Monday, April 14, 2014

BOYSTOWN: Woman Raped, Robbed, Threatened With Knife In Halsted Alley

Updated info is available here.

--------

A 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted, robbed, and threatened with a knife in the alley behind the former Brompton Auto Body, 3532 N. Halsted, around 4:30 Monday afternoon.

The former Brompton Auto Body garage at 3532 N. Halsted.
(Image: ChicagoPride.com)
Police say the victim was threatened with a knife or razor during the attack.

Officers have collected  "plenty" of evidence and leads, including "good" video of the offender we are told. The victim's cell phone, which pinged from Reta and Cornelia 15 minutes after the attack, found its way to the South Side Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood within an hour.

The woman sought help after the attack at a nearby Caribou Coffee. One witness there reports that she had also been beaten.

The offender is described as male, black, in his mid- to late-20's. He has a stocky build, a "wide face," no facial hair.

He was last seen running northbound in the alley toward the nearby Circle K gas station.

In addition to sexually assaulting the woman, the offender robbed her of her black iPhone5 and her wallet.

The attack happened next to a truck used by construction workers who are believed to be working on the conversion of the old auto body shop into a Children's Learning Palace day care center.

Police have recorded the attack as a criminal sexual assault with a knife/cutting instrument in CPD case HX223458. Officers drove the victim to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.
-----------
Email us.  Like us on Facebook.  Follow us on Twitter

EDIT 11:31PM: Removed CPD's earlier clothing description as new information indicates that the details are "off."

UPDATE APRIL 15 2:15PM:  Added detail.

33 comments:

  1. This is horrible news to read about. The thought that this criminal escaped by RUNNING TOWARD the police department on Addison shows the brazen attitude that these criminals have, that they can't be stopped.

    ReplyDelete
  2. CBS2 news gave the story less time then commercial, then followed it with a clip of McCarthy talking about CPD plans to curb violence to continue the overall downward trend in crime. How do they plan to do that? Maybe if the COD switched back to filing crime reports on paper, it would be even easier to make reports disappear.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lakeview citizens, the bar has been raised to another crime level. Next up will be a murder. You all need to make a huge amount of noise in your community. Demand that your alderman speaks out against this crime. Flood police headquarters. Organize a march through your streets and alert every news service in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana about why you are marching. The criminals know that there is no police coverage in your district so they are emboldened to do whatever the f*ck they please. This poor woman's life will never be the same. Do what you can to prevent this from happening again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What, with the recent news of police brass COVERING UP MURDERS, how do you know your bar has already been surpassed?

      Delete
  4. I came to your website to get the details of this terrible attack when I heard a little bit on NBC5 (they barely covered it, similar to CBS2). Wondering if there are any cameras that caught his face. SOME cameras must have been functioning??

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Anonymous,

      We'd say that a variety of seemingly good information has been collected... and leave it at that for now.

      Thank you for coming to CWB.

      Delete
    2. I hope so, sounds promising. Such a disturbing attack at any time, but especially during daylight.

      Delete
  5. I live two blocks from where this happened and purposely walked my dog down there hoping to find news crews. I spoke with Karen Jordan from ABC and pleaded with her to make our lack of police part of this story. She came through as they ran my quote about criminals having an absolute lack of fear of police repercussions in our area and how brazen incidents like this are related to not having enough police on the streets. We should all shout this from the rooftops as loud and as often as we can.

    ReplyDelete
  6. McJersey and Rahm will surface their "alley" theory again.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Poor love. It is unfortunate that she was wandering through an alley, drunk off her ass, in the dark of night or the wee early hours, while prominently displaying her cell phone and simply putting herself on display to be a victim.

    Wait, what? 4:30 on a Monday afternoon with in a football field's length from the police station?!? Broad daylight? With construction workers around....

    Repeat after me...... CRIME IS DOWN.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Overwhelming force! There needs to be so many pissed off people at the CAPS meeting that it has to be moved to the school! The establishment don't care about us, but sadly bad press gets reslults.btw is CAPS meeting tomorrow night?

    ReplyDelete
  9. " A reading from the book according to Tom Tunny " - " Remember, she is just one person. This does not happen all the time ". We are doing more with less Police Officers and it is working. Look at the statistics, crime is down. < barf >

    ReplyDelete
  10. An alderman is proposing an income tax on suburban commuters who work in Chicago. Time to run the mayor and his alderman out of town.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is on the front page of the Chicago Tibune's website - let's see the CPD try to sweep this under the rug!

    ReplyDelete
  12. ABC news posted on Facebook regarding this along with a link and video of some coverage. Good job Craig. This is another chance we have to get this information out there and get our officers back into this district! My heart goes out to this poor young woman.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/chicago_news&id=9503875

    ReplyDelete
  13. I have walked that alley many times, usually pretty busy with commuters....it is horrific that criminals are making the trek to this area for very easy prey without any worry at all. I do not see things getting better any time soon, and I hope more women will arm themselves as I have chosen to do....I wish there were another option...I wish castration was the sentence. Just horrific, my heart hurts for what this has done to this young womans life and psyche.

    ReplyDelete
  14. There was an ABC 7 news truck idling outside of Hydrate this morning, which I can only assume was to cover this most recent charming incident. By the way, Tom "Vote For Me Because I'm Gay" Tunney is hosting an event to congratulate himself (?) at Sidetrack on Thursday 4/24 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Perhaps some us should attend? Just a thought.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anyone attending this event should have their head examined. Have the event in the phone booth across the street. Table for "me, myself and I" ? Just because I tell people to "shut up", why do they turn against me ? I work everyday in the kitchen, the ward comes second.

      Delete
  15. The police know what's going on in Boystown and have known for years, they don't care! I was robbed 2 years ago in the stairwell of my building and was tracking my stolen phone via GPS. I could show the police EXACTLY where the attackers were and they told me they would only go if I went myself and nabbed the muggers First! They built a police station 1 block from Boystown and it does no good! The truth is and EVERYONE knows it, this crap in the neighborhood didn't start until the Center On Halsted opened its doors. Deny all you want, we are tired of these stories popping up over and over and NOTHING being done!!! Eventually someone is going to get killed and it will turn into a full scale riot!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. The next CAPS meeting for the immediate Wrigleyville/Boystown area is on May 7th.

    Nearby areas to our immediate south - from Belmont to Fullerton and ~Lincoln~ to the lake will meet this Thursday, 7pm , at the Inn at Lincoln Park. 601 W Diversey.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the info. I hope a lot of angry people show up at the meeting.

      Delete
    2. Where is our Wrigleyville/ Boystown meeting on May 7? I have a sick feeling we will have even more to talk about in a few weeks and I would like to be there.

      Delete
    3. The meeting will be in the 19th district station's community room.

      Delete
    4. thank you! on my calendar!

      Delete
    5. and I will fwd to the rest of my condo board too...

      Delete
  17. :-( and this is what it feels like to be a woman. I don't go out late at night alone. I lock my doors. I don't wear headphones. I'm aware of my surroundings. It seems none of that even matters anymore.

    Poor young woman. She will be forever scarred by this brutal animal.

    So sad and even sadder that the city I used to love now disgusts me. I foresee a mass exodus soon.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I cant do anything with out my boyfriend by my side... ever since he and I discovered this blog we hate Chicago more and more each day

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sadly, it's not this blog, but it's the lack of police response added to the increase in violent crimes in our neighborhood because unfortunately we have a huge bar scene (Halsted and Clark Street) where it's easier to target people. I hate it because I love our neighborhood and we need someone with some balls to get us resources without selling their soul to the devil (Ricketts). We need new representation in 2 offices= mayor and alderman. Don't move yet, just be safe.

      Delete
  19. I could not agree more. I have lived in the neighborhood for 15 years - I was so happy when I first moved here, but my boyfriend and I are looking for jobs elsewhere. Chicago does not feel very safe to me anymore, especially as a woman. I'm done.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I agree that there was very little crime prior to the Center on Halsted....that place destroyed a safe neighborhood.

    ReplyDelete
  21. They continue to BITE the hand that feeds them !

    Wake -Up people !

    ReplyDelete
  22. What's even worse is this kid (and many other kids like him from the South Side) hang out at the Center on Halsted all day. The local community needs to be aware of what the center is doing to the neighborhood!

    ReplyDelete