Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BELMONT BEATDOWN: Afternoon Attack, Robbery Attempt On CTA Platform

A scammer who claimed to be fundraising for a basketball team beat down and attempted to rob a man on the Belmont Red Line platform just before 4:30 yesterday afternoon.

Police were called to the northbound platform by witnesses who reported a battery in progress when one of the ubiquitous "fundraisers" knocked the victim to the platform and "kicked him in the face and left eye a few times," according to an officer on the scene. The victim managed to wrestle back control of his wallet, which the offender tried to take after the beating.

An officer stated that the attacker escaped by hopping on a northbound Red Line train that the CTA refused to stop.

The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

According to witnesses, the offender was a black man in his early 20's, about 5'7" tall, 155 pounds, with short braids or twists in his hair. He wore gray sweatpants and a blue sleeveless t-shirt. He remains at large.

Currently classified as a simple battery in CPD case HX268031.
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21 comments:

  1. "An officer stated that the attacker escaped by hopping on a northbound Red Line train that the CTA refused to stop."

    W.T.F. Why, because they're suddenly concerned with timeliness? *snort*

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  2. The CTA refused to stop???????????????????

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    1. That was my reaction, too. There's an offender on the northbound Red Line, and the CTA refuses to help out the cops by stopping the train so they pick this guy up???? WTF?????

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  3. I'm so proud of these boys continuing to try and finish their high school diploma past the age of twenty five!
    That being said, these basketball uniforms must be made of exotic material flown in from outside the solar system on impulse drive, considering they've been collecting year-round since I moved here in 2008.

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  4. This is precisely why I NEVER give these fools any money. 25 year olds raising money for their "high school" basketball team? Yeah right.

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  5. Funny, in the Brown Line in the Loop I complained about them at the next stop and they jumped right on it and kicked them off. Must be for the tourists and image purposes.

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  6. CTA fails miserably for this. These "fundraisers" get on my nerves. I encountered them last Thursday in the loop. I mean this fool literally tried to block my forward motion of walk. After I ignored him at Madison/State, he throws some made up flyer attached to a legal size envelope in another lady's face. She literally had to scream to get him to leave her alone.

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  7. Let's see how much the vaunted CTA video surveillance system helps out by capturing the attack and offender on video.

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  8. When I first moved to Chicago, some teenage kid outside Walgreens tried that trick on me. I asked him for the name of his team and coach. He didn't even try to lie to me, he just walked away knowing it was a lost cause. Sadly, I saw other people give them a few bucks. Awareness is everything.

    Same goes for able bodied beggars in their teens and twenties. Don't even bother asking me for money when you're wearing brand new $100 Nikes.

    Whenever someone asks me for a dollar, and I can tell its a scam, I immediately ask THEM for a dollar. Watch their expression, it's priceless.

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    1. > Whenever someone asks me for a dollar, and I can tell its a scam, I immediately ask THEM for a dollar. Watch their expression, it's priceless.

      Exactly. LOL.

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  9. Never give ANY stranger on the street money....EVER. That's city living 101. I've encountered these little amateurs more than a few times and essentially ignore them. If they know that YOU know what they're up to, they'll move right on.

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    1. The problem is, as stated above, they will NOT accept "ignore" as an answer.

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  10. I give panhandlers spare change once in a while. They are always very thankful and I really don't care if they do buy booze or whatever with it.

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    1. I admit to doing this as well, but never in my own neighborhood. Only when I'm in Bucktown, Wicker Park, etc. so hopefully the panhandlers migrate there.

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    2. The panhandlers migrate all over. I see the same ones in the loop, Uptown, Wrigley, Wicker Park....everywhere! Don't give them money.

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    3. I feel bad for the dogs who have to live with the crust punk kids, I would probably rescue them if I had the room.

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  11. I encountered one of these fundraising scammers outside Wrigley Field once. He shoved a poorly Xeroxed flyer in my hand and when I said no, he yanked it out of my hand to use on someone else.

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  12. They're outside or inside of the Bed Bath & Beyond on Broadway ALL THE TIME. They're so obviously not high school age that I question anyone's mental status who gives them money. Seriously, people - They're not effing girl scouts! Lordy. Common sense is unfortunately uncommon.

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    1. 1. Some people support panhandlers because they feel threatened if they don't.

      2. Some do it during holidays like Christmas and T'giving because they feel guilty about their own self-indulgence or they want to impress their date as they enter a Starbucks.

      3. Some are from the suburbs or other far flung homogeneous place, so a street person hitting them up for money makes them feel they are having a certified urban experience.

      4. Some give them money with an idealistic rainbow-and-unicorns perspective, assuming that their donation means young inner city kids will be engaging in sports, avoiding crime, and making their lives better as a result.

      A few people use the common sense you're referring to, but this area of the city is too densely populated and transient for everyone to treat panhandlers in a uniform way.

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  13. There was a group of three of these "basketball fundraisers" on the red line going from car aggressively asking for money. They get right in your face and put the flyer in front of you. The get linger to intimidate you and then eventually move on. I suspect that they are waiting for you to pull out your wallet so they can grab and go.

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  14. I think I actually saw this guy on Tuesday on the platform, he seemed more than a bit aggressive and derranged, to the point that i moved well away from him while waiting for the Brown Line transfer. looks like I missed the "action" by about only 5 minutes.

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