Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NOT COOLIO: Robbed While Talking To Mom On Phone

A woman was robbed at gunpoint as she spoke with her mother on the phone while walking home from a 7-Eleven store in nearby Lakeview this morning.

Police were called to the area of Belmont and Lakewood at 1:30AM after the mother realized what was happening and dialed 911.

The victim said two male offenders approached her near Lakewood and Fletcher, produced a handgun, and took her beige shoulder bag and Samsung phone. They fled eastbound on Fletcher.

Minutes later, one of the woman's credit cards was used at a gas station near North Avenue and Elston by the offenders who drove westbound on North Avenue in a newer model white SUV.

Offender descriptions:
1) Male, black, 5'5" to 5'6" tall, red hoodie, "Coolio" hair twists, armed with a handgun
2) Male, black, 5'5" to 5'6" tall, black hoodie, dreadlocks.

Recorded as an armed robbery with a handgun in CPD case HX298577

Of Note

Another robbery was reported around 3:15AM Sunday in nearby Lakeview.

In that case, a victim was strong-arm robbed near Barry and Wolcott by a black male and a black male dressed as a female. They fled the scene in a silver 4-door vehicle.

Case number is TBD.
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24 comments:

  1. Maybe it WAS Coolio. That area has been turning into a "Gangsters Paradise" for years.

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  2. Too bad none of these victims can get a plate number of the getaway cars.

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    1. Yes especially when 95% of these robberies occur by offenders on foot....

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  3. Anyone has the "right" to be on the street talking on their cellphone at 1:30AM...just as anyone has the "right" to be on the street waving $100 bills for all to see. That doesn't make it the smart thing to do.

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    1. What are your thoughts on carjacking victims? They are just driving around with an expensive product that tens of millions of people own and use on the public way. It's their fault, also?

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  4. Pursesnatching victims? By now, people should know not to carry a bag that screams "valuables inside," right? Wallets. How stupid are those? Who in their right mind would put all of their cash, credit cards, and identification in one easily stolen container?

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  5. Thieves are looking for the easiest target. This story has nothing to do with carjacking. A woman walking alone on the street at 1:30AM flashing a cellphone is too easy a target for a criminal to resist.

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    1. Regretfully, I have to agree. I'm never one to play "blame the victim" but I will be one to lay some of it on them for not being smart about their surroundings and taking sensible precautions given the area they're in. Its like driving a car and not wearing a seat belt in an accident not caused by you...it may not be your fault, but the extent of your injuries, given you weren't wearing a seat belt, most certainly are your fault/responsibility

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    2. Keeping your phone protected or hidden will help deter snatches. It will do little to deter criminals who are out to rob people of their valuables.

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    3. That's a good point CWB. Snatching and beating/robbing, holding up at gunpoint, and other robberies are different characters. Yes, it's a good idea to keep your phone away. It's an even better idea to know that some of these miscreants are looking to victimize people who are alone on sidestreets.

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    4. Listening to headphones/talking on the phone via headphone mic, decreases your awareness of your surroundings and lessens your ability to defend yourself in a timely manner. If I'm out late, I don't listen to music or talk on my phone while walking on the sidewalk. In fact, I generally take a taxi if its after 10PM and I'm going more than 4 or 5 blocks.

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    5. What if there was a robber in block #1, 2 or 3? People have been beaten and robbed at their front doorstep after stepping out of a cab.

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    6. And what if the moon was made of Swiss cheese? My point is that I do everything I can to minimize my chances of becoming a victim. I never walk side streets or alleys trying to get to/from anywhere. Also, I'm fortunate that I live on the corner of Montrose and a well lit cross street, and its literally 10 feet from getting out of my cab to my door. I also never forget that keys can be used as a weapon to defend myself if needed.

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  6. Actually she had her phone in her pocket and was talking via headphones. Didn't have the phone out flashing it around

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    1. Wearing headphones is still advertising that you have an electronic device and that is what the thieves want...DUH.

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    2. Being out and about in this neighborhood is advertising that you very, very likely are in possession of a $500+ phone. Criminals aren't walking around looking for someone who has their phone out in order to rob them at gunpoint. They rob people here because they know nearly all victims WI be in possession of valuables. In 2014, those valuables include cell phones.

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    3. They'd be very disappointed if robbing me then. Actually, they'd probably be so angry, they'd kill me.

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    4. I guess their marketing skills are right on target then.

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    5. But I must add....a $50 profit off a stolen cell phone is not a "valuable", it's desperation.

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  7. Aw, guys, come on!!! We are all just PERCEIVING these incidents. They aren't really happening. And even if one incident did happen, well, hell, you're "just one person." And if you raise the issue to certain people in positions of alleged "power" in our neighborhood, you will only get a shrill "Shut up! Shut up!" in response. Yes, this area used to be great. It blows now. Hard and low, it blows.

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  8. What's really scary to me (as a Lakeview condo owner living as an expat in Japan) is that many people now blame the victims and not the criminals. They say "It's her fault for walking at 1am with a phone" or it's his fault for being out at 3am". That to me is scary, this shift in blame. This is how America starts to become the next South Africa or Brazil -- where people with money avoid at all costs anyone without. (I love Japan because I can walk home at any hour in any neighborhood and not worry about being a victim)

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    1. Must be nice to have the kind of job that allows you to own a condo in our hood but live safely in Japan!

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    2. I wish I could leave Chicago and move to Tokyo!

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    3. It's called cognitive dissonance and it is RAMPANT in Lakeview.

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