Wednesday, October 09, 2013

OFF-CENTER: Woman Arrested In Pepper Spray Threat At Center on Halsted

Well, they didn't get away this time.

Sunday afternoon, a woman who was reportedly threatening people with pepper spray outside of the Center on Halsted left the area before police responded to a 911 call, which sat undispatched for nearly an hour.

This afternoon, an offender displaying similar conduct wasn't so lucky.

A citizen reported a man threatening to "spray people with Mace" as they left the Center On Halsted at 3:15 this afternoon.

Police responded within 7 minutes and took an offender into custody.

The 911 caller reported that the person making threats was male, black, wearing a black leather jacket, and a green necklace. The arresting officer, however, said the person being taken into custody was a female.

Also at The Center Tonight
A 5:56PM this evening, an officer who was flagged down at the Center on Halsted called for assistance with an offender.

The officer was able to wrestle the individual into handcuffs before back-up arrived at Waveland and Fremont.

The exact nature of the incident is not known at this time, but it may be related to the earlier incident. An officer has returned to the Center to collect more information about the second incident and the offender is in police custody.

20 comments:

  1. There was more police activity at COH today at 5:30-6 p.m. Two squad SUVs and a bicycle cop arrested at least one male on Waveland near the school.

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  2. Hmmmmm. Now if we can just connect the dots from them actually being inside the center first.

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  3. Oh just wait until the behemoth that is the Center's low income apartment building opens up right down the street. You think it's bad now?

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  4. Center on Halsted spokesman Tom Elliott: "I am confident that no one who utilizes Center on Halsted services is a criminal."

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  5. I'm sure none of them were associated with COH. They were just enjoying a beautiful Fall day, picked up a few bargain lampshades at Howard Brown, a carry-out from the Asian place down the way to eat under a tree and then just happened upon a friend coming out of Whole Foods with some fresh flowers and stumbled into a big misunderstanding. It's a big city ya know? These things just happen. /:

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  6. Michael,
    Are you talking about the senior living they're building at the old police station on the corner of Halsted and Addison...or something else for non-seniors?? If you're talking about the housing for seniors, are you concerned about that? If so, please tell why.

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  7. "If so, please tell why."

    If "senior" is given the fluid definition as "youth" then I think every one will be in for a mighty big surprise when we see what actually moves in there.

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  8. I'm not worried about the senior center one bit. I'm pleased that the police are focusing attention on COH.

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  9. Centers youths? Senior citizens? What could go wrong?

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  10. The low-income senior housing will have the same quality tenants as the Hotel Chateau did.

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  11. COH is a joke. It is hub for criminals. They spend half the day pushing them verbally down the sidewalk. This place is a pointless dump and should be shut down. Your bring crime to the neighborhood; freak out and try to push it down the block. What exactly is the point morons?

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  12. " Anonymous said...

    The low-income senior housing will have the same quality tenants as the Hotel Chateau did."

    Exactly

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  13. Can we rename it "the Center of Crime on Halsted"?

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  14. Wonder if the COH is worried now that the light is starting to shine on them as well?

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  15. This says it all about the Senior Housing:

    “There are some of our LGBTQ seniors who probably were arrested and detained there for activism around equality or the AIDS epidemic or funding for people living with HIV,” says Modesto “Tico” Valle, head of the Center on Halsted, an LGBTQ-community support agency that is a partner in the project. “I love the fact that it’s [now] going to honor seniors who paved the way for our rights today.”

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  16. Forgot to add this:
    The $26 million project entails rehabbing the old Town Hall station on the northwest corner of Addison and Halsted, and building a six-story, 79-unit apartment building north of it, where defunct police garages now stand. It’s a joint effort of the Center on Halsted, whose main facility is at the north end of the same block, and Heartland Housing, a longtime developer of affordable homes.

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  17. ^^ What's wrong with any of that? I doubt any seniors will cause problems.

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  18. ^^ You are evidently completely ignorant of the massive social problems caused by low-income seniors living in SRO hotels in Lakeview and Uptown.

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  19. What's wrong is it's not going to be all seniors. And not all GLBT. You can't get federal funds and discriminate. The sheep will believe anything the PR people put and back stuff blindly. Just like with the Center On Halsted. Leaders promote the good of these projects they never discuss the possible bad of the projects.

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