Friday, August 22, 2014

MUGGY: Trio Robs 2 Boystown Victims In 12 Minutes, Arrest Made

Image: Klabz
UPDATE: As of August 25, no charges have been brought in the robberies.
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The thick, soupy weather is drawing out the street urchins who ruined our neighborhood over the past three years. Fortunately, like several recent offenders, this morning's criminals wound up in jail.

Two victims were strong arm robbed by a band of three robbers along Belmont Avenue early this morning in Boystown.

The first victim was strong arm robbed just east of Broadway on Belmont at 1:06AM Friday. There, three attackers took the man's black backpack, brown wallet, 15" Macbook, and an iPhone5. All three suspects were described as black male teens, 5'6" to 5'8" tall. One wore a gray sweatshirt and dark jeans. They were last seen heading west toward Halsted Street.

Officers were on-scene with that victim at 1:18AM when a second robbery call came out from just two blocks away at Belmont and Halsted. That victim reported three young black men threatened him and tried to take his things, but he managed to fight off the offenders after losing only his headphones.

Police caught up with at least one suspect near the Walgreens at Clark and Barry. Both victims were taken there and a positive identification was made. At least one offender is in custody and charges are pending this morning.

The first robbery is CPD case HX397462. The second case number is TBD.

"Good Neighbor" Policy

Police were called to the address of the Broadway Youth Center at 1:30PM Thursday after receiving a call of 10 people fighting in the street. When officers arrived, they were told that "whatever this is" was taking place inside the church. Officers left without investigating the matter because, they said, a Broadway Youth Center representative told them to "get a warrant if I want to go in."

No report? No crime.

Michelle Wetzel, General Counsel of BYC’s parent organization, told us in an email, “there was an altercation between two young people. Our staff separated them keeping one inside and took one outside in order to de-escalate the situation.  The young person outside was a bit loud and someone called the police.  By the time the police arrived the situation was resolved by staff and there was no need for police support.”

Regarding the officer’s statement that a BYC representative told her to “get a warrant” if she wanted to go inside where, presumably the victim was located, Wetzel said, “I can't speak to the conversation between the officer and staff because I don't know what transpired. But I do know that we train our staff to always work with and cooperate with the police. We consider the police to be our partners in the community. Based on that, I am looking into this and we will retrain individual staff if necessary.”


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35 comments:

  1. This just numbs the mind. A Broadway Youth Center "representative" told the POLICE to get a warrant? That's the kind of thing someone says when they're hiding something. Who do these people think they are anyway? Allowing thugs and thuggery to take place in a residential neighborhood ... and then a fight erupts and nothing is done about it because a "representative" asked for a warrant? Are you paying attention, Tunney? Smith? Anyone else who has a stake in the shenanigans that take place at the Broadway Thug/Thugette Center? Who was it that rubber-stamped approval of that "social service agency" to be there? Bringing all this good to the neighborhood? ANSWERS, PLEASE. Where's the accountability??

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    1. Sounds like a good idea if i was a Police Officer in that District!
      It takes a long time to get a warrant, especially at night and forget the weekends!

      Besides this street lawyer has never heard the term "exigent circumstances", police don't need a warrant for an emergency situation, as in following a lead for a criminal suspect in commision or who just committed a crime, freshly occurred i.e. fight, robbery, etc., dummy!

      I hope the Police videotapes the response of this loser, so when Broadway Youth Center tries to turn around and sue the police for no service, they will lose their lawsuit!

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  2. Great arrest by the 019 District. Both the first watch and tact team worked well together to relate the information, find the robber, and charge him accordingly. Great teamwork.

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    1. Great job I saw that tact team guys make that arrest and they were cute too :)

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  3. The BYC incident should be brought up to Tunney& SELVN in early spring '15 when the neighborhood agreement is up for renewal,not too cooperative with the police are they?

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  4. Great work officers. Now hopefully the judges will keep these punks in jail!

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  5. Understand one thing... That youth center will NOT allow police into their facility. I've actually had them call the police on their clients and then refuse to even open the door. The employees are criminal thugs with lots of gang tats. The no report no crime statement I pray you are throwing a jab at the center not the police because if they don't cooperate there really isn't much the police can do...

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    1. That was my point. The police show up to do their work, to protect tax paying citizens, and some bozo thug with those idiotic gang tats denies the police to enter? Of course that's a "jab" at the BYC, not the police officers. But if this is the way things "roll" now with those mostly-useless "help centers" then we are all fucked.

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    2. "Not much the police can do" is not entirely accurate.
      They are still able to document the incident on a case report noting the lack of cooperation by the agency reps.
      That said, there was no actual complaining victim nor witness so they really had nothing to follow-up on except the vague report of a public disturbance that was apparently resolved by the time of their arrival.
      The police have enough to do without making more work for themselves.
      The local citizens, on the other hand, are quite free to pursue the matter with BYC, Ald. Tunney, and SELVYN.

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    3. So then based on what you are saying... I was completely accurate... Police have no idea what was occurring, who, if anyone was a victim, who, if anyone, was an offender... Nothing to document...

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    4. There may have been something to document but the BYC put up its roadblock and now everyone will have to take their word for what happened or didnt happen. This is exactly the sort of behavior that got the community into an uproar last fall. I guess their stripes havent changed.

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  6. Damn, if they're out in the rain now your F'd !!

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  7. Wait a second, I thought the BYC was going to cooperate with the police -- didn't they commit to that during the SELVN discussions on their permit approval last fall?

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  8. Just remember all these do gooder organizations are big business with the people running them making more money that you do in private sector. Look the head of Center on Halsted income for example.

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    1. I just happened to look at the income statement/tax forms of CoH. My lord. The income compensation is egregious...

      http://centeronhalsted.org/Center-on-Halsted_990-FY12.pdf

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    2. You should see the exotic places they brag about traveling to on FB. It was so nauseating, I had to unfriend.

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    3. When I was at Whole Foods I saw a CoH staffer buying bulk bottled water. What a waste of tax dollars.

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  9. SELVN is a big waste of time. Most of the clique who controls it do whatever the alderman wants to do. Social services should be spread out over every ward in the city. Instead we have BYC, the Center on Halsted, the Crib, the Night Ministry, programs at the Presbyterian Church at Addison/Broadway. The alleged "senior" housing for LGBT being built on Halsted between the old Town Hall police station and Center on Halsted are not for just for seniors, persons of any age can live there. Lakeview is turning in to Uptown. Even Brown Elephant left the neighborhood due to concerns for the safety of their employees coming and going to work.

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    1. The alleged senior housing is right. I know some people that aren't seniors that are getting in there.

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    2. ...and don't forget, COH is screening the applicants for that "senior" apartment complex.

      The Presbyterian Church at Addison/Broadway is raising funds to build a facility for "youth" to socialize. Really? We need more of that in the neighborhood?

      Normally I don't believe in litmus tests for elections, but in the upcoming aldermaic race, putting restrictions on the social service organizations currently operating and putting a stop to new ones should be a key part of the campaign for anyone running.

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    3. The Brown Elephant moved to save money. The Landlord wants to get a national credit tenant who will pay more rent (good luck with all the crazies on the corner).

      Check out the story here. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140613/lakeview/brown-elephant-closing-halsted-location-changing-things-up-on-lincoln-ave

      http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140613/lakeview/brown-elephant-closing-halsted-location-changing-things-up-on-lincoln-ave

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    4. The LGBT senior center applicants are being selected by a lottery system administrered by HUD, not Heartland or CoH. It's a senior residence.
      Brown Elephant didn't move because of the neighborhood. They had much more drive-by and drop-in traffic on halsted than they do now on Lincoln Ave, that now offers no bus service.
      Lakeview isn't Uptown. That comment was said by someone who has no clue of lakeview's history.

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    5. http://redlineproject.org/addisonlgbtqupdate.php says "Both Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted will be reviewing resident applicants later this summer."

      As usual there are no straight answers involving anything with these organizations. It's always a maze of nobody being accountable.

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  10. I am SURE Brown Elephant was happy to get out of the hood with the folk that lingered in front all day. If the folks at the Broadway shindig feel SO protective of their "youth"..maybe they should take them to their homes during the day instead of having them litter the neighborhood.....as nobody is creating work for them or helping them get jobs...perhaps day adoption is a nice idea to get them off the streets. I have asked this before...why are the services in Lakeview when the clients are coming from so far away?...did it occur to anyone to go to them?....

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  11. FYI, if even the building only allows seniors to be the lease holders it is not uncommon to find the grand kids, baby daddy's and numerous other family members living there off the books.

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  12. the arrests don't really matter.. we have too many liberal judges that will just let the criminals go... let them get away with it as usual

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    1. The average first time robbery offender in Wrigleyville and Boystown receives a 3-year sentence. Based on our review of court records, upwards of 97% plead guilty.

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  13. Sentences handed down and actual time served vary greatly. I doubt anyone sentenced to 3 years served longer than one.

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  14. With good behavior, a 3-year sentence means one gets out in 1.5 years. And with the governor unwilling to fund the prisons, the robbery offender could be out in less than 3 months.

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  15. [Quote] "....Wetzel said, “I can't speak to the conversation between the officer and staff because I don't know what transpired. ... Based on that, I am looking into this and we will retrain individual staff if necessary.”
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    Geez. There we go again. Some official is "looking into" some issue. My God, I have never seen a community where to many people were "looking into" something or other. Tunney's office is always allegedly "looking into" this issue or that issue (and never do we get reports on the results of all that "looking"). Now we have Wetzel "looking into" this issue. How long does it frigging TAKE to "look into" some issue and come up with a solution or resolution. I bet that director of CoH who is paid $165K a year, according to reports elsewhere on the splendid CWB site, "looks into" a lot of things. And lastly, let us not forget the "alderman" for ward 44, who no t only blows sunshine up our collective skirts by promising to "look into" various issues, but also has the unique talent of attending CAPS meetings (where taxpaying community constituents allegedly go to discuss problems) and "looking into" outer space before rushing out at the conclusion of the CAPS meeting. Boy, does this neighborhood and its "officials" blow, or what??

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  16. The Presbyterian church is very smart to open a new troubled youth wing. Do you know how much money they will receive for this? Grants, donations, salaries. These are huge money making machines.

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    1. They are flophouses, plain and simple. It is politically correct, however, for people in Lakeview to say, "We don't want flophouses in our neighborhood. They are detrimental in every single aspect!" Yes, even today, in 2014, that would be ok to say, in my opinion. But the do-gooders making $150,000.00 salaries, funded by taxpayers, cannot have that! It's simply too honest. The simple solution to all that, though, is taught, most likely, in the Social Work 401 textbook chapter entitled, "How to Earn Your Overblown Salary by Intimidating Middle Class Taxpayers and Rendering Them Powerless" The text would say that the solution is simple: just change the name "flophouse" to "Troubled Youth Center", or better yet, call the something using a dialect that reflects open-mindedness and "diversity." Changing the name "Flophouse" to "The Crib," for example! We all know it is still a for-profit flophouse for transients (dba Lakeview Lutheran) but, now, because of the name change, viola, all of a sudden, a north sider dare not say that it is not wanted in our area! Because, don't you know, by decree of the fair and professional social workers, flophouses are no longer flophouses! They are "Youth Centers" or "Youth Recreational Facilities" "Drop-In Centers, or even "Teen gay Youth a-go-go (Free) Dance Club" dba Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Dance for free at Lakeview Presbyterian Gay Teen Juice Bar, and then just go just one easy block down the street to Lakeview Lutheran for a free meal, all prepared and served by the "help," followed by a free flophouse bed at Lakeview Lutheran for-profit Flophouse. Toiletries, shampoo and so on provided, compliments of the local taxpayers. Sleep late and then be served a free breakfast , again, prepared by the "help." No money needed, no ID needed,not even as a security deposit. True convenience. No need to even behave, as social workers have decree that troubled youth do not respond well to rules. Free legal aid is provided at the Center on Halsted, just a couple short blocks away, if you do commit a crime. All paid for by someone else! Truly, carefree and convenient living! Now, if the residents of Lakeview have the gall to dare voice ANY opposition AT ALL, to such seedy places, the "open-minded" social workers, (professionals that they truly are) will squelch ay opposition by using loaded words such as, "covert if not overt racists" "elitist," "rich" "uncaring" "narrow minded" "hateful" "sinful" "stupid" "ignorant" "prejudiced" "abusive" "disrespectful" "hostile" "sub-human" "Neandrathal" "oppressivie," and so on, as taught Social Work 401 textbook. Such tactics require no thought and they work every time! (By the way, we are "rich" because we have full-time jobs.--It's only the oppressed poor that get free recreational facilities, catered meals, flophouse beds, and legal services--all at no charge--except to the "rich" taxpayers--who work after all, so, why on earth shouldn't the money to fund these for-profit businesses be taken out of middle class paychecks--middle-class people are all bad, and even moreso when they are falsely termed "rich" by the noble, selfless, and professional social workers, as taught In that invaluable Social Work 401 chapter entitled, "How to Earn Your Overblown Salary by Intimidating Middle Class Taxpayers and Rendering them Powerless. These swindles are handled by the social workers, good people as they are. Ah, no, make that wolves in sheep's clothing that they most certainly are!

      I said it in another post: What a pitiful time and place we are living in!

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  17. "Police were called to the address of the Broadway Youth Center at 1:30PM Thursday after receiving a call of 10 people fighting in the street." "Michelle Wetzel, General Counsel of BYC’s parent organization, told us in an email, “there was an altercation between two young people." Who are the 8 others? Loud spectators--noisy staff referees--etc???????

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  18. I'm pretty sure that if police response was ...um...not as rapid..or um... Not at all due to on views and unavoidable traffic stops, perhaps they would sing a different tune ..

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