Saturday, January 25, 2014

REALITY BITES: 2 Strong Arm Robberies In Boystown; 5-on-1 Attack In Wrigleyville Overnight


At least three people were attacked and robbed on the streets of Wrigleyville and Boystown Friday night into this morning. The outbreak seems to further indicate that a lull in criminal activity that followed the new year has ended.

Boystown: Robbery on Buckingham

A woman was attacked and robbed of a teal handbag as she walked in the 800 block of Buckingham at 11:20 Friday evening. She lost her wallet and cell phone in the crime, which played out just 100 yards from the Halsted strip.

The offender is described as male, black, and about 6’1” tall. He was last seen running toward Halsted Street.

Chicago Police Department case number is HX126712.


Wrigleyville: 5-on-1 Beating And Robbery

A Lakeview man was beaten by five attackers near Trace Lounge, 3714 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, at 3:30 this morning.

The victim reported that three black women and two black men swarmed him, took his wallet, keys and phone, then hopped into a car and escaped northbound on Clark. One of the muggers dropped the victim’s wallet on the ground after emptying it of its contents.

Police have initially classified the case as an aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon.

The case number is HX126871.

Further information on this incident, which has been reclassified to a case of 5 vs. 1 "pocket picking" by the police department,  is available HERE.


Boystown: Robbery On Newport

A restaurant worker was beaten and robbed as he returned home at 4:40 this morning. Police summoned an ambulance to tend to the man’s severely swollen face.
A man was beaten up and robbed by two offenders along this fence in
the 800 block of Newport overnight. Halsted Street traffic is visible
beyond the next building.

This attack also happened just a stone’s throw off of the Halsted strip, at 814 W. Newport.

According to the victim, the attackers were two black men in their early- to mid-20’s. They got away with his black messenger bag, which contained nothing more than dirty work clothes, a Ventra card, debit card, and state ID.

While investigating the crime, an officer found several loose items at the scene of the robbery, including a purple purse. It has not yet been determined if the purse is connected to the earlier robbery on Buckingham.

CPD case #HX126859


And finally...

Police were dispatched to the area of Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted, at 3:51 this morning after at least one caller reported shots fired on the street.

The caller stated that a man in older model Cadillac fired a gun into the air three times, then drove northbound on Halsted.

Officers spoke with at least one pedestrian who also heard “popping that sounded like a gun."
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27 comments:

  1. The Chicago Tribune probably ran at least 15 stories on the two lesbians that were recently married. Surely they can find a little space to cover a story about thugs taking over an entire neighborhood. Simply disgraceful for the media to turn a blind eye on truth and reality.

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    1. What's the matter with you? ???? Tiny Tutu is hard at work with the shitty c lowncil , doing things "for the kids", if the propaganda machine....sorry.......local media report this unpleasant stuff, it ruins the narrative, AND YOU CAN NEVER RUIN THE NARRATIVE! !!!!!!.

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  2. And the" entertainment team" was no where to be found again.

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    1. The "entertainment detail" was out, handling the usual fights on Clark. A couple of things to keep in mind about the much-hyped "detail." It only consists of about 8 officers. They work Clark from Cornelia to Addison. Sometimes they'll dip south to Roscoe. Rarely will they take anything north of Addison.

      Also important is knowing that when one of the Wrigleyville drunks gets arrested, that means 2 of the 8-ish officers will be off of Clark Street for a couple of hours processing the arrest. They burn through 8 officers very quickly in Wrigleyville.

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    2. Also, remember that members of that team are on furlough or medical, usually leaving only 6 Officers to control Clark St, Halsted St. and the Belmont/Sheffield areas. Rush and Division has 12-16 Officers on that Entertainment Detail, when will the 19th district learn?

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    3. It is too bad that they can't just toss the drunks into an idling paddy wagon until it is full and then transport the waste for processing at the police department all at one time.

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  3. Although they got away with "nothing more than a Ventra card........", those also can double as a debit card if you load money on them. I think it's a dumb idea and would never do it, but I'm sure those will soon be hot items as well.

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    1. Forgot to add, you can also have them set up to have your pay direct deposited to them as well.

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  4. The bars on Roscoe, as well as the morons fighting, should have to pay the cost of police having to continuously breaking up fights at their establishments. Another alternative would be to make them lose their liquor license after a set number of incidents.

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    1. Agreed but a few summers ago when they had the "security detail" out there, 4 establishments I frequented just raised their prices.

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  5. A siren app should be installed on all iPhones, etc. to be activated when they are reported as stolen by the owner. When the phone is reported as stolen, a loud siren would be activated on the phone and would only be able to be shut off by the owner. It would at least alert the scum that buy these on the black market that they won't be able to re-sell them and let people know that a thief thug has a stolen phone in their possession.

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    1. Call Apple about this. It's an excellent idea, dude! Someone, maybe you, can make some money off this AND help a ton of people.

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    2. Or suggest this to someone who makes iOS apps! It IS an excellent idea, and one that shouldn't be too hard to integrate into the existing iPhone hardware.

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  6. Wow. All these events on a very cold, blusterty and snowy night. Imagine what spring and summer will be like!

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  7. One of the owners of Circuit is on the Board of the Center on Halsted. Is that a coincidence?

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    1. No... I really don't think so. Do you really think he want his or any other businesses to fail due these thugs.
      Yes, we have a huge problem, we all need to get involved especially King Rahm and Tiny Tunney to bring this neighborhood back to what it used to be.

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    2. Circuit owner on CoH board---
      So what? Circuit is much better run and much more responsive to neighbors than CoH can ever hope to be.
      CoH is in dire need of a new executive staff. Its board should demand it.

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    3. Just wait until they re-open as a teen dance club!

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    4. As a neighbor of Circuit there is little to no care from the nightclub about their neighbors. Have you ever seen the area around the club in the morning. Bottle, cans, cigarette butts and vomit is everywhere. There is not a care in the world from the management team about their neighbors. As for the CoH they dont seem to care about the neighborhood either, do something about the loitering in front of the establishment, is it ok to drink and smoke weed in front or on the side of the building? If those who do this are told to leave they just walk a few steps down in front of the school on Waveland and smoke weed and drink while the school kids watch. This area is a mess and Tiny Tunney and his forces don't care.

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    5. Both seem to be tolerant of crime if it will bring in dollars. The old Circuit was much easier to live next to. At least noise and vomit won't shoot a gun, tag your building with gang graffiti, or instigate large fights.

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  8. You ain't seen nothing yet, just wait till the Gay Pride Parade. Last year it was Ft Apache the Bronx after the event,police, fights,sirens till 3am. This year will probably be more like the invasion of D-Day! Rahm,Tunney will wave to the adoring crowds then hightail it out as the thugs & theives start to pray on the locals & nothing will be done for another year. As Tunney said at the Caps meeting after last years parade to a person who questioned him on the crime spree,"stop complaining,your just one person"!!

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    1. Letter writing campaign NOW to Governor Quinn is needed.
      Explain everything that happened last year, that Emanuel is unfit to govern this area of the city on Pride Day, and DEMAND National Guard troops come in to supplement to maintain order.

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    2. Quinn couldn't lead a one car parade let alone an idea to combat crime in our neighborhood. He's probably even more useless than Rahm and Tunney.

      It would be nice to see Jesse Jackson walking the streets of our neighborhood calling for an end of the crime.

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  9. I live here but went out in River North had a weird feeling the thugs would be out. Don't know why just had a feeling. A friend wanted to come up this way I said no I was cabbing it straight to my apartment when I was done.

    As for the Pride Parade this year I will be out of town it's just a mess anymore. It used to be fun. So sad it will keep getting worse since Rahm hates the Police and won't hire more. You get what you vote for. Vote all the hacks out.

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  10. How late do these tacticle teams work? I was told they get off before midnight. That doesn't make sense. Aren't they the ones that go after these types of crimes? Has the leadership in the 19 police station talked about their hours or what they do?

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  11. It's a shame, really. I have lived in Chicago since the mid-90s, and all of that time in residences in the Lakeview / Boystown / Wrigleyville area. But very recently I said, "Enough. I'm tired," and moved to a less congested, far less dangerous, much less expensive suburb -- not so far away that I can't come in to see a ballgame or concert, visit with friends, go to a favorite restaurant, when I choose, but I just couldn't live there anymore. I read these crime reports and they are literally down the block from my old place. A couple years ago, when I first seriously considered moving, two men actually hid on the sidewalk next to my condo and jumped out and attacked a woman, all to get her damn phone (and scar her for life, probably). It seems to have gotten only more prevalent.

    I literally laughed out loud when that giant Halsted Flats development started leasing and the rates were approaching $3,000 for a small one-bedroom unit. Seriously? Don't try to tell me how great it is to walk everywhere. Sure, it had its perks for a few weeks in the summertime, but otherwise it is a mess of us shoveled sidewalks, the risk of being mugged, being asked for money in front of Jewel or Walgreen's, hearing so much noise day and night ... I mean, at some point you have to ask yourself, why am I living here, and spending so much money to do so. And there's more, like the alleys - Dumpster divers all year, car breakins, then so much snow you can't get out of the alley for a week or more and there is no trash pickup, and you simply want to get home after work and it looks like a post-apocalyptic scene where you "live." To those who still love living in the neighborhood and want/hope to be a part of making it better, I commend you and wish you all the best. But man I have slept better the last two weeks than maybe anytime in the past decade.

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  12. As a recent victim and now Chicago statistic, these attacks are becoming increasingly violent. In my case, I was jumped by thugs who knocked me unconscious, robbed me, and left my jaw fractured in two places. Not only do you feel violated, but the lack of sense of urgency on behalf of the Chicago Police Department adds insult to injury (literally). I've heard absolutely nothing on my case despite the thugs using my credit cards at a few locations. I just say to all of you, please be careful out there...please be vigilant and aware at all times, especially at night.

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