Sunday, April 22, 2018

2012: Sent To Prison For Robbery In 700 Block Of Cornelia; Saturday: Arrested For Robbing Man In 800 Block Of Cornelia

Keith Sandifer | Chicago Police Dept
Last September, we warned that a man who had recently been discharged from parole for robbing a victim in Boystown had returned to the neighborhood and had been arrested again for stealing a woman’s purse.

“Let's give a warm ‘Welcome Back’ to Keith Sandifer,” we wrote.

Welp, early Saturday morning, 49-year-old Sandifer was arrested in Boystown. He’s now charged with pushing a man to the ground and going through the victim’s pockets while implying that he had a handgun. It all happened in the 800 block of West Cornelia—just a block from the robbery that sent Sandifer to prison in 2012.

Shortly after 3 a.m., a Boystown resident called 911 to report hearing a man screaming for help near Halsted and Cornelia. Cops found the victim nearby and tactical officers had Sandifer in custody within minutes at Halsted and Addison. He was positively identified as the robbery offender, police said.

Sandifer is charged with felony robbery-indicating the presence of a firearm. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him held without bail on Sunday.

Back in 2012, Sandifer was arrested after mugging a victim in the 700 block of West Cornelia. He was sentenced to six years.

Last September, security at Replay, 3439 North Halsted, detained Sandifer after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse and headed for the door. He was charged with theft. The status of that case was not immediately available on Sunday.

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Women Charged With Robbing Man At Knifepoint Near Belmont Red Line Station (You may remember one of 'em)

Handzel (left) and Smith. | Chicago Police Dept
Two transgender women are in custody, charged with robbing a man at knifepoint near the Belmont Red Line station early Saturday. One of the accused was previously convicted of “accidentally” burning down a home in Boystown and also accused of robbing another man in Boystown—an incident that she  excused as a “mistake.”

Prosecutors today said that 22-year-old Ryan Handzel and 24-year-old Dionte Smith flagged down cops near the 800 block of West Fletcher at 3:30 a.m. Saturday and reported that a man had just robbed them. Cops spoke with the alleged robber who said the women had it twisted: They had just punched him in the face and robbed him at knifepoint, according to prosecutors.

A search of Handzel and Smith revealed that they were in possession of the true victim’s property, according to police. Both women are charged with felony armed robbery. Judge Mary Marubio ordered them held without bail on Sunday.

In October 2016, Handzel was accused of punching a 24-year-old man in the face two times during an argument in the 800 block of West Waveland. When the victim dropped his cell phone after being punched, Handzel picked it up and handed it to another offender who fled the scene, police said.

Handzel was given probation for setting fire to this Boystown home.
Police said Handzel told them, “I hit [the victim] in the head twice, but I didn’t intend to steal [the] phone.” He was charged with battery and theft, but the charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court.

Most infamously, Handzel is one of two women convicted of “accidentally” burning down a 126-year-old Boystown home in April 2016.

Handzel and her co-offender, Keith L. Williams, were both sentenced to probation for the fire.

Handzel continues to list the Crib youth shelter at 835 West Addison as his home.

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Man Stabbed In Uptown This Evening; Victim Critical, Suspect In Custody

The victim was found by police outside of the Jimmy John's at Wilson and Racine. | Google
A 41-year-old man was critically wounded in a stabbing on the street near Truman College in Uptown this evening, police said. A suspect is in custody. Patrol officers were flagged down by witnesses outside of the Jimmy John’s restaurant, 1148 West Wilson at 5:45 p.m.

Officers immediately pursued a suspect who was taken into custody in the 4600 block of North Racine. A bloody knife was found across the street from the suspect, according to police.

At 7 p.m., an officer stood guard over the knife at 4628 North Racine while another cop was stationed near blood stains on the sidewalk at 1148 West Wilson.

Police said the victim had been transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with stab wounds in his lower back and left thigh. No further details were released about the suspect or the motive for the attack.

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River North: Paroled Murderer And Second Man Charged With Robbing Ride-Hail Passenger

Robert Archer (left) and Robert Means | Chicago Police Dept
Two convicted felons, including one who is on parole for murder, have been charged with robbing a ride-hailing service passenger in River North.

Early Friday morning, detectives working an anti-robbery mission began surveillance of a vehicle that was suspected of being used in a ride-hailing robbery on April 13.

Detectives watched 45-year-old Stacey Means and 51-year-old Robert Archer used the car to pick up a victim in the 100 block of West Kinzie around 3:30 a.m., police said. Surveillance continued as the men drove the victim to an ATM, forced the victim to withdraw money, and then robbed the victim of valuables, according to police.

The two men were arrested minutes later.

Police said the surveilled vehicle is also suspected of being used in the robbery of a ride-hailing passenger in the 200 block of West Grand around 11 p.m. on April 13.

Archer and Means, who are from the Austin neighborhood, were each charged with one count of aggravated robbery for the incident that was observed by police. The men were due in bond court on Sunday afternoon.

State records show that Means was paroled in July 2015 after serving 18 years of a 32-year sentence for murder. He also has previous prison sentences for narcotics in 1997 and possessing a firearm in a school in 1991.

Police said Archer is also a convicted felon. His record was not immediately available on Sunday.

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Carjackers Strike Again On Lakeview-Lincoln Park Border

Two women were robbed and carjacked early Sunday near Seminary and Diversey, police said. | Google
Police are investigating an overnight carjacking along the Lakeview-Lincoln Park border.

Two women had just exited their car in the 1100 block of West Diversey when four men approached and pointed handguns to their faces while announcing a robbery at 1:20 a.m., police said.

The victims, ages 19 and 21, were ordered to hand over purses and wallets. They said the gunmen forced them to turn off their phones before handing them over, likely to prevent authorities from tracking the offenders via cell tower hits. Neither woman was injured, police said.

All four assailants then climbed into the women’s white 2011 Ford Focus and sped north on Seminary, the victims said. The stolen car has exterior lights on its sides and bears a license plate that begins with “MFA4.”

A police spokesman this morning said the offenders were four black men between 20- and 25-years-old. Area North detectives are investigating.

This morning’s incident follows a series of similar crimes committed by a single robbery crew on the North Side yesterday morning.

Between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, the team robbed three motorists and stole two vehicles, police said. A fourth driver escaped without losing anything to the men. Police called off a pursuit of the offenders after the fleeing robbers struck a pedestrian in Lincoln Park.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Carjacking Crew Targets 4 Drivers In Under An Hour Saturday; Police Pursuit Ends After Pedestrian Struck

Police work the scene after a pedestrian was struck by carjackers at Halsted and Fullerton. | Hey Jackass
A group of armed men pulled off a series of four carjackings and attempted carjackings across the North Side in under an hour on Saturday morning, police said, leaving a string of damaged vehicles and a struck pedestrian in their wake. No one is in custody.

Map and sequencing of this morning's events.
The first carjacking attempt was made around 8:15 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Dayton. A driver reported that a man jumped into the back seat of their vehicle and tried to take the car. When the attempt failed, the offender took the victim’s personal property and got into a waiting silver Dodge Caravan and fled eastbound on Evergreen.

About 20 minutes later, a woman reported that two men tried to take her car in the 1000 block of West Belden in Lincoln Park. The woman, who is associated with DePaul University, said she was sitting in her car when a man emerged from a silver minivan and tried to open her back passenger door. It was locked, so he tried the driver’s door, which was also secure. The man returned to the passenger seat of the van which took off eastbound on Belden, the woman said.

At 8:40, a Lakeview woman was carjacked at gunpoint as she got into her car behind her home in the 1300 block of West Waveland. The victim reported seeing a minivan pull into the alley moments before an armed man got into her passenger seat and demanded her car keys at gunpoint.

Moments later, Chicago police spotted the woman’s stolen Volkswagen heading eastbound on Belmont at Ashland. Officers engaged the vehicle, which fled southbound on Halsted and struck a 23-year-old man in the 2400 block of North Halsted.

Police supervisors terminated the chase after the pedestrian was struck. Witnesses reported that the man was seriously injured, but responsive. In a statement, police said the man’s condition had been stabilized.

Shortly after 9 a.m., police in Humboldt Park recovered the Lakeview woman’s Volkswagen in an alley behind the 2600 block of West North Avenue.

Less than two minutes later and just a block away from where the VW was ditched, another carjacking was reported.  A woman told police that she was grabbed by the neck and removed from her green 2000 Honda Accord with Wisconsin plates by two armed men.

The Honda sped from the scene and was last spotted heading westbound on Augusta Boulevard near Sacramento in Humboldt Park. Police said the vehicle had severe front end damage after colliding with a series of parked cars.

Around 10 a.m., police in Lakeview found the silver Dodge Caravan that was used in the earlier crimes. It had been dumped in the 3800 block of North Wayne, a couple of blocks from where the Lakeview woman was carjacked. Police said the van had been reported stolen in Little Village on Thursday.

Police and witnesses said the offenders were three black males in their late teens to mid 20’s. Further descriptions:
• 5’11” tall, light colored jeans, gray hoodie
• Black jacket, tan belt, blue jeans, “messy natural hair”
• Camoflage pants, black hoodie, cornrows, thin build, about 25 years old.

Montrose Beach Incident

According to a police source, investigators will be working to determine if this morning’s carjacking crew is also responsible for a carjacking at Montrose Beach late Thursday night.

Around 10:25 p.m., a man reported that a gray Dodge Caravan backed into his Dodge Charger at the beach parking lot. When the victim got out to inspect the damage, the passenger jumped out of the Caravan, became aggressive, and took control of the victim’s car.

The victim said that up to eight men involved in the carjacking fled in his car, the Caravan, and a gray Toyota sedan.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Boystown: Woman Struck And Killed On Halsted Street; HIt-And-Run Driver Sought

The wanted vehicle is seen in these surveillance images taken moments before the crash. | Chicago Police Dept
UPDATE 10:10AM APRIL 20: Police this morning issued a community alert that includes images of the wanted vehicle. The victim has been identified as Dorata Gieslinska. CWBChicago's original report follows.
A 56-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed by a hit-and-run driver Thursday evening in Boystown, police said.. The responsible driver remains at-large.

The woman was walking westbound when a red Jeep Renegade struck her near Nookie’s Tree restaurant 3334 North Halsted, according to police and a witness. Witnesses said the Jeep continued southbound on Halsted after the collision.

The intersection of Buckingham and Halsted is painted with pedestrian crossing stripes and is marked with stop signs for all on-coming vehicles.

The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Around 10 p.m., officers were seen entering nearby businesses in a search for surveillance cameras that may have captured images of the incident or the offender’s car.

The Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit is handling the case.
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Lakeview: Woman Sexually Assaulted and Robbed In Apartment Vestibule

Police said the victim was followed into this apartment complex in the 3900 block of North Fremont. | Google
A 24-year-old Lakeview woman was followed into her apartment complex by a man who attacked her from behind, then sexually assaulted and robbed her Thursday evening. No one is in custody.

Police said the victim saw the offender standing outside of the courtyard building and he followed her in shortly before 9 p.m. The man grabbed her from behind with a chokehold as she entered the building's vestibule. There, the two fought for up to five minutes according to neighbors who heard the fight. Handprints and smears left during the struggle could be seen on the vestibule glass early Friday morning.

During the attack, the man sexually assaulted the woman with his hand before grabbing her purse and running from the scene, police said.

The offender is described as a black male in his 20’s who stands 6’2” tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing.

Police said the victim was transported to Thorek Hospital in good condition with injuries to her face and hands.

Last night's attack bore some similarities to an incident in Lincoln Park last week. Police have not yet determined if the cases are related.

In this image from surveillance video, the Lincoln Park attacker is seen walking from his double-parked SUV moments before a woman was battered and stabbed. | Chicago Police Department 
Around 10:50 p.m. last Wednesday, a man grabbed a 24-year-old DePaul student from behind in a chokehold as she walked in the 1200 block of West Webster. That victim was repeatedly stabbed in the upper body and hands before the man fled.

Police subsequently released a video that showed the Lincoln Park offender double-parking his car and then sitting on a landscaping fence to await his victim.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Oops! So Far This Month, North Side Police District Has Had 3 People Shot — Plus Another 3 Who Shot Themselves!

Hey, if you all could stop shooting yourselves, that would be great.

Over the past 12 days, Chicago cops have handled three cases of accidental self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the 19th (Town Hall) District. Town Hall covers the area from Fullerton to Lawrence and the river to Lake Michigan.

Statistically, the district has had as many people shoot themselves in April as were shot by others.

The streak’s first “selfie” as our friends at Hey Jackass call ‘em came on April 8th.

That’s when a 22-year-old known gang member arrived at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center via Uber to seek treatment for a gunshot wound to his groin. The man told police that he was walking in the 900 block of West Sheridan around 9 p.m. when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire on him. There were no reports of shots fired in the area where the man claims to have been injured. While the case is still classified as a shooting, detectives have concluded the gangbanger actually shot himself in the junk.

Around 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, a 50-year-old Lincoln Park man shot himself in the foot (literally) in the 2600 block of North Bosworth. He was treated for his injuries at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and has been released.

Just after 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, a 39-year-old man was handling a pistol in the 3600 block of North Claremont when he accidentally pulled the trigger, striking himself in the left ankle, police said. He, too, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Neither the Bosworth nor the Claremont "victims" have been charged with any crimes.

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Lakeview: "420" Concert Canceled Over Security Concerns

Herbert "G Herbo" Wright | Twitter
Friday night’s “4-20” concert at the Vic Theatre in Lakeview has been canceled by promoters after Chicago police told theater owner Jam Productions that enhanced security would be needed due to a pending gun charge against one of the show’s headliners.

Herbert “G Herbo” Wright, 23, and two other men were arrested near State and Randolph on February 22 after police received a tip that they were carrying guns in their limousine.

Wright was seated in the rear of the vehicle and cops said they saw him put a handgun into a seat pocket. Another gun was found under the seat where Deavonte Kimble was sitting and a third firearm was allegedly found inside a gym bag that was in the limo’s front seat with Marchello Walton, according to charges.

When 19th District (Town Hall) police learned that Wright would be headlining a show in their jurisdiction, local police executives asked Jam to create an "enhanced security plan" for the event at 3145 North Sheffield.

Police said these guns and magazine were recovered from a limousine carrying Wright (inset) on February 22. | CPD
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the Vic pulled the plug on the show because the venue is not staffed to handle major disruptions.

The Vic show is the second concert featuring Wright to be canceled this year in Chicago over security concerns. The WGCI Take Over Jam at the Chicago Theatre was canceled at the last minute in March after police raised security concerns.

Wright told the Chicago Tribune, “It’s never been any problem, any acts of gang violence or anything like that, that should restrict me from trying to do shows, so I’m just trying to get to the root of the problem, whether I have to hire more security or whatever the case may be.”

But as of Thursday night, the “4-20” show is no longer mentioned on the website of promoter Pete’s House. The Vic website lists the event as canceled.

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