Friday, August 09, 2013

BLACK & BLUE MAN GROUP: Victim Beaten, Robbed Near Briar Street Theater

A Lake View resident was beaten and robbed at 3:40 this morning by a group of attackers at Halsted and Briar Street, near the Blue Man Group's Chicago theater.

Several neighbors called for help after the male victim was worked over and punched in the face by three men who took his black iPhone 4 and a black Diesel brand watch.

The victim was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center by ambulance with injuries to his face and head.

The offenders were last seen fleeing northbound on Halsted Street from Briar. Witness descriptions of the three attackers:
1-male, black, 18 to 20 years old, 6' tall, thin, wearing all white
2-male, black, 18 to 20 years old, 6' tall, thin
3-male, black, 18 to 20 years old, 6' tall, thin, wearing a blue denim shirt and dark pants
Chicago Police Department case #HW399686.

8 comments:

  1. Right across the street from the night ministry, no?

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  2. I walked past there last night around 9:45, and the Night Ministry was there. It was mostly older homeless men sitting quietly on the curb eating their sandwiches. The problem with them seems to occur late. Does anyone know how late the operate? If there were regulations put on those places they might be compelled to cut out those very late hours when the trouble comes in, or to move the bus to another, nonresidential area, late at night. Somehow we have to press for oversight on those types of organizations. How we do that, I have no idea, but we, as a neighborhood, need to look into it.

    Ok, on another note. I had a Howard Beal moment at the CAPS meeting last night. This week I exchanged some barbed emails with Police Commander Voulgaris, and this morning I followed up on a more even-keeled footing, and we've had a very pleasant exchange throughout the morning. He actually told me that he was glad I spoke up because he learned a lot. He's not a villain even if you personally don't like him, and he seems to be very agreeable to work with residents. At Wednesday's CAPS meeting Tunney reacted very positively to my remarks about holding businesses like 7-11 accountable for what happens on their property. I think people are going to need to put their personal feelings aside in certain cases, and start working together.

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  3. I walked past there last night around 9:45, and the Night Ministry was there. It was mostly older homeless men sitting quietly on the curb eating their sandwiches. The problem with them seems to occur late. Does anyone know how late the operate? If there were regulations put on those places they might be compelled to cut out those very late hours when the trouble comes in, or to move the bus to another, nonresidential area, late at night. Somehow we have to press for oversight on those types of organizations. How we do that, I have no idea, but we, as a neighborhood, need to look into it.
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    I'm assuming you're not having an issue with the homeless men quietly eating their food; I think that is the time (or around 9pm) when they come around. The NM was pushed OUT from Cappleman's ward because basically, he didnt want it there. So guess you inherited it?

    It's the crazy, go-lucky "transient youths, (aged 18-24)" that seem to be the trouble-makers, but I'm not aware of any issues up there. This has been rehashed before two years ago; nothing happens, nor will it - unless something goes really, rally wrong -- why cant the NM use the School parking lot? I mean, it is a catholic school/church?

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  4. When the Night Ministry was forming ( I'm thinking a good 10 - 12 years ago) they asked the Church if they could use their parking lot near Halsted. They were told that they would not be permitted to use it because NM was going to be handing our various forms of birth control to the youth in the area.

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  5. The only damage the Night Ministry clients could do is to a 5th of cheap gin. Those old dudes are NOT the problem.

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  6. There is no pattern to these attacks. I just can't figure it out.

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  7. "The only damage the Night Ministry clients could do is to a 5th of cheap gin. Those old dudes are NOT the problem."
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    NM attracts about 6 "old dudes" and about 46 loud and unruly youths. They could care less that people live in that area and don't want to hear them scream at one another. I have had to call the police previously because there were about 20 of them fighting in the bank parking lot.

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