Friday, December 27, 2013

WTF?: Man Whacks Woman With A Hammer, She Gets HIS Cell Phone!

Now here's a twist.

A Lakeview woman called police at 10:15 this morning after a stranger walked up and smacked her in the head with a hammer.

When it was all said and done, the victim wound up with the attacker's cell phone!

There has been no arrest and the incident does not appear to be a robbery attempt.

This morning's incident took place about a half-mile from the scene of a similar hammer attack on October 16.

According to police, today's attack took place near the intersection of Mildred and George, just northwest of Halsted and Diversey. The unknown offender—described as male, black, slim, tall, wearing a dark colored jacket and blue jeans—struck the victim in the head with the hammer, dropped his cell phone, then fled northbound on Mildred Avenue toward Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

The locations the hammer attacks in October (1) and this morning (2).
One of the victim's neighbors chased after the man, but lost track of him.

The victim declined ambulance services and turned her attacker's cell phone over to police.

Logged as an aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon in CPD case #HW585246.

On October 16, an unknown offender struck a woman in the head with a hammer as she walked near the DePaul campus. That victim was not robbed either and the offender was never caught.

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HAMMERED: Woman Hit In The Head Near DePaul

28 comments:

  1. Won't the attacker's dropped phone be a stolen one?

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  2. We need stiffer hammer ban laws.

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  3. Part of the blame should be held by Home Depot. They don't want to password protect the hammers.

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    1. Let's the hammer manufactures for selling dangerous hammers.

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  4. Nearly seven years ago, after seventeen great (and safe) years in Lakeview, I moved out of state. I was in town this week for the holidays, and took my parents to Edwardo's on Halsted (just a few blocks from where this morning's hammer attack occurred). I've been following this blog since it started, so, as sad as it is to say, I felt uneasy walking a few blocks from our parking spot. Having spent seventeen years running around the city with wild abandon, it truly made me both sick to my stomach and angry to feel so ill at ease in my beloved former home. After dinner, we drove north on Halsted, and as we approached Waveland, we were forced to stop at a green light to accommodate the two youths who decided to slowly saunter across the street on a 'Don't Walk.' I cherish the many years I spent in Lakeview, but truly believe I left at the right time. I am hoping you all find a way to build your numbers and start making some serious noise. Talking to several Lakeview residents this weekend, it was shocking to learn that they weren't even remotely aware of the growing violent crime problem. I would love to see a billboard with this blogs URL on it. If you start a fund - I'd be happy to donate.

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    1. Personally, I believe many residents are quite aware but they just deny it. Although some are my best friends, they constantly repeat "Well, it's a big city", "These things just happen" and humorously state "He probably deserved it".

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    2. The bar owners are very aware of it. Rings are way down year over year.

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    3. Days Inn desk people say it is only when you are out alone very late and/or appear drunk.
      They are in denial.

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    4. ....and I'm sure they weren't "youths". If you checked their birth certs, they were probably in their 20s at least but most likely in their 30s. Some "youth" offenders on Halsted St actually have grey beards.

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  5. I would contribute to a billboard fund, as well!

    I would also like to state that I, too, have talked to Lakeview residents who dont seem to know of anything negative going on. I think that if you hang out in Boystown, or if you live very near where most of the problems are (Belmont/Sheffield, and up and down Halsted), then you are aware of the problems, but if you do not actually live near that part of Halsted, or you do not hang out in Boystown on a regular basis, then you probably do not come into direct contact with these issues that we have been talking about for the past several years. An effort needs to be made to raise awareness so that the COH (and other trouble sources) will feel more heat.

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    1. Yes! Let's put up a billboard! Where do I send my check?

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    2. I would contribute to a billboard.

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  6. Clueless idiots don't look at billboards. Look around...they look at their iPhones.

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  7. Bar, hotel, and restaurant revenues are down. People from out of the area and out of town are more aware of the crime issue here than many if not most of the residents. A comment such as "It's a big city" or "These things happen" -- just mind boggling that people passively accept this. Yes, a huge billboard is a great idea. I would personally fund it if someone would get the ball rolling. Or billboardS, plural. One along Halsted near Sidetrack, one near the Belmont red line station, one further south on Halsted, and to really annoy the alderman and others, one right across from the Wrigley billboard.

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    1. Couldn't agree more with you. I have heard that from long time residents and also they say you should have been here 30 years ago. Well I have been here long enough to know they are just in denial about it becasue it's worse than it's been in the last 20 years for sure. Also have heard it's a big city etc. A guy got robbed in by Cardinal George's mansion the other day in the Goldcoast. The offender shot him in the foot. Crime is up all over in the areas they criminals used to be afraid to come to. They know now the police are understaffed and State's Attorneys and Judges keep letting them off easy. Stay tuned Rahm spins all this crime and blames it on gun control etc. All they do is spin it and not address it.

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  8. How about an ad at the METRA Ravensood station ? It is close to our area, and a has one of the highest ridership levels on the whole UP North Line, so it would be seen, at the station, and out the window on the train for anyone headed to Kenosha or anywhere between.

    Unlike CTA, METRA does not answer to Rahm, the asshole can't censor it, but reports to RTA, a 5-county agency.

    Tourists by nature know some things that locals don't - they research an area before they come. Locals don't because they "think" they know it all. So keep posting in Trip Advisors. Make Ann Sathers go down a star.

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  9. We need to form neighborhood watch groups and have large groups of us patrolling the streets and alleys at night to let the thugs know they are no longer welcome.

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    1. And you think some thug with a gun is going to be intimidated by a group patrolling an alley? Anyone who thinks that is just clueless and naive. How exactly are you going to defend yourself from an armed thug just because you are in a "group"? The solution to the Lakeview crime spree...
      ...is NOT neighborhood watch groups
      ...is NOT billboards
      ...is NOT stricter gun control
      ...is NOT more programs at the Center on Halsted
      ...is NOT more lighting
      ...is NOT more video surveillance
      The ONLY SOLUTION is MORE COPS.
      Anyone suggesting anything other than more cops is just muddying the waters.

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    2. And how exactly do you plan on getting more cops? I'm pretty sure the only way that will happen is if a very public, very big stink is made. It takes getting large numbers of people involved to do that - hence, the billboards with some crime statistics and this blogs URL.

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  10. The Guardian Angles have been very successful in patrolling neighborhoods. I'm sorry to be clueless and naive and not brilliant like yourself, but the majority of these thugs are cowards and if they see large groups of people on watch they are going to scatter like rats when an El train rolls through.

    Your water may be free of mud but the "only solution" of more cops isn't going to happen because the residents will continue voting in clowns like Rahm and Tunney.

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    1. Interestingly, the Guardian Angels volunteered their services to the Michigan Ave area when the crime erupted but the Mayor/Police turned them down. Didn't look good.
      I wonder why the GA have not heard the cries from Lakeview and volunteered here. We could use them.

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    2. The Guardian Angels volunteered their services for Boystown in return for having their headquarters at Center on Halsted. The CoH rejected their proposal and the Guardian Angels decided to refuse to patrol Boystown. Do you people ever read the news?

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    3. I, for one, am not going to spend my free time "patrolling neighborhoods" in some vigilante horde. Do we carry pitchforks and flaming torches as well? I pay property taxes and expect the City to utilize the funds to hire sufficient police to deter criminals.

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    4. Half the space that Circuit Nightclub uses goes unused. Given the recent mob actions happening outside their venue maybe the GA could set up shop in one of their "VIP" rooms.

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  11. The billboards and ads would be to embarass Rahm, Tunney, and McCarthy. Their egos cannot tolerate anything other than their crime-is-down/perception snow-jobs getting out.

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    1. Totally agree! They've earned pie in their face. Embarrassing them may be the only thing that can get them to act not just talk. And the more people who see the billboard the more people who will ask them about it...like maybe the media for once?

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    2. And.....this billboard would make the five-o-clock news.

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  12. If it's not available yet, someone could make a little money by making an app that people could use to see where crimes have happened in the areas they are in. Could be similar to this blog, if you are walking into somewhere like Belmont at the Redline stop, perhaps the phone can vibrate or a siren goes off to let you know to get out of dodge! Seriously, everyone is walking around now with their head buried in their iPhone so some kind of app could be a great invention.

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