Sunday, June 22, 2014

BULLSHIT: 2 Attacked & Robbed In Separate Incidents On Belmont Sunday Morning

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Who could've guessed that people would get robbed on Belmont between Halsted and Seminary overnight? Oh, that's right. Just about anybody.

Hot on the heels of a brutal beating and robbery outside of the Belmont L station early Tuesday, and the armed robbery of a Belmont Avenue sex shop last weekend, at least two men were robbed within 45 minutes on that sketchy stretch this morning.

In the first incident, a man was knocked unconscious and robbed at Belmont and Sheffield around 12:50AM. A flood of 911 callers reported the man down and bleeding from his head. Once he regained consciousness, the man was unable to recall what had happened. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment. No offender information is available. CPD case number HX313671.

About a half-hour later, another man was jumped on and robbed at Belmont and Halsted. The offender, described as male, black, 5'9" tall, wearing a brown hoodie, khaki pants, and red shoes, was last seen running eastbound on Belmont with the man's blue iPhone 5C.  CPD case number is HX313710.

Meanwhile, in nearby Lake View, a woman was targeted in an attempted robbery in the 3500 block of Greenview. The victim called police at 2:35 this morning to report that an offender tried, but failed, to wrestle away her purse as she walked the short distance from a taxi cab to her front door. The would-be robber is described as male, black, 5'9" tall, wearing a red baseball jersey. He was last seen heading northbound on Greenview toward Addison. CPD case number is TBD.
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31 comments:

  1. Interesting how these crimes occur on what is usually a busy section of Lakeview. From the way things are going, these thugs are brazen enough to attack any time --- night, day --- doesn't matter how many people are around. Pride week is like ringing the dinner bell. Everyone, please be careful.

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  2. Why don't you ask the entertainment team why they don't patrol that area? Maybe because all that they are really doing is making money for the city by writing tickets to taxi cabs. You can't stop robbery or catch a robber when you're too busy looking for a double parked taxicab. The priorities of the police are screwed up.

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    1. I noticed that on a busy night around there. As much trouble as there is, 2 cabs were pulled over. I'm no fan ib cab drivers but it's obvious the cops have to make the best use of their time while stuck on duty there. I winder if they'd get fired if they only came back with 14 arrests and no traffic tickets.

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    2. An arrest takes the officer off of the street for hours. They have to do the report, processing, and-since the brand new lock-up in the 19th district station has been mothballed-wait for a transportation unit to take the arrestee to a bigger facility. 14 arrests would take about a week.

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    3. So let me ask the CPD readership: Say you make an arrest of two drunk people fighting on Clark street. How long does an arrest like that take you "off the street"? A few hours? I'm not trying to troll, but it would help me understand how you spend your day.

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    4. It sounds like you don't want the police to make arrests because it would take them off the street for too long? Yet you are part and parcel to complaining about all the crime on the street. As a tax paying citizen I believe that the main job of the police is to arrest those breaking the law. If they do, and the street doesn't have police patrolling it for extended periods of time, then that is proof that the city does not have enough police officers and that this police district is undermanned.

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    5. Let me preface this with an admission about how sad this sounds, but perhaps I've just lived in too many crime-ridden areas.

      In my view, police are there to clean up the mess and write up the reports. They don't prevent the crimes, they don't stop them. It is physically impossible for them to be everywhere at all times (nor would we want to live like that), so we need to get over this naive idea that more cops will magically solve our problem.

      I know someone's going to say, "what's YOUR solution" and I'll freely admit I don't know, exactly. I think we can all take more responsibility for being out & about on our streets, like someone suggested last week. Sure, we can stay in and avoid the situation, too, but then we're ceding our neighborhood to the bad element and becoming voluntary prisoners in our own homes.

      Maybe it's a combination of police and resident actions. No time like the present to get started with it, though.

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    6. 2 arrested for battery timeline.call for wagon 1to 10min if one is up and available. Drive to station to begin processing arrestees. Search and remove personal property. Begin arrest reports case reports any use of force reports. Inventory prisoners property. Have all reports approved if supervisor is available and the computers haven't froze or lost your report. Once approved transport arrestees to different stations lockup. Either wait anywhere from 2min to 1hr for wagon to transport or doit yourself. Once at lockup wait for screening process anywhere from 2 min to halfhour. At screening one prisoner has a bump other prisoner too intoxicated to take into lockup call for wagon to take to hospital. Arrive at hospital staff look at you like you have three heads, register arrestees wait to see dr . Arrestee with bump needs catscan and god knows what other tests, have to wait for other to sober up. Spilit up arrestees need another car. Leave hospital back to lockup print photo and arrestees out in 2 hr. Court day comes victim doesnt show up case thrown out. Or it could take an hour.

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    7. So it's sounding like an hypothetical arrest of my two drunks on Clark is a 4+ hour event. Would that be a fair assessment to say?

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    8. Anonymous said.. "In my view, police are there to clean up the mess and write up the reports. They don't prevent the crimes, they don't stop them." etc

      You're right on target, anonymous. There's plenty of responsibility to go around and there is not a single solution.

      To the point of police staffing: A return to proper staffing levels is necessary because proper staffing allows officers to maintain a presence at key locations and, more to the point, launch effective responses to serious crimes. A single unit responding to a robbery is almost certainly not going to catch the offender and that offender will go on to rob again. Proper staffing allows for effective responses to more crimes. "Effective response" means enough officers move to the area of the crime to execute a search and stop suspects for investigation.

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    9. And although I admitted fear, I volunteered to go out and do positive loitering. I know that CWB knows how to reach me via email and said so, so if anyone contacted them about joining me, I'd be in. No one stepped up. I may be a tough broad, but you can bet your ass I'm not wandering around in the middle of the night BY MYSELF. Quit bitching online and step up people. Please.

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    10. Thanks, CWB. I was afraid I'd get the same response I often get: "we just need more cameras and then crime wouldn't happen!"

      I do think we can improve this. You're doing perhaps the biggest part -- raising awareness and advocating for people to take action instead of waiting for someone else to do it.

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    11. Oh, no. No. Cameras are NOT the answer.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/09/smile-robbery-near-mayor-house-in-view.html

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    12. CWB: LOL.

      Sarah G., I know you've offered, and sorry to hear you haven't had takers. I was out of town last time you planned on positive loitering, but have been doing it every evening in the Addison-Broadway to Stratford-LSD corridor. Sure, it's only 4 blocks, but it's a start. Maybe, collectively, we can get more people to start taking back the streets. Just keeping talking to neighbors; I've found them very responsive to hanging out on an evening, at least while the weather is nice.

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  3. This morning I saw blood all over Addison near Broadway with the drops leading east toward Pine Grove...any idea of what happened there?

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    1. That was just your perception...or maybe it was just another stubbing (sic).

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  4. Perhaps they should add in a Safe Passage Zone between Halsted and Racine on Belmont? *sarcasm*

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  5. I saw a white kid get beat to a pulp by an African American cross-dressing male last July. The white kid had a white friend with him. The cross-dresser had 16 of her friends surrounding the unbelievable beating the white kid took. I was out walking my dog around midnight. I didn't have my phone to call police. She beat him down to the curb and when he got up she beat him down again. I'd never seen anything like it before in the forty years I've been alive. Hope I never see it again. Maybe he talked shit to her. Maybe he should've remembered that there was a man underneath that wig if he did disrespect her. It happened at the corner of Halsted and Newport. My lease ended this April. I didn't renew it. I moved miles and miles away.

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    1. The vision of that cross dresser dripping blood from head to toe running down Halsted 4 years ago still remains. I moved too. The area is horrifying. Never witnessed anything like that in Detroit.

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    2. Maybe he talked shit to her? My guess would be no...especially if he had 16 friends with him. Around here nothing is required to get a beating other than walking down the street day or night any day of the week, winter, spring, summer or fall. I've never stayed indoors more than I have since I learned of this crap. Revolting!

      And what is being done about it? Absolutely nothing! Alderman Tunney, you have blood on your hands for just sitting on them. How can you turn a blind eye to what is happening to your neighbors and constituents? Please, grow a backbone.

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  6. Looks like the violence is spreading west from Boystown, to Hamlin Park/Roscoe Village. Thurs June 19 at 8pm a woman was robbed at gunpoint on the 2100 block of West Fletcher (1 block south of Belmont) and just west of Damen Ave.

    Update from the police …
    Occurred at 2128 W. Fletcher at 8:14 pm. Victim (does not live in area), was walking to bus stop at which time she noticed a tan vehicle double-parked. A female/Black jumped out and displayed what appeared to be a small revolver and told the victim "give me everything you have." The victim dropped her book bag and ran for safety. A witness stated he saw the vehicle flee; the vehicle contained 3 occupants. Right now we have a vague description of the female/Black and the vehicle. Our Detectives are looking for video in the area that might have captured the offenders. I have increased patrol in the area. If anyone sees a tan vehicle or any vehicle containing 3 male subjects of any race, along with a female/Black, call 911 for a suspicious person.

    Comment from a neighbor – “I've lived on Fletcher St. for 32 years and this is the first act of violence on this block.”

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    1. Thank you for this update, anonymous. Here is CWB's first report:

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/06/girls-girls-girls-rain-brings-out-their.html

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    2. OK first of all, get real. Where do you think you live that there is no violence? Hamlin Park has had crime for years including gangs and shootings. Anything can happen anywhere.

      "A 36-year-old man was shot on the 2100 block of West Fletcher Street in the Lakeview neighborhood about 11:20 p.m., police said. The man was shot in the face by someone inside a passing white pickup truck, according to police." (3/17/2012) Chicago Tribune
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-gunfire-shooting-violence-chicago-north-side-south-side-20120316,0,3856219.story

      and this,

      Police Target Building Owners in New Drive to Evict Hamlin ...
      www.centersquarejournal.com/.../police-target-building-owners-in-new-...
      Mar 22, 2012 - Three shootings have occurred in the area since October 2011. Credit: Geoff Dankert. The 2100 block of West Fletcher Street could be found in almost any ... a small but pernicious gang that also claims nearby Hamlin Park as its territory. ..

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  7. Hmmm...let me play 'police commander' for the day. What would I do to combat this type of crime? Let's see...hmmm....it appears that a lot of crime occurs on BELMONT between the 800 and 1100 blocks of the street during the 11PM - 4AM hours. Perhaps put a few cops undercover to walk down the street with a cell phone? Anyone want to take wagers on how long it'd take for one of them to get robbed? Then boom, arrest the scum.

    I'm sure the do-gooders in the hood will claim entrapment though.

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    1. Theoretically that would be a good thing, however, looking at the amount of RAPs and response time (as posted on this blog), it doesn't sound like the 19th district folks are in a position to have the extra bodies for something like this.

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    2. Anonymous said: "I'm sure the do-gooders in the hood will claim entrapment though."
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      Yep. The pony-tailed, sandal-wearing, weed-smoking idiot contingent of liberal stupid nutless do-gooder fools would claim not only entrapment, but racial profiling, racism, and a bunch of other -isms.

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    3. Heck, just put a few more UNIFORMED officers on every corner, and at the El, just like they do on just about every damn corner on the west side in the aftenoons and early evenings. Seriously -- drive out west on Augusta some afternoon -- for about 4-5 hours, there are 3-4 uniforms on every corner for about a mile, just standing there on virtually empty blocks. They can do that every day, yet they can't move some officers to Belmont between Clark and Seminary in the evening?

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    4. Watch it now, most of them don't even have pony-tails anymore. They'll fool ya!

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    5. I agree with you 100 percent.. why don't they set up under cover officers as bait......????? I guess you are right though, the cry baby uber liberals will cry entrapment and the judges will let them go...

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  8. I was standing at the corner of Belmont and Sheffield this morning around 10:30 AM and saw a slew of racing police cars going east. This looks serious!

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