Saturday, July 05, 2014

ROBBED ON THE 4TH OF JULY: Woman Carjacked, 4 Others Robbed Since Friday Evening

At least five people have been robbed in Boystown and nearby Lakeview since 8:30 last night, including one woman who was carjacked. Only one offender is believed to be in custody.

Belmont Avenue logged its 14th confirmed robbery since June 8th as that street continues to spiral wildly after dark. As of 5:30 Saturday morning:

Carjacking

A carjacker forced his way into a woman's car as she idled at a stop sign less than a half-mile west of Wrigley Field last night. He then removed the woman from the car, threw her to the pavement, and drove away southbound in her 2011 Subaru wagon with Connecticut plates.

The carjacking took place on the normally quiet corner of Waveland and Janssen at 8:55PM.

A CWB reader who saw the victim moments after the carjacking said she was "obviously very shaken."

No weapon was displayed by the offender, who is described as a black man with short braids in his hair. He wore a gray t-shirt and tan shorts. Case number is HX331418.



13th Robbery on Belmont

The locations of 14 officially-reported robberies along
 the Belmont Avenue corridor since June 8
A passing unmarked police unit caught one offender, but four others escaped after robbery-laden Belmont Avenue claimed its 13th victim in under a month Friday.

The victim was on the north side of the street near the shuttered Taboo Tabou boutique when a pack of five robbers attacked at 8:37PM.

Officers scoured the area for the other suspects without success. Still at large is one black female who wore a beige halter dress and three black males, all 5'8" to 5'10" tall and 160 to 180 pounds. They were last seen running toward the Belmont CTA station. CPD case number is TBD.

14th Belmont Robbery Confirmed

Raw data released early this morning on the Chicago Police Department's CLEARMap site confirms a 14th robbery along the "Helmont" corridor. According to the department, a victim was robbed in an alley near Belmont and Sheffield around 4 o'clock last Saturday morning. CPD case HX322973.

Beaten and Pepper-Sprayed in Boystown

A man was beaten, robbed, and pepper-sprayed by three attackers near Halsted and Aldine on the Boystown strip around 3:30 this morning.

The victim reported that three offenders jumped him, sprayed him, stole his white iPhone 5s, and fled east, then south on Broadway toward Belmont. Offender descriptions:
1 - Male, black, short hair, black shirt, sagging black jeans
2 - Female, black, wearing a sweater and flower-print dress
3 - Female, black, wearing a white shirt and white jeans.
Case number is HX331869.

Woman Tackled, Robbed

A Lakeview woman reported being tackled from behind and robbed near Diversey and Sheffield around 3:40AM.

The offender took the victim's brown Swiss Army bag—which contained her passport, Alabama ID card, and a brand new iPhone 5—and then jumped in a white sedan and drove west on Diversey.

She described her attacker as male, black, 5'11" tall, wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

Officers gave the woman a ride to her home. CPD case number is HX331853.

Possible 15th Belmont Robbery

At 3:47 this morning, a man called 911 to report that he had taken shelter in a taxi cab after being robbed near Belmont and Sheffield.

Several minutes later, a robbery victim—believed to be the same man—flagged down a passing sergeant at Belmont and Sheffield to report being robbed of his wallet and cell phone. The sergeant broadcast details of the alleged incident and asked to have a unit assigned to do the paperwork.

The police department's "entertainment detail" unit that was assigned to handle the matter claimed that it never saw a robbery victim and said he must have left. It appears that no report was taken.

UPDATE JULY 27: It appears the victim eventually filed a report over the phone. Case HX349134.
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38 comments:

  1. The police presence was pretty strong at the corner of Belmont and Sheffield tonite/this morning, but that did not seem to deter groups that simply moved down the street to hang out. Including those hanging out in the same area where the shooting took place last week. I called 911 twice to report the loitering and then threats between the loitering group and a group that joined them for a while. The loiterers had several cars parked on the street which groups would come up to and get in to hang out in for a while. Could it be that something illegal was taking place? The police car came and left as the loitering group pulled out in their car still shouting and threatening one group that was walking. Earlier we had called 911 twice and then hailed a police car to ID the individual who had been very overtly dealing drugs in the alley and now had returned to the Belmont and Sheffield corner to find his next customer. They arrested the @20-25 yr old African American male once they got to his socks. As I wrote to the alderman earlier this week - where would these folks put their cars/headquarters if parking at Belmont and Sheffield was made resident only after 10PM?

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    1. When will u realize that Tunney and Rahm do not care about your safety or quality if life? That unfortunately is just the reality of the situation. As Rahm continues to shake down people for campaign contributions, he feels he is unbeatable because if his money and friendship with the mainstream media. He will never hire more cops nor tell the truth about crime stats. He is only interested in making Chicago more comfortable for tourists so his monied donors on the near north side can reap the benefits. He has moved all the police to the west and south Sides so he can placate those communities where his popularity is sagging. So the thugs have invaded our neighborhoods. And there is nothing we can do but defeat Rahm and his entire city council.

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    2. Did the "alderman" respond back to you? Or do you think he might be "looking into it"?
      Writing to that individual is useless. But the proposal to allow only resident parking is a good idea.

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    3. I agree - that is a good idea! Sure, it wouldn't come close to solving the whole problem, but it's a small, concrete action that would at least inch things in the right direction. I think that, rightfully so, we are all thinking big picture, but that can make things overwhelming to address. I think we need more ideas like this - simple little steps that the alderman basically can't turn down without looking 100% worthless. (not that that's stopped him before)

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    4. I F'ing LOVE WHAT WEST LOOP REALIST SAID.....................AMEN.........................LOVE IT

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    5. Vote out Rahm... That way at the very least the district will put 3-4 more officers on the street each shift instead of having to guard his house.

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    6. Rahm and Tunney are incompetent, certainly...though the thought of having an even more incompetent empty headed twit in the Mayor's Office (like Karen Lewis) would give me anxiety attacks.

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  2. 5 people attack a person at 8:30 on one of the busiest streets in Chicago. Immensely embarrassing for our city that criminals have these much free reign. Well done city leaders, well done.

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    1. and it's still essentially light out at 8:30pm in july. i was walking right there around 3-4pm and there were not many people out on the 4th of july. at 3pm, though, there were 2 ambulances and two police officers outside of dunkin' donuts at belmont and clark. not sure what happened?? the fact that there were cops with the ambulance made me think i'd read about it here.

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  3. can police ask the drivers to show them driver's licenses and proof of insurance?
    if they don't have these papers the police can ticket them and eventually jail them or take their cars.

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    1. Did said person do anything wrong? If so then yes they can ask for id, if said violation involves car then yes they can ask for insurance. If the answer to question one is no, then the overall answer is no... Unless martial law is put into effect

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  4. The entertainment detail is suppose to be on foot patrol, however I saw them hiding in cars all last night.

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    1. The Belmont/Sheffield unit has a way of not seeing things lately. They got a new sergeant a few weeks ago and the "entertainment detail" seems to go MIA far more frequently now.

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    2. Get in a taxi. Then the sergeant and his entertainment will find you. All they do is write tickets. I don't think they have made more than 6-8 arrests in the past month. They do hide in cars a lot though. One sits almost all night watching the stop sign at Aldine/Halsted.

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  5. I am not only ready to leave this neighborhood now but I am ready to jump ship on the entire city itself. Downtown was an utter disaster on top of this. People can't even enjoy a damn holiday anymore.

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  6. I hope that the Commamder (1900) is reading these comments, so that he is "seeing" what his people are not seeing.

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    1. I am curious - does CWB know if CPD reads this blog from traffic analysis?

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    2. We know they do from their public statements and emails. We also see City of Chicago IPs in our traffic, though it is not broken down by department

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  7. How about some police near Hamlin Park again with the gangs acting up. Last night was bad even calling the police didn't help we didn't even see any police all night around there. Same as every night, but last night was bad around there.

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    1. Thanks Rahm, the merge is really working. Take all of our resources from us!

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  8. Chicago the city that puts out tickets instead of putting out crime.

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  9. I appreciate the work of the entertainment team. It seems like these guys do a lot in comparison to the rest of the officers . Keep up the good work

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    1. Entertainment team's mommyJul 6, 2014, 12:55:00 AM

      You tell them son!

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    2. Entertainment team? Is a joke, they do nothing but talk to the women, I've seen this while a fight was happening just down the street, they finished there talk before the walked slowly towards the fight.That's when you actually see them lol

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  10. I am the first post who mentioned changing the parking - the police vehicle parked in front of the Vic was empty for a long time las night and I saw no foot patrols on Sheffield or Belmont last night between midnight and 4am. When we decided to go out and try and find a police car we went to the el station. The only police or security in sight was the guy with the dog for about 15 minutes and he said they were "busy" in Wrigleyville. When we did find the police car that did the arrest of the drug dealer they said they were looking for the robbery suspect. I asked why not arrest someone rather than just driving around?

    I really believe even making changes in parking, even beginning at midnight, would cut down on the problems and it would send a signal. When we walked back up Belmont from Halsted to Sheffield @1am there were at least five cars in that stretch being used as hangouts. If they were parked illegally, as they would be with a different parking regulation, it would be starting point for intervention. Belmont, Wilton, Seminary and Sheffield areas that have pay boxes could become resident only parking midnite until 5am.

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    1. I hear you on the parking. If you or I parked for 5 minutes in an illegal area, we'd be ticketed, booted....you name it. Seems the criminals/gang-bangers get off scott free & don't have to abide by the rules the rest of us follow. Are the police afraid of them? Is that why they are left to do as they please?

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    2. You're not only smart (great idea about the parking!), but you're also brave (or crazy) walking along Belmont at 1am!! Thanks for your good fight. Please keep it up for all our sakes...we appreciate it...but be very careful.

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    3. Yes the police hide and can not be found when they should be in plain view.
      I think they are scared also just like the rest of us of Belmont

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    4. I say we cut red line access up north (stop at Division) past 10PM. Would that solve it?

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    5. "I say we cut red line access up north (stop at Division) past 10PM. Would that solve it?"

      No.

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    6. So are you saying that the criminals are not coming via public transportation?

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    7. "So are you saying that the criminals are not coming via public transportation?"

      No.

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    8. Ok - Can you explain why such a plan wouldn't work?

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    9. First, because we would be surrendering one of our neighborhood's great assets to criminals. It is important to remember that many of the people who live in our neighborhood and points north work non-traditional jobs. They're servers, shift workers, they take night classes. They have to be out late and the Red Line is their car.

      Also, while the Red Line does bring in some problems, so do cars.

      Closing the Belmont station would also create a backwater of sorts where people would have no reason to go—unless they were looking for trouble. Imagine a tipsy tourist (or anyone, really) who took the Red Line to Belmont, had a good night out, then returned to the Belmont station only to discover that it is closed.

      One could also look at last year's crime stats. Even though the Red Line was "closed" beyond Chinatown, our neighborhood had a record-high level of robberies.

      We get where you're coming from, though, and appreciate your thoughts.

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  11. I remember when prostitutes were the only thing to worry about in this area.Gheezzzz .......

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  12. Heard on the scanner gangbangers were making fun a people being gay and flashing gang signs. It's only a matter of time before someone gets shot. It would be interesting what the business owners on Halsted would say then.

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    1. Oh, that's easy. Two words: "Isolated incident." Or two other words "gang related." Those are the magic phrases that are supposed to make things disappear.

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