Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TWO THUGS, ONE GUN: Another Robbery By Duo Nearby

A man who was outside smoking and looking at his phone was robbed at gunpoint by two offenders who are described only as black males. The robbers pulled up in a dark car near Southport and Newport around 11:30PM Tuesday night. One of the offenders pointed a gray revolver at the man, took the victim's iPhone, then drove away northbound in the alley behind Southport. Chicago Police Department case #HW386398.

UPDATE 31 JULY 2013:  CWB received an email this afternoon with clarifying details. We are confident that the source has firsthand information of the events and we have updated our report accordingly. The original police dispatch stated that the victim was outside smoking when he was robbed and it gave the street address as that of the bar from which the Good Samaritan called for help.

UPDATE 1 AUGUST 2013: The Chicago Police Department issued an alert in which the address of occurrence is listed in the 1400 block of W. Roscoe, one block south of Newport. The victim sought help in an establishment at Southport and Newport.

11 comments:

  1. This is intolerable.

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  2. I can't believe they didn't take his cigarette!

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  3. This is ridiculous! We just moved here from NYC (but were born and raised in the Chicago area), and I am absolutely shocked at how few police officers I've seen since living here. I never ever felt unsafe living in my NYC neighborhood, and here, I am paranoid to even run out to grab something from CVS after dark. Chicago needs to step up its police force if it ever wants to be considered a "world class city".

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  4. Second armed robbery on the Southport corridor since Saturday night. The police presence, and Alderman Tunney's lack of concern is a major problem.
    Where are the concerned citizens of Lakeview now? Oh wait...they're complaining about Wrigley Field...

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  5. To the person who moved here from NYC, sorry to hear about your bad experience.

    Just for the record, Lakeview was an incredibly awesome place to live during the late 90's throughout the 2000's, up until around 2011 or so. That summer was when everything in the neighborhood changed for the worse. Things have gone REALLY downhill since then in this neighborhood, and its almost exclusively because the city has pulled police out of the area, and refuses to do anything about it.

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  6. I consider myself pretty street savvy. I am aware of my surroundings, don't flash items of high value, avoid situations that make me feel uncomfortable, but damn, I can't look out for every car on the road. Like looking out for muggers coming out of the shadows wasn't enough, now their rolling up in cars?!

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  7. I moved here from NYC also. Granted, my neighborhood in Manhattan had much more foot traffic, and there is always safety in numbers. Now, as a man over the age of 35, I know that it is now dangerous in our neighborhood. Our neighborhood is dangerous. Two armed robberies within a week.
    My guess is the owners of the bar that was shown in the original photograph asked it to be removed? Fear of losing business? Well this is what we as members of the neighborhood need to start doing. If it's no longer safe to be on the streets, or to walk home after certain hours, we need to avoid the businesses, or leave earlier, when it's safe.
    It's obvious in this neighborhood that money talks.
    If you own a business in this area, and you care about the safety of your customers, help take care of us. Tunney isn't interested in the concerns of individuals. That much is obvious. At some point, when business owners start losing money, change will happen.

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  8. Anonymous said...
    I moved here from NYC also. Granted, my neighborhood in Manhattan had much more foot traffic, and there is always safety in numbers. Now, as a man over the age of 35, I know that it is now dangerous in our neighborhood. Our neighborhood is dangerous. Two armed robberies within a week.
    My guess is the owners of the bar that was shown in the original photograph asked it to be removed? Fear of losing business? Well this is what we as members of the neighborhood need to start doing. If it's no longer safe to be on the streets, or to walk home after certain hours, we need to avoid the businesses, or leave earlier, when it's safe.
    It's obvious in this neighborhood that money talks.
    If you own a business in this area, and you care about the safety of your customers, help take care of us. Tunney isn't interested in the concerns of individuals. That much is obvious. At some point, when business owners start losing money, change will happen
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    HI Anonymous,

    The email we received clarified for us that the victim was outside smoking, but he wasn't smoking outside the bar we named earlier. According to the emailer, the victim was smoking nearby and he ran to the bar for assistance.

    The information we received implied that the victim was outside the bar smoking and that they then went inside and an employee called for help.

    The emailer offered a fuller version of events that we found to be plausible.

    CWB is verifying the exact "address of occurrence" as listed on the police report. We will update appropriately.

    Be safe and be well!

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  9. Thanks CWB for the further clarification, and sincere thank you for all that you are doing for the community vis a vis this blog.
    No matter if it was on the street at the corner, or outside of a business, this is now happening here, and it should be downright unacceptable to everyone. Are we now being hunted on the streets by opportunist thugs armed with guns? I apologize for the hyperbole, but that's the way I see it. A local restaurant employee was the target on Friday night, and perhaps another local was the other. If it's safer to stay home than go out in our neighborhood past 9pm, so be it.

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  10. i have called police 4x in the last 3 weeks for gun shots on greenview and belle plaine behind lakeview high. there are bullet holes in the school and i repeatedly find 9mm shell casings in the street and attached gangway. i believe the last shooting was 130 am on monday. hard to remember b/c it has been so frequent.

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  11. and to add to this "duo" i found it odd to see two gang bangers walk around the school and stop to look at the bullet holes around 10am the next morning. i routinely see these kids in the neighborhood. heavy set taller Hispanic kid with a pony tail and his skinny buddy.

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