Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NEARBY: Two Cabbies Robbed On Clark Street This Morning, Arrest Made

Greed combined with a quick police response led to the arrest of a man who robbed two taxi cabs on Clark Street north of Irving Park Road around 6 o'clock this morning.

The first 911 call came at 6:09AM from a Yellow Taxi driver who was robbed near a 7-11 store in the 4100 block of Clark. He reported that the robber, described as a black man in a red jacket, claimed to have a gun and fled north on Clark Street.

Four minutes later, a 19th district unit arrested the offender after he claimed to have a gun while attempting to rob a second cabbie near Clark and Montrose.

The offender has been positively identified and is in custody. No weapon was displayed or recovered. Case numbers are HX155057 and HX155071.

Well done, officers.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 19, 2014: DNAInfo Chicago picks up the story and identifies the arrestee.

No Report, No Crime
Officers responded to the basement of Lake View Lutheran Church, 835 W. Addison, at 10:01PM last night after 911 operators were told that an employee was being held for "attacking" another staff member.

Officers eventually disposed of the call as "peace restored" and no report was filed.

Lake View Lutheran Church hosts The Crib, an occasionally controversial overnight youth shelter.

Mopping Up
19th district teams have found and arrested at least three offenders with outstanding warrants along a short strip of Belmont Avenue in the past week. Keep it up, guys. There are plenty more fish in that sea.
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23 comments:

  1. Nice to see the Lake View Lutheran Church continuing to do what it can to prevent crime from being reported, what a great community neighbor lol.

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  2. When these churches take on functions of being something other than a church the neighborhood is doomed. Not religious, just speaking from experience.

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    1. And so it seems. wtf?

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    2. I am not religious myself, but I think what is happening, is declining church membership is causing the church leadership to scramble to find new ways of getting revenue. A lot of churches have mortgages and other maintenance expenses etc. So, they are turning to "social work" to get grant money and new forms of revenue.

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  3. The bottom line is the money they receive from government programs, grants and donations. That's the only thing that keeps them from closing their doors. It's not about Almighty God - it's about the Almighty Dollar.

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    1. We've been down this road before. Bars are no different. Greed aside, the bottom line is those churches no longer have the, ahem, "congregation" they used to have and will take in, ahem, "anything" so it's not torn down (the ones I've seen turn into "charter schools" helped the neighborhoods decline as well). Its real amusing when they turn them into nightclubs though.

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  4. End tax exempt status for churches!

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    1. And about 100 other things. Former farmers suddenly turned "dog breeder" is a good example.

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  5. Also this nearby: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-lakeview-shooting-20140218,0,2022570.story?track=rss

    I would love to know more about what happened.

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    1. three teenagers (victim is 17) out at 1am on a school night. They claim they stopped for gas in the Shell station at Ashland/Diversey, then pulled a bit out of the gas station and the victim got out of the car to "put something in the trunk" and that's when he got shot. At least one of the people in his car claimed to have no information because they were talking on the phone and listening to music on headphones. Multitasking, apparently. No shell casings were found in the area where the incident is alleged to have occurred. (Which means nothing if the gun was a revolver, of course.)

      Sketchy, per usual in these situations.

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    2. Probably something gang related. I've read similar accounts in that area and didnt one get shot at that gas station near there?

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    3. He lied. It was learned that he shot himself while playing with his gun.

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  6. Is it possible to apply for a grant to pay for security to patrol the streets at night?

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    1. Please, were broke already

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  7. Nice work 019!!

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  8. "Claimed he had a gun!,"...um...the cabbie should have HAD a gun and shot the dude dead. Jeez people,quit being such victims and arm yourself. ...cause you are on your own in case you haven't picked up on that......

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  9. In response to the comments about blaming the churches, while I wholeheartedly agree that many of the religious organizations in the neighborhood are doing an unacceptably poor job at working with the police and their patrons to keep the peace, it is unfair to condemn all of the religious organizations in the neighborhood who provide social services. Case in point, one synagogue in the neighborhood has been serving meals to the homeless every week for nearly 10 years. The number of times that the police have had to be called in all those years doesn't even require a whole hand to count. One of the biggest reasons for this is because they have "real" security, i.e. off duty police officers, right there in the room, watching over everything. The guests know that if they want to eat, they have to behave, and that if they don't behave, they get kicked out (and worse if they really act out, but again, that rarely happens). Further, there is a strict protocol to when and how they can begin to line up for the meal, and how they can behave when the meal is over (i.e. they have to leave the area and go to their shelter or wherever they are staying.) Thus, there are no problems with the neighbors regarding these guests, either. If more of the religious organizations and other social service agencies had the same attitude and provided the same level of security and rules, some of the problems in our neighborhood would go away. (Of course, most of the rest of the problems aren't going away until we get more cops on the street. We all know that.)

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    1. Thank you for sharing this story, Anonymous. It is an important one.

      As we've mentioned in the past, one of the CWB editors regularly volunteers at a shelter in Lincoln Park that operates with the highest standards and expectations of their clients.

      When that editor showed up for his first volunteering shift at 5:30 in the morning to begin cooking breakfast for the residents, he got the lecture of a lifetime when another volunteer answered the shelter's front door. He got a strongly worded speech about the rules and how he was to never step outside at that hour without permission again and that, if he did, there would be serious consequences — possibly removal from the program. That's when he pointed out that he was there to volunteer and was not a resident. The apologies flowed liberally from the other worker.

      This shelter also has high expectations of its residents. They are expected to take steps toward independence and their progress is measured. Those who abuse the privileges or fail to uphold their end of the deal are sent on their way, but that very rarely happens for the same reasons you mentioned.

      This particular shelter lies in the 19th district. Our editor is not personally aware of any incidents at the shelter since he began volunteering several years ago. CWB is not aware of a single incident at that shelter since we began our work last April.

      You are 100% correct. There's a right way to provide these important services. That way is better for both the neighbors and the people who need a helping hand.

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    2. Well it just baffles me that you would need security in a soup kitchen in the first place. If I were down and out and hungry (and it could happen to any of us), the last thing on my mind when showing up for a free meal is causing a ruckus. And on that note I will never support any of this stuff again. I thought it was just the abundance of "youth" centers.

      Thanks for the eye opener. Guess I'm really ignorant but then again I grew up in a single parent household and all of my siblings had a job lined up for the day we turned 16.

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    3. Mental illness. Rahm cut the budget for that a couple years ago.

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  10. To refer to these gang bangers as fish is an insult to fish. Even Carp.

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  11. I agree with Anonymous' comment about the religious organizations in the neighborhood needing "real" security (i.e. off duty police officers). The Lakeview Lutheran Church used to run a men's shelter that most people never even noticed unless they saw the men quietly lining up for admittance shortly before it opened. Ever since "The Crib" has been run out of the chuch, it has been a steady stream of neighbor harassment, condo break-ins, even an incident with the SWAT team after a Crib client stole a car, pushed a police officer, then barricaded himself on a nearby roof (after breaking into an apartment in the building) refusing to come down. When neighbors suggested the Church hire security based on the uptick in crime directly attributed to their guests, they instead gave a church patron a vest and had him stand in front of the door, laughing and greeting these clients as they show up for the nightly lottery. Until these churches are held accountable for anything or even acknowledge the documented crime element they are bringing to the neighborhood, they will continue to operate the way they have been operating. They have no incentive to improve anything since it is quite clear that the concerns of the tax paying neighbors do not matter.

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    1. And I thought the guys in the vests were running their parking lot for a Cubs game. Again, silly me.

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