Monday, June 24, 2019

14-year-old scammed by man at Lincoln Park ATM

A 14-year-old girl lost hundreds of dollars of her aunt’s money to a scam artist at a Lincoln Park ATM on Sunday afternoon, police said. No one is in custody.

The aunt sent her niece to make a withdrawal at Citibank, 2555 North Clark, around 2:50 a.m., according to a police report. While the girl was in the ATM area, a man that she does not know entered, began pressing buttons on a different machine, and asked the girl if she knew how to use the devices, a CPD spokesperson said.

She said “no” and the man began pressing buttons on the girl’s ATM, claiming that he was going to deposit a check into her account and that she could give him the value of the check in cash.

He then thanked the girl and handed her some cash, which he took back and then walked away.

Police said the girl was confused by the man and reported the incident to her aunt, who notified police. A receipt from the ATM showed the offender took several hundred dollars from the victim’s account.

The girl said the scammer was a black man in his late 20’s who has a gold “grill” on his lower teeth. He stands 6’2” tall, wore a blue and gold camouflage-style shirt, and was last seen southbound on Clark Street.
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Five face felonies after McDonald's brawl renders man unconscious near Mag Mile

(L to R) Itzel Gallegos; Jacqueline Gallegos; Osvaldo Lara; Obed Romo; and Angel Salgado. | CPD
Five adults are facing felony charges after a brawl inside a McDonald’s near the Magnificent Mile early Sunday left a man unconscious and bleeding on the restaurant floor.

Police said three men and two women are each charged with one felony count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and misdemeanor battery in the case.

Charged are 24-year-old Itzel Gallegos; 19-year-old Jacqueline Gallegos; 23-year-old Osvaldo Lara; 24-year-old Obed Romo; and 19-year-old Angel Salgado, according to a police spokesperson. The five are due in bond court on Monday afternoon.

The group was allegedly armed with pepper spray and a knife when they began throwing things inside the restaurant at 10 East Chicago around 4 a.m.

A 37-year-old man received a three-inch laceration on his head, was knocked unconscious, and suffered a seizure on the restaurant floor, a witness said. That man was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

A 46-year-old man was less seriously injured and declined medical attention, police said.

Officers who were responding to 911 calls about the incident spotted a vehicle that matched the description of one that was used by the attackers to flee the scene. They pulled the car over and its five occupants were detained and subsequently identified, according to police said.
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GoFundMe campaign for "adored" Lakeview shooting victim soars past initial goal

Jackie Ivascu in a photo seen on her GoFundMe page. | GoFundMe
Supporters of a Lakeview woman who was shot in a random crime as she walked home from work earlier this month have raised over $6,500 to help cover the 27-year-old’s medical bills and lost income.

Jackie Ivascu was shot on the right side of her chest as she walked in the 600 block of West Surf around 1:30 a.m. on June 8th. She had just left her server job at Duke of Perth, a restaurant and tavern located less than a half-block away at 2913 North Clark.

“If you have been to Duke of Perth in the last five years, then you know and most likely adore Jackie,” one supporter wrote online. “I’m heartbroken to hear this happened to her.”

Jackie told police that an unknown white man on a bike fired a single shot at her as he rode by. The shooting appears to be a random incident as investigators were told that there were no issues with ex-boyfriends, patrons, or other common motives. A police spokesman said on June 11th that no reason for the shooting had been found.

The campaign for Jackie soared past its initial $5,000 goal within days. Her cousin, Noiemi Lobont-Rosario, has since established a “push goal” of $20,000.

Lobont-Rosario said the shooting left Jackie with a damaged lung, liver, and diaphragm, but she is finally out of the hospital and recovering at home with family.

“I would like to use this platform to thank the EMTs, Chicago Police Department, and the doctors, nurses, and aides at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital,” Lobont-Rosario wrote. “Words cannot express how grateful we are for your life-saving efforts on Jackie’s behalf. God bless you all.”

All money raised will go towards Jackie’s medical bills, prescription drugs and loss in wages, according to the campaign’s site.

“She is always a welcome sight when I come in to Duke of Perth,” CJ Leonard wrote on the campaign page. “I very much hope to see her happy and healthy soon.”

And a woman named Anna, who identified herself as Jackie’s sister, said, “She is one of the strongest people I know and extremely kind. It is really great to see that she has people to support her because she deserves all the support and love she can get.”
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Woman fights off sexual assault by man she saw earlier at grocery store

The victim remembered seeing her attacker earlier at this Jewel store, 3570 N. Elston, police said. | Google
A 32-year-old woman was nearly sexually assaulted in her Irving Park home by a man that she saw earlier at a local grocery store, according to a Chicago police community alert that was issued early Monday morning.

Police said the offender entered the victim’s home in the 3700 block of North Whipple through a partially open window on the second floor around 12:30 a.m. on June 15th. He then began to take off his clothes.

The woman told police that she heard a strange noise and encountered the offender when she stepped out of her bedroom to investigate. A fight broke out and the man eventually ran out the front door and escaped in a dark sedan.

The victim said she remembered seeing the man earlier while she was shopping at Jewel-Osco, 3570 North Elston.

Police described the offender as a Hispanic man with a medium brown complexion who stands 5’6” to 5’8” tall, weighs 180 to 200 pounds, and has red or auburn-colored hair. He was last seen wearing a beige baseball cap, an orange and red t-shirt, and blue jeans, police said.

The offender may have scratches on his face because the victim tried to gouge his eyes, according to the alert.

Anyone with information about the case may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8261. The case number is JC-307008.
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Lakeview: Woman sexually assaulted by driver in ride-share mistake

The woman got into a car that she thought was her Uber outside Kirkwood bar. | Google
A 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Lakeview this weekend after she got into a vehicle that she thought was her Uber ride, police said. No one is in custody.

The woman stepped into the gray SUV outside of Kirkwood Tavern, 2934 North Sheffield, around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a police spokesperson and a CPD report secured by CWBChicago.

Police said the woman fell asleep in the back seat and later awoke to find the driver sexually assaulting her in the vehicle, which was parked in the 1200 block of West Schubert. The woman was able to get out of the car and the offender drove away westbound, according to police. Officers were called to the scene on Schubert at 1:50 a.m.

A CPD spokesman said the offender was described only as a white man.

The victim was treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

5 in custody after man's beaten unconscious, cut during brawl at downtown McDonald's

A group of offenders knocked a man unconscious and one of the attackers cut the victim with a knife during a brawl early Sunday inside the McDonald’s at 10 East Chicago, near the Magnificent Mile. A second man was less seriously injured, police said. Five people are in custody.

Police said the victims were inside the restaurant when a group that was armed with pepper spray and a knife began throwing things at them around 4:06 a.m. The offenders fled the scene in a vehicle, but police located the car a few minutes later and arrested five suspects, according to a CPD spokesperson.

A 37-year-old man received a three-inch laceration on his head, was knocked unconscious, and suffered a seizure on the restaurant floor, a witness said. That man was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Police said a 46-year-old man who was also injured declined medical treatment.

Three men and two women were being questioned by Area North detectives on Sunday.

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Boystown: Man stabbed in the head during robbery Sunday; Second victim bitten on the mouth, struck with "hard object"

A Chicago Heights man was stabbed in the head during a robbery on Boystown’s Halsted Street bar strip early Sunday morning, police said. An accomplice reportedly bit another man on the lip and knocked him in the head with some type of hard object that was hidden in a bag. No one is in custody.

The incident was one of several disturbances that broke out around the same time as the neighborhood's early bars closed at 3 a.m. and crowds lingered on Halsted Street following the first day of the annual PrideFest celebration.

Police said the 19-year-old robbery victim was standing in the 3400 block of North Halsted around 3 o'clock when two offenders attacked him and took a fanny pack that was lying at his feet. The victim followed the men south until a second incident unfolded in the Sherwin Williams parking lot at 3311 North Halsted, according to police.

There, one of the robbers accused the victim of taking his property. The offender then began beating the victim and stabbed him in the head and forearm, according to a police spokesperson.

The second offender attacked a 25-year-old man in the parking lot, striking him in the head with a bag containing a hard object and biting him on the mouth, the spokesperson said.

Both victims were transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The 19-year-old was treated for cuts to his temple, eyebrow, and forearm, police said. The other man was treated for a laceration and bruising on his eye.

Police said the man with the knife was black, about 5’5”, and 120 pounds with a short cornrow hairstyle. He was wearing a black t-shirt, Champion-brand sweats, black shorts with a white stripe on the sides, and white shoes.

The second offender was a black male in his early 20’s who stands about 5’8” tall and weighs 140 pounds. He was wearing a tee shirt and blue jeans.

Police reported a series of fights along Boystown’s Halsted Street bar strip around 3 a.m.

At least one person was arrested after a fight broke out in the street at Halsted and Roscoe. Social media video captured images of another disturbance on the sidewalk and in the road just south of Halsted and Buckingham.
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Lincoln Park bank robber gets away with over $9K, cops say

The FBI is looking for a bank robber who made off with more than $9,000 from a Chase branch in Lincoln Park on Saturday morning.

A man wearing sunglasses and a surgical mask walked into the bank at 935 West Armitage at 10:53 a.m. and presented a demand note to a teller, police said. The robber held his hand in his jacket pocket as if he had a gun, the teller said.

Police said the bank estimated that the robber got away with between $9,000 and $10,000.

The offender is described as a black man in his mid-20’s with a small build. He stood 5’9” to 6-feet tall and was coughing during the robbery, leading a witness to believe that he may be ill. He was last seen running down the 1900 block of Bissell after the hold-up.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads directly to the robber’s arrest. Tips can be phoned in to the FBI’s Chicago Field Office at 312-421-6700.
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Charges filed in mugging of woman near Gold Coast

Phillip James is charged with mugging a woman in the 1000 block of North Dearborn. | CPD; Multiplottr
A 48-year-old man is charged with throwing a woman to the ground and punching her in the face during a robbery near the Gold Coast on Wednesday evening, police said.

Police responding to the robbery in the 1000 block of North Dearborn spotted Phillip James nearby and stopped him because he matched a description of the offender that was broadcast on police radio, a department spokesperson said. The victim later identified him as the robber, according to police.

James grabbed the 21-year-old woman’s purse, flung her to the pavement, and punched her in the face around 11:20 p.m., police said.

Judge Arthur Willis set bail for James at $5,000 and ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring if he can post the 10% deposit bond of $500.

Police were able to respond to the incident quickly because at least nine people called 911 to report hearing the victim’s screams as the robbery unfolded.

The victim was treated at the scene for her injuries.
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Second man charged with murder in Sound-Bar nightclub shooting

Jon Poole is the second man to be charged with murder in the Sound-Bar shooting case. | CPD; File
A second man is now charged with murder in connection with the March 8th shooting death of a doorman and injury of a co-owner at Sound-Bar nightclub, 226 West Ontario.

Jon Poole, 34, was arrested Thursday in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on a warrant signed March 22nd by Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan. Poole will make an initial court appearance Monday to face four murder counts.

Police offered few details about Poole’s involvement except to say he was identified by witnesses and was seen on surveillance video participating in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of 28-year-old doorman Thurmond Bailey in the 600 block of North Franklin. Sound-Bar co-owner Mark Jurcyzk was struck by bullet fragments during the incident.

Prosecutors said club workers turned away a group of men shortly after midnight, sparking a confrontation that escalated when 37-year-old Armond Williams punched Bailey in the face and Bailey pull out a gun. Williams then allegedly pulled out his own gun, fired four rounds, then handed the weapon to another man who fired nine more shots.

Williams is charged with murder and attempted murder. The second man has not yet been publicly identified.

Court records show that Pool was charged in 2010 with four counts of Class X aggravated kidnapping-inflicting harm; four counts of Class X aggravated kidnapping while armed; five counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, and four counts of aggravated battery with a weapon in connection with an incident that started at a Humboldt Park car wash.

He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and the state dropped all of the other charges in a plea deal approved by Judge Margaret Brosnahan who sentenced him to two years probation, records show.

In 2016, Poole was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and manufacture-delivery of cannabis. Judge Thaddeus Wilson found him not guilty of the gun charge and guilty of the cannabis charge in a bench trial. Poole was again sentenced to two years probation.

See our previous coverage of the Sound-Bar shooting here.
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