Monday, May 02, 2016

Lakeview Prowler Tells Cops He "Fell" Into Apartment After Seeing $20 Bill (And Other Burglary Updates)

Tactical officers responding to a suspicious person call arrived just in time to see a man peering into an apartment window in the 3100 block of N. Clifton Wednesday afternoon. The suspect fled, but cops eventually found him hiding in a nearby yard.
Davis (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)

After telling cops that he saw a $20 bill inside a basement apartment and subsequently “fell into” the window, 31-year-old Joshua Davis was charged with attempted burglary and trespassing, according to court records.

Bail for Davis, who lists a church in the 600 block of W. Deming as his home, is set at $100,000.

Video Lesson

Here’s a good 30-second video to share with anyone who’s still not locking their car doors. It shows just how quickly a curious criminal can get in and out of a vehicle with any valuable contents. In this case, the thief got away with several high-end belts from a car parked in the 3800 block of N. Clark on Sunday morning.

Busted, Too

Canibano (Chicago Police Dept)
32-year-old Vincente Canibano of the 3700 block of N. Damen in North Center is charged with possessing burglary tools, theft of lost or mislaid property, and two counts of trespassing after police arrested him in the 1400 block of W. Addison on April 20.

Officers responding to reports of a suspicious person in the area saw Canibano hiding behind a garage and peeking into yards, court records say. Canibano “made direct eye contact with [officers] and fled” with a bicycle, backpack, and bottle of wine, according to the cops’ report. He was quickly apprehended.

Police said Canibano was unable to explain how he came to possess the bicycle and he “freely admitted” to having a pair of bolt cutters in his backpack.

They Can't All Be Winners

Police responded to a call of glass breaking in the 3900 block of N. Janssen around 5:50AM last Sunday. They said they didn’t find anything unusual.

But, when a resident woke up about an hour later, he discovered that his apartment had been burglarized while he slept—and he had evidence that officers came into his unit, too, but didn’t do anything.

Those cops were off-duty when the victim called 911. The next shift’s officers were...flummoxed.
Officer: “Was there a call here earlier?”
Dispatcher: “There was a criminal damage to property this morning. [The earlier unit closed the call out].” 
Officer: “You’re joking, right?” 
Dispatcher: “Nope. Not joking.” 
Officer: “Have a supervisor come over here.”

The List

Other recent burglaries that have been confirmed by 19th district police:

DATEBLOCKTYPE OF ENTRYLOCATION
04/06/2016 9:56:05 AM2600 N WAYNE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/08/2016 7:15:00 AM500 W BRIAR PLFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/08/2016 7:30:00 AM800 W BARRY AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/08/2016 10:30:00 AM2400 N ASHLAND AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/09/2016 2:15:00 AM1300 W WELLINGTON AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESTAURANT
04/09/2016 8:00:00 PM800 W ROSCOE STFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/10/2016 5:00:00 PM4600 N WESTERN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESTAURANT
04/11/2016 1:02:00 AM2400 N CLARK STFORCIBLE ENTRYSMALL RETAIL STORE
04/11/2016 2:00:00 AM2900 N HERMITAGE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/11/2016 4:30:00 AM2600 N HERMITAGE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYGARAGE
04/12/2016 3:28:00 AM1200 W MONTANA STUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/12/2016 8:00:00 AM1700 W NEWPORT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/12/2016 7:00:00 PM4700 N LEAVITT STFORCIBLE ENTRYOTHER
04/14/2016 2:00:00 PM3300 N BROADWAYFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/15/2016 5:30:00 AM1000 W GRACE STATTEMPTRESIDENCE
04/15/2016 9:30:00 AM2900 N HALSTED STFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/15/2016 2:30:00 PM1400 W ALTGELD STFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/15/2016 3:00:00 PM3400 N JANSSEN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/16/2016 4:52:00 AM3800 N PAULINA STFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/16/2016 10:00:00 AM4100 N MAPLEWOOD AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYGARAGE
04/16/2016 4:30:00 PM3400 N JANSSEN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/16/2016 7:30:00 PM3400 N JANSSEN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/16/2016 7:30:00 PM3500 N LINCOLN AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/16/2016 8:35:00 PM3400 N JANSSEN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/17/2016 3:19:00 AM1300 W NELSON STFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/17/2016 3:30:00 PM2600 N CLYBOURN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYSMALL RETAIL STORE
04/17/2016 7:30:00 PM2100 W WARNER AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/18/2016 6:45:00 AM3000 N CLYBOURN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/18/2016 10:15:00 AM3000 N CLYBOURN AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/18/2016 3:15:00 PM3500 N WOLCOTT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/18/2016 3:15:00 PM3500 N WOLCOTT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/19/2016 1:38:00 PM2400 N GREENVIEW AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/20/2016 9:00:00 PM1400 W ALTGELD STUNLAWFUL ENTRYGARAGE
04/20/2016 10:00:00 PM1400 W BELMONT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYOTHER
04/21/2016 11:00:00 AM3400 N WOLCOTT AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/21/2016 9:30:00 PM3700 N KENMORE AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYGARAGE
04/22/2016 11:45:00 AM1500 W NELSON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYGARAGE
04/22/2016 6:00:00 PM2400 W MONTROSE AVEFORCIBLE ENTRYVACANT LOT/LAND
04/22/2016 8:00:00 PM2100 W ADDISON STUNLAWFUL ENTRYGARAGE
04/23/2016 3:30:00 AM1400 W WELLINGTON AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYRESIDENCE
04/24/2016 12:30:00 AM3900 N JANSSEN AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYAPARTMENT
04/24/2016 1:30:00 PM2600 N MILDRED AVEUNLAWFUL ENTRYGARAGE
"Forcible entry" means that the offenders forced their way in, typically by breaking through a door or window. "Unlawful Entry" means that no force was used--a window left unlocked, for example.
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Sunday, May 01, 2016

2 Charged In Fire That Ripped 126-Year-Old Boystown Home

Inset: Handzel (top) and Williams (Chicago Police Dept/Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)

A man and a transgender woman have been charged in connection with a fire that gutted the second floor of a 126-year-old Boystown home last Sunday. Both are free on bond.

Witnesses told police that they saw Keith L. Williams, 23, and Ryan Handzel, 20, walk out of the abandoned home at 651 W. Aldine moments before flames appeared from its second floor around 6PM on April 24, according to court records.

Both admitted to being inside the building before the fire was discovered, police said.

Williams and Handzel were arrested on the scene and each has been charged with three counts of criminal damage to property and one count of criminal trespass.

Molten tar fell from the burning home onto nearby cars, leading to two of the criminal damage counts,  according to witnesses and a police report.

The third damage charge alleges that the duo “recklessly by means of fire” damaged the home itself.

Brat Williams

Williams, who lists the Howard Brown Health Center as her home address, was the star of a CWB Chicago story in October 2014 after she managed to get arrested twice and victimized once on Halsted Street in a single week.

Aside from that notable week, Williams has racked up a series of other arrests in our neighborhood. According to court and police records, criminal charges filed against her in our neighborhood include:

• An April 2012 charge of aggravated unlawful use of a knife in the 800 block of Aldine, which ended with a sentence of 3 months probation and “destruction” of the knife.

• Shoplifting at the Boystown Jewel-Osco store in September 2012, which earned 1 year’s probation.

• Obstructing traffic outside of the Broadway Youth Center, 3179 N. Broadway, in September 2012.

• Criminal trespass at the Center on Halsted in February 2013. The charge was thrown out when the Center—per its policy —failed to show up in court.

• Battery at the Center on Halsted in September 2014. Again, the charge was thrown out when the Center failed to show up in court.

• Theft at the Forever Yogurt, 3510 N. Halsted, in September 2014

• Battery in the 3500 block of N. Halsted in August 2015. The charges were dropped when the witness did not appear in court.

Handzel, who did not list a home address but hails from Crystal Lake, has no previous arrests in Cook County, records show.
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

With More Neighborhood Muggings, Robberies Continue Record-Setting Pace

A Wrigleyville man became our neighborhood’s 52nd robbery victim of the year this morning. At least three others have been targeted in robberies and attempted robberies in nearby areas over the past week.

Muggings in Wrigleyville and Boystown are on pace to set a new record high in 2016, with reported cases up 138%.

In today’s incident, a man told police that he was attacked from behind by an offender who jumped him, punched him in the face, and fled with his phone around 3:20AM in the 1000 block of W. Grace.

The suspect is described as a 6’2” tall Hispanic man who’s about 29 years old.

Woman Attacked on Lakewood

A Lakeview woman told police that she was chased by four men in a black sedan who attacked and robbed her around 10PM on Tuesday in the 3800 block of N. Lakewood.

The woman said one of the men jumped out of the rear passenger-side door, assaulted her, and took her purse. He got back into the vehicle, which fled southbound on Lakewood, westbound on Grace, and then north on Southport, according to a witness.

The offenders were described only as three black men with a driver who may have been female.

Robbery Reddited

A man who called police around 4:15 Thursday morning to report an attempted robbery near Sheffield and Diversey has written a post about his experience on Reddit:
I was walking south on Sheffield towards Diversey. About 1.5 blocks north of Diversey I noticed a man crossing the street diagonally and keeping pace with my steps. As he came closer I stopped and he stopped. 
I asked him to keep his distance but he started walking towards me.
At that point I pulled a knife and turned around to find his accomplice about 7ft away, sneaking from behind. I slashed at the second man and yelled at him. After closing a couple of feet between the second man they were spooked and both ran. 
Once they were leaving I ran around the block as fast as I could and reported it to the police. 
The first man was in his mid twenties, about 5'9", black with tight short dreads and a red jacket. The second man was closer to 6"1", mid twenties, black with a black jacket with his hood up. It seemed like he had closer cropped hair (not quite shaved) but again he had a hood on and everything happened very fast. 
I'm lucky I escaped that situation without harm. I am posting here to let people know to keep an eye out…Stay safe folks!

Lincoln Park Attack

A Lincoln Park woman told police that she was beaten up and robbed by two men who attacked her near Seminary and Wrightwood last Friday morning.

The victim said the offenders took her purse and fled southbound on Seminary around 3:30AM.

Offender descriptions: (1) Male, black, dreads, white shirt, jeans; (2)  Male, black, short hair, black tee shirt, jeans.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

"IS IT ON VIDEO?": Burglar Busted With Cash Register On His Shoulder, Cops Say

A convicted burglar who is currently on parole for theft is charged with breaking into a Lincoln Park store early Monday and running off with its cash register.

King (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)
Police say they saw Kenneth King sprinting down a side street with a cash register on his shoulder around 12:30AM as they responded to a burglar alarm at Lush Cosmetics, 859 W. Armitage.

Cops say King’s initial response to his arrest was asking, “did somebody see me do it? Is it on video?”

King, 36, is a Black P-Stone gang member who was given three concurrent 2-year sentences for Lincoln Park and Lakeview theft cases in in 2014. He was released after serving only six months in prison, according to state records.

His bail is set at $200,000.

More Cases

Overnight burglaries of businesses on the North Side have continued since King’s arrest.

Just four hours after King was taken into custody, front doors were smashed in at two businesses in Wrigleyville and Boystown. The cash box was taken from Clark Street Sports, 3465 N. Clark, around 4:40AM. Moments later, a cash register was stolen from Salad House, 3176 N. Broadway.

Yesterday morning, an employee reporting for work at Tolotzin Mexican Cuisine, 4431 N. Broadway, found a front window broken out and the restaurant’s cash register lying in an alley.

Most recently, Gramaphone Records, 2843 N. Clark, was burglarized around 2:45AM today.
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Alley Fires Prompt Warning For Lakeview, Lincoln Park

Arson investigators have issued an alert after six fires were set in Lakeview and Lincoln Park alleys early Monday morning.

Police say someone set fire to garbage cans in a half dozen locations between 4:30AM and 5:30AM. Some of the fires spread to nearby garages.

Locations and times of Monday's incidents:

  • 2800 block of N. Cambridge at 4:28AM
  • 1100 block of W. Oakdale at 5:04AM
  • 2900 block of N. Seminary at 5:09AM
  • 700 block of W. Oakdale at 5:16AM
  • 1100 block of W. Wolfram at 5:24AM
  • 2700 block of N. Racine at 5:28AM

Police are asking neighbors to secure the lids to their garbage cans. Large items should not be placed in alleys until pick up days, the alert says.

Anyone with video or information about Monday’s incidents are asked to call investigators at 312.746.7618. Refer to case HZ239011 or pattern P16-N-088.

Image: Magic of the Smokies
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Burglar Snared By Undercover Cops In Lincoln Park

A 22-year-old Woodlawn man is charged with burglary after an undercover Chicago police unit caught him leaving the scene of a Lincoln Park burglary, court records say.
Walker (Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Detectives working to reverse the area’s surging burglary rate say they saw James E. Walker ducking into gangways and alleys near Southport and Lill around 10AM on April 6.

Officers who stopped Walker for a field interview found property that they traced to a home in the 2600 block of N. Wayne, where a forcible-entry burglary had taken place, prosecutors said.

Walker was carrying a Dell laptop, a Samsung cellphone, Oontz wireless speakers, an iPod, and credit cards in another man’s name, cops say.

His bail is set at $100,000.

Court records show that Walker was previously arrested in the 1000 block of W. Irving Park around 5PM on March 4 after a homeowner found him poking around on his back porch.

ICYMI

A 20-year-old parolee is charged with the burglary of a Wicker Park home that was captured on crystal-clear surveillance video.

Antwoyn Carroll, also known as Andrew Moffett, is charged with burglary in connection with the break-in that was reported in the 1600 block of N. Bell on March 18.

Carroll was arrested last Sunday for trespassing in the 2200 block of W. Hirsch, police said. Investigators subsequently connected him to the burglary case, footage of which began spreading online one week earlier.

A surveillance image of the burglar (L) and Carroll
State records show that Carroll, a convicted drug dealer and auto thief, is on absconder status after being paroled in February 2015.

The burglary victim posted video of the break-in to Reddit after waiting nearly three weeks for police to send an evidence technician to collect fingerprints, footprints, and a copy of the burglary images.

Less than 48 hours later, the Chicago Police Department issued a statement that said detectives had picked up the video and were investigating the incident.

“The First Deputy Superintendent has also asked the Chief of Detectives and Chief of Patrol to look into whether this incident was dispatched properly and investigated in accordance with CPD standards and protocols,” the department said in a press release.
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UPDATE: Charges Hiked In Boystown Sex Abuse Case

There are developments to report in cases that you read about on CWB:

Boykin (Chicago Police Dept)
• A Cook County grand jury returned additional felony charges against Nicholas Boykin, the 33-year-old West Side man who is accused of fondling and groping a woman with two other men as the victim walked near the Lakeview Athletic Club at Belmont and Broadway last month. The 24-year-old victim, who lives nearby,  told police that she saw Boykin and two other unknown offenders get off of a bus moments before the attack.

Boykin, originally charged with criminal sexual abuse, now faces additional counts of aggravated battery and unlawful restraint, according to court records. He is due back in court on Tuesday.

Branch (Ill Dept of Corrections)
• A 24-year-old South Bend, IN, woman has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for her role in a series of armed robberies of convenience stores in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and West Town last year.

Multiple charges were dropped against Jamie Branch, who pleaded guilty to one count of burglary.  Branch's co-defendant, Mitchell Thomas, is due back in court next month.

• An East Side man who was accused of brandishing a machete during an altercation along the Wrigleyville bar strip last month has entered a guilty plea. Joe Terrones was handed a 4-day sentence, which was off-set by credit of 4-days served.

Lopez (Cook County Sheriff's Office)
• A 62-year-old Lincoln Park man has pleaded guilty to trying to rob a woman outside of the now-shuttered Edge Restaurant, 2720 N. Clark, last August. Richard Lopez was sentenced to 30-months probation, court records say.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

VIDEO: Homeless Man Battered At Lakeview Tent City

The expanding homeless camps under North Side Lake Shore Drive viaducts are “quite the eyesore” for at least one North Side resident.

And the only time the city gave tent residents much attention was last summer, when crews cleared out the Lawrence Avenue camp in advance of a Mumford & Sons concert at Montrose Beach.

But reports of fights, attacks, and crime in the tent villages are frequent—with stabbings, robbery, and intimidation of witnesses being reported to CWB Chicago editors repeatedly since last autumn.

Then, on Sunday night, a Lakeview man’s car-mounted GoPro caught a senseless attack on video.

A man is seen backing out of a tent under the Irving Park Road viaduct. Then, he launches a kick at someone inside as a car passes. Seconds later, the silhouette of someone raising their hands in defense is clearly visible as the man launches another kick. Then he peels his jacket off and stares into the tent.

Lakeview resident Ben Bruce’s dashboard-mounted GoPro captured the events as he exited Lake Shore Drive on his way home around 9:15PM.

“I caught a man brutally assaulting and stomping on the head of a homeless man,” Bruce said. He called 911 and reported that he had video of the incident.

Several other 911 callers reported seeing a man jump out of his car and begin “beating up the homeless people” under the Irving Park Road bridge, but Bruce says he did not see a vehicle.

Chicago police said officers were unable to find a victim when they arrived.

Bruce's video, posted to YouTube, shows a well-dressed man with a cane leaning against the south wall of the viaduct while the attack unfolds a short distance away. (We have enhanced and zoomed  a segment of video HERE.)

"[The attacker] had no issue with the traffic passing him attacking this homeless man,” Bruce said.

Throughout the apparent attack, the well-dressed man continues to lean against the wall, looking back and forth.

Both men were last seen walking toward the lake, Bruce said.

“Regardless of his status in life [the victim] deserves justice just like any other citizen, and the thug who attacked him needs to be off the streets before he harms another person.”

“I normally run in to break things up but my girlfriend is terrified I'm going to get shot,” he said.

Claims of criminals targeting residents of the tent cities are rarely formalized with police reports, homeless advocates say.

But, CWB Chicago has received credible reports of stabbings and robberies of the lakefront’s homeless. Some of the alleged offenders—credibly identified to us by name—actually have homes, but they go to the lakefront specifically to target tent city residents.

Among the most frequently-mentioned perpetrators are two Latin Kings with long criminal records. CWB Chicago is withholding their names because they have not been charged with any crime against the homeless.

With warmer weather coming and the homeless camps sure to grow, we can only hope that the city will get its act together.
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

VIDEO: After Boystown Fire, Arson Investigators Question 2

Two people are in police custody after fire swept through an abandoned home in Boystown Sunday evening. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 6PM.


Peter Skrabacz lives nearby: “I smelled something outside and when I went out to take my dog I saw the building next door on fire."

Officers transported two individuals to Harrison and Kedzie in Garfield Park for questioning by arson detectives, a source said.

As of 10:15PM, fire investigators remained on the scene.

Built in 1880, the 2-story wood-frame home at 651 W. Aldine sold for $650,000 on March 17, according to realtor.com.

It had been listed as for sale by owner since at least 2007, according to a longtime neighbor.

Fire image: Peter Skrabacz
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WEDNESDAY: Lakeview Crime Meeting Planned—"It's About Empowering Ourselves"

Concerned that “crime in Lakeview seems to be getting worse day by day,” Elaine Osgood is organizing a community meeting at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, at 7PM this Wednesday.

Osgood, sales manager at nearby Diag Bar and Grill, says “it’s time to come together as a community and discuss ways we as residents can make Lakeview safe again. We have all worked too hard to make Lakeview the thriving place it is, and we deserve to feel safe in our own houses and on our streets.”

Originally scheduled to be held at Diag, the event was quickly moved to the Athenaeum after an outpouring of support via the event's Facebook page.

Through April 15, overall reported crime is up 19% in Lakeview compared to the same time last year. Among the most serious crime categories, robberies are up 97%, burglaries are up 131%, and auto thefts are up 121% compared to the same period last year.

Reports of those major crimes are also up compared to 2014, city records show.
Osgood told the Facebook group that she is “committed to making sure we stick to a focused agenda with solutions and follow up action items...structure will be key to this meeting.”

“I think we need to meet as a community and decide what action, if any, we want to ask for from the [aldermen] and be strategic. I think there is more we can do OURSELVES and show them that it doesn't take money and funding to control the crime...just dedication and commitment to safety.”

32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack “has been very helpful and even though he won't be at the meeting, [he] provided me with a lot of information to help start a great foundation for a successful neighborhood watch which I am excited to share at the meeting,” Osgood said.

“This isn't about getting the ‘higher-ups’ involved to support us. This is about empowering ourselves. We have more power than we think, and we as a community WILL put a stop to this foolish violence and theft...with or without [the city’s] help.

You are welcome to RSVP via the “Operation Lakeview” Facebook page or by emailing Elaine.
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