Sunday, June 01, 2014

WITNESSES: Woman Sexually Assaulted On Wrigleyville Bar Strip

UPDATE JUNE 3: New information regarding Sunday's criminal sexual assault at Irish Oak bar is online.

UPDATE JUNE 4: The two allegations of sexual assault along Clark Street are unrelated. Police do not believe that there is a "rapist on the loose."
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Is it above 70°? Then you should take a moment to truly experience our beloved "entertainment district" by taking a stroll through the Wrigleyville bar strip around closing time. For extra credit, saunter along the 900 block of Belmont.

Here's what you missed by not doing that this morning:

12:31AM — Officers witness a large fight on the street at Halsted and Roscoe. A female victim is beaten up and the offender is lost in the crowd. (There was a sizable crowd on the corner outside of a closed costume shop for the better part of three hours. They were just standing there, holding the sidewalks in place.)

12:38AM - Police are called to assist a female victim of  a criminal sexual assault outside of Sports World. The woman is unconscious, police say, and would not likely be able to identify her attacker. A witness describes the offender as male, black, 6-feet tall, thin, wearing a gray tee shirt, and jeans. The victim is transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center. This is the second criminal sexual assault reported on the Wrigleyville bar strip in as many weeks. Another woman reported being sexually assaulted in an alley near Cornelia and Clark at 2:35 last Sunday morning. UPDATE: New information indicates that the victim appeared to lose consciousness on the street after the assault took place, allegedly in the mens room of a nearby bar. Case #HX284786.

12:47AM - A fender bender turns ugly at Belmont and Sheffield when the occupants of one vehicle get out and clobber a cab driver in the face. Battery report filed in case HX284735.

12:57AM - Officers working on the previous incident report that a fight has broken out at a nearby bar. An employee has been punched in the face. Arrest made, report HX284737 filed.

1:17AM - Multiple calls of a large groups fighting in the street along Belmont between Halsted and Sheffield. Calls reporting fights at various locations along that stretch of Belmont continue for more than an hour. Large groups of people clogging the sidewalks outside of businesses that are closed for the night break into a series of fights for nearly 30 minutes. "Fights are breaking out but as soon as we show up, everyone scatters," one officer correctly reports.

1:47AM - At Roscoe and Broadway, a guy says his friend just "took a bite out of me."

2:12AM - Man reports being beaten up at Halsted and Roscoe. He does not approach officers when they arrive. No report filed.

2:16AM - Officers witness a fight in progress at Halsted and Roscoe.

2:27AM - 20 people are fighting in the street outside of the condo building at 3232 Halsted.

2:48AM - Back in Wrigleyville, a fight has erupted outside of Rebel Bar. Battery report HX284833

And so it went.
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35 comments:

  1. Isn't about time for Tiny Tunney do his "Take the streets back dog and pony show?" That should keep the thugs off of the streets for couple of hours.

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  2. You're just going to have to institute a strict no loitering law. There is no reason to be standing out on the street in one place for more than 5 minutes unless hailing a cab or smoking a cigarette.

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    1. You have heard of the constitution right? As much as I agree that these miscreants should be pushed... Well into the lake, if they are not breaking a law there is nothing the police can do about it

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    2. There is a reason for standing out on the street...they have no money and are looking for free entertainment in the form of street fighting and looking for crimes of opportunity. They have no money because they are unemployed and unemployable. COH lured them to Lakeview, where the Alderman told them everyone is welcome. So now the rest of us have to deal with the resulting mess.

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    3. Here's an easy solution. Go outside when the cops arrive. Tell them how these people standing around are "breaching" your peace by their noise, blocking the sidewalks and hindering traffic. Agree to sign a complaint for disorderly conduct and appear in court. Do that and the cops can clear the corners. Don't and there's not much they can do except say "move along."

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    4. "Move along" is all they have to do. This isn't going to happen though. As much as the area loves these people and coddles/supports them, you're just too afraid of them at the same time.

      Now here's a trick I learned from one of my condo neighbors years ago that supports all of these "causes" and missions in the area and throws cash in any shaking cup when the opportunity arises at each corner......when he got tired of them hanging out all over our stoop, he advises to "call the police and tell them they're selling drugs as it's the only way they'll show up". Not only that, he wants me or another neighbor to call as he won't do it himself.

      Cool, huh? This is just an example of the lunatic mindset in the area.

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    5. ^ most accurate comment ever, thank you officer!

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  3. And it goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on...

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  4. I am a Officer in your district I also support this blog as it informs many of what is occurring. May I makeva suggestion? If you see these events occuring first call 911 then start to record the OFFENDERS actions. This can be used to assist your battle with Tunney No one has a camera out until the police arrive waiting to see if we screw up in any way. How about watching and recording the actual bad folks? Again just a idea that may help you as a visual montage at a meeting with the good aldercreature may widen his eyes a bit. Be safe all of you please.

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    1. Thank you, Officer, for your service and suggestions. We truly appreciate what you and your fellow officers due for us. Our Policemen really ARE the FINEST!!!

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    2. ...Oh...That's Policemen AND Policewomen! :-)

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    3. I'm glad CPD from 019 read this blog. You guys are overworked and under appreciated. And all tips from you folks are welcome.

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    4. Ditto on this.

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  5. Chicago use to have a Vagrancy Law that required everyone on the street to have an ID AND a couple of dollars. Maybe they should bring back the law?

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    1. Yeah, the General Assembly will pass that right after a balanced budget and voter ID law.

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    2. Was found to be unconstitutional

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  6. What on Earth does the media have against us? Don't they realize not reporting these incidences keep innocent people who come into our neighborhoods unaware of the danger they might face?

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    1. You mean like they reported the wildings in the Loop and Gold Coast this weekend?

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  7. No leadership here. Just move along please. Nothing to be hopeful about from our leaders in office. Sad so sad.

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  8. Five recognized openings. In 019 this month. All the rest of the openings are in shitty districts, so perhaps we'll stay at least even.

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  9. It was never this bad before that awful merge of 19/23 police districts. What a big failure Rahm!

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    1. It was always this bad. It's just better reported.

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  10. "Fights are breaking out but as soon as we show up, everyone scatters," one officer correctly reports. <--- Exactly why we need an decent sized entertainment detail. The presence of Police would deter a lot of the problems. I remember the day when I saw a lot of Police up and down Halsted. They were on 4 wheelers, what happened to those?

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    1. One of them drove over a citizen

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    2. That was during the pride parade not during the few weeks that they were used to buzz halsted at night

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  11. The sexual assault was reported on Channel 2 News tonight. They made the area seem like it was just a big fun Emerald City. I didn't catch the reporter's name. If someone knows who she is they should invite her and her camera crew to the CAPS meeting this Wed night. She'll get an earful there.

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    1. Sunday's sexual assault was the second on a woman along the Wrigleyville bar strip in just over a week.

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    2. True. Channel 2 News report was a joke. Screw you WBBM 2. How stupid do you think we are.

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  12. And Mr. Officer, I appreciate your candor in not coddling this shit. I've heard from 40-something STRAIGHT Chicago natives that live in the direct area that "the cops are afraid of being sued". I'm gay and refuse to support the mess that the people there have created themselves. If you get the chance to transfer, I don't blame you one bit!

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  13. Jessica D-Onofrio covered the sexual assault story on Channel 7. Leave a message on her facebook page telling her to come with her camera crew to the CAPS meeting Wednesday night to get the real story of what's happening in the area..

    https://www.facebook.com/JessicaDOnofrioABC7

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    1. The most inexplicable statement that we saw on the TV reports was on Channel 5:

      "It's obnoxious, but I mean that's part of the lure of it, what people want it to be."

      A woman said that. Perhaps we here at CWB are just too old to understand the allure of rape-y bars.

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  14. Of all the people they must have talked to they choose to put that idiot on the air.

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  15. Is this the same assault that took place outside Sports World? Why is no one naming the bar in the reports? They must have video, right? What does the suspect look like?

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    1. The victim from the bar apparently made her way to Sports World where, according to officers on the scene, she lost consciousness. It is the same incident.

      As far as why the bar is not being named in the media, we don't know, but we are withholding it for now until we get a better grasp on if there is a legitimate reason for not publishing it.

      For the record, it was not one of the huge megabars.

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    2. Thank you for your response. I saw your update on Irish Oak

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