Thursday, December 19, 2013

WINTER PLUNDERLAND: 2 Women Robbed In Separate Attacks As Sun Rises Thursday; Same Crew Suspected

Two women were robbed in separate incidents as the neighborhood awoke this morning.

Many elements of the robberies sound similar to a series of incidents in nearby Lincoln Park and the south end of Lakeview that CWB described in THIS Tuesday report.

First Robbery
In this morning's first case, a woman on her way to yoga class was strong arm robbed around 5:50AM at Oakdale and Halsted. The offenders grabbed the woman, forced her to the ground, then took her brown Coach purse and iPhone 5. The offenders fled on foot and are believed to have met up with a get-away vehicle.

One offender is described as male, black, young, wearing a skull cap with a bow on top. The other was only described as a young black male in a green coat.

CPD case #HW576299.

Second Robbery
About an hour after the first robbery, another Lakeview woman was attacked and robbed as she walked one block from her home.

The robbery went down around 7AM at Broadway and Briar. Two offenders fled northbound in a small white 4-door Ford vehicle that was driven by a light-skinned or white female.

The attackers are described as two young black males about 5'6" tall and of slender builds. One wore a hat and ski jacket.

CPD case #HW576317.

Also Overnight
Very few details are available in a third robbery that a CTA police unit reported overnight at the Belmont Red Line station. According to the transit police, a man was "robbed at the club" near Belmont and Sheffield around 2:50AM. It is not clear if a 19th district unit made contact with the victim. Case number, if any, TBD.

35 comments:

  1. I walked past Broadway and Briar this morning around 7:20 and there were two Police vehicles still there, probably completing their reports.

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  2. @ #3: 2:50 at a club in that area? You're asking for it.

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    1. As were the other two, right?

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  3. I hope those who advocate "more lighting" to fight the crime epidemic are reading this post.

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    1. Sounds like these two were heading somewhere with a sense of purpose, not lingering on a well-known dark street or alley.

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  4. Whew! I am so glad I am a man.

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    1. Yes, no man has ever been mugged. Good luck being a "man" when its 4 on 1 in a dark alley.

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    2. ...or a well-lit street where the vast, vast majority of our neighborhood's robberies actually occur.

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  5. Fight back ladies. Conceal and Carry 2014...check out the low crime stats in open conceal cities....get licensed and armed....

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    1. Total myth. Sorry, but states with loose gun laws tend to be pretty dangerous as well.

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    2. Myself and the person I am dating live in Lakeview, and we are going to get our permits in January. We WILL be walking around lakeview, legally carrying guns.

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    3. I've always heard the phrase "An armed society is a polite society" and never gave it much thought until about 6 mos of living in Chicago. There's a gross invasion of personal space and lack of manners in this city (that is tolerated for whatever reason) compared to similar populated places in the country. I now believe that phrase is true. I'm not a gun nut, probably will never have one but you'll see some dramatic changes out there in the next 2 years. Guaranteed.

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  6. I am not against concealed carry but that doesn't let the city of the hook. We pay taxes for a certain level of service. Whats next buy your own fire hose?

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    1. The firefighter uniforms are pretty hot. Get one with your hose.

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  7. I remember how much fun Berlin was back in B.C. (Before Center)

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    1. I remember saying "cross the street, we're obviously being followed" near Sidetrack at Pride SunDAY 2005. My Chicago native friend was clueless. I don't think COH was even open yet.

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    2. B.C. - that's funny! Well done.

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  8. Last month in Seattle. God forbid this happens here, and I pray daily it doesn't, but at this point I honestly don't hold out much hope avoiding it unless things drastically change with the #'s of police on duty where so desperately needed. Then the people have no choice but to defend themselves however they can. Look at that brazen thug .. and little kids nearby. SO lucky no one was shot. Dammit .. do your jobs, Rahm, McCarthy, Tunney!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP6gGjuNRnc#t=31

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    1. That video was incredible. I hate to admit I'd probably be like the 1st couple of people who look frozen as the guy takes their stuff. I'd be too confused and thinking "This can't be real is it? This is a prank right? Nobody would actually commit armed robbery on a crowded bus?"

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  9. Don't they put cameras in high crime areas. Maybe its time we admit that they are needed in Lakeview. Rahm might be able to double up by using them as speed cameras as well.

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    1. There are cameras all over the neighborhood. The fact is that cameras do not deter criminals. More on cameras here:

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/09/smile-robbery-near-mayor-house-in-view.html

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    2. Nor do lights. So lets just turn them all off and save a buck.

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    3. Again with the cameras. Don't you get that there ARE NOT ENOUGH POLICE to even view the cameras? Geesh...these bogus "solutions" to crime sound like they are coming directly from a City government bureaucrat moron.

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  10. When do you think is the safest time to be going the "one block to the gym"....I live at broadway and briar and feel that there is almost ALWAYS someone on the street, in a car, I never feel alone even when going the block to the gym at 5am or 5pm.

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    1. I used to feel the same that there's always someone else around to help if needed but that's obviously not the case. Are you going to intervene in a physical attack? I've seen some very strange people lurking along that area of Broadway before 6am. Its you, them and maybe a random car or bus passing. Many times I've been the only one walking on the street for 2 blocks there.

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    2. There is one way for a woman to guarantee her safety with around the clock police protection: Marry the Mayor.

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  11. sounds like these guys with the white car

    http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/11/jump-and-run-2-victims-beaten-by.html

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  12. Is it just me, or does the crime seem to be migrating south?

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    1. The crime isn't migrating...it is spreading. Ground zero is still the CoH but the shockwaves keep spreading further like an atomic bomb's mushroom cloud.

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    2. Don't forget. The Broadway Youth Center which attracts the same crowd that the Center on Halsted does is located on Wellington just off Broadway.

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  13. How is a cop going to help you when four dudes jump out of a car and run at you.....at least armed, you might be able to save your life....because someone is surely going to be killed with activity this brazen....

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  14. I can see that the anti-video and anti-lighting factions are out again. Should be melt everything down to bare metals to pay for more police officers?

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    1. You are making the incorrect assumption that the criminals will fear being videotaped or committing crimes in bright light, thus preventing crime. Your assumption is based on your own ignorance of the facts. We need a greater police presence. Nothing else will deter criminal thug predators. Paying for them is a matter of resetting priorities.

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  15. We need a greater police presence. Nothing else will deter criminal thug predators. Paying for them is a matter of resetting priorities.

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    A.M.E.N. !!!

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  16. Hmmm...well the folk all around the Center don't seem very worried about cops, and the police station is a block away. They literally commit crimes within a hundred feet of it....you are on your own folks, fight back

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