Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MUGGED ON RAHM'S TURF: Woman Targeted In Robbery Attempt Near Emanuel Home Overnight

UPDATE MAY 22 12:11AM— The victim in this case has contacted CWB. She states that the offender was 5'9" tall and about 170 pounds. The description we provided below was based on the reporting officers' description of the offender.
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A 28-year-old Lake View woman was targeted in an attempted robbery less than two blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home overnight.

The victim was near her home when the offender tried to mug her near the corner of Ashland and Cullom at 2:40AM. She told police that the attacker fled without getting any of her possessions.

Police said the suspect was last seen running southbound on Ashland. He’s described as a white or Hispanic man, 5’4” tall, 140 pounds, wearing a black hoodie and dark pants. (CPD case HY267464)

Of course, we know that you are deeply concerned about the mayor's safety during all of this. Fear not, neighbors. The Emanuel home remained fully protected by three police units and a sergeant during the incident.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

HELL FREEZES OVER: We Want To Organize A Community Walk

Pieces of information are beginning to emerge about how the city and Chicago Pride Parade organizers plan to rectify the increasing challenges that the event has faced in recent years. And a formal announcement on the details may come within a week.

But we have one idea we’d like to propose (and we can hardly believe that we’re suggesting it).

We want to organized a Pride Sunday community walk. Kind of a post-Pride Parade parade. More on that in a sec.

First, here are a few details about the 2015 parade that have emerged:

At a recent community meeting, Erin Duffy of Ald. Tom Tunney’s office announced that a “parade committee” has been formed, although how its members were selected and who its members are remains a bit of a mystery.

Duffy said that this year’s parade will kick off at noon, as the parade always has, putting the kibosh on talk that it may start earlier in an effort to reduce drunkenness.

Duffy also announced that this year’s parade will be led by all of the participating politicians walking in one group rather than as individual entries. This would seem to be an effort to reduce the length of the parade.

We’d much prefer that the politicians be placed at the end of the parade. After all, the parade isn't about them. But, hey, when politicians are making the decisions, politicians get to march wherever they want.

According to Duffy, the clandestine committee is focusing on the parade’s effects on the neighborhood for a full 24-hour window.

Somewhat cryptically, all public statements about the 2015 parade route, including the official parade site, have said only that this year’s parade will be held in the “East Lakeview/Uptown neighborhoods.”

As recently as last October, the official site listed the actual route, which was established in 2012.

That may mean nothing or it may mean that a route change is coming. We favor having the parade bypass Halsted altogether—going straight down Broadway to Diversey. That would eliminate the dangerous overcrowding that forms as spectators naturally try to get as close to Roscoe and Halsted as possible. This will probably never happened, but we favor it.

Anywho, on to that idea of ours.

We would like to invite Alderman Tunney, Alderman James Cappleman, business representatives, neighbors, our new police commander, and parade organizer Richard Pfeiffer to join us for a walk of the neighborhood at 1AM on the Monday morning after Pride.  That's about 10 hours after the parade is supposed to be over.

We’ll walk the streets from Roscoe and Halsted down to Belmont then over to Sheffield. We'll hang out there, taking in the local flora and fauna, and then walk back east on Belmont and north on Halsted to Addison.

The goal? To remind the remaining, uh, revelers to respect the neighborhood and not ruin the fun for everyone. Maybe we could hand out little pieces of paper with Pride Fest’s 2015 slogan, “Keep Pride Proud" and a request to disperse in the interest of the parade's future.

Now, we know. At this poiint, faithful CWB readers are probably thinking that someone has hacked our site. After all, we hate positive loitering and “take back the neighborhood” marches. We think they are nothing more than theater for cameras and feel-good events that make it look like something is being done.

But this would be different. This would be a chance to for everyone to see exactly what is going on and to make an effort to clear the streets. It’s a chance to confront at least one of the many issues that face Pride this year.

Who’s in?
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BUSTED: Lakeview Woman Is Followed Into Her Home, Robbed

One man is in custody this morning after allegedly following a Lakeview woman into her home, grabbing her by the neck, throwing her to the ground, and robbing her Monday evening, police say.

The victim reported the attack in the 3100 block of Southport around 9:50 last night.

The suspect was taken into custody behind Schuba’s Tavern at Southport and Belmont moments later and several witnesses got involved.

Charges are pending. More details to come…

Monday's attack is remarkably similar to a December 2013 robbery in west Lakeview. In that case, a man followed a woman home from the Paulina Brown Line station, entered her home, grabbed her by the neck, threw her to the ground, and stole her Macbook and iPhone.

The offender in that case was also arrested within minutes. Martise Lowe, 33, received an eight year sentence in the Paulina case. He is scheduled to be paroled in September 2020.
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HELMONT RIDES AGAIN: Late Night Mayhem Returns For 2015

Robberies. Random attacks. Neighbors waking up to find a stranger tending to his freshly-broken leg in their back yard. These all contributed to a vibrant mix as the unmitigated criminal playground that we call Helmont neared peak performance this weekend.

One of these days, police and politicians will make a concerted effort to reclaim Belmont Avenue from the criminal droves. Right? They'll try, right?

The only logical way to tell the story of our neighborhoods' nighttime madness is by giving a play-by-play. (We've tossed in a few non-Helmont reports for variety.)

Saturday

2:00AM — Sergeant sees a large fight break out at Clark and Cornelia. More cars called in to disperse the brawlers.

2:13AM — A Chicago radio reporter is robbed at knife point in Boystown. 600 block of Roscoe.

Scarlet. (lakeview-bars.com)
2:57AM — Group of 30 young men just chased a couple of guys into Boystown's Scarlet Bar, 3320 N. Halsted. The pack is now waiting outside for the victims to leave. Police confirm a large number of people on the street--"there’s a large group walking back and forth on this block. We'll probably get more calls."

3:26AM — Police unit requests more cars and a paddy wagon to the Belmont Red Line station for a large disturbance on the street. General mayhem unfolds along Belmont from Sheffield to Halsted.

3:31AM — Officer is flagged down by a guy who reports being threatened by a man with a handgun on Belmont between Halsted and Clark. The offender, described as a black man, 6-feet tall, 195 pounds, with short hair, dressed in all black, allegedly carries a handgun in his front waistband.

3:44AM — Officer: "We got about 100 people here on Belmont. Get some cars [to Clark and Belmont] to shag these guys."

3:49AM — All of the 19th district's foot patrol officers and "entertainment team" units are ordered to report to Belmont.

4:00AM — Ambulance requested for victim of a beating at Belmont Red Line station.

4:10AM — CTA workers at Belmont CTA station report "15 transgenders soliciting and threatening them."

4:20AM — Multiple calls to the police tip line reporting groups of men conducting open sales of narcotics at Belmont and Sheffield as well as 3500 N. Halsted.

4:37AM — Two men in hoodies chasing another man eastbound on School at Sheffield.

4:39AM — Caller reports that the man who was being chased above has been robbed. Victim tells police that he was "talking to some guy in a car" at School and Sheffield when two black men approached, removed him from his vehicle, stole his wallet, and drove off in his 2003 brown Saturn L200.

5:06AM — Officers report that the man who was robbed is "very angry. He walked away and said 'screw the police, goodbye!'"

5:12AM — Officer calls for more cars to Belmont and Wilton for a fight in progress.

5:13AM — Officer calls for officers with a Tazer to Belmont and Wilton.

5:33AM — Officer to dispatcher: "Have you gotten any calls at Belmont and Clark about a male white in a checkered shirt who's threatening to stab people?" Answer: No.

6:46AM — A victim of that 2:00AM fight at Clark/Cornelia is now hospitalized at Illinois Masonic. Battery report filed.

10:59AM — Naked man jumping out of bushes to scare people and take their pictures on the Lakefront Trail between Diversey and Belmont.

9:07PM — Man shot 4 times in Uptown. He lives.

9:09PM — A pit bull attacks and kills two other dogs on the corner of Broadway and Hawthorne.

Sunday

2:32AM — Resident who lives at Belmont and Kenmore says he just woke up to find a burglar in his 3rd floor apartment. Report filed.

3:18AM — Group fighting in the street at Aldine and Halsted.

3:22AM — Large crowd in the 7-Eleven parking lot at Roscoe and Halsted. Some people in the crowd are firing off stun guns.

4:12AM — Officers witness another fight breaking out at Aldine and Halsted.

4:26AM — More cars requested at Belmont and Wilton for a fight in progress.

4:28AM — 911 callers reporting a huge fight at Belmont and Clark.

Belmont CTA station mezzanine (TransitChicago.com)
4:31AM — Man reports that he's been jumped on the Belmont Red Line platform.

4:34AM — Five people fighting on the Belmont CTA station's northbound platform. Another caller says it's 8 people fighting. "They're flooding my [dispatch] board with these calls….now you got a person with a knife fighting."

4:34AM — EMS on the way for 18-year-old victim on the Belmont platform.

4:40AM — They're now fighting on the Addison Red Line platform.

4:41AM — Officer at Addison CTA station says he has located another victim from the Belmont platform melee.

4:45AM — Man being beaten up by 3 other men under the L tracks at School and Wilton.

4:50AM — Motorist reports that people are throwing rocks and other objects at vehicles driving past Belmont and Clark. Offenders are last seen running toward the Belmont CTA station. Driver pulls over and waits for police.

5:13AM — Resident who lives at School and Sheffield wakes up to find a stranger with a broken leg lying in his back yard. The leg was broken in one of the many fights mentioned above. Transported to Illinois Masonic. Report filed.

7:33AM — DISPATCHER: "[Illinois] Masonic is treating a man who says he got beat up at Belmont and Wilton." OFFICER: "Yeah. Imagine that!" Victim is unable to file a report when police arrive because he is getting a CAT scan.

7:58AM — Homeless man defecating in the Dunkin' Donuts parking lot. Clark and Belmont.
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CREEPER: Naked Man Jumps From Lakefront Bushes, Takes Pix

A naked man who likes to jump out of bushes and take pictures of people added an extra splash of energy to the Lakefront Trail this weekend.

The Lakefront Trail near Diversey Harbor (Google)
The first sighting of the peeled-down perv came around 11AM Saturday from a woman who reported that the man had jumped out of a bush along the path near Diversey.

According to the woman, the completely-naked man ran up to her on the bike path, but then turned back, put his clothes on, hopped on a bike, and pedaled away.

She described the guy as a 20-something Asian.

Near Belmont Harbor about 15 minutes later, 911 callers reported seeing a naked man jumping in and out of bushes, snapping pictures of passers-by. This time, the man was described as being Middle Eastern and in his 20's. He was last seen on his bike, pedaling back toward Diversey.

Officers were unable to locate the man.

Butt But, he came back for an encore performance.

Around 9:30 Sunday morning, 911 received more calls of people being scared by a naked man who jumped out of bushes near the Lakefront Path at Belmont Harbor. Once again, police were unable to locate the man.
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UP & OVER: Burglary Spree At Boystown Self-Storage Center

Access was gained by cutting through the units' wire roofs.
Police say that at least a dozen units were targeted last week in a burglary at Uncle Bob's Self Storage, 3626 Broadway.

Witnesses report that the offender entered the units by climbing up and clipping through wire fencing that serves as each unit's "roof."

"I think it's a matter of time before he gets caught," an Uncle Bob's customer told us this weekend. "Everyone has their own personal code to get into both the building and the elevator. [There are] cameras everywhere."

The Uncle Bob's employees "are the nicest people ever," the victim said. "I feel terrible this happened to them. You can tell they are upset by it."
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

BOYSTOWN: Pit Bull Attacks, Kills 2 Dogs On Broadway

UPDATE MAY 18 6:53PM—WGN-TV is picking up the story.
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A warm Saturday night dog walk took a terrible turn in Boystown last night when a pit bull attacked and killed two other dogs in the 3400 block of Broadway. No humans were injured.

The pit bull was on a walk with a relative of its owners when it suddenly turned on two smaller dogs across from the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace around 9:10PM.

Chicago Animal Care and Control took custody of the pit bull under the city's "vicious animals" ordinance.

Image: Google Street View
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BLESSED: Man Survives 4 Gunshot Wounds In Uptown

Uptown scored its 12th shooting of this increasingly violent year Saturday evening when a man caught four bullets as he sat in a car near Wilson and Malden.

Witnesses say the man and another person were sitting in a 1990 Chevy Impala in the 4500 block of Malden around 9:05PM when a gunman opened fire on the vehicle, striking the victim repeatedly in the left side.

The 28-year-old bullseye was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center with three gunshot wounds to his left arm and one gunshot wound in his left torso. His condition has reportedly stabilized.

A "flood" of gasoline poured from the Impala's bullet-ridden gas tank as the driver, pumped full of lead, sped from the scene. Police found the victim sitting in his car in the middle of the road at Wilson and Sheridan.

As CWB reported earlier this week, Uptown is on pace to log a record-high number of homicides this year. Five people have been shot dead there so far in 2015. Seven other shooting victims have survived.

Uptown's gunmen are far more lethal than most in Chicago. According to the authoritative Hey Jackass, fewer than 15% of Chicago's shooting victims have died from their wounds this year. But 42% of Uptown's victims are dead.
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SOUNDS FISHY: 3 Area Sushi Restaurants Burglarized In One Day (And So Is Lane Tech High School)

Broken glass in the front door of Lane Technical High School, which was
burglarized and vandalized this weekend. Image: @breezydayz
UPDATE MAY 18: Police have now issued an alert regarding the restaurant burglaries. It is posted at the end of this report.
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At least 3 local sushi bars were forcibly entered and burglarized this weekend, according to police.

Investigators say the offenders took cash and other items from New Tokyo, 3139 Broadway; Kyoto Sushi, 2534 Lincoln; and Ponzu Sushi, 2407 Clark.

Schooled

Lane Technical High School's main office was ransacked and burglarized this weekend by
intruders who broke glass on the school's front door to gain entrance.

A nighttime security guard discovered the break-in around 10:15PM Saturday and summoned police. Canine units were called in to search the sprawling complex at 2501 Addison for the offenders, but none was found.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

RUDE: Radio Reporter Robbed On Roscoe

A Chicago radio reporter became the latest Boystown mugging victim Saturday when a woman brandished a weapon and robbed him in the 600 block of Roscoe around 2:05AM. She then fled in a black vehicle.

The man's call sat around for over six minutes before an officer became available to take the assignment. Even then, that officer had to respond from the opposite side of the district at Belmont and Western.

Tired of waiting, the man went on a hunt to find an officer himself. He found one several blocks away at Halsted and Brompton.

The offender is described as a black woman wearing a black top and blue jeans. CPD case HY262146.
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