Tuesday, July 08, 2014

ROUGH MORNING: Woman Robbed At Gunpoint On Southport

A woman was robbed at gunpoint around 4:30 this morning near Southport and Roscoe in nearby Lake View. The victim called 911 from a Starbucks and told police that the offender brandished a silver revolver, took her property, then fled westbound on Roscoe.

The offender—described only as a black man with braids—took the woman's yellow bag containing her wallet, keys, and various documents.

Recorded as an aggravated robbery with a handgun in CPD case HX335972.
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44 comments:

  1. Rahm is a great Mayor! Merging the districts, closing schools sure has made Chicago better.

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    1. I don't disagree with you, but I do find it ironic that those who complain the loudest about the decrease in the police force and the closing of schools are also those that complain the loudest about paying taxes.

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    2. When we increase taxes, the city does things like refurb schools that they know will close in five years due to declining enrollments.

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    3. I'm already paying high taxes. Where is my police protection? Proof that paying higher taxes does not mean they are going to provide you service. They're going to be spent where the mayor wants them spent and apparently that ain't Lakeview.

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    4. When they raise taxes they will spend on things that aren't necessary to run this city. Like giving DePaul an arena when the United Center offered them the us of that arena.

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  2. i think that it is time for all of us to begin a campaign for a Stop and Frisk policy in the city.

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    1. Already found unconstitutional in New York and the officers are at risk. Their own union has told them not to follow any stop and frisk policy...

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    2. I totally agree. While it may have some flaws - it will prove extremely effective. It will help stop a crime before it's committed in some instances when the CPD find someone with a warrant. Maybe it will scare the thugs a bit to stop loitering and causing problems throughout the neighborhood? (Not even just Boystown/Wrigley - throughout the city).

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    3. You can't be serious about forfeiting your Constitutional right to be free from unwarranted search and/or seizure absent probable cause, can you?
      Perhaps a better policy would be to abrogate the present (mistaken) belief that a person has a right to bear arms. That's not the original intent of the Constitutional provision. Stop selling firearms. Impose severe penalties for firearm possession and a more enhanced penalty if the weapon is used in the course of a crime.

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    4. You can't be serious that it's OK to defend one constitutional right but completely ignore another. What you haven't read about or heard much is the rash of concealed carry people using their guns in defending their lives successfully on the south side. Rahm's liberal media isn't allowed to report that. All these guns in the hands of these gang bangers aren't legal. Criminals don't follow laws. More laws won't do anything except prevent a lawful abiding citizen from possibly having an opportunity to protect oneself or family.

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    5. Hey Anonymous, pretty sure the supreme court has found that the 2A is an individual right and was the original intent. Plus it is not the persons who are legally obtaining firearms that are the issue...like it or not guns are here to stay in the USA, what we need is a better justice system that keeps the scum off the street.

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  3. CWB, could you tell us what was discussed at the CAPS meeting last week?

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    1. I was there. Voulgaris was not, and Tunney arrived late, as always, as he likes to stroll in for his grand entrance so everyone new to the useless CAPS meetings can "oooh and aaah" at the alderman coming into the room. (He sat there and stared off into space vacantly for the next 49 minutes.) As for what happened at the meeting, the usual meaningless list of statistics was rattled off (taking up 15 minutes of the one hour allotted for these meetings) and then the floor was opened to discussion of "matters of importance." First and foremost was discussion of the shitstorm that followed the parade. Concerns were expressed, nothing of substance was given back in response from anyone sitting at the table at the front of the room, and frustration mounted. One member of the audience disappointingly lauded and praised the alderman, the police, Jesus, God, and Methusela for the street sweeps of patrol officers that took place late at night after the parade, and went on to intone how important it is that the parade remain in the this neighborhood, at all costs. (Even human life, I guess.) Several women commented on the shitstorm and aftermath, again with little meaningful response. Tunney actually picked his nose at 7:43. There was some discussion of the next CAPS meeting not happening because it falls on some community event day, the details of which escape me because they were so banal, so there goes any chance of input/response prior to Market Days and the shitstorm that in all likelihood will follow it, on Sunday night after Market Days closes. All in all, a useless meeting that was a waste of time. I've been to 26 meetings now and while this wasn't the worst, it was pretty useless.

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    2. It should also be noted that someone at the CAPS meeting asked specifically about gang activity in the neighborhood, and we were told that there is no gang activity taking place.

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    3. "There is no gang activity."

      "There was no corruption."

      Been there. Heard that.

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    4. As a beat cop I have attended CAPS meetings in three districts. Before coming to 019 I was never in a district where the commander and an alderman routinely showed up. Perhaps you don't like what they say or don't say, but at least they make the effort.

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  4. We no longer attend CAPS meetings.

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  5. CAPS is a waste of time. All spin and PR.

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  6. Is that Starbucks open at 4:30 am?

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    1. Was she an employee there? If they open at 5, maybe she had to be in earlier? Either way, shitty way to start your day.

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  7. I think your average Boystown resident would love to clean up crime by PO's doing Stop and Frisk. Some more than others.

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    1. How about zero tolerance. It works but maybe to much work for the powers in charge.

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    2. Zero tolerance is great, but CPS bled our district dry of officers when they closed the Belmont station. Just not enough manpower to do that.

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  8. This is right outside my wife's and my apartment. Usually we're sheltered from because it doesn't make it's way past Clark, but this is scary. I was unfortunately up at this hour and didn't notice anything out of sorts nor did I hear police. Sure wish there was something we could do about this, but we have no power. You might argue that we can speak up with our votes but c'mon let's be honest, there's more rich people that are benefiting from Rahm than there is of us, so we'll lose.

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    1. Let's make history. Together we can defeat him...

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  9. You all have to realize Rahm and Tunney don't care. They feel they have this election in the bag. And things will be worse if they get reelected. Vote against Rahm. Your safety and quality of life depends on it.

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    1. Who are the identified people who plan to run against Tunney? I only know of one for sure, and one who is debating running.

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  10. It was an employee waiting for the key holder to arrive.

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  11. 1. Videotape our visitors' shenanigans.
    2. Post videotape on YouTube channel dedicated to crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown.
    3. Send links to YouTube channel to every media outlet in town.
    4. Repeat steps 1 through 3.

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    1. I like it.

      Advice taken. Excellent advice by the way.

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    2. this could be the most effective thing we do. a picture speaks a thousand words. a video? a million.

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    3. Great idea. I used to be opposed to Google Glass but now I suddenly see a really good reason to get it...

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  12. Hmm, running westbound on Roscoe at 4:30 a.m.?
    It might behoove the police to check the surveillance video at the Lakeview YMCA to ascertain if anyone matching the offender's description entered the Y's residence around 4:35 am.

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  13. There seems to be a few of these stick up guys that pop up like clockwork around 4am. I think they have an "expectation of privacy" to do their dirty work without much in the way of witness or Police. If someone has to be on the street at these hours going to / coming from work, you had better expect this type of conduct and have a way to repel this sort of thing. That or maybe consider a lifestyle/ job change that doesnt put you in harms way. If you are a person who thinks nothing of closing the local bar at 3-4am and walking home alone, thats exactly what Mr hold up man is counting on.

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    1. I used to have to get to work by 6am and would often be up and out just before 5am so I could grab some coffee and a donut down the street. It really did feel like a dangerous time to be out. Very few people on the street and almost never see a cop on patrol.

      I'm sure the criminals have figured out that you'll find a nice mix of early morning professionals heading out with money and a phone.

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  14. I wasted my time writing to Tunney's office to vent my outrage after the Pride Parade and attending the CAPS meeting where he went into "blow smoke up your ass" mode. The following excerpt has me skeptical.

    "We have partnered with the Public Transportation Section of the Chicago Police Department to receive canine units at the Belmont El and an increased police presence in and around the station. The midnight shift will also be conducting periodic roll calls at Belmont/Sheffield to add increased police presence to the area. School Street from Sheffield to Clark and the 3200 block of Wilton will also be closed on weekends from 1am-5am to curb prostitution and drug deals in that specific area. A parking ban is also instituted on Clark Street from Newport to Addison every Friday and Saturday night as well as restricted parking on Halsted from Belmont to Buckingham and Belmont from Clark to Halsted every April through October. These parking restrictions went into effect to minimize illegal activity taking place both in vehicles and on the street; including public drinking, drug use, and excessive noise

    We are taking the issue of crime very seriously. We have been active in the court advocacy program and attending court dates for repeat offenders in our neighborhood to keep them off our streets. Please feel free to reach out to me any time regarding public safety concerns." - Director of Community Outreach

    The part I am curious about - and perhaps a PO could answer this question is - how is shutting School between Sheffield and Clark plus closing the 3200 Wilton block effective in terms of keeping foot traffic out? It seems like foot traffic is more of the issue with the prostitution, drug deals and attacks. Just my two cents.

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    1. Yes, that's right. Entire streets are being closed down due to criminal activity. WIN!

      The blabber about parking restrictions is way off, based on our first-hand experience. One of the worst areas is Belmont, and the stretch from Halsted to Clark is filled with car parties on many nights, especially the weekends when that is apparently supposed to be free of vehicles. The alderman should swing by and check it out some night. Be sure to get some of their delicious "juice" while you're there, Tom.

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    2. You know, I was thinking the same thing about the parking restrictions being total bullshit talking points by Tunney and Co. I have observed the same kind of stuff you are referring to on a consistent basis. I would love to see him take to the streets after dark or perhaps after working a late night with his office crew (sarcasm) to see what the strip of Belmont between Halsted and Sheffield transforms into.

      Considering that I live near the "shutdown" point on Sheffield by School, I may have to go check out how effective it is this weekend.

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    3. Johns and junkies do drive bys to hire their ho's and/or buy their blow...or other illegal drug of choice.

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    4. By taking away parking on the main streets you force the bad guys into the residential areas. By blocking off certain streets to traffic you limit the number of cops on patrol as now they are on traffic duty. The bad guys will go deeper into the residential neighborhoods. Quit going after the symptom of the problem instead of the problem itself. The answer is more cops working in the district and more cops doing aggressive policing. Then the crime and disorder will abate. Roadblocks and closed streets? Is this a 3rd world country instead of a middle class neighborhood. This is the answer from incompetent politicians and police leaders.

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  15. My front door was tagged in broad day light today on a main street near Hellmont. Unreal. So sick of this garbage.

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  16. I can't agree more Anonymous with regard to the street block offs and parking restrictions. I found it laughable when I went to the CAPS meeting and the School St. closing was mentioned. Let's see what genius idea comes up next.

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  17. I am very aware that this blog is about Boystown and Wrigleyville, but I want to share a news story in Ravenswood (and Lincoln Square), only a matter of time before those thugs move along the L to terrorize the rest of middle class north side. http://abc7chicago.com/news/woman-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-ravenswood/170534/

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