Monday, June 30, 2014

SIX ROBBERIES OVERNIGHT: Two More On "Helmont"

Six people called police to report being robbed in our neighborhood between 8:30 last night and 4:30 this morning. Belmont Avenue, which has racked up a dozen muggings in a month, scored two more in the overnight mayhem.

• A moving van crew was robbed at gunpoint in the 2900 block of Racine around 8:30 Sunday evening. The victims had just completed a job when two men—each carrying small, black semi-automatic handguns—forced them to hand over envelopes of cash that the crew had just earned.

The offenders are both black men with dreadlocks in their early 20's. One is about 6-feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He wore a black tee shirt and black basketball shorts. The other is about 5'10" tall, weighs about 190 pounds, has hair on his chin, and wore a black tee shirt with black basketball shorts. His shorts have a red stripe down the side.

They were last seen driving away from Racine and Wellington in a four-door black Jeep Liberty with a dent on the passenger's side.  CPD case HX324344

• Minutes later, at 8:51PM, police were dispatched to Addison and Sheffield to help a woman who said she had been beaten and robbed by three men and two women. Officers, who were delayed by an overwhelming demand for service in the 19th district, could not find the victim when they arrived. When 911 operators called the victim, she told them that she decided to just go home.

• At 10:34PM, witnesses saw a man and a woman get hit with bottles and robbed near Broadway and Surf. According to 911 callers, a group of young black men carried out the attack and fled northbound on Broadway in a navy blue vehicle with license plates that are registered out of Zion, Illinois.

Corroborating the story of a possible wilding: The crew of Chicago Fire Department Truck 44 passed through the area and notified police dispatch that a large group of up to 30 young men were fighting and damaging cars at the time of the reported attack.

• At 2:53AM, while a score of officers stood guard over a crime scene at 1001 W. Belmont, a man was beaten up and robbed outside about 100 yards away outside of Jamba Juice at 916 W. Belmont. An ambulance crew was called for the victim who could not offer any information about the offenders. CPD case number is HX324678.

• At 3:53AM, a man was robbed in or immediately outside of the Subway restaurant at 901 W. Belmont. Taken was the man's wallet, which contained $100 cash. The offender is described as male, black, 21- to 25-year-old, thin, wearing a black shirt with orange lettering. CPD case number is HX324700.

• At 4:51AM, officers were called to the emergency room at Illinois Masonic Medical Center where a battery victim reported that she had been robbed of her book bag and had no way to get home. Officers gave her a ride to the train station and assisted with her return to the suburbs. It is not clear where this incident took place or if a report was filed.
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17 comments:

  1. Didn't hear anything over the radio about the 4:51am filling a report, though there was a long (awkward?) back and forth between the officer, dispatch, and the supervisor about whether to just drop her off at the Red Line or take her to the Metra. My reaction (having watched the Belmont platform most of the night)—not the Red Line. Not now.

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    1. Ya know? Why not just point out the Sears tower then drop her off at the Wilson station to complete her tour of Chicago?

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    2. The officer wanted to take her to Metra but the Sargent didn't want the officer leaving 19 because of the manpower shortage.

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  2. That's terrible for those movers, work all day in the heat and then get taxed by a couple of gangbangers. I am sure they knew they had a golden opportunity with the few district police resources we have tied up further East. unlike the violence on the south/west sides, this isn't gang v. gang.

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    1. This is pick a victim. And run.

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    2. I felt bad for those movers, too. I hope the moving company does the right thing and makes good on their lost tips. The moving company should know better than to schedule a move during the parade "festivities."

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  4. It's quite sad that there are no journalists in Chicagoland that will cover the "day after" part of the story. Nobody will follow up with Rahm, the police or Tunney about all the crime that occurs on this day. They'll only report what a glorious day it was with over a million people attending out of love.

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    1. I am surprised as well. Use to be that journalists were looking for a big scoop, and wanted to be the first to crack a shocking story to the public. Carol Marine has done some really good work and seems to have integrity. Unless City Hall has gotten to her, too.

      I hate that the TRUTH of what is happening in our once safe neighborhoods is not getting out to the public. Heck, when I was looking for a condo, I considered several places near Halsted Street not knowing the danger I would have been getting into.

      Thank you CBW for shedding light on the situation. YOU should run for Alderman. : )

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  5. Did you catch the arrest that happened at 3314 Halsted? Idk the reason but I saw the whole thing from a rooftop across the street where someone kicked a door in and then one of the people who were kicking the door down got thrown (a female literally thrown) down the steps? There were at least 8 cops there in less than 1 minute and 2 people were taken away in cuffs. Everyone saw the girls foot go through the door.

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  6. "Semi automatic handgun"..... Most hand guns are semiautomatic, fyi.

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  7. Time to bring back the Bloody Belmont logo.

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    1. Haha, I love that thing. Thanks.

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  8. I just learned of this blog today from a "cop blog"---second city cop or something; this confirms what we have been feeling for the past three (3) years. Boystown is completely different from the feeling of safeness. Perhaps it was safer, perhaps not. I do not know. I write this blind.

    ... it feels UNsafe to me now. I only visited last night because of the parade, and my partner and I have pretty much decided to stay away. Perhaps just not visit at night. I love sidetrack and the community and the neighborhood. This is crazy....

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