Monday, August 05, 2013

BLOTTER: On The 7th Day, They Rested. Or Not.

Here are just a few of the calls came in as our district ran out of police officers Sunday morning:

Someone punched out a window at Gold Crown Liquors in the 3400 block of N. Clark Street along the Wrigleyville strip. The offender is described as a male, white, 5'10" tall, heavy set, wearing a gray button down shirt and jeans. He was last seen walking southbound on Clark in the company of a female who was wearing a peach dress. His hand was bleeding heavily.

Battery arrest at Pauly's Pizza in the 3500 block of N. Clark.

Separate 911 callers reported a burst of activity on the Halsted strip:
  • A party in front of 3323 N. Halsted.
  • Loud music on the street at 3322 N. Halsted.
  • Tons of people on the street at 3352 N. Halsted.
A citizen reported two men selling drugs in front of the bagel store at Belmont and Sheffield.

An officer became available to handle a reported 6-on-1 robbery at Roscoe and Halsted. A short, unsuccessful foot pursuit of a suspect occurred upon the officers' arrival. In the end, the matter was closed without a report as the officers concluded that the incident was "more of an assault."

And, finally...
As the day shift took over shortly after 6:00AM, an officer was asked to go to the 1500 block of W. School, where a woman said she had been repeatedly calling for help with a threatening boyfriend, but no police ever arrived.

UPDATE 5 AUGUST 2013 11:00AM: A couple of readers have asked for more information regarding the reported domestic issue above. CWB reviewed its information for further details, which follow.

It appears that the woman did make a series of calls that did not result in police contact. The first call said that the boyfriend was trying to kick down her door; a later call said the boyfriend had driven off; and the latest call said that the boyfriend was "on-scene."

The first two times the woman's call got assigned, radio dispatch did not inform officers that the woman was in the address' coach house. It is not known if the dispatchers had that information.

Our speculation is that the failure to attempt to call the victim back when she was not found may be the result of the crushing backlog of assignments that needed to be closed out overnight.

4:05AM Sunday: This is CWB's first record of he domestic being dispatched. We do not know what time the 911 call came in. A unit is assigned to to handle a "boyfriend intoxicated out of his mind trying to kick in the door." CWB could find no further radio communication regarding this assignment. The radio broadcast did not mention that the victim lives in the address' coach house and there is no indication that the responding officers asked dispatchers to call the woman back in an effort to make contact.

6:09AM: Dispatch assigns the domestic to a new car, saying the call has "got a lot of time on it," meaning that the 911 call came in a long time ago, but has yet to be assigned. The issue is described as a woman being threatened by her intoxicated boyfriend and the 911 call taker's notes indicate that the boyfriend had driven off. The coach house is not mentioned.

6:16AM: The new unit closes out the domestic call and moves on to another assignment. It appears that the officer did not know to go to the address' coach house. There is again no indication that an effort was made to call the victim in an effort to make contact.

6:22AM: A third unit is assigned to the incident. Instructions are given to go to the coach house.

6:26AM: The third unit is on-scene. They ask dispatch to call the victim so they can talk with her. The officers soon see the victim and cancel the callback. Dispatch warns that the boyfriend is "still on scene."

6:50AM: The third unit reports that the second unit will be taking a report.

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