Saturday, February 25, 2017

Man Accused Of Shoplifting $1,011.81 Worth Gillette Razors

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced in December that prosecutors in her office will not file felony charges against shoplifters unless the alleged thief has 10 felony convictions or is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise.

Velde | Chicago Police Dept
So, if new allegations are true, Jacob Velde is probably kicking himself for stealing $1,011.80 worth of Gillette Fusion razors from a neighborhood Mariano’s.

A store security guard saw Velde stuff 27 packs of the premium razors into a shopping bag and then walk out the front door at 3030 North Broadway, police said.

Prosecutors, noting that the value of the allegedly stolen material exceeds Foxx’s $1,000 minimum by $11.80, charged the 23-year-old Lafayette, IN, resident with felony retail theft.

Any retail theft in excess of $500 is a felony in Illinois, but Foxx—concerned that the “wrong people” are becoming “justice involved”—refuses to pursue felonies unless her personal thresholds are met.

Velde, unable to post bail, has been jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond since February 12.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Man Had Loaded Gun On Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, Cops Say


A romantic ride on a Chicago landmark seemed like a grand way to spend Valentine's evening in Chicago.

But those plans quickly turned "un-romantic" after cops found a 24-year-old man packing a loaded .45-caliber handgun on Navy Pier’s famous Ferris Wheel, according to court records.

Police went to the pier around 7 p.m. on February 14 after security reported that someone was smoking pot on the 196-foot-tall ride.

Security directed arriving officers to the car that Xavier Crump was riding in, according to police records.

Cops said they found 3 grams of pot and a glass pipe in Crump’s possession before he volunteered that he also had a gun in his front left pocket.

Police said they recovered a .45-caliber Rock Island Armory handgun that was loaded with eight live rounds.

Crump, of downstate Morris, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a concealed carry license. He has no previous criminal record in Cook County, police said.
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Convicted Robber Batters Cops At Boystown Youth Shelter

Lakeview Lutheran Church, home of The Crib youth shelter; Lempkins (inset) | Google; Ill Dept Of Corrections
A 23-year-old man who’s on parole for a local robbery has been charged with battering and resisting police officers who responded to a call of a man with a gun inside The Crib youth shelter in Boystown.

A shelter staff member called 911 at 10:15 p.m. on February 7 to report seeing a man with a gun in the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church, 835 West Addison, where the shelter operates, according to city records.

When cops arrived, they were confronted by Darrien Lempkins, who proceeded to attack one of the officers. Police deployed pepper spray and detained Lempkins, their report said.

No gun was recovered.

At the time of The Crib incident, Lempkins was on parole for beating and robbing a man about a block from shelter on August 17, 2013, and then battering a police officer who tried to stop him nearby. As CWB Chicago reported at the time:
...at 12:58 [in] the 3500 block of N. Fremont Street, a witness reported seeing two offenders...beating a man on the ground. The caller said he could hear the victim screaming. 
The first officer on scene caught up with and detained at least one offender  on Cornelia Avenue, a short distance west of Halsted Street. Another suspect was taken into custody after officers apparently spotted him outside of Berlin nightclub, 954 W. Belmont.
A Samsung Galaxy cell phone was taken in the strong arm robbery, which is recorded under case #HW411123.
Lempkin was handed two five-year sentences to be served concurrently and was released on parole last September.

The state revoked his parole last week and sent him back to Stateville Correctional Center to serve out the balance of his original sentence.

A Cook County grand jury this week returned a true bill of three counts of aggravated battery of a police officer and one count of resisting police against Lempkins in connection with the February 7 incident.

Disturbing Pattern

Buford | Ill Dept of Corrections
In October, CWB Chicago reported that one of three men accused of beating and robbing a 64-year-old retiree in Boystown last autumn posted a video that showed him taking shelter at The Crib.

Like Lempkins, the man in our October report—Keyruni Buford—was also on parole for robbing another victim in Boystown at the time of his arrest last year. And, like Lempkins, Buford’s 2013 robbery took place about a block from The Crib’s front door.

Buford’s parole was revoked last month, and he was returned to the Lawrence Correctional Center to serve the remainder of his original six-year sentence, according to state records.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Probation For Woman Who Left Cats And Dog To Die In Lakeview Apartment

This pit bull mix, "Vinny," was one of three animals left to die in a Lakeview apartment, police said | Photo: CWB source
It’ll be 12-months probation for Christina Laskero, the 22-year-old woman who was accused of moving out of a Lakeview apartment in September and leaving two cats and a dog behind to die from neglect.

Laskero has pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals and failure to perform animal owner duties, according to court records.

Laskero | Chicago Police Dept
Police said Laskero failed to return to her apartment at 505 West Belmont to feed and care for her pets, a pit bull breed named "Vinny" and two cats, "Georgia Moon" and "Champ.”

The animals were found three months after Laskero moved out when a building engineer entered Laskero’s apartment to investigate “a water leak and odor emitting out of the residence” just before Christmas.

Once inside, the worker summoned police after finding ”deplorable conditions.”

A Chicago Police Department gang and animal crimes investigation team said in court records that Laserko admitted to leaving the animals behind.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

"8 Years" For Brandishing Gun & Beating CTA Driver In Wrigleyville (But He'll Be Released In Less Than 1 Year)

Dillard | Illinois Department of Corrections
A darling of the Lakeview social service circuit has been sentenced to prison for attacking a CTA bus driver and threatening the driver with a handgun in Wrigleyville one year ago.

Yet, despite being "sentenced" to "eight" years in prison, 24-year-old Rojah Kimble Dillard will be set free in less than one year.

Prosecutors said Dillard attacked the driver and brandished a handgun near the Addison Red Line station shortly after 7 p.m. on February 18, 2016. A passing police vehicle was flagged down, and the cops arrested Dillard after a short pursuit.

State records show Dillard's sentence and actual time served are quite different
Officers recovered a handgun about 100 yards from where Dillard was arrested, police said.

Dillard this week pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated battery of a transit employee.

He was sentenced to four years in prison for each crime.

But, after Illinois applied its criminal-friendly sentence reduction policies, Dillard was told that he will be released from prison on February 8, 2018, after serving less than one year in prison.

Here's the Illinois math:
4 years + 4 years = 8 years.
Sentences ordered to serve concurrently = 4 years
Automatic 50% reduction of prison sentence = 2 years
Credit for time spent in jail awaiting plea = 357 days actual prison time

A Long History

Dillard, who listed The Crib youth shelter at 835 W. Addison as his home, has a long history of arrests, threats, and violence in our neighborhood.

He received a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to a 2011 strong arm robbery at Sheffield and School. Of course, he was released after serving less than 2 years.

On January 27 last year, Dillard—using the name Rojah Daleyon—was charged with battery after an armed Center on Halsted security guard told police that Dillard pushed him and tried to take his gun. The case was dropped after the Center failed to show up in court.

Last September, a woman told police that Dillard blocked her path as she walked in 3200 block of N. Halsted and then followed her, saying “I’ll beat your ass. I’ll shoot all y’all. This is my neighborhood.” The complainant failed to show up in court and charges were dropped.

In August 2014, Dillard was arrested after allegedly participating in a large fight at the Night Ministry weekly outreach in the MB Bank parking lot at Belmont and Halsted. That victim also failed to show up in court and charges were dropped.

One month before that, Dillard was charged with battery after allegedly headbutting a 22-year-old client at the Broadway Youth Center. Again, charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Town Hall District Pilots Program To Make Online Transactions Safer


Our 19th District police are piloting a program that could give residents a safe place to conduct potentially risky online transactions such as Craigslist purchases.

Several times a year, police are called to assist people who've been robbed during online meet-ups:
- A woman was robbed when she met with someone who was supposed to sell her a PlayStation 3 in Uptown on Sunday.
- The department issued a community alert about Craigslist being used to lure cash-heavy victims last summer.
Now, wise Craigslist shoppers may consider using the lobby of the 19th District station at 850 West Addison for their retail rendezvous.

In an announcement this week, the 19th District CAPS office said that residents may use the Addison station lobby to conduct reasonable online transactions between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on most days.

Anyone who takes the department up on their offer should check in with desk personnel upon arrival. Common sense prevails. No "firearms, illegal or unwieldy items" such as "sofas and pianos" will be allowed in the station, the announcement said.

The Area North Headquarters at Belmont and Western is not participating in the program, police said. Transactions may not be permitted when deemed inappropriate due to police operations such as Cubs games and the Pride Parade, the CAPS office said.
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"BANG. HEAVAN."—Man Shot Dead On Lake Shore Drive

A 25-year-old Brighton Park man was shot dead as he drove south on Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton this morning.

Navarro | Illinois Dept of Corrections
The man has been identified by a police source as Jorge Navarro, who was paroled last September after serving part of a 3-year sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a vehicle, according to state records.

Navarro’s Lexus struck the center median and crashed after the 3:45 a.m. shooting.

A male passenger in Navarro’s car called 911 to report that shots were fired from a passing vehicle and that his friend, Navarro, “isn’t waking up.” That man and a female were not injured, police said.

Navarro is a documented gang member who was arrested last month for aggravated assault of a state employee.

According to prison admission records, Navarro sports a number of tattoos including several 5-point stars. His right hand was emblazoned with the words “Motivation,” “Family,” “Bang,” and “Heavan.”
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Double-Shooting In Uptown Wounds Boy And Parolee

A man and a teenage boy fled into an Uptown fast food restaurant after they were shot shortly before 7 o’clock Monday night. No one is in custody.

A 24-year-old man from the West Ridge neighborhood and a 17-year-old Uptown boy were both shot in the 4600 block of North Winthrop around 6:45 p.m., police said.

Sonic in Uptown | Yelp
The pair ran into the Sonic restaurant at 1022 West Wilson after being shot and a nearby music school went on immediate lockdown, a witness said.

The man was shot once in the back of the leg and the boy was shot in the buttocks. Both are reported in good condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

A third man who was sitting inside a car that got shot up in the incident escaped injury.

The older man is a document gang member who’s currently on parole for possessing a stolen motor vehicle, according to a source. He has previous convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to state records.

Information about the 17-year-old’s history is not available because he is a juvenile. However, his Facebook page includes photos of the boy holding up wads of cash.

A source reported that officers are going door-to-door, asking permission to search yards near the crime scene for a weapon.

Six people have been shot in Uptown so far this year, two fatally.

In 2016, Uptown didn’t record its sixth shooting victim until March 11. Its second homicide victim last year died on May 8.
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Burglars Strike While Lakeview Man Showers — But Cops Track 'em Down; 2 Arrested

Image: Giphy
A Lakeview college student helped cops track down two burglary offenders this morning after they broke into his apartment while he showered. Charges are pending.

The man called police when he realized that someone had come into his apartment to steal his sister’s purse while he hosed off in the 3800 block of North Kenmore around 10:45 this morning.

Using the man's descriptions of the offenders, police stopped a southbound Red Line at the Belmont station moments later and found the duo onboard.

The freshly-showered 20-something identified both burglars and police recovered his sister’s belongings, police said.

A source said one offender forced his way through a back window while the second suspect played look-out.

We will have more details on the offenders after charges are finalized.

In Other Burglary News…

Burglaries this year continue to be reported at 2016’s escalated pace, according to city data. At least two other Lakeview residents have called the police to report burglaries in progress at their homes since Friday:

• At 2 p.m. yesterday, a man found an unknown burglar standing in his bedroom in the 1100 block of West Addison. The man said the offender fled with two other men. He did not file a report because he did not notice anything missing.

• On Friday evening, an unknown person tried to pry open a woman’s rear door in the 600 block of West Waveland. The woman was home, and all of her lights were on at the time of the burglary attempt, police said.
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Woman Robbed During Craigslist Meet-Up


A Craigslist meet-up turned sour in Uptown Sunday when a woman who hoped to buy a PlayStation 3 wound up being robbed instead.

The woman told police that she went to the 900 block of West Montrose around 10 a.m. to purchase the entertainment system after agreeing to a deal online.

Once she arrived in Uptown, she was met by about five men in their late teens, the woman said. When she pulled out her phone to check on the details of the transaction, one of the men whipped out a gun, and another man took her cellphone.

The entire group then ran into a nearby residential building and fled out its back door.

According to the woman, the gunman had short dreadlocks and carried a black semi-automatic. All of the offenders were male, black, and stood between 5’10” and 6-feet tall, she said.
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