Saturday, September 13, 2014

BULLIES: Carload Of Punks Jump, Threaten Boystown

At least three people were beaten or threatened in Boystown by a carload of offenders in separate incidents overnight. No one is in custody and it appears that no official police reports were filed. The motive of the offenders is not clear.

Around 4:15AM, a man ran into the Walgreens at Clark and Barry after "five gang members" pulled up in a car at Halsted and Belmont, then jumped out and came after the victim. The five got back into their car when the man ran away. He described the offenders only as black men in a black car, possibly a Honda.

At 4:24AM, officers who were searching for the vehicle got flagged down outside of D.S. Tequila Company, 3352 Halsted, by a young male victim who reported that five individuals jumped out of a car and beat him up. The vehicle was described as a black or grayish Mercedes with four to five black male occupants who were "looking to beat up people.”

Less than a minute later, 911 received a call from a pedestrian who said a black Hyundai with five occupants just pulled up next to him at Belmont and Halsted. One of the occupants then flashed a gun at the caller. The car was last seen heading eastbound on Belmont toward Lake Shore Drive.

Possibly related to these three incidents is a 3:45AM 911 call that reported three men beating a victim in the 600 block of Oakdale. Officers could not locate a victim when they arrived on-scene.

Helmont Strikes Again

New information released by the Chicago Police Department this morning shows that yet another person has fallen victim to the robbery syndicate that operates on Belmont Avenue between Halsted and Seminary.

Raw data from the city shows that a person was robbed at knifepoint at 3AM last Saturday morning under the Belmont Red Line station L tracks. No arrest was made. CPD case HX418582.

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22 comments:

  1. Reading this, I wonder why anyone who knows what is going down would want to venture to Boystown anymore. All I can think about is how amazing it was back in the 80's. None of this ever crossed my mind back then. Showcase One, The WIndy City Bar, Club Victoria and Paradise were some of the amazing hotspots thriving at that time. Big hair and eyeliner were the thing. And the only crime I faced was not having someone to go home with after a given nights revelry. I am sure all of us have our memories and look back on the glory days with an ache in our hearts. It hurts, guys. It really hurts.

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  2. Up until 3 years ago, I would think nothing of leaving Lucky Horsehsoe or Steamworks at midnight and walk back to the Days Inn, or wait for the #8 or 22 bus at what has become a horrible corner. Lincoln Park and Lakeview East are now totally off my places to visit. For the first time since 1997, I will not have visited Chicago at all.

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  3. How do we get control of this really? How many more cops would we need to stop the thugs from operating with complete impunity as they so clearly do now? What can we do? I feel either like a sitting duck or just trapped in my home. So pissed!!

    They haven't the slightest fear because so few get caught. If they are caught they're given probation or very light sentences. They also know that almost no one fights back up here. They don't fear anyone pulling a gun or knife back on them. They cowardly assault in large numbers so physically fighting back is almost useless.

    This cannot be our accepted, new reality!! I've tried staying in Lakeview hoping things would get better, but are they going to get better, really, so we can walk around and not feel constant fear? I can't live this way.

    So very pissed!

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    1. I'm pissed, too. I cannot accept that this is our "new normal." If it is, I will reluctantly leave the city. And so will all the other good people, who pay taxes, buy stuff, go to restaurants, etc....

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    2. You bring in the National Guard, as Quinn has offered, and Rahm has refused, to take over the South and West sides. Then property owners on the North Side repeatedly disrupt City Council meetings to the point they cannot function, and start a class action against the city and personally against the mayor for vandalizing the CPD and destroying the value of their assets.

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    3. It starts with the leadership of the police department. Remember that the last 2 didn't have any connection to Chicago. They didn't, and the current one still doesn't, know the city's neighborhoods and problems. They serve, especially McCarthy, as puppets for the mayor. We need real Chicago cops at the top.

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  4. We are so good at organizing parades. Why don't we take this energy and creativity and stage a protest march either down Halsted or at the Daley Center siting our frustration at what is going on in our community? I am sure we can get a permit to do so. It would be difficult for the media and politicians to ignore our anger if we come out united. At least this would be a start. Relying on Tunney and our diminished police force is not going to work, for the crime level is only getting worse. Now guns are being used against us. What do you think about this idea, fellow readers?

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  5. Other than commenting on this blog, there has been nobody in the community that has lifted a finger to protest the increased crime in our neighborhood. Until people are willing to fight to get our streets back, we'll just have to stay indoors and be a hostage of our cowardness.

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    1. FYI. That isn't true.

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  6. How about last night. Lucky nobody got hurt. 6-8 cars down on a Saturday night.
    Same officers taking off every weekend, bosses letting the same ones take off for some reason.
    We had no help what so ever on Clark and Halsted.

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  7. I would be in, and I know several neighbors on my block who would be too. Please post the details and we will be there.

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  8. I am not going to protest not my style. I am going to vote Rahm and Tunney out. If enough people do we will get the police department the city needs. btw - I didn't vote for Rahm in the first place as I could see through him. But the GLBT community votes for whoever panders to them on the gay issue alone. Equality IL is attacking Bruce Rauner on the one GLBT issues alone. People wake up Mayor's and Governors don't control all the Human Rights issues. People keep complaining but they keep voting for the same party and people.

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    1. As a complete "outsider" (used to live in Chicago 7 years ago) I think you're hitting on the key point here. I personally think that if you vote Rahm out and some other democrat in, don't expect things to change very much. Chicago has been doing this for years with no results (see Detroit as well).

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    2. Agree with Anon. While Rahm & McCompStat have badly bungled crime issues in the city the last few years, it could really truly get worse.

      "Anybody-but-Rahm" is short-sighted... at best... Karen Lewis looks a DAMN sight worse than Rahm... can't see her cracking down on crime or hiring more police officers... ever.

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    3. "The GLBT community votes for whoever panders to them on the gay issue alone." Ding ding ding! That's a major part of the problem in Boystown. The transplanted, blissfully oblivious gay boys and their limousine liberal social architects/masters who own the neighborhood perpetuate this type of thinking.

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  9. I lived in Boystown from 2003 to 2006. Even as recently as then it was completely safe to walk the streets without fear of being harassed, robbed, beaten or worse (even after hours). Now that I've moved back to Wrigleyville, I typically don't venture east of Clark or south of Roscoe after midnight.

    I just can't imagine what has changed.

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  10. If Uptown can have positive loitering, why can't we?

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    1. Because it does absolutely nothing. I helped to organize and participated in several Positive Loitering events near a notorious trouble spot in Edgewater Beach. The thugs do nothing but stare you down and laugh as you pass by. Speaking of Uptown, how's that Positive Loitering working out for them? They've only been at it for 10+ years now.

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  11. You can but we pay for Police and we aren't getting what we pay for. They can find money for DePaul Arena and Maggie Daley Park.

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  12. Because those are things our pompous mayor can put his seal on. Boystown is never thought about.

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  13. calling them PUNKS is insulting to us punk rockers.. im sure these guys have never listened to rock n roll...........

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