Saturday, December 07, 2013

FREEZER BURNED: Robbed At Gunpoint, Victim Waits Over An Hour For Police

A man was robbed at gunpoint on his front porch at Reta and Cornelia, a block south of the 19th district police station, at 3:45 this morning.

The victim then waited for over an hour as his call was reassigned twice and the third unit got ensnared in a disturbance that they thought may have been related.

After waiting an hour, and calling 911 at least one more time, the victim decided to walk to the police station.

According to the initial 911 call, the victim was robbed of a phone and money by two offenders. They are both described as black men, one of whom wore a white cap and black leather jacket.

The exact location of the robbery is not yet clear.

The victim's call was assigned to a unit at 3:52AM, then re-assigned a couple of minutes later, then re-re-assigned at 3:59AM.

On the way to the victim's location, the re-re-assigned unit encountered a disturbance at the Circle K/Shell gas station that they though may have been related to the robbery. The individuals in that incident were sent on their way shortly after 5AM.

At 5:07AM, the robbery victim walked into the police station to file a report.

CPD case number HW561828.

These are the things that happen when officers do their best, but there aren't enough of them to properly handle calls. Crimes do not muster proper police responses. Suspects who are not searched for remain free to strike again. And these two will strike again.

Another man was robbed on the same block of Reta Tuesday night, although not at gunpoint.
Image: Web Weaver

35 comments:

  1. "Another man was robbed in the same general area on Tuesday"

    Interesting, same general area as the Crib.

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  2. Reta to Cornelia used to be a good shortcut home from the Addison stop for me but I only took it once. It's very dark back there. Is this why the robber fled that way the other night? There seems to be ALOT of activity over the years back there. Light it up!

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    1. Lighting??? Your answer to the crime problem is lighting??? It is these kinds of suggestions that continually muddy the waters and empower the politicians to continually bullshit us. Lighting??? Are you aware that armed robberies are taking place on main thoroughfares in the middle of the day with the sun shining brightly? Lighting is your answer??? You think these thugs care about lighting??? They would just as soon rob you at gunpoint in front of the police station with megawatt spotlights trained on them. Lighting??? The real problem has been continuously restated by CWB: WE NEED MORE COPS, not more lighting.

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    2. There was alot if shady stuff going on there ling before the Crib came to that church. It's dark, they wouldn't be exchanging, beating people down and using it as an escape route if you could see what was going on.

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    3. What's wrong with more lighting? Geez, who do you work for, the police union? Are you also against video surveillance? Or are more cops the answer to everything?

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    4. Take note of the increased lighting on side streets in lower crime areas - much better. Even if you argue it won't prevent crime, it's very hard to see faces for a proper description of your attacker.

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  3. Tunney? Are you tuned in to this? More lights are needed, not just on that stretch of Cornelia but all over. What are you doing about this?

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    1. More COPS are needed, not lights. Geesh.

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    2. Many if those streets are pitch black dark. Why do you think most if the mugging a are on those side streets and not right on Halsted for instance? The same reason people go in the alleys to have sex maybe?

      Don't complain then.

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    3. So your solution is to brightly light every side street and then crime will disappear? You evidently either haven't read the endless crime reports on this blog or else you lack the ability to process what you are reading. The streets were much safer just a few years ago with the same lighting levels. They didn't unlight the sidestreets and then crime escalated. We don't need lights...we need the staffing of the police department to return to its former level. It was the police force that changed, not the lights!

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    4. We need both. The police level should be returned to what existed prior to the merge. The mayor needs to hear more. He is the one who is pulling the purse strings tighter. More lighting will help potential victims awareness of potential threats. It offers opportunities for others to witness when a crime is happening so they may at least call 911. Neither action will eliminate crime, but hopefully will diminish it.

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  4. Wow no police to take the robbery call? What were they all on loud music calls. You would think a Felony being committed officers would race over there from whatever they were on. Maybe it was too cold for the officers last night and didn't want to get out of their cars.

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    1. Maybe they are mandated by law to finish the job they are on? Did you think if that? How would you feel if you called in a gang disturbance and just as the officers were approaching the disturbance they ran off elsewhere. How would you feel then if one of those gang members beat up a loved one after that? Would you care that the officers left for a "more important" crime? Or would you sue the department because the officers didn't do enough in your job? Sorry but that's the way it is...

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  5. Tunney voted against more cops as Emanuel told him. Tunney and Emanuel are not interested in cops nor providing lights for that matter. They feel they will be reelected no matter what as they feel the people are suckers.

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  6. Does anyone know how Cappleman voted? Thanks

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    1. I believe he voted along with Tunney even though when he came to speak at our building's board meeting he said he would vote against any budget that didn't include more police officers.

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    2. Thank you Michael. I called his office before the vote and they said the same thing. Seems like Mr Cappleman has a problem with telling the truth also. Needless to say the alderam has lost my vote.

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    3. Seems like the aldermen do what the mayor tells them to. Why do we even have all these aldermen? They do not represent the people in their wards....they just obey the dictator Emanual.

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  7. Every any problems at that country bar Hounds Tooth in Wrigleyville on Clark?
    I hear about all the fighting and robberies on clark on busy weekend nights.
    Do they have a good staff that keeps the trouble away?

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    1. Good place, ask for Johnny he will take care of you he's always there

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    2. Isn't he a off duty cop that is always there? I have seen him there many times, I think he might me a foot patrol guy and that is one of his spots he goes whenever he's off, not sure but seems to get whatever he wants in that place. Maybe that is a good thing and helps out keeping the peace in and around there.

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    3. I see, what's that called "In their pocket" lol

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    4. I heard about this clown doing this, like a slap in the face to his bosses and everyone working. Who does he think he is doing this, getting away with this?
      All I can say is Wow

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  8. When witnessing a crime in a brightly lit area and calling 911 to report it only to have no cops available to dispatch to the crime scene, tell me again what the point of the lights was?

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    1. You were able to witness the crime and call 911. I've done exactly that and the police did arrive. I also was able yell at the offenders that the police were on their way, thus stopping them from beating a man.

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    2. Ok, turn them all off then. The cost savings should allow the hiring of 19 more cops to run around in the dark looking for address plates and hoodies.

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    3. The cost of location placement, materials, installation labor, cabling, and energy for ONE new lightpole is $25,000. So 3 of those will pay for an additional cop for a year. Fuck the lights and hire more cops.

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    4. Or just use brighter LEDs....

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  9. I clearly am repeatedly shocked at exactly how our mayor and alderman continue to disregard public safety and what is really happening all over this city regarding crime. How does a 911 call just west of Halsted on Cornelia (2 short blocks from police station) regarding an armed robbery at 4 AM essentially not generate a response from the police? The call kept getting reassigned ?!!1 what the hell else was going on in the area that was more urgent that the whole district was tied up? So this victim waits over an hour and finally walks over to the station himself to file the report. Thankfully he even bothered because without a report that armed robbery is just our perception and not the mayors reality!! And I bet more than 15% of victims of armed robbery are cool with hanging out in the location you were just held up for over an hour hoping the police are coming?!! One thing is certain, there has for awhile now not been an adequate level of police presence in the area so as to deter criminals from striking.In fact. the area is so poorly staffed that has attracted criminals to the area. And now, we are being expected to give up the luxury of a response from the police when a violent crime occurs?! In my opinion, calls like this can not be responded to with police arriving on the scene promptly then I have to question what is it exactly we are doing here? If we are not detering crime by adequately staffing the area and discouraging the criminal behaviour ahead of time.....then the police need to be prepared and somewhat successful at catching them after committing the crime. However, this is only possible when the police are on scene quickly and an hour or never does not cut it. The heart of the matter is if our city can no longer afford to deter crime prior or subsequent to it occurring rougher days are ahead for certain. I have lived here my entire life and like anyone who has lived her for awhile not much can surprise or shock us when it comes to despicable behavior by politicians. They often talk out of both sides of their mouth But Rham only talks out of one and it is the lying side. In the past although our leaders are crooked they do seems to love the city and knew where we could be pushed over and certain boundaries existed. Rham every day looks right over us as he tells us his story about the land of make believe he has created and he will say and promise anything regardless of the the truth or evidence to the contrary. We never needed 100 million in overtime for police OT nor have our children ever required police and various city staffers to get back and forth to school anyday let alone everyday. I apologize for the long comment but he gets me going!! LOL

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    1. They just don't have enough officers to handle all the crime happening on the weekends in this district, it's all kept a secret. And they also have a lot of officers that don't even want to work that have been on medical since summer or faking an iod saying they can't work, but good enough to be going out to the bars drinking while the few officers have to run crazy each and every night from job to job. Seems there big plan combining the 2 districts 019 and 023 was a Big failure, a mess, little did they know it would make it Worse, crime has risen, officers here have dropped even though it's one big district now. They put the public in harms way and should do something to fix it fast before people start really getting hurt during all these robberies and batteries.

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    2. I agree with this, more officers are needed here, even making more smaller beats but having these beats maned not down all the time. At any time of the day all watches they have 3 sometimes 4 district officers at the Mayors house, bring all these officers back into the district back on beat cars and fill the mayors house detail with citywide bids to sit there, im sure many oldtimers would be happy to sit there. We lost alot of officers having to do this mayors detail, maybe even his bodyguards can switch off and do it when not driving around with him.. Any bosses care to make something happen?? Do what needs to be done? For the good people living here in the district.

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    3. Really? The Mayor uses officers from the district to watch over his house. I thought he has his own detail of officers that guard him and watch his house? How can he let this happen with this district being so short of officers, and all the crime every day and night ans so much on the weekends.

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    4. The police department does have a protective detail specifically assigned to the mayor. In addition to the detail, 19th district units are used to protect his home 24-hours a day.

      Go to virtually any online mapping site, type in 4228 N. Hermitage Ave, and zoom in on the satellite view. You'll see a 19th district car sitting in the alley behind that address.

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    5. Will the Mayor let these police officers go back to the district as short as they are and let his protective service detail guard his house? Please. Im sure he can make it happen with one phone call to the police bosses and get these officers back working the streets in the district. They will be of great help. Thank you Mayor im sure you will see it's the right thing to do.

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    6. Ok we understand that protective detail, they should also protect the house and get the 19 district officers back into the district. Make it happen

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