Tuesday, October 08, 2013

BLUE MONDAY: Beaten & Robbed In Boystown

At 1:30 this morning, police and an ambulance responded to help a man who had been beaten and robbed near the Robert Jeffrey Salon, 3434 N. Halsted at Newport. The victim was taken to Thorek Hospital for treatment. No offender information is available. The strong arm robbery is recorded in CPD case #HW484819.

Strange Strangers
Just before 10 o'clock Monday night, a man reported that someone he does not know punched him in the face at Halsted and Clark. The victim was not robbed.

The offender, described as a male, black, about 40 years old, 6'1" tall, heavyset and wearing a navy blue sweatshirt, fled northbound on Clark Street.

After searching the area with police, the victim chose not to file a police report.

Never Do This
Never, ever, ever stop on the street to hear a stranger's sob story. Ever. And if you find yourself stuck standing next to a beggar with a sob story, never, ever, ever expose your purse, wallet, or cell phone. So, for the 1,248th time:

A Lincoln Park man who took out his wallet to give money to a beggar was robbed at 1:15 this morning in the nearby Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Three offenders took the man's wallet at Drummond and Lehmann, about a block south of the Potbelly Sandwich shop on Diversey, and then slipped into the night.

The trio's descriptions:
#1 (took the victim's wallet): male, black, 20 to 30 years old, very thin, wearing a white shirt and black jeans.
#2: male, black, 20-30 years old, wearing a suit.
#3: male, white, 20-30 years old, wearing a t-shirt and jeans


  1. I really, really do hate to support any of the BS part of the explanations that come from the police, but some level of responsibility is on the victims, honestly. The admonitions to stop engaging in conduct that leaves oneself open to attack are valid admonitions. Being silly enough to talk to "beggars," walking around staring at cell phones drunk at 2am, and just generally being unaware are pretty stupid things to do. Of course, just walking around and getting punched or jumped is a whole other matter - one can almost not avoid that even, in many instances, with very heightened alertness.

    All this being said, file a police report, you goddamn morons.

  2. Oh sure! In Lincoln Park a mugger wears a suit. All we get in Lakeview are drag queens in bad wigs and thugs wearing hoodies and do-rags.

  3. Anonymous said...
    Oh sure! In Lincoln Park a mugger wears a suit. All we get in Lakeview are drag queens in bad wigs and thugs wearing hoodies and do-rags.
    Good laugh. Thanks, Anonymous.

  4. Here's some advice when approached by a stranger:
    - If asked for the time, reply: time for you to buy a watch.
    - If asked for money, reply: I'm broke.
    - If asked to use your phone: NO.
    - If approached by a group and you feel fear, start yelling FIRE!!! People will respond to that with curiosity more than yelling help or screaming.
    And always be careful and aware of your surroundings.

  5. I agree, anyone who read a "McGruff" pamphlet in school in the 1970's or 80's can tell you that a good way to fight crime is not to make it easy for the bad guys. Sorry, but that's 100% true. There's no place on the planet where there's zero crime.