Thursday, May 08, 2014

ROBBERY FAILS: Another Boystown Victim Fights Back

Boystown's not-so-easy robbery button.
Another Boystown robbery was foiled early this morning when the victim fought back.

Police say the victim was near Halsted and Buckingham around 4:30 a.m. when a male offender attempted to pull off a strong-arm robbery. The victim had other ideas. Upon facing a good challenge, the would-be robber fled empty-handed.

He is described as male, black, 23- to 28-years-old, 5'9" tall, 180 to 200 pounds, with a beard and mustache. He wore a black cap, black jacket with a white shirt underneath, and dark jeans.

Officers gave the victim a ride to a nearby hospital for treatment.

This is the second robbery to fail near Halsted and Buckingham due to victim resistance since Sunday morning. In the other case, two offenders attempted to rob or carjack a victim in his garage. That victim realized that the perpetrators' firearm was actually a BB gun and he fought back, causing the criminals to flee.

CPD case number is HX253012.



"Setting The Tone"

At the police department CAPS meeting for Wrigleyville and Boystown last night, 19th district Commander Elias Voulgaris laid out his plan as we approach robbery and battery season:
"The only way we're going to stop the bad element — the element coming to cause robberies and stuff — the only way to do that is by setting the tone," Voulgaris said. 
Voulgaris will be sending as many officers as he can to [saturate] targeted locations in the early morning starting in June, he said. 
He did not want to say which areas, but he said earlier in the meeting that crimes "absolutely" correlate to areas with more nightlife.
We were happy to hear the commander stand up for good policing practices like justified street stops, too.

DNAInfo Chicago has a write-up on last night's meeting.

Jacob Klepacz Case

Jacob Klepacz
While police sources still believe that Jacob Klepacz's case will evolve from "death investigation" to homicide, that has not occurred because the medical examiner's ruling is still pending.

Klepacz died after suffering severe head injuries in a beating and apparent robbery.

"Justice For Jacob K" has collected 1,335 Facebook likes and 66 Twitter followers since Tuesday night. Family and friends will distribute flyers Saturday in Wrigleyville and near the place he was found in Lincoln Park.
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20 comments:

  1. I don't get it. If Jacob Kelpacz "died of SEVERE head injuries in a beating" what else could it be other than homicide? Suicide from SEVERE self-beating? Falling of a building from beating? (Makes no sense)
    What other options are there? Is there something the medical examiner could find to conclude something different? What am I missing?

    This cannot become one of the murders in this city that becomes misclassified and swept under the rug. This man deserved, then, and deserves, now, much better!

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  2. was pleased by the write-up -- sounds like really promising approach from our commander. the only people who care about being stopped on the street are the ones that should be stopped.

    could anyone who was at the CAPS meeting share their thoughts / provide any info from the mtg?

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    1. Well, for one thing, Tunney showed up nine minutes late and then sat there looking off into space.

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  3. One important feature of the commander's talk was concerning the gay pride parade. He emphasized that zero tolerance for public drinking will be enforced. I hope he will be able to accomplish that. His general comments were hopeful and I think he is working as best he can addressing the problems of this district.

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    1. Never going to happen not enough Police to do it for the amount of people that attend and handle serious crimes. The Parade needs to be moved downtown where the sidewalks are bigger.

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    2. No, the parade should stay in Boystown, where it has been for decades. If the parade was to be moved downtown, it is 99% likely that it would get stuck on that pathetically simple route on Columbus in Grant Park...where so many other parades take place now. The Pride Parade should stay in Boystown. The new route last year starting up in Uptown was very successful (I've been a trolley driver in the parade for several years now). Despite the unfortunate criminal activities that do take place during the Pride Parade, it is still wonderful to see hundreds of thousands of people getting along and having a positive experience overall.

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    3. Are you oblivious to your surroundings during what has become a malay in boys town?

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  4. I hope the zero tolerance is better enforced this year than last. I have a photograph I took last year of a uniformed police officer walking along the route in the street, stopped and talking with a man holding an open beer can right in front of me. Zero tolerance?

    At least I had the decency to hide my alcohol in a metal water bottle. :-)

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  5. They simple don't have enough room in lock up to arrest every person with a open container. Those are I-bond offenses and Cook County Jail judges would be pissed off seeing "public drinkers" in their bond court. Zero tolerance is a good idea but not very practical.

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    1. It's a municipal violation. Essentially, tickets would be issued IF enforcement materializes.

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    2. See page 21. ANOV bus. There's an app for this.

      https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/pls/portal/!PORTAL.wwpob_page.show?_docname=522702.PDF

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    3. WARNING: POSTED BY CITY OF CHICAGO Municipal violation code of PUBLIC CONSUMPTION OF ALCAHOL will be strictly enforced by all LAW ENFORCEMENT during THE PRIDE PARADE 2014. If enforcement materializes would be 2000 cops for that great big fine to ever happen. So that's the security plan for Pride 2014. Detained and written a fine generating ticket for an open cold one. Make money for the city=1. Combat Secure Plan=0. No leader ship starts at the top and the shit rolls down the hill.

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    4. Drinking during the parade is not so much the issue. The problem is the thugs and thugettes who take over the neighborhood late late late at night following parade day, basically being thugs and thugettes. It's disgusting and THAT is when the cops need to be out in force, pretty much just sending everyone home. But it won't happen. Just watch and see. Mayhem and madness as usual, and an "Oh WELL" attitude.

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  6. How many did 019 lose to promotion today?

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  7. Zero tolerance for public drinking? Pfft, what's the point of the Parade then?

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    1. Drink in your house or at a bar, not on the street. Again, contributing to the problem.

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    2. Used to be bringing attention to equal rights for gays and supporting politicians who supported the community......I also pushed a friend dying of AIDS one year with many others....but I am older...now it is just a drunken brawl

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