Sunday, October 21, 2018

Cops getting closer to North Side catalytic converter thieves...but no arrests yet

A catalytic converter
Readers and police sources have provided a string of information to CWBChicago this month about some of the North Side’s biggest and most persistent pests: catalytic converter and wheel thieves.

Theft and resale of converters, which are pollution control devices that contain precious metals, is an attractive career path for some Chicagoans. Replacement of the part will cost victims about $1,800. Thieves typically make about $150 per part.

These theft crews seem to slip in and out of neighborhoods, sawing converters off of the bottom of vehicles and ripping tires from their mounts, without ever being caught.

In fact, since CWBChicago launched over five years ago, we’ve only reported on *one* case of catalytic converter thieves being caught.

But something is different lately. We’re getting more information from readers about these crews and cops are being called more often while thefts are actually in progress. Unfortunately, officers have not yet caught up with the criminals.

Here’s what we have learned:
• A crew currently working the North Side has been striking between 3 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. with nearly all eyewitness reports coming in on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
• Reports have come in from across the North Side. Lincoln Park to Uptown and Lakeview to North Center.
• Last Tuesday and Wednesday, a crew was said to be using a white Nissan. The week before, their vehicle was described as a white sedan or a white Lexus.
• The crew pulls up next to the targeted vehicle and two or three men get out while wheels or converters or wheels removed. They are gone within 60 seconds.
Here are details we have received recently:
• Tuesday, September 11, 4:47 a.m. men in a dark blue Camry took parts from a red SUV in the 400 block of West Aldine
• Monday, September 24, 5:20 a.m. two men in a white sedan with no hubcaps are seen stealing a catalytic converter in the 800 block of West George
• Wednesday, October 3, 5:00 a.m.: Officers in the Albany Park (17th) Police District report seeing four offenders in a black BMW stealing converters. The offenders—described as black males in their late teens or early 20’s—escape from police.
• Tuesday, October 9, 5:20 a.m. a witness sees a man in a white Lexus removing parts from another Lexus that is parked near Leavitt and Eastwood
• Tuesday, October 9, 5:34 a.m. another witness reports seeing two men stealing catalytic converters in the 2200 block of West Giddings
• Wednesday, October 10, 3:20 a.m. a witness reports seeing two men stealing catalytic converters near Hermitage and George. 
• Tuesday, October 16, 1:27 a.m. a 911 caller reports men standing near a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of West Wellington. They are stealing parts from a Honda Element
• Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 a.m. another witness reports seeing two men stealing parts from a car in the 1900 block of West Warner. They are driving a white Nissan.
• Tuesday, October 16, a CWBChicago reader’s catalytic converter is stolen from their daughter’s Hyundai Tucson near Addison and Damen.
• Wednesday, October 17, 5:12 a.m. a witness reports that two men in a stolen white four-door Nissan bearing a license plate that begins with DUB16 are trying to steal converters in the 2200 block of West Belmont.
• Wednesday, October 17, 6:33 a.m. a passer-by reports seeing two black males in a white Nissan double-parked near Wilson and Ashland. They are stealing a catalytic converter.
Be warned, though. While our list of reports seems to favor Tuesday and Wednesday as popular days for the theft crews to be working, all indications are that teams work throughout the week.

But, if you happen to be an early riser and you hear sawing outside in the pre-dawn hours, try to convey as much info as you can to police via 911. We're really hoping that we'll soon be writing our second story about catalytic converter theft arrests!

Burglars targeting Asian restaurants in after-hours break-ins

Police have again warned about a series of after-hours business burglaries in the Uptown neighborhood. While the police department didn’t say so, all the burglar has been targeting Asian restaurants.

Detectives typically issue community alerts when they believe a series of crimes have been committed by a single person or a specific group of people.

In the new alert, police said windows or glass doors are being broken with a brick or a piece of concrete to gain entry to the businesses after hours. The burglar takes money from cash registers and escapes before police have time to respond. No offender description has been provided by police.

Four shops have been burglarized since last Sunday, according to the alert and police sources:
• The Uptown Vietnamese Restaurant in the 1000 block of West Argyle at 2:47 a.m. on Oct. 14th
• Ora Sushi in the 5100 block of North Clark at 3:11 a.m. on Oct. 16th
• An unnamed restaurant in the 4800 block of North Broadway on Oct. 15th or 16th
• Dib Sushi in the 1000 block of West Lawrence at 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 19th
Police previously warned of a business burglary in the 1100 block of West Argyle early on September 24th and another in the 4900 block of North Broadway on September 22nd.

Business owners are advised to ensure that their alarm and surveillance systems are working and that all monies are properly secured at night.

Anyone with information about the break-ins may contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263
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Once the most robbery-laden corner of Chicago, muggings hit all-time low in Wrigleyville + Boystown

Chicago police investigate a reported robbery in the 3300 block of North Halsted last summer. | File
Wrigleyville and Boystown, the North Side neighborhoods that five years ago festered with more violent robberies per block than any other part of Chicago, can do what they do best: celebrate.

Thanks to more aware local residents, an influx of privately-funded security, and a local police command staff that encourages its officers to track down street criminals, the neighborhoods this year are enjoying the lowest number of reported robberies since at least 2001.

Only four robberies were reported in Wrigleyville and Boystown during the entire month of September. That is by far the lowest robbery count for any September on public record.

Through September, the neighborhoods recorded a total of 92 robberies this year, that’s four fewer than 2007, the second-best year-to-date performer.

Through several years beginning in 2008, elected officials, local police leaders, and the Town Hall Community Policing (CAPS) office flat-out refused to admit that Wrigleyville and Boystown had developed a robbery problem.

Muggings grew from 135 for all of 2007 to 184 in 2008, 227 in 2011, 234 in 2012, and 240 in 2013.

Officers who led the Wrigleyville and Boystown community policing meetings through 2011, 2012, and 2013 ignored repeated calls from the public to address the rising robbery problem. One CAPS officer delivered a bald-faced lie, claiming that “just the other day, the sergeant and I arrested a robbery offender. Isn’t that right, sergeant?”

The sergeant, whose complete lack of tools other than a comically-small revolver on her duty belt spoke volumes about her lack of street exposure, nodded half-heartedly. Police department records showed there had been no recent robbery arrests in the Town Hall District.

It wasn’t until politicians, the CAPS officers, and local police command staff met the furor of standing room only community meetings that action began to be taken.

The Right Kind Of Leaders

Chicago Police Commander Elias Voulgaris in 2013. | DNAInfo
Under fire from the neighborhood, the commander of the Town Hall District in 2013, Elias Voulgaris, replenished manpower on the district’s overnight shift. Despite being responsible for two of the largest nightlife zones in the entire city, previous police commanders shrank the overnight police presence. Many patrol cars sat empty on overnights because there weren’t enough officers to run them. Several squads that did operate were one-man units, unable to handle higher-risk calls on their own.

Voulgaris also launched directed patrols and anti-robbery missions in which tactical units scoured Wrigleyville and Boystown’s alleys and side streets in search of problems.

Under Voulgaris, robberies were driven down from 240 to just 157 in a single year. When he was transferred to a new position in April 2015, Wrigleyville and Boystown were on their way to a better place.

But 2016 showed what can happen when police leaders take their eyes off the ball. Voulgaris’ replacement, Commander Robert Cesario, proved to be a cop of a different stripe. His advancement through the ranks of the police department came not from great accomplishments or high test scores, but because higher-ups selected him for “merit” advancements. Twice.

The difference was striking. Aggressive policing faded under Cesario. He was rarely seen at CAPS meetings and he did not find time in his day to respond to local residents’ emails, according to many CWBChicago readers.

Reported robberies in Wrigleyville and Boystown soared back to 199 cases in 2016.

19th District Police Commander Marc Buslik | Chicago Tribune
In November 2016, Cesario was out, replaced by current 19th District Commander Marc Buslik, a 34-year veteran of the department.

Buslik brought an open-to-the-public style that works well. Several staffing changes were made under his watch, including the introduction of a new sergeant to lead the district’s robbery team.

The sergeant brought years of experience working anti-street crime operations. With Buslik’s blessing, the district’s robbery team has shown a level of aggressiveness rarely seen in today's Chicago Police Department. While most of the department's leaders worry about what might go wrong with a decision, Buslik seems to focus on what could go right.

In one early success on its new and longer leash, the Town Hall robbery team drove all the way to suburban Niles in pursuit of robbery offenders who were posing as Uber drivers. One of robbery victim’s credit cards had been used at a Walmart in the suburb. So, the robbery team high-tailed it to the Walmart and managed to arrest Nytina Raymond and two juveniles before the trio even left the parking lot.

During a rash of carjackings this month, the Town Hall team learned that one recently hijacked car was in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Rather than leave the work for officers on the South Side to handle, 19th District robbery team members sped to the South Side and got involved, searching yards and vacant homes for the offenders.

And last Thursday, after a woman was carjacked in the 20th District, it was the Town Hall robbery team that found the stolen car and tracked it all the way to the South Side where they were joined by a federal carjacking task force and other resources.

Two years is a long time for Chicago police commanders to be in one job, so there are rumbles that Buslik may be due for a new assignment or, possibly, retirement from the department. Whenever that happens, let’s hope that the CPD’s top leaders give careful thought to the kind of person they pick to take his place.

Private Investment

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boystown's two aldermen, Tom Tunney (44) and James Cappleman (46), have failed to fulfill their promises to replenish the Town Hall District's manpower. Staffing in the district has been slashed from 468 in late 2011 to 373 today.

Tunney and Cappleman voted in favor of the city's largest property tax hike in 2016, saying the Town Hall District would be staffed by a minimum of 376 cops going forward.  Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson promised that by May 2018 the Town Hall District would be staffed at a level that Tunney found acceptable. CPD's chief spokesperson said more officers would be delivered to Town Hall until its headcount was back up to 468 cops. None of those things has happened. Neither Tunney nor Cappleman has exercised their political power to make it happen. And, now, they are both seeking re-election, promising that they'll get it the next four years.

Meanwhile, local residents and businesses have not been sitting around. More than $500,000 a year is being spent by private citizens, businesses, and local tax funds to pay for private security patrols on the streets around Wrigleyville and Boystown. Thanks to money provided by residents in the Southport Corridor and an area west of the Belmont Red Line station, off-duty cops are filling the patrol voids left by the city's understaffing.

The Chicago Cubs are footing the bill for off-duty security patrols on thoroughfares and side streets around Wrigley Field.

And local tax Special Service Areas (SSAs)—whose normal function is to create favorable business environtments—have budgeted over $175,000 in tax money for private security patrols in 2018, according to their meeting minutes.

It's reassuring to know that so many neighbors and businesses are willing to step up when elected officials refuse to do their own jobs. Maybe this time next year they'll be able to put those monies toward something other than filling the gaps for failed civil servants.

Note: For statistical purposes, CWBChicago considers police beats 1923, 1924, and 1925 to be "Wrigleyville and Boystown." The boundaries are Irving Park, Belmont, Southport, and Lake Michigan. Chicago Police Department statistics are only available from 2001 to the present.
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Good news: Thefts of Divvy bikes is slowing. Bad news: Woman pepper-sprayed, robbed of Divvy bike

Keshawna Davidson is charged with armed robbery of a Divvy bike. | CPD; Motivate
If it's not one thing, it's another. Know what I mean?

Chicago police have now arrested more than 200 adults for possessing stolen Divvy bikes since thefts of the bike share service’s baby blue rides began to skyrocket in mid-June. The thefts have slowed over the past few weeks as Divvy replaced a key piece of hardware on their bike docking stations.

But now, for the first time, we’ve learned of a Divvy patron being physically robbed of their bike while pedaling the streets of Chicago.

Around 3 p.m. on Oct. 14th, a 31-year-old West Town woman told police that she was pepper-sprayed, battered, and robbed of her Divvy bike as she rode it in the 400 block of North Wood, about four blocks from her home.

Police said they were called around the same time by a 20-year-old woman who reported that a woman and a man battered her and tried to steal her cell phone in the same neighborhood.

Cops searched the area and one of them quickly noticed a Divvy bike sitting unattended in the vestibule of the McDonald’s at 23 North Western. Inside the restaurant, officers saw 18-year-old Keshawna Davidson and a male companion who matched the descriptions of the phone and Divvy robbers.

Both robbery victims were brought to the restaurant where they identified Davidson. She was arrested and has been charged with Class X felony armed robbery and felony attempted robbery. Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered her held without bail. The male companion was not charged.

Joshua Thomas
Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: The bike involved in Davidson’s alleged robbery was also stolen from a Divvy bike rack on August 18th. Chicago police arrested Joshua H. Thomas for riding the stolen bike in the 800 block of North Rush Street later the same day. Cops returned the bike to Divvy. Thomas was eventually sentenced to two days in jail.

CWBChicago expects to have a comprehensive update on the Divvy bike theft crisis in the coming days. In the meantime, here's another collection of social media photos showing apparently stolen Divvy bikes in the wild:

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Five charged with carjacking off-duty cop in Edgewater, attempting another in Uptown

Left to right: Jamaal Ashshaheed; Javion Bush; Raynell Lanford; and Jamar Jarvis | CPD
Four adults and a juvenile have been charged with carjacking an off-duty Chicago police officer in the Edgewater neighborhood early Thursday and attempting a second carjacking nearby.

The 47-year-old officer was parking her Lexus SUV in the 5800 block of North Winthrop shortly after midnight when she was approached by a group of men. One of the offenders was pointing a handgun at her, police said.

The crew demanded the woman’s vehicle, took her keys, and then all five robbers climbed into her car and drove away, according to a statement from the police department. About  30 minutes later, an Uptown man reported that four offenders tried to carjack him at gunpoint on Marine Drive between Montrose and Wilson. The man initially declined to file a police report.

Officers working in the Town Hall (19th) Police District became aware of the carjackings and intercepted the vehicle in the 4700 block of North Lake Shore Drive several minutes later.

The Town Hall officers followed the stolen Lexus south until they were joined by members of the FBI’s Carjacking Task Force and the Chicago Police Department helicopter unit.

Officers pulled the vehicle over in the 5500 block of South Lake Shore drive and then chased the occupants on foot. A gun was found inside the stolen car.

Charged with the crime are 18-year-olds Raynell Lanford, Javion Bush, and Jamar Jarvis; and 19-year-old Jamaal Ashshaheed. A 16-year-old male juvenile was also charged, police said.

The four adults are each charged with one felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and felony attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm. They were ordered held without bail on Saturday afternoon by Judge David Navarro. The juvenile is charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon by a person under age 21 and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle. Further information about his case is not available because it is shielded by law.
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River North: Two shot in 30 minutes overnight

Locations of this morning's two shootings in River North.
Two shootings were reported in about 30 minutes overnight in the heart of the River North entertainment district. No one is in custody.

At 3:30 a.m., witnesses reported hearing three shots fired and a man falling out of a dark-colored SUV near Ontario and Orleans. Arriving officers found a 22-year-old man on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. A shell casing was later found in the 300 block of West Ontario Street, police said.

A black Jeep SRT that was last seen heading westbound on Ontario may have been involved in the shooting, according to a witness.

The victim was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where the victim was listed in good condition. Police said the man was uncooperative and refused to provide any information about the incident.

Shortly after 4 a.m.,  a man reported that an occupant of another vehicle fired shots into his car at the BP gas station, 631 North LaSalle. The victim fled the scene and called police for help from the corner of Dearborn and Randolph in the Loop.

Police said the 23-year-old victim was sitting in a parked car at the gas station when he became involved in a verbal argument with a stranger who was inside a black SUV. The man in the SUV opened fire, shooting out two of the victim’s windows and causing minor graze wound to the back of the victim’s neck. The SUV then sped from the scene.

The victim, who lives in suburban Flossmoor, refused medical attention.

Police searched the BP station for shell casings but came up empty-handed. A security guard who works at the station reported hearing two loud pops around the time of the shooting.

Neither victim is known to Chicago police, according to a department source. Area Central detectives are investigating.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Freed by charitable bond fund, accused violent offenders commit more crimes, skip court without penalty

It’s hard to gripe with the general idea behind the Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF). The organization raises money to post bond for people who cannot afford to post their own while awaiting trial.

But there seems to be a problem.

One man who was freed by the fund while awaiting trial for attempted murder in North Center went on to be arrested four times in three months for battering and threatening people in Boystown. Despite being arrested repeatedly while on bond and even being ordered to serve two jail sentences for those crimes, his bond was never revoked.

And a transgender woman accused of robbing a man in Boystown in 2017 was freed by the fund in May 2017. Since then, she has repeatedly skipped court dates and she has been arrested three times. The bond fund was twice ordered to forfeit the $50,000 it risked on the woman’s freedom, only to have the money given back after filing motions with the court. Most recently, a litany of social service agencies virtually begged the court to let the woman go free on bond again. The judge agreed. And the woman is now AWOL. Again.

Allow us to introduce you to Emanuel Smith and Kenneth Manning.

Emanuel Smith and the scene of his June 28th arrest in Boystown. | CPD; Provided

Emanuel Smith

On June 15 last year, Emanuel Smith repeatedly stabbed a 19-year-old acquaintance during a fight outside a North Center social service agency at 4200 North Lincoln, prosecutors said. Police reported that the victim suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and a slashed face.

Smith, then 18, was taken into custody at the scene and was charged with attempted first-degree murder; aggravated battery with a deadly weapon; and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Bail was set at $50,000.

Smith remained in jail for exactly one year, unable to post a $5,000 deposit to go free. On his first anniversary in jail, a CCBF representative put down the money to win Smith's release from jail. Smith showed his appreciation by launching a series of batteries and assaults in Boystown:
• On June 21st, he was charged with battery outside the Center on Halsted. Judge Anthony Calabrese would eventually sentence him to eight days time served.
• On June 28th, Smith was tazed by police as he threatened to attack another man with pepper-spray in the 3800 block of North Broadway. Charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court.
• On August 2nd, Smith was again arrested at the Center on Halsted. This time, he was charged with trespassing and assault after he allegedly told a Center employee, “the next time I see you I’m gonna pop your ass. I’m going to beat your ass.” The charges were dropped because neither the Center nor its employee showed up in court.
• On August 10th, Smith was arrested in the 3600 block of North Broadway for battery. Judge Anthony Calabrese sentenced him to 30 days in jail this time.
Despite all of those arrests and being sentenced twice to serve jail terms while free on bond for attempted murder, Smith’s bond was never revoked. Instead, he was allowed to enjoy the benefits of freedom while battering and threatening some of the very people who were supposed to be helping him

On Friday, Smith pleaded guilty to aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in the stabbing case. Judge Timothy Joyce sentenced him to three years. Attempted murder and three other felony charges were dropped in the plea deal. Smith will be paroled on Feb. 28th next year.

Kenneth Manning

Kenneth Manning | CPD
Kenneth Manning and an accomplice are charged with robbery, aggravated battery, and unlawful restraint for the May 17, 2017, mugging of a man on the Boystown bar strip.  A 25-year-old man told police that he was walking along Halsted when Manning and her accomplice pushed him into an alley and robbed him, prosecutors said.

A judge freed Manning on electronic monitoring two days later.

On July 12, 2017, the CCBF posted a $5,000 bond to get Manning freed from electronic monitoring. Five days later, Manning skipped court and went AWOL for the first time. An arrest warrant was issued.

At that point, the bond fund could have been ordered to forfeit Manning’s full $50,000 due to her failure to appear. But Manning showed up in a court a few days later and the judge vacated the bond forfeiture. He also allowed Manning to go free again on the original $5,000 deposit.

Three weeks later, Manning again failed to show up in court and she went AWOL again. Another arrest warrant was issued. When Manning remained missing a month later, the judge ordered CCBF to forfeit Manning’s full $50,000 bail.

Manning remained missing for months until Cook County Sheriff’s deputies rounded her up on January 5th. But the bond fund wasn’t done doing good deeds for Kenneth Manning.

On March 20th, the fund went before Manning’s judge with a stack of letters from social service agencies that virtually begged him to rerelease Manning. The CCBF pleaded to get their $50,000 back.

If allowed to post bond, Manning would live at a women’s halfway home for the duration of the case, Manning's lawyer promised.

Staff members of the Broadway Youth Center, former staff members of the Center on Halsted, a counselor at Youth Empowerment Performance Project, and others wrote letters of support for Manning.

“I believe in Kenneth completely,” one supporter wrote. “She is a responsible, intelligent student…welcome back in our GED program at any time,” said another. A third offered to remind Manning of court dates and provide her with transportation. A fourth person also promised to remind Manning of her court dates and to provide transportation for court “were she be able to bail out” again.

“After spending over two months in [the Cook County Jail], Ms. Manning understands the very serious consequences of missing court,” her attorney told the court. “This case is [her] highest priority in her life and she is dedicated to attending all court dates.”

Given the community outpouring, Judge William Hooks vacated his $50,000 bond forfeiture order and again released Manning on the original $5,000 that the CCBF put down.

Almost exactly three months later, on June 20th, Manning missed her court date. She had an excuse this time: She had been arrested a couple of days earlier and charged with stealing hair extensions in Uptown. The charges were later dropped.

On July 25th, Manning was arrested on a warrant. She was freed again. On August 27th, she was arrested for criminal damage to property on the far South Side and was released on a recognizance bond.

Then, on September 20th, she failed to show up in court again. She’s gone AWOL. The judge has scheduled a hearing to decide if he will order the CCBF to lose its full $50,000 commitment one more time.

There's no word about what happened to the promises that Manning would be living in a halfway house or the multiple promises of providing court reminders and transportation to court. We may hear about those things the next time the bond fund asks for its money back.
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Cops, FBI seek man for three armed robberies in West Loop since Friday

Locations of the three robberies that police have linked to the suspect.
Chicago police and the FBI are looking for an armed robbery offender who has held up one bank and two restaurants in the heart of the West Loop since Friday.

Friday, the man robbed MB Financial Bank at 932 West Randolph Street at 12:38 p.m., according to the FBI. A witness reported seeing the man walk into the bank with a gun in his hand. The bank teller gave the man cash and he was last seen heading northbound on Sangamon. He is white with brown hair, 30- to 35-years-old, 5’10” to 6-feet tall, about 190 pounds, and he was wearing a green coat, gray scarf, blue jeans, and yellow rubber gloves.

Next, the same man is believed to have robbed the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1015 West Lake Street at 7:37 p.m. on Sunday. A white male wearing a navy blue hoodie approached the restaurant’s cashier, displayed a handgun, and took cash from the register, according to a police report.

Police believe the man also tried to rob the Dunkin Donuts at 901 West Washington at 5:30 a.m. on Monday. A restaurant employee reported that a white man in a black hoodie pulled a gun on her in an attempted robbery, but she told him that she didn’t have a key to access the store’s cash. The man fled westbound on Washington.

Anyone with information about the robberies may contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads directly to the arrest of the bank robbery offender. The agency’s Chicago Field Office may be contacted at 312-421-6700.
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Wrigleyville man beat taxi driver in West Loop road rage incident, prosecutors say

John Danuk is charged with beating a taxi driver in the 500 block of West Adams. | CPD; Google
A Wrigleyville man was arrested Friday and charged with severely beating a taxi cab driver in a road rage incident last spring, according to police and court records.

John Danuk, 20, was arrested at his home in the 1000 block of West Byron around 9 a.m. after police learned through an investigative alert that he was wanted for questioning in the case.

Police said Danuk became enraged during a traffic altercation around 1:15 p.m. on April 17th. He jumped out of his car, spit in the cabbie’s face and repeatedly punched the 52-year-old taxi driver in the head as the victim sat behind the wheel of his cab in the 500 block of West Adams Street, according to prosecutors' court filings.

A witness reportedly gave police descriptions of the man who struck the cab driver as well as a description of the car he left the scene in and the vehicle’s license plate number.

The cab driver, who lives in Bolingbrook, received “numerous stitches” over his right eye at Stroger Hospital, according to police. He identified Danuk in a photo line-up on Friday, police said.

Prosecutors charged Danuk with felony unlawful vehicular invasion and felony aggravated battery of a taxi driver. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him to be held without bail.
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Cops: Uptown man critical after girlfriend shoots him "accidentally"

An Uptown man is in critical condition after being shot by his girlfriend during a domestic dispute Tuesday morning, police said. The woman was questioned by police and has been released without being charged.

Police were called to an apartment building in the 900 block of West Wilson Avenue around 7:40 a.m. after residents reported that a man was beating a woman in the second-floor hallway. As police responded to the scene, additional 911 calls came in to say that the man had been shot by his girlfriend.

Arriving officers found the 24-year-old man shot one time in the abdomen on the second floor. A firearm was recovered at the scene and the man’s girlfriend, 36, was taken into custody for questioning, police said.

The man was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

The boyfriend told police that his girlfriend shot him accidentally. Police have no witnesses to refute the man’s claim and the handgun was legally owned, so the woman was released without being charged, according to a CPD spokesperson.

Eighteen people have been shot in Uptown so far this year, one fatally. At the same time last year, Uptown had recorded seventeen shooting victims, one of whom died.

Two people were shot in separate incidents in Uptown on Sunday evening. Those shootings, like most in the neighborhood, are believed to be gang-related.

Car struck by gunfire

A man opened fire on an Uptown street Tuesday afternoon, missing his intended target, but hitting a car over a block away as it traveled north on Broadway.

Police said the gunman began firing in the 4600 block of North Racine at 3:35 p.m., but did not strike anyone. Shell casings were found at the scene. Officers on patrol in the 4700 block of North Broadway heard the gunfire and saw the rear window of a car get shot out in traffic.

The driver of the car stopped and filed a police report for criminal damage to property.

Police said the shooter is a white man in his late 40’s who has short gray hair, a thin face, and stands about 5’10” tall. He was wearing a green jacket with an orange stripe over a black hoodie along with tan cargo pants. He was last seen heading southbound on Racine on foot.
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