Thursday, July 31, 2014

POLICE: Boystown Beating Victim In Serious Condition

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A 32-year-old man is in serious condition at Illinois Masonic Medical Center after suffering a severe beating on the Halsted Strip early this morning. Three women, all in their early 20's, are in custody.

Witnesses called police shortly after midnight Thursday to report a group of at least six people "fighting" in the Gerber Collision & Glass parking lot near Halsted and Newport.

Officers arrived quickly and summoned an ambulance for the man while other officers stopped suspects near the Chicago Diner.

Police do not yet know the motive for the crime. A source tells CWB that one of the offenders was seen going through the victim's pockets and another one of the three resisted arrest and threatened to kill police officers.

CWB is withholding the suspects' names until charges are finalized. In custody are:
1) A 22-year-old woman from Chicago's South Austin neighborhood.
2) A 20-year-old woman from the North Austin neighborhood.
3) A 22-year-old woman from south suburban Harvey.
The primary incident is recorded as an aggravated battery with hands/feet/fists causing great bodily harm in CPD case HX367473.

Man Beaten, Robbed In Boystown

A 22-year-old man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment after he was beaten and robbed by two attackers near Halsted and Cornelia around 4:45 this morning.

The offenders are described as two black males, one wearing a dark blue shirt and the other a striped blue shirt. They were last seen running eastbound on Cornelia from Halsted.

CPD case number is HX367551.

Robbed At Gunpoint Inside Home Depot

Those doggone armed robbers just haven't gotten Lincoln Park Alderman Michele Smith's message that her neighborhood "will not tolerate [their] outrageous crimes."

This morning, an employee was robbed at gunpoint inside the Home Depot, 2655 N. Halsted, about two blocks from the intersection where Smith staged a ridiculous police roll call to "send a message" to criminals on July 16.

Police were called to the home improvement store around 11:30AM after a male employee was held up in a second floor hallway. Two offenders fled into the store's parking garage and disappeared.

The offenders are described as two Hispanic men in their late 20's or early 30's. One wore a white long-sleeve shirt and the other wore a blue t-shirt. They were armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

Recorded as an armed robbery with a handgun in CPD case HX367885.
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46 comments:

  1. I saw this happening and the police actually arrived right away. Within minutes they where on the scene and surrounded the girls. This is outta control!!

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    1. The guy is in serious condition...actually CPD arent sure hes going to live...Murder charges will be filed if he doesn't make it...why did this not make the news and this blog is the only place this has been reported??? Alderman Tunney...did you know this happened?

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    2. Of course Tunney knows about this. And so does the mainstream media. They just don't report it. If it wasn't for this fine website, I wouldn't know MOST of the crap that is going on around here. Thank you CBW for your fine reporting.

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  2. Kudos to entertainment team for grabbing the offenders. They also broke up a big fight by sluggers just minutes before and had two in custody.

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  3. Armed robbery? At Home Depot? At 11:30 in the morning?

    This is only a block away from Alderman Michele Smith's office.

    Hope is she is poopin in her liberal panties.

    As for me, time to GTF outta here.

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  4. I am a little confused as to why they held up an employee, why not someone at the register?...did they know this guy?...odd

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  5. We needed Ethan, the Ninja Warrior in training, to swoop in and open a can of whoopass on those three fools.
    Yeah thats what we needed.
    Ans some Guardian Angels on Belmont, too. That area is too dangerous for even solo Ninja Warriors.

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  6. I lived at Cornelia and Halsted for 23 years.

    I am so glad to be out of there.

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  7. I saw this happen. I'm not a religious person but I have said prayers for the man since I saw him lying there. I hope he makes it.

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  8. Enough is enough

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  9. You'd think at some point that someone in the mainstream local media or local politicians or police chief would be so filled with guilt for covering up these horrific crimes that they'd begin to attempt to shed daylight on how these thugs have taken over our neighborhood and actually start to do something to stop it. I honestly don't know how these clowns can look at themselves in the mirror or sleep at night knowing people are being beaten, robbed and killed due to their negligence and silence.

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    1. I frequently wonder why an up-and-coming reporter doesn't run with this story and sell it to CNN, MSNBC or any other news agency that wants a juicy story. Back in the day, uncovering a scandal like this would earn a reporter big-time recognition and maybe a Pulitzer. Seems the mayor, police chief an our local media are in on the LIES, cover-up, and fudging the crime data in Chicago.

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  10. All I can say is before the LGBT center we never had any issues in this area. Now its the norm around here. Not rocket science.

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    1. LGBT centerS...plural.

      The Center on Halsted at 3656 N. Halsted St and The Broadway Youth Center at 615 W. Wellington Avenue (not to mention The Crib at 835 W Addison St).

      I could not agree with you more that this all started when those two places opened their doors. Good intentions but terrible execution and accountability. They draw in supposedly homeless, troubled youth but close their doors at 9PM? Now why would there be any issue with that set up?

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    2. Agreed and the Center on Halsted has turned into a big fundraising and grant getting business so the head of it can make 6 digits while the neighborhood goes to heck.

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    3. Have no fear. Our alderman and community groups are on it!

      Right now I can think of one neighborhood group that is more concerned about some of the changes at Wrigley Field than the huge increase in crime.

      All is well!

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  11. I find it fascinating being a long term resident and owner that people always draw these conclusions ... fact crime has always been in every part of the city, whether it was reported or the whole community knew about it is another story, 2) the LGBT youth are blamed without any proof that they did anything. 3) crime has gone up everywhere in this city, so why would this area be any different? we don't live far from Uptown where there are known gangs. and note: just because live in an area and you assume to be safe, you always need to be aware of your surroundings... don't walk around drunk, don't walk home alone, and stay off your cell phone!!

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    1. I am a woman that lived in Boystown for thirty years..walked around half naked and drunk with my gay buds after the club....owned three condos.....walked home at two in the morning and felt perfectly safe until the Center on Halsted opened. I lived next door, all I saw all day everyday is crime and cops. It is one hundred percent of the reason I moved. You don't have a clue dude.

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    2. a-because the center on halsted and whole foods have for years had armed guards on duty during operating hours. that says it all.
      b-because the center completely and fully washed its hands of any connection whatsoever to crime here until this blog exposed sex crimes, gang affiliations, and the like within its walls
      c-if you really lived here for years, you would certainly notice a difference in the crime levels.
      d-the 'crime is everywhere' line is so tired. its also stupid. everyone knows that. what is new here is the increase in crime especially violent crime as documented so carefully by cwb
      e-good job of blaming the victims. may you never be one.

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    3. A longtime resident isn't going to sAy "oh well" and say get off your fone.

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    4. Wow, just wow.

      "Crime is down and yet up and it's everywhere in the city so no big deal. It's the victim's fault and LGBT at CoH aren't to blame because you're a bigot. So get off your phone, quit being drunk and don't wear slutty outfits otherwise it's your fault."

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    5. Sir, or madam......you are stupid.

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    6. Gerry McCarthy? Is that you?

      Nah, just one of your shills.

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  12. I find it "fascinating" that a "long term resident and owner" is defending the increase in crime and violence. No owner would do that. It sounds more like the comment of either 1) a social worker who depends on criminals as a source of income, or 2) an employee of a politician unable to provide solutions, or 3) a criminal thug who enjoys victimizing peaceful residents.

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    1. Ha. Yup. I'd go with all three.

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    2. It's not even a good troll. I'm pretty disappointed.

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  13. Jaw-dropping stupidity! There is a ton of "proof" that all this crap began to spiral out of control when these youth social service centers opened. They rang the dinner bell for these criminals to start their invasion.

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  14. Must be a rep for Tom Tunney. He's sick of getting angry emails on the regular. I make sure he gets one about 1-2 times per week. I saw him outside of his office with the sergeant who does the CAPS meetings and the community officer (I can't recall their names) and wanted to loosen my verbal rage on Tunney right there - not the police - Tunney himself.

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    1. Why didn't you? Someone needs to. We all do. And often. If one more person poo-poos the increase in crime and attributes it to this being a big city, or whatever, and stands up for that spineless "alderman" just because the "alderman" happens to be gay, *I* am going to let loose with some verbal rage.

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  15. The Sun-Times Saturday edition, 8/2, reported that McCarthy is going to send 150 cops (formerly on desk duty) to the South and West sides exclusively. No new patrols --- I repeat: NO NEW PATROLS!!! --- for the North side! Tunney Boy was quoted as saying he knows that his ward has nearly the highest robberies in Chicago and that he is embarrassed to face his constituents. Isn't that something????

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    1. Yep, embarrassed all the way to the bank with that $105K paycheck from the city.

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  16. Had police headcount at the 19th not been cut 27%, crime would still be way up because the criminals were literally given a written invitation by your corrupt elected officials to come over here.

    The Mayor controls the Alderman, the media, and of course the Police. The only way to break the death spiral is state takeover of the CPD, and mass firings of their management. Gang graffiti is now all over Lakeview East and Belmont "Rocks". McNewark hasn't a clue. He didn't in Newark and he doesn't in Chicago.

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  17. I'm done. I've lived here for all of 3.5 years, and I'm a renter, but I love this neighborhood as much as anyone who owns property here, I promise you that. I am fed the EFF up with us complaining here, writing emails and letter to Tunney, McCarthy, and Emanuel, and nothing happening. I am also fed up with all the talk of organizing a protest/stand-in/whatever and nothing being done. I'm doing it. I will collect facts and put them into a flyer and organize a protest/stand-in at Ann Sather on a weekend morning SOON. Next 2-3 weeks. Pencil it in your calendars, folks, please. I'm fed the hell up and I'm going to do something about it. Let's let the general public know about the lack of police, lack of attention, and lack of GD caring about the residents going on in our neighborhood. AMIRITE? I'll get a flyer/handout created, and schedule a stand-in. Keep your eyes/ears peeled. Until then, be safe my friends.

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    1. You go, girl.

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    2. Let me know. I'd love to make some anti-Tunney posters and heckle that little twerp.

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    3. Hopefully others, who voice so loudly things should be done, will also join you.

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    4. I'll be there!

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    5. Count me in.

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    6. In the Atlanta area, years ago, there was a series of firings of gay servers at the Cracker Barrel chain, for no reason other than that they were gay. So ... the community galvanized, occupied several Cracker Barrel locations at a set time on busy Sunday mornings, people went in and ordered water, and lingered a LONG time over their menus, tying up $$$ table space, etc. Then at a pre-determined time, in every location, protestors stood up, started chanting some anti-gay-discrimination thing, and after a few busy Sunday mornings wrecked by this sort of thing, Cracker Barrel got plenty of negative press, lost sales, etc. The same tactic might be tried at Tommiana's Ann Sather chain. The Belmont location would be prime, of course, but don't forget there's a Broadway location that also does a brisk business (even though his sticky buns are lately crusty and very very dry ...) Alert media beforehand of course. There is NOTHING illegal about going into a restaurant, ordering some water, and taking ones time perusing the menu trying to decide which of those tasteless bland items to order.

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  18. Sorry CWB, I have worked in 19 for the past 15 yrs, but after tonight. I will & must leave! Unfortunately someone is going to be hurt or killed on Clark Str.

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    1. Don't be sorry. Be SAFE. Tell it like it is. I wouldn't work in 019 either. Too much alcohol-fueled testosterone from white "bro" boys on Clark Street (and their silly tittering straight-girl accomplices) ... adding to the problem of thugdome (and thugettedom) along Halsted.

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  19. COH's youth program has been decimated and fewer and fewer youth partake. The crime increase is not necessarily because of the center. Most the youth in its programs are there for good reasons. Prior to the Center and Whole Foods there was a bus terminal and a hustler bar at the corner where Kit Kat is now. There has been an increase in violence in the entire city. Gangs travel everywhere. Guns are everywhere. No neighborhoods are "safe" I take a cab home from Halsted as a $5 life insurance policy. I think the fact that there are no jobs, low salaries, unemployment etc. and guns everywhere is more the reason for this crime. Also gay bashing is far from over. Very sad.

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    1. Please, give us the bus terminal and the hustler bar back!

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  20. I walked down Halsted yesterday to Whole Foods. Wow, that is a bleak area now that Brown Elephant has left.

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  21. Closing the red-line for a few hours every night might help. That's what London did to prevent criminals moving around the city at all hours of the night and morning.

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    1. Again (!) those aren't GWM's cars parked all along Halsted and Belmont on any given night. Trust me, they'd never get a date.

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