Sunday, January 19, 2014

ARMED ROBBERY: Man Targeted At Belmont/Clark

Police are looking for the man responsible for an armed robbery that took place near Dunkin' Donuts on the northwest corner of Belmont and Clark around 11:45 Saturday night.

The victim lost his white iPhone in the robbery and opted to walk into the 19th district station to file a report.

The offender is described a male, black, 25-35 years old, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, dressed entirely in black. He was last seen walking westbound on Belmont from Clark Street.

Chicago Police Department case #HX119757.

UPDATE: This incident was subsequently classified as a strong arm robbery with no weapon.
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38 comments:

  1. So on a Saturday night on one of the busiest intersections in an "entertainment district", you just pull a gun, take what you want and "walk" away?

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  2. This is a bs call. Guy gets robbed at Clark and Belmont yet goes all the way to 19 district to report the crime? Why not just walk into Starbucks and call 911? Doesn't make sense

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    1. People don't always behave in the way you think they should when they are under duress. Maybe the victim thought that the robber would see him going to call for help and would return or retaliate? Maybe the victim was too embarrassed to announce in front of a bunch of complete strangers that he had just been robbed? Maybe the victim lives near the police station and felt that the offender was long gone and it would be more efficient to stop in and file a report than stand around on the corner in the cold waiting for a response?

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    2. Keep in mind, people in this neighborhood have become increasingly aware of long lags in response time when they call 911 to report crimes. He probably felt it was quicker and easier to simply walk up to Addison and report the crime there rather than take his chances and wait for a patrol car.

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    3. It looks like the desk officer disagrees with your armchair analysis.

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    4. 7 years ago in Chicago I was rear ended by a drunk driver. I was moving and he still slammed into me! We got out and he said "I'll do anything if you don't call the cops". (Like what? was my first thought). I called anyway. The guy would only give me his first name and took off but I got his plate number. The cops advised me to drive to the nearby station to file a report. You'd think the priority would be to get this drunk off the road before he killed someone but not the case. One YEAR later I got his full insurance information, etc. in the mail. F these police here. They're basically useless and that's why I can't stand to see all the accolades when one actually does the job that they're paid to do in the first place.

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    5. Good, next time something happens to you, like a guy putting a gun to you and taking your stuff, call the fire dept.

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    6. The police are treated like crap by Tiny Rahm and Prince Tunney just like the rest of us so we can be thankful for the great ones that do their jobs.

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    7. If you have all the answers then leave the safety of your keyboard and take the oath, strap on a gun and badge, make a difference... Or else keep quiet

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    8. A traffic accident in which there are no injuries is NOT a priority job. Take your pick, hold a car down on your traffic hit and run or have that car patrolling and answering burglary, robbery calls. Listen boys and girls, the people YOU voted into office have run down your police dept. They are short handed, you cry about robberies, etc then you cry about far less serious crimes. You cannot have your cake and eat it as well here. Do something! Make your highly taxed voices heard! The ghettos march, and scream, you cry quietly on a blog.

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  3. Of course! Those people are *entitled* to do so. And it doesn't matter how cold or mucky the night is, or how many people are around. But there's always a possibility that it was just a *perception* that the event even occurred. And, remember, the poor hapless victim is "just one person."

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  4. As long as we have Mayors and Presidents that won't discuss the real issues behind all this like children having children that are not planned or wanted nothing will change. Instead everyone makes excuses and feels sorry for criminals. I justice system is over loaded trying to be the parents the criminals never had. It's going to get worse and the solution per Rahm is to take the guns away from the law abiding citizens. Poverty is the cause of these problems it's lack of parenting. We have war on poverty since January 8, 1964 how is that working?

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    1. We're not out to cure the world here. To be blunt, our neighborhood is being allowed to fall victim to street criminals while neighborhoods all around us enjoy stunning drops in reported crime. This is not a big mystery with 500 moving parts. It's the result of a massive cut in the local police force, a willingness on the part of the mayor and local aldermen to literally lie to the public about violent crime facts that are readily available online, and local service organizations and businesses being unwilling to accept any responsibility for what happens when their clients step out of their doors.

      Quite simple.

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    2. "and local service organizations and businesses being unwilling to accept any responsibility for what happens when their clients step out of their doors"

      And I think it's clear now that those organizations are being fostered by our elected officials from top to bottom, and are being allowed to operate in their irresponsible manner, unhampered regardless of the concerns of the area residents.

      ...and what of Tunney's mega-super-duper Crime Task Force Committee? What they hell are they doing? I can tell you, one prominent member of that Committee has called the people behind this blog "liars," and contends they get their information by making things up. That person has also told residents of the neighborhood trying as best they can to deal with the problems that they're only out to damage the Alderman not address crime.

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    3. The facts have long ago passed the "making things up" line. This blog provides the police's own report numbers and links over to the city's own statistics page. That shit doesnt wash any more. We've known it for a long time and now the undeniable facts are pouring out. Time for Tunney to get his shit together or pack his shit up and move on.

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    4. CWB, in three sentences you sum up the whole of our problem here in wrigleyville and boystown. as easy as it is to define, it is as easy to correct.

      1) yes, chicago is in horrific financial shape and cops are expensive, but having crime proliferate (near wrigley field especially) will only make our city less appealing to its residents (goodbye taxes) and visitors. do politicians want an even bigger exodus and less tourism? do they want tourists going home to recount their story of when they were beaten up after a baseball game? or having the national media telling the story of a murder?

      2) politicians like mayor rahm emanuel and alderman tom tunney of the 44th ward do themselves a disservice by blatantly attempting to deceive their constituents. we see through them. and even if some don't, the proof is in the pudding. we have been #1 in robberies and very high up in violent crime over the past year (and since 2007). this is their legacy. is their bar really that low to allow their ward to become like a ghetto or do they just bow to some higher political power that doesn't care either? why not take the road less traveled and fight against the establishment and make a name for themselves? the people would whole-heartedly support them then.

      3) tsk, tsk, tsk to the businesses who turn a blind eye to the fighting and thievery in and outside their establishments. you're losing business! shame, shame, and much more shame to the so-called social service agencies (howard brown/byc, coh, the crib, etc) who pretend to stand for the 'victims' of society yet in their disregard make their neighbors the true victims. no, not all the clientele of the byc and coh are criminals, but to the ones who are (and are giving the agencies a TERRIBLE name) they must be banned at their first offense. no more excuses. no free pass for 'crimes of survival' as they call petty theft. someone else paid for what they stole. sadly, the truth is that too much money is being made at the top so they also pretend to not see. this is at the expense of those they claim to be helping. shame!

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    5. To that end, after the trigger of the Treasure Island daytime beating, I wrote Days Inn and the Lakeview East Chamber and said for the first time since 1999, I will not visit the area annually any longer until at least 2016, and only if Chicagoans come to their senses and Rahm and Emanuel are gotten rid of in the 2015 election.

      I will miss the area, especially Days Inn, Nookies, Stellas, Melrose, Edwardos, Lucky Horseshoe, Steamworks, Treasure Island. I just hope they manage to stay in business. I am glad I visited when I did and cherish those pleasant memories.

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    6. Rahm (and Emanuel, since it is the same little person) will be re-elected on an even larger landslide than King Daley used to get. Unfortunately the people of Chicago love these incompetent idiots in office that just continue making life worse for all of us. Chicago politicians are about the same level of thug as we have taking over our streets, only they do it behind the curtains through their minions.

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    7. Oops meant to say Rahm and Tunney

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    8. Perhaps the ONLY way we can get a real fix here, is to BASH the businesses. Start a campaign on line, letting them know that we refuse to patronize their establishments because of the rampant crime...that we fear for our lives just being in their parking lots!

      Tunney & tiny Rahm don't listen or give a shit about the tax-paying citizens....maybe they will care about the businesses, if they start griping about the crime and how its effecting their bottom line.. I don't know....but what we're doing now sure isn't working.

      I'm still hoping the clout of the Ricketts family will help to clean up the area. Money talks, BS walks.

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    9. Rahm's modus operendi is to turn Boystown into a Disney-fied Wrigleyville for "families" via the Ricketts. Gays are absolutely NOT regarded as "family" - he is a DINO.

      He is also every bit as much a vindictive, pay-to-play, blackmailing thug as Governor Christie - it's ALL, and I mean ALL, for the developers as Fort Lee and Hoboken has now been revealed on MSNBC and CNN in the last 2 weeks, and this type does not lose a moment's sleep out of screwing the constituency.

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  5. Crime of survival......so it must be ok. Where do we draw THAT line?

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  6. Chicago needs to fight crime with the broken windows theory the way NYC did up until recently. You can clearly see how crime has progressed in our neighborhood over the past several years, and it's a direct result of allowing thugs to slowly take over by graffiti, vandalism, burglary, etc. The next step is killing people, it's only a matter of time now since the thugs have taken over the streets.

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  7. Clearly Emanuel and McCarthy are lightweights, and are running in the complete opposite directions with regard to police headcount, tactics, and techniques as NYC was with Bratton/Guiliani 20 years ago.

    I also think Rahm is either punishing Tunney over Wrigleyville, and/or there is some implicit Gay-bashing going on with the CPD. City Council are also a bunch of corrupt chicken shits who fear crossing Rahmy.

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  8. People talk about replacing Tunney. Won't happen unless there is a true viable opponent. Also will not be easy. See:

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130730/BLOGS02/130739981/new-law-makes-it-twice-as-hard-to-run-for-alderman#

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    1. Let's pool our money and take out big ads: HELP WANTED - 44TH WARD ALDERMAN

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  9. Are you a writer with PR experience or just do what u can to help out w/ crime in the 44th Ward (with special interests in Boystown and Wrigleyville)/19th Police Dist? Message me and lets talk!

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  10. Sad to say but this blog has actually made me push forward my plans to sell my Wrigleyville condo and find a safer place for my family. We are now looking at cities like Seattle or Vancouver. I don't want to carry a gun and I don't want to walk in constant fear of being assaulted.

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    1. We and many of our neighbors are thinking the same, we are deciding on climate.

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    2. And to be honest, we have done the 'Chicago' thing over the last 8 yrs - it's time to move on. The crime was the last straw, when you add it to the cost of living in Chicago, IL, and its crap weather 6 months of the year.

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    3. i never thought i'd leave. never wanted to. but i've been looking at mls' a realtor-friend has been sending me since october. when the right one hits me, i'm selling and i'm out.
      i've been sucker-punched by tunney and i'm not waiting around to get sucker-punched, or worse, by thugs. the whole situation has been frustrating, infuriating and very sad!

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    4. My family and I are leaving too. The job search is underway.

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    5. It's funny, but not only is NYC far more exciting than Chicago but it feels MUCH SAFER, even though it's almost 3x larger than Chicago. (and the stats say as much)

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  11. Just as an aside, I walk from roughly Southport & Addison over to LVAC at Belmont & Broadway. I take different routes just to mix it up but during the recent winter months I'm surprised to see what I think it a large number of for residental rent/for sale signs posted in the area. The winter is supposed to be the slow period for real estate This is not to mention the large number of vacant commerical spaces in the general area.

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  12. This is not just a city issue, if the police were able to lock up every minor criminal and not get yelled at for doing so the criminals would get the message to stay away. Instead you get yelled at for downing a care for a minor criminal arrest, county screams that the jail is backed up, police have little to no back up, fire needs backup from police daily, etc etc etc. Leave this city, and state it is all in horrendous shape with no hopes of bouncing back.

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  13. Guess who didn't sign a city hall resolution to encourage the federal government to install kill switches on cell phones. Tom "public safety is my top priority" Tunney didn't. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140120/downtown/smartphone-kill-switch-backed-by-proposed-council-resolution

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    1. Has the bill been voted on? The article you reference says the bill was sent to committee for consideration. I do not see where it was voted on.

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