Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SOURCE: Strangers, Beating Victim Met On Red Line

Nightout.com
A Chicago police source is "hopeful" that charges will be brought in the case of Jacob Klepacz, a 32-year-old West Town man who died after being severely beaten early Monday morning.

After watching Sunday's Blackhawks game with his best friend in Streeterville, Klepacz found his way to Wrigleyville where he "checked in" at the Dugout sports bar—calling the event a "random dude party"—just before midnight.

Four hours later, at 3:55AM, a 911 caller who claimed to be a "friend" of Klepacz said Klepacz had been "jumped on" at 1530 W. Fullerton in Lincoln Park. Police and paramedics found Klepacz unresponsive with severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Medical Center around 4:30AM. An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death and the case is being handled as a death investigation.

Since our original report, CWB has learned the following from sources:
• The "friend" who dialed 911 has told police that did not know Klepacz before encountering him on a Red Line train Sunday night. Two other characters also met Klepacz on the train and all four went to Dugout, according to the 911 caller. These circumstances may shed light on Klepacz's "random dude party" Facebook status. Dugout is located two doors west of the Addison Red Line station.
• As of last night, police were still working to determine the motive for the attack. They were not yet certain that the attack actually took place on Fullerton.
• The "friend" and Klepacz left Dugout together. A police source says the "friend" and Klepacz left Wrigleyville on a northbound train and the "friend"—claiming to have been drunk—couldn't recall how he and Klepacz wound up south of Wrigleyville on Fullerton.
• The "friend," who has a significant and very active social media presence, has not updated any of his accounts since 6 o'clock Sunday night
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19 comments:

  1. Why is this classified as a death investigation, when reports state he suffered blunt force trauma to the head and his phone and wallet are missing? Do they think he fell over and hit his head and his valuables got up and walked away? Seems like a clear cut homicide investigation to me. At least CWB won't let this one fall through the cracks like the poor victims in the Chicago Magazine article.

    Keep up the good work, CWB. My heart goes out to the victim's friends and family.

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  2. The Tribune is reporting that the "medical examiner's office failed to determine a cause of death following an autopsy Tuesday and the case was marked pending further studies."

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-04-29/news/chi-chicago-violence-man-dies-after-found-with-head-trauma-20140429_1_head-trauma-medical-examiner-death-investigation

    Seriously?!? I smell a rat.

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  3. It angers me as a close fiend of the family that this is not being investigated as a homicide! Jacob was a quiet kid and he was very mild mannered. The fact that it is being insinuated that Jacob some how asked for this or was friends with a person that could commit an act such as this is completely false. This was a senseless crime that happened to a great guy. He was a huge Chicago sports fan and an animal lover who spent time volunteering at PAWS. This is a clear cut case of homicide and I wish it would be investigated like one. Jacob did not deserve this fate, it breaks my heart to see his family try to cope with this tragedy. I hope if anyone has any information no matter how small they come forward. I hope the investigation turns up information so an arrest can be made in the near future. No parent or grandparent deserves to bury their child.

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    1. Thank you for everything you said!

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  4. Not knowing anything beyond what's been reported publicly about this situation, it certainly does SEEM like it should be classified as a homicide. Mind you, I'm not a police officer or legal eagle, so perhaps I'm woefully mistaken about something.

    Especially in the immediate wake of the very recent Chicago Magazine article about artificially managing the crime statistics down by misclassifying crimes, to not classify this as a homicide seems a little brazen. I mean, there's now a focus on how you classify crimes and questions about it, and a guy is found severely beaten in LP and then dies, and you don't classify it as a homicide? That would mean that he didn't die because of the actions of another person, right? He severely beat himself? I am truly confused at how this is being classified, at least from the reports and details that have been made public.

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends. I truly hope that the perpetrators are found and brought to justice.

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  5. Prayers and condolences to the family and friends. Chicago has a crime problem... and one easy way to show a decline is to classify cases like this one incorrectly. Read the following: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

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  6. Of course we have to wait until the facts come out (if ever), but there seems to be a rather uncomfortable feeling building that there is a whisper campaign to suggest he was up to no good. I'm not part of the paranoid conspiracy crowd, but how many CAPS meetings have we endured only to be told in all practical terms that the victims of crime in the neighborhood were asking for it...whether it be the "wandering down alleys drunk at 4 in the morning," or walking down the street talking on you iphone for all to see?

    Maybe this needs some looking into by a party not associated with the police department or city.

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  7. So sorry the act of the animals took a life for what? a robbery.
    When will it all end?

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  8. This is really disturbing. The fact that this is not being classified as a murder really sounds like fraudulent reporting of crime statistics. Not only is this an insult to the friends and family of the murder victim but also to the community as a whole! Am I the only person who this makes mad!??!!!!??

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  9. Keep your heads up guys. I live doors down from where this happened. There are condos. A theater. A life source blood bank. Walgreens etc nearby. I hope someone caught a glimpse on camera.
    if he fell down and cracked his head open that's one thing but he was obviously rod and someone took his belongings they need to track that phone immediately and check under his nails and in his pockets for dna and fibers

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    1. Hi Melinda - Very well-placed sources within the police department have told us that Jacob was beaten. The medical examiner was unable to determine the precise cause of Jacob's death - whether it was the injuries or something else - and further testing was to be conducted. We're hoping for a quick, just resolution.

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    2. I was also told that the dug out submitted their camera footage to Cpd

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  10. Yeah I meant to say he was obviously robbed.
    so sad :(

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  11. After further review of the videotapes the arrests will be made. They are being gathered from businesses, the CTA, traffic cameras, etc.

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  12. AMAZING !!! Justice for this poor man. May they rot for ending his life.

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  13. maybe ..just MAYBE,, all the cameras installed everywhere,,were actually installed AND properly running at this time!!!This makes me nervous,because occasionally I am in this area, and my family member lives there....condolences to thefamily of this young man!! :(

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  14. Ok, this seems a clear cut homicide to me as well however... Yes a call was made about the victim being beaten up, but then that caller didn't stick around. So when the police get there all you have is a victim and nothing else. As horrible as it sounds a death investigation is correct here. Without any witnesses sticking around how does the responding officer know that the callers actually saw the battery or assumed it was one. Playing devils advocate maybe the victim got struck by a car and hit his face, it's unlikely but it could have happened (and I'm speaking here purely from the perspective of first arrival on scene, not what we know now).

    The report is made as a death investigation and detectives are assigned to come out and investigate. If it turns out (as I believe is the case) that a homicide occurred the case report can be changed and even if that doesn't happen the offender will be charged with murder.

    Remember death investigation means to investigate a death, meaning to find out what happened.

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  15. Note to readers: Thank you for your many comments and expressions of support to Jacob's family and friends.

    We will not publish speculation or theories in the comments section.

    Helpful information should be directed to the Chicago Police Department at 312-744-8263. Refer to case HX239937.

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