Wednesday, January 01, 2014

ROUGH START: Groups Beat, Rob Two This Afternoon

Meet the new year, same as the old year.

2014 is off to a rough start as two afternoon daylight beatings and robberies kick off the New Year. Good police work has resulted in the arrests of three offenders.

Just after 3PM today, a man was approached near Sheridan and Pine Grove by a group of 6 offenders who called him "bitch," punched him in the head, then took $140 cash and his phone before fleeing westbound on Sheridan.

The attackers were described as 5 black men in their early 20's. One was 6'2' tall wearing a light blue jacket. He was missing a front tooth. They were accompanied by a black female with bleached dreadlocks.

Less than five minutes later, witnesses reported seeing a group of five to six black men in their early 20's kicking and punching a man who had been carrying grocery bags in the 4100 block of Kenmore. That man was also being robbed.

Officers quickly tracked a group of suspects down at the Sheridan Red Line station. At least two of the suspects were arrested after being positively identified by the Kenmore victim. The Sheridan victim was unable to pick out his attackers.

The offenders are believed to have entered the area via the Red Line about 30 minutes before the first robbery.

CPD case number for the Sheridan strong arm robbery is HX100721.

The Kenmore strongarm case number is HX100743.

UPDATE 1/1/2014 9:08PM: From the comments below,
I'm the "victim" [ugh, I hate calling myself victim] at the Sheridan/Pine Grove incident. I'm really, really surprised this happened right there. I walk through that intersection almost every day. 
Things I think I've learned: don't walk with headphones in, don't get kinda trapped on the slushy sidewalk where you can't get any traction and move quickly.
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TRIVIA: The 19th district has the distinction of generating the first police report in Chicago for 2014. A domestic battery near Racine and Montrose is recorded as case HX100001.

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41 comments:

  1. Just saw a ABC news truck heading down Kenmore - maybe they will actually report on it.

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    1. They're probably reporting on senior Polish women guarding their shoveled parking spots with lawn chairs to keep the drug dealers out or gentrification or sumpthin'.

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    2. Doubt it. The City has the news stations in their back pockets and will only report what Rahm wants them too --- like today's Channel 7 report that crime is way down. Laughable! Someone should call these stations and set them straight on what's REALLY going on around here!

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  2. Offender called him "bitch"...seems to me, at 5 on 1, the offenders are the bitches.

    It's amazing how times have changed since I grew up...it was a sign of weakness to not fight one-on-one when I was young. Of course, maybe it is more of a thug, ghetto thing versus a sign of the times.

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  3. What this cant be true........that dipsheet G. McCarthy was all over the news patting himself on the back saying he accomplished so much.

    I agree real tough ..........5 on 1.

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  4. I found a purse on Diversey last night. Any tips to help reunite it with its owner? I tried contacting them via Facebook, but I think if we aren't friends the message goes to a spam folder.

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    1. You can take it to the 19th district station. The police department is pretty good at finding ways to contact people.

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  5. This has got to stop. 3PM that's bold. The victum wasn't walking down a dark alley. Crazy. Chicago is turning in to a dump. Seems no solution is in sight.

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  6. Hopefully this will prove to those who think cold weather will take care of the crime problem that they are wrong. And the same for more lighting or more cameras.

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  7. They are getting in their thievery in now, b/c soon everone's gonna be packin' heat.

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  8. Once again CWB does a great job of alerting the public, thanks for all you do. Seems as though even the nasty weather can't deter the thugs. This is really getting out of hand.

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    1. Getting out of hand ? We are way above that........ Way above.

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  9. this is obv a hate crime

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  10. I'm the "victim" [ugh, I hate calling myself victim] at the Sheridan/Pine Grove incident. I'm really, really surprised this happened right there. I walk through that intersection almost every day.

    Things I think I've learned: don't walk with headphones in, don't get kinda trapped on the slushy sidewalk where you can't get any traction and move quickly.

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    1. I'm sorry this happened to you and hope you're ok. Everyone needs to learn the lesson "don't walk with headphones in". People need to unplug - get out of the closed world of the smartphones and start paying attention to the world around them. Please spread the word.

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    2. I wrote up my account here: http://perardi.tumblr.com/post/71903219614/wherein-2014-starts-with-me-getting-mugged

      I am surprisingly OK. The swelling where they hit me is almost gone, I slept fine, feeling decent today. I've moved onto being really annoyed at wrangling a new phone on Verizon.

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    3. Thank you for telling your story. The things that we wish we could share with our readers more often are the stories of people who have wound up on the wrong side of these crimes. It is important for people to understand exactly what is happening to real people.

      Thank you again and best wishes.

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    4. Glad that the gentleman who was passing thru the Sheridan/Pine Grove area on his appointed tasks and had an encounter with some unpleasant visitors is doing better physically. Hopefully he is/will be doing equally as well mentally. So often it seems that the mental aspect of these events is the challenge rather than the physical. So, good luck sir, and hopefully you are on that route - headphone-free - sooner rather than later.

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    5. ^ You are right, Anonymous. The physical damage heals, but nothing can erase the memory of what happened at THAT spot. Most robbery and battery victims we know think back to the crime every time they pass the place where it happened. Over time, the memories become more brief and less emotional, but there always seems to be a split second realization that they are THERE.

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  11. Sorry to hear, Anonymous. We hope any injuries heal quickly.

    Thank you for taking a moment to tell our readers about what happened.

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  12. Murders are down so all is good. Say that while clicking your heals three times and you too will be free of crime impacting you while walking the streets!

    Just got back from NYC. The media were all in agreement on a million people in attendance (just like our Pride Parade crowd) yet strangely there were no stories on arrests or major crimes taking place during this event and they had people from around the world. Nothing like the scene of endless fights along Halsted for the parade or Market Days.

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  13. Has anyone sent the CWB link along with an email to the major local and national news outlets? I'd be curious to know what, if any, their responses are.

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    1. Yes, they play "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." ...or worse. The Channel 7 producer who did the segment last summer that kissed Tom Elliott's ass was informed about the incidents involving off duty cops as crime victims last September, and she curtly responded, "That's not true." When she was sent the FOIA confirmation that CWB recently posted she didn't respond at all. Don't look to the traditional media to expose any of this.

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    2. Please be the one to do this for us. Please send these stories to the news media, to Rahm, to the police chief and demand they do something. Until and unless our frustration leaves the comment section of CWB and gets directed to the officials, nothing will change.

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    3. Don't waste your time with Rahm, he's half the problem

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  14. I sent this link to NBC 5 since Channel 7 is good for nothing. Let's see what 5 does. Ok...I won't hold my breath...

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    1. Seems like the media is just Rahm's press office. Channel 7 last night said we had the fewest homicides last year since 1965 but failed to mention in 1965 Chicago had 2 million more people and with medical advances today people are surviving being shot. And how many unclassified deaths did they close the year out with that now they will classify in 2014. All lies from Chicago and the Chicago media. They just read what Rahm tell's them to.

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    2. Dude, Chicago didn't have 2 million more people in 1965, it had about 700k.

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    3. More like 835,404.00 based on 1960 compared to 2013 estimate of 2,715,000.00 I stand corrected. Point still is there is less population now compared to the 60's.

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  15. The Trib fell for the "overall crime is down 16%" bullshit also, which is not a left-winged paper like the S-T.
    Maybe the Koch Brothers should have taken over the Trib. It would not have taken dictation from Rahm.

    How do you answer the argument that felony crime is higher even though the metric is down due to fewer cop reports?

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  16. Since finding out about this fantastic site, I've passed along many stories and findings to Brad Edwards at CBS. He's always responded and urged me to continue to contact him anytime - baedwards@cbs.com

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  17. I wish someone would could through to MSNBC Rachel Maddow, or Ed Shultz, who has already beaten Rahm up on the 50 school closures and "safe passage" bullshit. Liberals, yes, but they have no use for incompetence from one of their own

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    1. You'd have a lot better luck with Bill O'Reilly - he's actually covered the high crime in Chicago several times and has a much larger audience.

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    2. Or Drudge - he loves posting his 'CHICAGOLAND' horror stories on his site. I'm sure the tickler of skyrocketing crime in the Wrigleyville area thanks to CPD resource redeployments directed by clueless politicians (lead by our elected jellyfish Alderman Tom Tunney) would be right up his alley.

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    3. Be careful what you wish for. On FOX Noise, the subject could easily, and would probably, get hijacked into gay-bashing, gay marriage, and that they asked for the attention and the trouble. O'Reilly himself is a bigot.

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    4. It's people like you that will cause there to be no change. Bill O'Reilly is anything but a bigot unless you are glued to your failed liberal talking points handed down from moron to moron. He has been very fair in his reporting on the crime and is rightfully reporting that it's out of control - you certainly aren't getting this from your glorious leader Rahm or his Chicago press puppets.

      If we truly want our neighborhood back, we have to engage all parties and seek their help. The community should welcome true reporting on the crime from any party with a microphone.

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    5. < It's people like you that will cause there to be no change. >
      < your failed liberal talking points handed down from moron to moron >

      This Liberal Dem can't stand Rahm. There is a reason he was booted out of the Obama administration. His gibberish are not "liberal talking points' , but that of an inept dictator who also controls the press and media.

      O'Reilly has stereotyped food stamp recipients into being a bunch of alcoholics and druggies.
      If you think he will not hijack Boystown's problems into being self-made problems by gays, you're pretty stupid yourself.

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  18. I plan on walking around in my underwear with my CC pack ready and waiting....no purse, no headphones, no wallet..no backpack..you have to be kidding.....keep bending over and pretty soon you can just invite them in your home. Adjusting for criminals is NOT the answer.......

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    1. Lighten up there, Travis Bickle.

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    2. Why should she lighten up? She's a woman, living in our neighborhood and is pissed at the crime, just as I am. It's economic terrorism what these thugs are doing to our condo values. I plan on carrying just as soon as my permit arrives in the mail.

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  19. Closer to Annie Oakley...

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