Monday, October 21, 2013

CREATURES OF HABIT: Battery Suspects Arrested At Center On Halsted

Three of the four persons wanted for last night's battery of a man at the Center on Halsted were taken into custody today after they returned to the center mid-morning and made their way to the second floor.

Police were notified and the trio was arrested 15 minutes later.

Before this morning, the three, along with a fourth person, were last seen entering an alley behind The Crib youth shelter at Reta and Addison around 8:15 last night.

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Also at Waveland and Halsted this morning: A passer-by called police after noticing that someone had broken out a window on the front door of the Brown Elephant resale shop.

Logged as a criminal damage to property in CPD case #HW501163.

14 comments:

  1. This is an example that The Center on Halsted is in fact a refuge and hideout for criminals, despite the "confidence" Center on Halsted spokesman Tom Elliott has that that is not the case.

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  2. Of course, it was the Center that called for the people to be arrested. Hideout indeed.

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  3. Why do they feel so comfortable going back there two twice in 12 hours after beating a guy up? Did they think no one would call the police?

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  4. Dumb and dumber and dumbest.

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  5. If I had a home on a beach and couldn't go in the water because short-sighted do-gooders were chumming the waters offshore attracting sharks, I may be inclined to sue those individuals for attracting these types of undesirable elements close to my home.

    And then there it the Center on Halsted.....hmmm, where to go with this??

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  6. God help us if the Center on Halsted is the lead on the Crime Committee for Social Services. That makes them immune I bet from having anyone arrested.

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  7. Clients of C.O.H. should be required to provide photo I.D. and register for their programs/services. THey should be required to sign a "good neighbor contract" which states that all clients are required to behave in a lawful manner inside and around the Center, and when going/coming to the C.O.H. That the C.O.H. will cooperate with the C.P.D. in any investigations. Violations of the "good neighbor contract" will result in the client being banned from the Center on Halsted. Most criminals will not want to identify themselves. Everyone else (on the planet) is required to provide I.D. every day for every kind of service. Alloying clients to remain anonymous (to the agency) only enables the criminals who plan to use the facility as their headquarters.

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  8. CWB, thank you so much for the fine work that you do. Since the perpetrators of violence at Center on Halsted were in fact arrested, is there some way to get their mugshots so we can see them and be warned when we see them on the street?

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    1. Yes. Interested readers may file a Freedom of Information request with the Chicago Police Department seeking arrest reports connected to case HW500731.

      http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cpd/supp_info/cpd_foia.html

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  9. Maybe It's time to put pressure on Tico the man @ COH to move along?

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    1. Why should he move on? He has the perfect job. No oversight. No accountability. No responsibility. Unending streams of taxpayer funding. Lots of money. Lots of perks. Lots of smoke and mirrors and BS. Ka-Ching, Ka-Ching. Life is good. We should all be so lucky.

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    2. The misconception that the Center is just a hangout really bothers me. HIV services (testing and education), Mental Health services (individual and group), Senior programming which serves a large number of GLBT seniors from all over Chicago, Free computer services, Advocacy for GLBTQ issues, and classes open to all are all in addition to the GLBTQ oriented youth program. There is undeniably a number of people who do "hang-out" at the center, and there are also people who can not even enter the center who insist on hanging around in the neighborhood. But I know that this won't get posted because it doesn't appeal to the general tenor of this web site.

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    3. You are incorrect about the "general tenor of this website." We report criminal activity regardless of where it happens. We have repeatedly stated our support for the Center and other services' missions. Also, we strongly disagree with those entities' hands off approach to problems, refusal to cooperate with police in many cases, and less than stellar neighborliness. The uproar when we dare mention that any criminal activity happened at or near the Center is ridiculous. It's consistent. But it's ridiculous.

      We've reported the names of dozens of businesses where crimes have occurred. We will not withhold the Center's name when it is the scene of similar activities.

      Further, we will not feed the trolls who wish to drive this area of the conversation into the woods. It would take very, very little for the Center and other services to get to a position of partnership. Sadly, they very often wish to make it an all-or-nothing (all of what they want, nothing that the community wants) until change is extracted from them under pressure. That's too bad.

      If you are new to CWB, here a couple of stories that represent our hopes and suggestions for the Center and other social services that operate in our neigbhorhood:

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/10/lessons-learned-how-other-communities.html

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/08/notes-september-caps-southport_29.html

      Ah, yes. And when a comment was posted by someone who appears to have strong anti-Center opinion, guess who the only positive response came from. Us.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/10/dissenters-on-halsted-fights-beating.html?showComment=1382511551608#c7505316260700189053

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