Sunday, August 11, 2013

ELEVEN MINUTES: Eleven. God. Damned. Minutes.

Update: The victim was stabbed an estimated 8 times in the neck and abdomen, according to initial information at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. She was rushed from the hospital emergency room to its operating room within minutes of arrival.

Eleven minutes. That's how long it took for our grossly understaffed police district to get an officer on-scene in response to a domestic-related stabbing in a nearby section of Lakeview last night.

Investigators believe a 20 year-old man stabbed his girlfriend in the 1200 block of Wellington around 11 o'clock last night. Witnesses called 911 in droves to report the attack. The victim refused to implicate her boyfriend during pre-surgery questioning by police.

But the helpless police dispatcher could not find an officer who was available to help.

She did her best, but every unit she tried to dispatch was tied up.

The first unit said that they could not respond because they had been assigned to stand guard over an individual at Weiss Hospital.

A second unit said they were busy doing paperwork.

And it kept going from there. No officers on the radio were available to help.

Four minutes after the first attempt to assign the call, a solo officer was essentially told to handle it. Alone. A knife attack.

The officer, who was just coming on duty, tried his best to rush from the police station and help. A tactical unit was the first to arrive on-scene, eleven minutes after the dispatcher's first broadcast of the event.

The boyfriend, described as a skateboard-bearing male, black, 6-feet tall, 20 years old, wearing a black tee shirt and blue jeans was last seen going north on Lakewood Avenue. We are withholding his name because he has not been detained or charged with the crime.

The stabbing is categorized as an aggravated domestic battery with a knife/cutting instrument under Chicago Police Department case #:HW402497

Image: Pix Puffin

18 comments:

  1. Do you know if they caught him? We live close to this intersection and didn't hear the commotion.

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  2. Such a busy block! Did they find him!? Have an actual name?

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  3. When you need them in seconds, they will be there in minutes.

    A gun in your hand when you need one is worth way more than a batallion of police officers who aren't there.

    Concealed carry can not come fast enough.

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  4. Anonymous said...
    Such a busy block! Did they find him!? Have an actual name?
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    Hello Anonymous,

    Yes, the police department has the alleged offender's full name. We have withheld that information since the man has not been charged as of this post.

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  5. Does anyone know if they were area residents?

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  6. Michael said...
    Does anyone know if they were area residents?
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    That is not clear, Michael, however the victim's mother was at hospital soon after the attack.

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  7. The offender was not taken into custody immediately last night. Before undergoing surgery, the victim refused to confirm for police if her boyfriend was the attacker.

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  8. No snitching - the Codes of Cowards and victims who fear retaliation.

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  9. This occurred one house east of me. Many of us in the area heard this woman screaming. A couple of guys in a car (limo?) driving by saw it happening and stopped, and this is probably what caused her assailant to run off. While waiting for the ambulance, she told those helping her that it was her boyfriend, and she gave the police his name when they asked her who it was. So I'm confused to hear that she is not willing to press charges.

    BTW, the ambulance got there in approx 4-5 minutes after we called. The police did come later, probably another 4-5 minutes. It was an unmarked car with 2 officers.

    And yes, it seemed like it took far too much time.

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  10. Anonymous said...
    While waiting for the ambulance, she told those helping her that it was her boyfriend, and she gave the police his name when they asked her who it was. So I'm confused to hear that she is not willing to press charges.

    BTW, the ambulance got there in approx 4-5 minutes after we called. The police did come later, probably another 4-5 minutes. It was an unmarked car with 2 officers.

    And yes, it seemed like it took far too much time
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    Hi Anonymous,

    Thank you for sharing your first hand information. Indeed, the police did have the boyfriend's name. We identified him by his initials (SB) in our first report.

    An officer at Illinois Masonic said that the victim would not confirm that her boyfriend was responsible. That particular officer had not been to the crime scene, so it seems that the victim may have changed her mind about fingering the BF when the officers at the hospital inquired.

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  11. So she didn't press charges but told the police who did it? O.o

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  12. Anonymous said...
    So she didn't press charges but told the police who did it? O.o
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    Hi Anonymous,

    It is not clear if charges will be pursued.

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  13. Any updates? Did the girl make it?

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  14. Good title of the post using the lords name in vain. Hopefully you aren't Christian's.

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  15. @ the last anonymous- I feel bad for you that you take more offense to one phrase in the title than to a woman being stabbed and our beat seriously needing more police. I wouldn't want to be a person who was numb to the pain of others. By the way, these priorities of yours are far out of whack with Christianity (or any world religion)- which doesn't bother me at all, but then, I didn't go around snarking at an important blog, either.

    @Crime in Boystown I saw the girl after she was stabbed, and I really appreciate the blog's updates. We've tried to look for coverage in other news sources, and it has been quite hard to find anything. I know I speak for all of us who saw her when I say we hold her in our hearts and sincerely hope that she recovers as quickly as possible.

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  16. Anonymous said...
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    @Crime in Boystown I saw the girl after she was stabbed, and I really appreciate the blog's updates. We've tried to look for coverage in other news sources, and it has been quite hard to find anything. I know I speak for all of us who saw her when I say we hold her in our hearts and sincerely hope that she recovers as quickly as possible.
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    Hello Anonymous,

    We share your concerns and hopes for a speedy recovery. Her story has touched many people.

    CWB expects to be receiving additional information on the case, but it may be a week or so before it becomes available to us.

    When the info arrives, we will be sure to share it.

    Thank you again for reading our work and for being concerned about our neighborhood and our neighbors.

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  17. When is enough, enough? What will it take for Mayor Emmanuel to bring the department up to full staff?

    What happens when 11 minutes becomes the accepted response time?

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