporting about elderly victims being attacked and robbed at or near the CTA.

At least this morning there’s good news.

A 24-year-old Near West Side man is charged with punching a 70-year-old man in the face, knocking him to the ground, and “striking the victim with a dangerous weapon” during a robbery near the Sheridan Red Line station on August 7.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cubs, Bears Security Company Loses ANOTHER NFL Contract — License Rejected In New York State

Monterrey CEO Juan Gaytan's company lost its contract to protect the Minnesota Vikings' stadium | Monterrey
Trouble continues to grow for Monterrey Security, the Chicago-based company that provides guard services for the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and major events like the Chicago Pride Parade and Chicago Marathon.

Armed Home Invader Awakens Lincoln Park Man; Another Armed Man Burglarizes Lakeview Home, Cops Say

Images of the suspect in this morning's Lakeview burglary.
A Lincoln Park man was awakened by an armed intruder and robbed during a home invasion Monday morning, police said. And a Lakeview family that was awakened this morning by their condo’s rear door alarm found an armed man pointing a handgun at their security camera—he eventually drove off with their car.

Police have not said if the incidents are related. Here is what we know:

Around 3:50 a.m. on Monday, an armed burglar entered a coach house residence in the 2600 block of North Burling. He woke a sleeping man while displaying a handgun. The offender demanded and secured personal property from the victim and then fled, according to a police spokesman.

The intruder was a black man between 18- and 25-years-old; 5'08” to 5’10” tall, 150-160 pounds. He was wearing a white baseball cap, white sweatshirt, and a dark green puffy vest.

This morning around 4 a.m., an armed intruder entered through the back door of an occupied residence in the 3000 block of North Kenmore, activating an alarm. The offender took car keys from a counter and drove off with the victim’s 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Surveillance footage shows the offender climbing the building’s rear stairs with a handgun displayed. Outside of the unit, he points the pistol at the victim’s security camera before making entry to the residence.

“Suspicious” Activities

On Sunday, a man who lives just two blocks from this morning’s Lakeview burglary captured some—How should we put this?—“suspicious” behavior on his surveillance camera.

The video, recorded at 10 p.m., shows a carload of men pulling into an alley in the 3000 block of North Clifton. Three subjects crawl out of the back seat and pull up their hoodies as they run away from the camera. A minute or so later, they return. Two appear to be armed.

Chicago police said no crimes have been reported in the area.
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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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