Monday, May 26, 2014

FIGHT NIGHT: Two Major Brawls Pour Into Halsted, Broadway Overnight

The entrance to Roscoe's Tavern in Boystown.  Image: Planet99
Two big street fights broke early this morning, resulting in property damage and at least two arrests—one on the Halsted strip and the other on Broadway.

The first fight broke out around 1:20AM on Broadway at Welllington. Several 911 callers reported six or more men fighting in the street. One of the men was reportedly armed with a knife. A large window of the Elliot Consignment shop was shattered during the melee, which resulted in one combatant being hauled off by police. Case number TBD.

Back in February, two people were robbed in the same location after a huge "house party" let out.

Just moments after the Broadway fight was discovered, officers on patrol encountered a big fight in the street outside of Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted, in Boystown.

Calls for additional units went out for more than two minutes until the situation was contained.  One highly combative female was taken into custody. CPD case HX276647.
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27 comments:

  1. It is NOT even summer time! No Police Officers available!

    Carry and Conceal weapon law is your best defense, at this point, like it or not!

    When seconds count, Police help is only minutes away, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, maybe never!

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  2. And NOT ONE media outlet covered it! Anyone surprised????

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  3. Once again...Roscoe's. What is going on there that the place seems to have become a magnet for the trouble makers?

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  4. Yep ... Roscoe's "Tavern" once again makes the news. This is happening more and more often, happened last summer, will no doubt be in the news several more times over the coming weeks. Roscoe's management: what's going on there????

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  5. The way the media is ignoring all the violence in our neighborhoods is nothing short of criminal, and they need to be held accountable for it. The simple, horrendous fact is that due to pressure from Rahm and his hacks, coverage is being completely ignored for political reasons. Nothing more. As a result, the public who do not read CWB and come into Wrigleyville, Boystown and Lakeview are completely unaware of this terror and are being put into terrible danger as a result. We are already experiencing gunfire. And who is going to pay for the funeral expenses once summer hits and murder begins? Rahm? McCarthy? Tunney? The media? This whole thing is gut-wreching.

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  6. Just moments after the Broadway fight was discovered, officers on patrol encountered a big fight in the street outside of Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted, in Boystown. <---- How is this Roscoe's Management problem? The fight was outside not in Roscoe's. Roscoe's Management is not the Police they can't arrest anyone.

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    1. So why does everyon here tend to ask social services organzations to somehow police their clients 24/7 no matter where they are? Why not ask the same of bars which actually profit from flooding the neighborhoods with drunken idiots?

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    2. Do you always read selectively or is this a special occasion?

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  7. The same types of crimes are happening all over the city, making it less newsworthy. Also, new crews are short staffed -- like the CPD -- on weekends.

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    1. Seconded.

      While the Tribune gives the daily shooting rundown, and includes the North Side when applicable, are we seeing articles about muggings, iPhone snatchings, and other assorted crimes of person on the South and West Sides? Of course not.


      Is it that those who complain about the mainstream media's lack of coverage on "our" problems somehow think that we are better or more entitled than those experiencing the same issues in rougher parts of the city?

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    2. I love how quickly you turn this into a socio-economic shaming. Just because some of us give a shit about our community does not make us entitled. If every neighborhood took care of their own back yards, we'd have a hell of a lot fewer problems.

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  8. Unfortunately attacking Roscoe's is attacking the symptom... not the problem. Shut down Roscoe's, and the troublemakers go to another bar. The problem would still persist.

    I think Roscoe's location at the busy corner of Roscoe/Halsted is more of a culprit than Roscoe's management per se. I've had some lovely times at Roscoe's, although I do avoid the place late at night...

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  9. Roscoe's is positioned at ground zero on the Halsted strip.....there are often large groups of patrons and other people congregating outside late at night. It's absurd to hear people demanding "answers" from established businesses that have been operating here for DECADES. The problem is not the bars....it's the criminal element that has invaded the neighborhood.

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    1. Some of the other "popular" bars are well know for not calling the police when necessary and pushing their "troubles" away from their front door so as to make it look like it occurred somewhere else too.

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    2. "Some of the other "popular" bars are well know for not calling the police when necessary and pushing their "troubles" away from their front door so as to make it look like it occurred somewhere else too."

      That is exactly right, anonymous. Roscoe's is one of the most police-engaged businesses in Boystown and probably Wrigleyville, too. They do not shy away from filing charges and calling for help when needed.

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  10. The source of all the problems are the well-paid pseudo social services that permeate the area. I am betting NONE of the employees actually live in Wriggleyville or Boystown. Shut down all the bullshit services and see what happens....guessing a murder or two will shut them down at sme point anyway..

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    1. Most of the career bar workers don't live in the area either.

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  11. Closing a bar is not the answer. If Roscoe's closed, the troublemakers would just fight in the 7-11 parking lot, or in front of Sidetrack or Hydrate....or Spin....or Circuit.....etc etc etc.

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  12. Foot traffic from productive members of society has gotten so bad on Halsted that even Gay Mart has closed.

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    1. Can you site your source please on this being the reason for the closure of this business.

      If you are able to verify as fact rather than just idle speculation, how is it that several new businesses have opened on the Halsted Strip and continue to do so, while another wanted to but was denied by the community (Out Hotel).

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    2. Why was the Out Hotel opposed by some neighbors? Because it was a big, hulking POS design that only got worse with the revisions. That developer did not listen at all to what was being said

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    3. The Out Hotel is still being planned. Just and FYI.

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    4. From what I've heard Gay Mart will be reopening with a new owner.

      As far as the OUT Hotel issue over the design...the Center On Halsted is certainly not a beautiful architectural addition to the neighborhood, nor is the apartment building going up on Addison and Halsted. If you were to ask me which of those I'd like to see most in the neighborhood, and which I thought would most benefit the neighborhood...I'd take the OUT Hotel over the other two any day regardless of it's uninspired design.

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    5. The OUT hotel will never see the light of day, at least not in the currently proposed location and design. GayMart closed because sales were way down and the owner (the guy with the huge white dog) wants to relax and move to Florida and take care of his mother. A smaller version of the GayMart type of store will re-open soon. Tulip is expanding into some of the vacated GayMart space (larger dildos, coming perhaps?) Aside from the $$$ bars along Halsted, every place is going through a period of lower revenues: the taco-burrito guys are hurting, the gift shoppes are hurting, the little gay B&B is about to be sold to a developer, less people are buying yogurt at Forever Yogurt, less people seem to patronize Caribou than previously, the body repair shop has less business than in previous years, and I can't say I've ever seen a single soul walk in or out of the Sherwin Williams paint store, and I've lived in this neighborhood for 16 years. Sad all around.

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  13. Ya concealed carry, you goto jail for your bad shooting you kook. Also what are you going to do if you observe a large fight in progress? Shoot into the crowd? I support it but not for these reasons and crimes mentioned in this post.

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    1. Concealed carry refers to self-defense and overall personal security. No one is suggesting that people shoot into random crowds indiscriminately, but you already knew that.

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  14. Most of the career bar workers aren't assaulting/robbing/raping local residents.

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