Friday, May 02, 2014

ROUND UP: Carjacking At Nearby Wendy's; Wandering Groups Of "Youth" Thaw Out; Some (Very) Hot Yoga

The Wendy's at Western and Addison. (Yelp!)
A man armed with a handgun carjacked a woman's 2008 black Ford Edge at a the Wendy's restaurant on Western and Addison this morning. It is not clear if the restaurant was also robbed.

The offender is described as male, black, 30- to 40-years old, 6-feet tall, 180 pounds, wearing a baseball cap and a Dodgers baseball jacket.

The stolen car has a cracked rear taillight and minor damage to the rear driver's side

Classified initially as an armed robbery with a handgun in CPD case HX245175.

The Gradual Return To Summer

Halsted Street this morning...

1:12AM — Three calls of 9 to 12 people fighting at Buckingham and Halsted. Officers report that the parties went their separate ways.

4:36AM — Battery in progress. Group of people fighting in the street at Halsted and Newport.

4:42AM - A 16-year-old boy who lives in Back of The Yards walks into the 19th district police station to report that he had been jumped on at Halsted and Newport by seven people and his phone was taken by a "man dressed as a woman." He knew that man's name. The incident turned out to be less of a robbery and more of a cluster with the 16-year-old so-called victim being driven to his South Side home by police, where they should have arrested his parents. (Our opinion on that last part.)



A Cry For Yelp!

Or not.
It's not often that we see police activity reports in Yelp! reviews. Today, we did:
Yoga For The People
1057 W. Belmont
 
We should be able to give zero starts to closed businesses....
I went to 5:45 Yoga class today and was waiting outside in the cold when I arrived 10 minutes early and found the door locked.  I tried to peer in the windows, but the curtains were drawn.  I knocked loudly and was about to leave when a Chicago PD - bullet proof vest, gun on leg, badge and everything came to the door.  I figured it wasn't good!
Turns out that the owner never paid his rent and there was an eviction today (May 1, 2014)... and in the words of the nice police man "it didn't go well".  
I tried to stand by the studio even when there was turnover and problems... I didn't personally have problems and was just looking for a place to get a good workout.  Likely the rumors are true - the teachers probably weren't paid and the owner definitely didn't pay rent.
A few hours after Elise's one-star experience, police responded to an assault in progress at the studio. A security guard said that a man who was evicted had come back and was "fighting with security." One arrest.
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15 comments:

  1. Just homeless "transient youth" being driven HOME by the police, that's all.

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  2. Why are our already-depleted beat cops driving thugs home to the other end of the city?!? They should've kept him at the station until his parents came and picked him up. And maybe charged him with filing a false report.

    What has this impressionable young criminal learned from this incident? That when he wants to go back home after a night of gang-banging on the north side, he can get a free ride from the police. Lovely.

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    1. Nice thought but who has to watch the little angel until his stellar parents get there? See he's a minor so if he goes unwatched and leaves and then gets hurt it's the police's fault. If they take him home then the police are at fault... I get it, it's always the police'a fault!

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  3. I heard the 4:42 AM thing on the scanner. Why are these youths allowed to roam the street and cause problems. Take the sex workers off the street.

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  4. Thanks Rahm for Merging our Police districts & taking resources away. Car jackings, what's next drive bys, and murder. This used to be a great area! This used to be the best part of Chicago.

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    1. Welcome to rahmulous!

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  5. Let's see... when I was 16, at 4am on a Friday morning, I was at home in bed! WHAT is WRONG with these parents?

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  6. We need bike lanes and more divvy bikes. We don't need more cops. Crime is down . Look at Rahm's new manufactured crime stats. Why are you all complaining, everything has improved since he was elected. Just look at the pro Rahm articles in all the papers and that wonderful phony documentary on CNN.

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  7. Why is the the destination for people coming in from neighborhoods far away to loiter around all night long, fight, commit crimes and create a dangerous environment for people who do live here? What is the lure that is bringing them in?

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    1. It easy to prey on the good people of this area since the Merger, Rahm lied, he said buildings don't protect us but they never closed the Belmont station. It was all a ruse to steal away our resources. The thugs know there are no police to cover us. Lets remember all these events and especially the lies this one term mayor has told us!!

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  8. Michael, in case u hadn't noticed, both Wrigleyville and Boystown are high density bar/nightclub entertainment districts. This sort of thing tends to drsw in people of all walks of life. Also, being that Boystown remains the epicenter of LBTG culture in Chicago, it remains a huge draw for LBGT people of all ages, from 12 to 82! That pretty much sums it up...

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    1. I've lived here since 1981, and we've never had the level or type of problem that we've been experiencing over the past few years. Yes, everyone who moves here is very aware that it's an entertainment district and that Wrigley Field is in our backyard, but if you're suggesting that it has always been a magnet for underage gay youth hanging out in packs on the street all night long...well, with all due respect, you're crazy.

      This problem developed as the Clark Street bars transitioned from neighborhood places to the new Division Street and the influx of irresponsible social service organizations recklessly luring in very dangerous elements.

      Even back in 1981 when the neighborhood wasn't nearly as built up as it is now I never saw this level of trouble.

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    2. Yeah when I was 16 (and gay) I was always running around the street till 4:30 f'ing a.m. NOT! And when I was out, I wasn't hanging out with a bunch of thugs; my parents would have kicked my a**.


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    3. Remember Chicago and what made her proud . In a long ago distance time.

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  9. Why? Because they can get away with doing anything they
    Want here. They're' unemployed, looking for the next easy mark. What better place to hussle than Lakeview.

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