Tuesday, June 03, 2014

WRIGLEYVILLE: Details Of Sexual Assault Emerge; Cases Rare In Wrigleyville Bars

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UPDATE JUNE 4: Police sources say they are "confident" that there is "no rapist on the loose" in the area.
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Detectives continue their investigation into a criminal sexual assault that allegedly took place early Sunday in the basement men's room of Wrigleyville's Irish Oak bar.

After Sunday's attack, the victim appeared to lose consciousness near Sports World on the southeast corner of Clark and Addison according to an officer on the scene.

The Sun Times says police have secured surveillance footage from Irish Oak's manager and adds that Chicago Police have issued the following description of the suspect:

a black man, about 6-foot, 170 pounds and wearing a gray T-shirt and blue jeans.

If that description sounds familiar, it may be because you read CWB's description of the suspect two days ago:

male, black, 6-feet tall, thin, wearing a gray tee shirt, and jeans

The city's data portal says that, before Sunday's incident, criminal sexual assaults had been reported inside of Wrigleyville's Clark Street bars only five times since 2001: Once in 2004, once in 2006, twice in 2009, and once last year.

In last year's incident, officers handling the 911 call said that the attack was alleged to have taken place in the basement of Irish Oak. It is not clear how the case panned out. We have emailed Irish Oak management for comment and are awaiting their reply.

One fact becomes clear when criminal sexual assault stories are reported. Many people don't know what criminal sexual assault is. As one woman told ABC7 in a story about Sunday's incident,
We never think that we're going to have the risk of being sexually assaulted or even raped inside of a bar that we're at.
In Illinois, criminal sexual assault is rape. The state has not had a crime called "rape" for decades. Lawmakers changed the name, as well as the names of other sex crimes, in an effort to reduce the stigma that prevents victims from coming forward.

An unintended consequence of the change is that many people in Illinois think "criminal sexual assault" is less serious than rape. It is not.
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22 comments:

  1. Irish Oak.....not the place one would have expected it.

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  2. Thanks for bringing the details to light.

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  3. I also want to add that the vast majority of sexual assaults go unreported. These stats make it sound like it rarely happens. I can promise you that it happens almost every weekend. It simply isn't reported every weekend.

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  4. As a police officer I will tell you that Wrigleyville has changed a lot in the last five years. The change is gradual so a lot of people haven't noticed it. There are more thugs roaming the Clark Street bars and our hands as police officers is tied. I can only advise patrons to be very proactive, go out in groups and if you notice something out of place, don't be afraid to get out of there.

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    1. Hi CPD, Thanks for writing in and we have noticed the gradual changes. Does anyone agree that it's not just the COH but it's also the new owners at Wrigley hiring thugs to work and then they get to know the neighborhood? I never thought of this myself, but was clued in by a woman who had worked Wrigley for decades and I will spare the details of what she witnessed so this gets posted. My question is what can we do to get our neighborhood back? I called 911 on "the grill thieves" Memorial Day weekend. CPD responded quickly, but then the guys were back 2 days later on the same block stealing stuff again! That's meaningless compared to Clark Street, the crime is not tolerable. What can we do? Thank you for all you do.

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    2. Boycott until the businesses get the message.

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    3. dick weeds is what they are. protect and defend.

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    4. Vote your precinct dry. If you live in a precinct where the bars are - vote it dry. Only takes half of registered voters (majority of whom are property owners) Once people see this nonsense is affecting property values they will vote with their pocketbook.

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    5. It's not only a Wrigleyville problem. The thugs have taken over North Avenue Beach and Michigan Ave. There were 20 or so wildings last week on Michigan Avenue.

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    6. Yes, "vote your precinct dry." In Wrigleyville? Or Boystown? Excellent idea. What we really need are countless empty storefronts and a complete lack of nightlife so that more serious criminal elements can take over. Some of these suggestions are so poorly informed and absurd it makes my head spin.

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    7. A dry vote on the ballot would definitely get the business peoples attention and maybe entice them to fix their problems.

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    8. It's crazy to even sugest a dry vote because it isn't going to happen. What we need is more Police and decent Mayor.

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    9. Turbo, in the 1980's there was a moratorium on bars on Clark street. It managed just fine then with t-shirt shops, sandwich shops, BYOB restaurants, etc. There were no thugs roaming the street at night. Thugs are attracted to crowds. As far lack of nightlife - Chicago is a big city - a precinct is roughly 4 square blocks. I think you are the misinformed one, now your head can stop spinning.

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    10. Turbo - dead on. A dry vote would lose 90%-10%, and deservedly so.

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    11. Yes and in the 80's Wrigleyville was so nice.

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    12. YOU SAID

      ... it's also the new owners at Wrigley hiring thugs to work and then they get to know the neighborhood? I never thought of this myself, but was clued in by a woman who had worked Wrigley for decades and I will spare the details of what she witnessed so this gets posted.

      Could you explain a little more in a way that we know what the heck you're talking about? Wrigley has gotten more careless about who they hire? What did she see? Tell you?

      Thanks.

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    13. Of course. She worked there for decades and said that when the Ricketts bought the Cubs they paid lower wages than previous owners. More employees are taking the Red Line to Wrigley for work. She witnessed her (female) boss get beaten by a male employee after he was given a warning for stealing concession foods to take home. He got away, but was caught by police after he robbed a nearby Wrigleyville store after committing the assault in the park. Have you noticed how many Wrigley employees are getting high in the alley off Red Line or on Waveland in their uniforms before punching in? They ought to do a random drug test (like most all of us can have any day at work) at Wrigley and clean house. Next year raise standards and wages. The ticket and beer prices sure don't reflect these types of minimum wages. Make our neighborhood safe again. You are right, I SAID...

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  5. Am I correct in reading that this is the second year in a row that a sexual assault has occurred in the basement of this bar? What is going on there and where are the bouncers? And if they can't protect the patrons of their establishment, perhaps they should lose their liquor license.

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    1. Hello Anonymous,

      Yes, it appears that there have been two allegations of sexual assaults occuring in that basement over the past year. We have not reviewed the police report nor have we received a response from the bar's management. Bullet points:

      - As stated in CWB's report in June of last year, officers handling the initial 911 call stated that last year's assault took place in the basement at Irish Oak. That was initial information and we have not seen the police report to see if that has changed.

      - The city's Data Portal still lists last year's sexual assault as a recorded crime. It would have been removed from the Data Portal had detectives found the allegation of sexual assault to not be credible.

      - The Data Portal's GPS coordinates for last year's crime location are within a few feet of the Irish Oak's front door.

      We hope to hear from Irish Oak management. We are also seeking a copy of the police report as well as information from the police department.

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    2. I have enjoyed the Irish Oak (although I preferred its previous incarnation before the new owners) BUT I ALWAYS thought that the basement bathrooms were a potentially dangerous place for both women and men.

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    3. Now that I think about it, there are bathroom attendants at Casey Moran's basement bathrooms. I was at Murphy's a couple of weeks ago after a Cubs game and a man got into the woman's bathroom (not in a basement) and the bouncers got him out of the bar quickly and the police weren't needed, but were around. The bar owners must know that bathrooms are a place to watch.

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  6. Plot twist: This isn't the 1980s. Our problem is the pathetic lack of police coverage coupled with the fairly recent influx of irresponsible social service agencies readily inviting the city's worst elements to our doorsteps. The bars that have operated here for decades aren't the problem....most of the offenders we're dealing with aren't even old enough to drink.

    For what it's worth, I've been hanging out in this neighborhood since the late 90s. These problems NEVER occurred until the last 5 years or so.

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