Our district has run out of cops twice so far this weekend, entering what the police department calls "Radio Assignments Pending" status or RAP. During RAPs, emergency calls sit around until an officer becomes available to take the most important case.
The first RAP of the weekend was declared at 2:10PM Saturday. It ended at 6:36PM.
Woman Bleached By Robbers Waits 20+ Minutes For Police, AmbulanceWitnesses say two offenders tossed bleach on a woman and then tried to rob her in the 4400 block of Paulina around 3:20PM, less than an hour into the afternoon-long RAP.
The robbery failed, possibly due to the intervention of witnesses.
Unfortunately, even though multiple 911 calls were placed, the victim had to wait for an officer to become available to handle the call. A squad car made it to the scene 20 to 30 minutes after the robbery and the officers immediately asked for an ambulance to treat the woman, who was transported to Weiss Memorial Hospital.
The offenders were long gone by the time cops arrived—last seen eastbound on Sunnyside from Paulina:
#1—Female, black, 17-18 years old, 5'2" tall, 115 pounds, long blonde and brown braided hair, wearing a tan waist jacket and tight black stretch pants.
#2-Male, black, 17-18 years old, 5'9" tall, wearing a black hoodie, black face mask, green camouflage pants, and black boots.Don't worry, though, citizens. The mayor's nearby home remained protected by at least two patrol cars while the robbery victim with bleach in her face waited for help. Once again, the mayor is safe.
Logged as an attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon in CPD case HX160920.
An apparent witness has posted on Everyblock.
RAP Numero DosThis morning, all of the district's officers were tied up again and another RAP was entered at 5:26. We had to chuckle when a 20th district car was brought down to the 19th district to help control traffic following an accident on Lake Shore Drive.
Dispatchers have never — NEVER — called in 20th district cars to handle robberies, burglaries, stabbings or beatings that occured during previous RAPs. But they did call in reinforcement for traffic duties. Remarkable.
EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE: District in RAP Status for 3+ Hours; Mayor's Detail Gets Back-up For A "Suspicious Man" Who Coughed Near Rahm's Home