Sunday, May 26, 2019

Armed robberies reported in Boystown, lakefront, Lincoln Park this weekend

The Boystown victim said occupants of a fake Uber robbed him near the Circle K at 801 West Addison. | Google
Two robberies were reported in Lakeview East on Saturday and a third was reported in Lincoln Park early Sunday, according to Chicago police reports. Here are the details:

• A robbery victim walked into the 19th District police station on Saturday evening to report being robbed at gunpoint when he tried to get into a car that he thought was his Uber.

The victim said he was robbed when he tried to get into a black Honda Accord in the 800 block of West Addison around 6:30 p.m. As soon as he opened the door, the man said, the occupants pointed a gun at him and demanded his property.

Police said the man handed over his wallet and phone to the carload of thieves who drove away in an unknown direction. The robbers were four to five black males between 25- and 30-years-old whose car had dark tinted windows, the man said.

• Police said a man who was enjoying some early morning hours at the lakefront wound up being robbed by a group of men—two of whom were armed with guns. The man was near the clock tower at 3650 North Lake Shore Drive when the three men approached him and demanded his belongings at gunpoint around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The offenders took two phones (one with a BeyoncĂ© cover); a portable BeyoncĂ© brand speaker; a wallet and keys before they fled north along the lakefront, the victim said.

He described the robbers as three black men, two of whom had dreadlocks.

• A man told police that he was robbed at gunpoint around 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of North Clybourn. The victim said he was approached by a man who produced a handgun and took his wallet, keys, and two phones.

The offender is described as a skinny white male who’s about 25-years-old. He was wearing a black shirt and fled eastbound from Clybourn, the man said.
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Boystown: At least three hospitalized, one arrested after series of early morning incidents

A Boystown bar’s dance floor and restroom were shut down as crime scenes after a man was injured in a fight early Sunday morning according to police and dispatch records. Separately, several people were injured after a man punched a Boystown storefront window in a “fit of rage,” sending at least three persons to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Police patrolling the Boystown nightlife strip were summoned into Progress Bar, 3359 North Halsted, at 2:42 a.m. after a fight was reported inside, according to a CPD spokesperson. Officers separated two men who were fighting inside and summoned an ambulance to treat one who had suffered a cut to his face. That man was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

A police spokesman had few additional details except that a 21-year-old man was taken into custody to face charges for the incident, which police classified as an aggravated battery with a knife or “cutting instrument.”

Videos posted to social media showed large crowds gathered at the nearby intersection of Halsted and Roscoe with some people dancing in the streets as officers worked to control the situation.

About 15 minutes later, police handling a disturbance about a block south of Progress Bar said at least five people were injured after an “enraged” man punched out the front window of Slade’s Barbershop, 3314 North Halsted.

Police officers on the scene applied a tourniquet to stem the offender’s blood loss. Bystanders were also injured by flying glass, and at least three were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment, according to an officer who was on the scene.

“The sidewalk was covered in blood,” a witness told CWBChicago on Sunday, saying that entire plate glass window and a neon sign were broken.

Again, social media captured images from the scene...

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Lincoln Park: Women attacked, one sexually assaulted near Oz Park early Saturday

Locations of Saturday's assault (red) and Friday's incident (green). | Multiplottr
A woman was sexually assaulted by a man near Oz Park in the Lincoln Park neighborhood early Saturday morning, police said in a community alert tonight.

The victim and another woman were standing in an alley in the 2200 block of North Orchard around 4:30 a.m. when a man approached and shoved both of them to the ground, police said. He then sexually assaulted one of the women.

The other woman was able to fight the man off by kicking him in the face, police said.

The offender is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late 20’s or early 30’s who stands about 5’6” tall, weighs 150 pounds, and has dark hair. He was last seen on a bicycle wearing a white t-shirt and shorts. Police said he may have cuts on his face.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 regarding case JC-277954.

Earlier incident

Police on Friday issued another community alert for the same general area after a DePaul University student was “inappropriately touched” by an unknown man on the street.

Police and DePaul’s public safety office said the woman was walking with a friend around 1:45 a.m. Friday near the corner of Sheffield and Montana, just north of Fullerton, when she was approached from behind by the man who proceeded to touch her. The offender then fled north from the scene, police said.

The offender was described as a man in his mid-20’s who stands about 5’10” tall and has a small build. He has black hair, could be Asian, and was reportedly wearing a gray sweatshirt and black shorts, police said.

Any information about the second incident may be relayed to Area North detectives at 312-744-8261. The case number is JC-276138.

Separate case last weekend

Some local media outlets reported last week that a DePaul University student told police that a man sexually assaulted her in the back of a Lyft vehicle and then proceeded to attack her again in her dorm room around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17th.

CWBChicago has been in touch with police about the case on several occasions, and CPD said the offender was known to them and that the man and woman, both 19, had been out together for the evening before the assaults took place.

No arrest had been made in the case as of mid-week.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Man connected to Whitney Young High School carjacking is on probation for gun violation, has juvenile robbery record, more

Nicholas Williams | Chicago Police Dept.
The man who is charged with driving the carjacked SUV of a Whitney Young High School teacher this week is on probation for possessing a handgun—a probation term that was cut in half just three weeks ago by a Cook County judge.

The CPD arrest report that documents the capture of Nicholas Williams on Tuesday says cops and federal agents found Williams “in possession” of a loaded 9-millimeter handgun with a defaced serial number. But, a source with knowledge of the case told CWBChicago tonight that the gun was “ditched” and weapons charges could not be approved.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email seeking comment.

Court records show that in Aug. 2017 Williams was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly carrying a handgun in the front of his waistband during a traffic stop on the West Side. Police said in a report that the gun had been reported stolen one month earlier.

A grand jury returned a 12 felony count true bill against Williams. But the Cook County State’s Attorney dropped all charges on May 3, 2018.

Five months after that case was dropped, Williams was charged with a new set of eight weapons felonies for allegedly carrying a handgun in the front of his waistband while riding his bike on the West Side.

Last month, Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil sentenced Williams to two year’s probation, 30 hours of community service and 175 days time served in the case.

His attorneys asked for a reduced sentence and, on April 29th, Kuriakos-Ciesil granted the motion by reducing Williams’ punishment to one year of TASC probation and 30  hours of community service.

In addition to all of that, Williams also has a juvenile conviction for armed robbery.

Prosecutors have charged him only with possession of a stolen motor vehicle in the Whitney Young carjacking. A source said the victim was unable to identify Williams as the man who ordered her from her car at gunpoint on the school's parking lot.

Judge John Lyke today ordered Williams held without bail.

2 charged in Marina City carjacking

Treshawn Duffie is charged with the robbery outside of Tortoise Club at Marina City. | CPD; Google
Two men have been charged with carjacking a valet attendant during the lunch hour Tuesday outside of the Tortoise Club restaurant, 350 North State, police said.

According to CPD, Treshawn Duffie, 18, and 17-year-old Zimmerman Flowers approached the attendant around 12:45 p.m.,  Flowers then pulled out a handgun and demanded the keys to a woman’s 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the department said.

Police Tuesday said the carjackers sped across the State Street bridge with the valet following behind in a separate car. The Jeep crashed in the 400 block of North Kingsbury and the two occupants ran from the scene.

Duffie was arrested after a short foot chase, police said.

Flowers was arrested in the parking garage of the East Bank Club. An eyewitness told CWBChicago on Tuesday that he saw the carjacker get knocked to the ground by an East Bank Club building engineer. The robber then produced a handgun, which was knocked from his grip by another club employee, and additional building engineers moved in to pin the carjacker until police arrived.

Duffie is charged with felony armed robbery. Flowers is charged with armed robbery, felony possession of a weapon, and aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

They are due in bond court Thursday afternoon.

Whitney Young carjacking arrest

Nicholas Williams | CPD
Chicago police and the FBI have arrested 20-year-old Nicholas Williams of the Garfield Park neighborhood in connection with the carjacking of a teacher in the parking lot of Whitney Young High School on Monday morning.

Later that evening, investigators located the victim’s stolen Nissan Rogue with Williams sitting behind the wheel, according to Chicago police.

Williams was charged with felony receiving-possessing a stolen motor vehicle. He is also due in bond court today.
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Yet another woman mugged in southeast Lakeview; Also: Woman robbed at gunpoint in Uptown

Approximate location of Tuesday's incident. | Multiplottr
An apparent spike in robberies around southeast Lakeview continues as a woman reports being robbed in the 500 block of West Barry. Witnesses said the 25-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday when she was jumped by a man who emerged from a passing car.

The offender wrestled the woman’s phone away and returned to the vehicle, which fled eastbound on Barry.

Police said the car is a four-door silver sedan with a license plate that begins with “BF.” It was driven by a second person.

The robber is described as a slim black man in his late teens, or early 20’s who stands 5’5” to 5’8” tall. He wore a yellow hoodie and light blue jeans.

Tuesday’s incident is the latest in a string of robberies in and near southeast Lakeview:
On May 18, a woman was robbed by two men as she parked her car in the 500 block of West Briar
A smoke shop in the 2800 block of North Clark was robbed at gunpoint around 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th 
A Comcast installer was robbed at gunpoint while working outside a home in the 1000 block of West Diversey at 3:45 p.m. last Friday, May 17

Uptown mugging

Separately, a woman reported that she was robbed at gunpoint around 1:45 a.m. Thursday on the 800 block of Buena in Uptown.

The victim told police that the man approached her from behind, forced her to lie on the ground, and took her purse and phone. She was unable to provide a description of the offender because she was never able to turn around and look at him, she said.
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Sentences: 4 years for beating 64-year-old man with pipe; 54 months for cruise ship chaos

Kevin Williams | IDOC
Some cases we told you about on CWBChicago have been resolved in court:

Beating a 64-year-old man with a pipe and robbing him in Old Town has earned 18-year-old Kevin Williams a four-year prison sentence.

On Nov. 28, the victim was walking near his home in the 300 block of West Goethe when he was approached by four teenagers, one of whom began hitting him in the head and face with a metal pipe. Other members of the group took the man’s tablet and wallet, according to a police report.

Williams, who became a legal adult just two days before the attack, was charged with the robbery along with an unnamed juvenile.

In a plea deal approved by Judge Nicholas Ford, Williams pleaded guilty to felony robbery of a victim over the age of sixty. Prosecutors agreed to drop three aggravated battery charges.

After receiving Illinois’ automatic 50% sentence reduction for anticipated good behavior, Williams’ parole date has been set for Nov. 25 of next year.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

7 arrests as shoplifting mobs hits Lakeview store again and again and again

A Chicago police unit at DSW following the April 17th flash mob. | Mark Weyermuller
Shoplifting mobs have been slamming one Lakeview retailer over and over again for the past month, collecting piles of merchandise and leaving store managers frustrated.

Police detain a man after the May 22nd mob. | Provided
The thieving “flash mobs” have struck DSW at 3131 North Clark at least five times since mid-April. Two incidents unfolded this week alone, resulting in seven arrests, according to Chicago police.

On April 17th, ten men and women in their late teens or early 20's ran out with at least 25 pairs of shoes, the store reported. No arrests were made.

On May 14th, the store reported that at least seven teenagers were running out the door with stacks of merchandise. Again, the entire group escaped.

Time after time, police said, the theft crews ran from the store and entered the Belmont Red Line station via an “exit only” staircase on nearby Fletcher Street. This week, cops knew what to expect.

Tuesday night, two 18-year-old men and a 16-year-old female juvenile were arrested after the store reported five people running from the store with duffle bags full of stolen shoes. Police, aware of what to expect, swung into action and arrested the trio at the Belmont Red Line station. Even when the girl managed to slip out of the Red Line station, an officer who was monitoring a police camera above the intersection of Belmont and Sheffield was able to tell cops on the scene that she was hiding inside the Slice of Cheesie's restaurant.

Police escort a suspect after the May 19 incident. | Provided
The scene was even crazier Sunday night as police responded to a still-larger group of thieves. Officers managed to round up four offenders, the department said: a 17-year-old male juvenile; an 18-year-old woman; and two men, ages 20 and 21. Stunned drivers and residents, unaware of what was going on, called 911 to report people running through the middle of Belmont Avenue and local side streets.

Whether or not the arrests will curb the pilfering packs of people remains to be seen.

"I hope they're scared away," a DSW worker said. "What are we supposed to do?"

CWBChicago will post an update with the alleged shoplifters' mugshots and backgrounds this weekend.
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Man charged with robbing 3 Old Town businesses 5 days

Latwaun Burns is charged with robbing the BP station at La Salle/Clark and two other businesses. | CPD; Google
An Old Town resident has been charged with robbing three businesses in that North Side neighborhood since last Thursday morning, Chicago police said.

Latwaun Burns, 41, of the 1400 block of North Sedgwick is charged with three felony counts of armed robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm and three felony counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Burns is accused of robbing three businesses in four days, starting with the BP station at 1647 North La Salle around 2 a.m. last Thursday. The attendant told police that the robbery entered the station, struck up a conversation, then displayed a handgun, and took cash from the register along with lighters and cigarettes.

Late on Saturday, the same man robbed the Sarpino’s restaurant at 158 West Division, police said. The hold-up was particularly daring as that Sarpino’s location is among the busiest in the chain. An officer on the scene said police had a hard time collecting fingerprints because customers kept coming in and demanding service even as the robbery was unfolding. A yellow bicycle that the robber used to escape the Sarpino’s job was found outside the North-Clybourn Red Line station.

Most recently, police say the offender robbed Tabaq restaurant at 1245 North Clybourn around 2 a.m. Monday.

The robberies were the subject of two separate alerts from Chicago police this week.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Armed carjacking at River North valet stand this afternoon; Another at Whitney Young High

Carjackers struck at Tortoise Club (right), then fled across the State Street bridge. | Google
Two men are in custody after carjacking a River North valet driver at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, police continue to search for the armed teenager who carjacked a Whitney Young High School teacher at gunpoint on the West Loop campus parking lot this morning. Here’s the latest:

Police said two men approached a valet driver outside of Tortoise Club, 350 North State, shortly before 1 p.m. and ordered him at gunpoint to hand over the keys to a woman’s vehicle. The men climbed into a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and sped across the State Street bridge, according to witnesses.

Moments later, the Jeep slammed into three parked cars in the 400 block of North Kingsbury, forcing the offenders to run from the scene on foot.

One man ran into the parking garage of the nearby East Bank Club where a building engineer knocked him to the ground, a witness said. According to the eyewitness, the carjacker then pulled out a handgun that another building worker knocked from his hands. More building engineers moved in and pinned the robber to the ground until cops arrived, the witness said.

The second carjacker was caught by police after a foot chase near the crash site.

Charges are pending tonight.

In the earlier incident, a Whitney Young teacher was sitting in her Nissan Rogue on the school parking lot when a teenage boy entered the passenger side of the vehicle and demanded control of the car at gunpoint around 8:10 a.m., police said.

The woman surrendered the car to the boy who sped northbound on Laflin Street, police said.

She described the offender as a black male in his early teens who was wearing a gray hoodie. The vehicle bears an Illinois license plate that beings with “BF556.”
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