Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOYSTOWN ATTACK: Brushes With The Law Had Been Relatively Minor

Prior to facing criminal sexual assault and armed robbery charges in connection with Monday's attack in Boystown, 20-year-old Marcus Lynch had three relatively minor brushes with the law as an adult. Charges were dropped in all three cases.

Prosecutors say Marcus Lynch confessed to Monday's
attack. We are pleased to hear that he did not
follow his t-shirt's advice.
None of the previous incidents occurred in Wrigleyville or Boystown according to CWB's review of Cook County Criminal Court and Chicago Police Department records.

- Lynch's first charge as an adult came on July 12, 2011, following a battery incident at a Logan Square home. Prosecutors dropped the case.

- Five months later, on December 14, Lynch was charged with domestic battery following an incident at the same Logan Square location. Charges were dropped after the victim failed to appear in court.

- Most recently, Lynch was charged with theft of services after allegedly crossing into the 47th Street Green Line station without paying on June 27, 2013. That charge was dropped after the CTA failed to appear.

A judge today ordered Lynch to be held without bail in connection with Monday's attack. Prosecutors say Lynch has confessed.
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  1. Poor guy is collecting worker's compensation because of an injury suffered while working as a personal trainer and doing maintenance work at a YMCA, his attorney said. Yet he had enough ability to chase this woman down and rough her up though.

  2. I'm sorry to ask this, as I'm sure it's been asked and answered prior, but when is the next CAPS meeting? And does Tunney attend these regularly? I'm going to pull some of the neighbors in as well. Second question, in case anyone wants to weigh in, is are these CAPS meetings worth attending? Is there any chance that turnout will drive any real change or is it just lip service from the city?

    1. Hi Anonymous,

      The next CAPS meeting for the immediate Wrigleyville and Boystown area will be at 7pm on May 7 in the 19th district station's community room.

      Alderman Tunney shows up with some regularity.

      It's worth attending a few meetings so you can see how they work (or don't) and you can form your own opinions about the CAPS program and those who are supposed to be leading the neighborhood's public safety operations.

  3. CAPS meetings are just a waste of time. Ask any honest old school cop and they hate the program.

    1. Totally. Their just piss and moan sessions.

  4. Look at our neighborhood since the merger of 19 & 23. Belmont station was never closed, it was all a lie to take away officers from us. I don't want to hear how crime is down. That girl will never be the same, I am thankful they caught him but the damage is done!! Please vote these liars out of office.

  5. At CAPS meetings they tell people what they want to hear and do just the opposite when they leave the meeting.

  6. At CAPS meetings you never know what will happen. Your Alderman might screech shrilly that you, a constituent and tax payer, are "just one person." On occasion he might shriek at you to "Shut up! Shut up!" (Yes, this actually happened!) Your Police Commander might humbly tell you that people merely "perceive" that crime is an issue in this neighborhood. Go. Attend a few meetings. (The one following the Pride Parade should be a real doozey this year.) Get your neighbors to go. It can't hurt. But don't go with high expectations. (Lord, I hope this summer's CAPS aren't as non-productive as last summer's ....)

  7. I just read this from teh Tribune;

    "Later Wednesday, prosecutors acknowledged that another woman had come forward in December alleging Lynch had sexually assaulted her. But prosecutors decided that they did not have enough evidence to convict Lynch, said Sally Daly, spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.

    “It was a different case with different circumstances, and there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges,” Daly said."

  8. Thank you, Halsted. They snuck those two paragraphs in during a re-write.