Monday, September 22, 2014

EXCRUCIATING: Intruder In Their Apartment, Lakeview Woman And Roommate Wait 10+ Minutes For Cops

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Two days after a Lakeview man says police did not respond to a neighbor's 911 call of a burglary in progress, a woman waited at least 10 minutes for police to arrive after a man broke into her apartment and tried to get into her bed this morning. The man was still on-scene when police arrived and an arrest has been made.

This morning's break-in took place about four blocks from the scene of Saturday morning's attempted break-in, which was caught on surveillance video.  No connection has yet been drawn between the two incidents.

Here, minute-by-nerve-wracking-minute is what went down this morning.

5:02AM - Dispatchers announce a burglary in progress. 3200 block of Clifton. Someone broke in and is standing over a woman's bed.

5:10AM - The man is trying to get into bed with the woman. 911 call taker says the woman is screaming. Offender description: White, flannel shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes, 5'8" tall. He says his name is John.

5:12AM - The woman and her roommate have locked themselves in a separate room.

5:14AM - Officers ask which floor to go to.

5:15AM - Dispatcher says the offender is still in the apartment and police can be heard in the alley.

5:19AM - A police supervisor is requested.

The intruder was arrested for criminal trespass to a residence under CPD case HX438152

Chicago police have identified burglary as one of Lakeview's top problems for 2014 and 32nd ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, who represents the western end of Lakevew, has publicly stated that there are not enough cops in our district to handle its crime problems.

Bold, truthful, and public statements like his should be the standard for all alderman who truly care about public safety.
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34 comments:

  1. I'm glad the CPD caught this asshole. And Alderman Wags is right - we need more police to keep pace with crime problems.

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  2. McCarthy will be gone shortly. Rahm will bring in someone else so he can say he cares about crime for the election. And idiots will vote for him.

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    1. Sadly, you are most likely correct.

      But, almost everyone I speak to HATE Rahm Emmanual. But I don't know everyone in Chicago....and I'm afraid that most people will believe his bullshit spin and he'll stay in office as long as he wants to (just like Daley). So depressing...

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  3. Since Chicago's main stream media doesn't have the balls to cover these stories I really wish Drudge would start linking to these CIB posts - let America know how close to their beloved Wrigley Field has become a war zone. Maybe get someone in city hall worried about tourism dollars and do something about this. They obviously don't care enough about the safety of it's citizens.

    Great job as usual CIB!

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    1. I agree that things might change if tourist stop coming. Rahm and his minion alderfools don't care about criminals beating, robbing & raping citizens. (However, it does seem that Wags cares about crime. We need more like him.)

      My wish is that some journalist with balls does a huge expose' and shames the hell out of our mayor and his rubber-stamping council. Maybe once the tourist dollars stop flowing, we'll get the police numbers that we need to stop the mayhem.

      So sad what is basically being ALLOWED to happen in a once great neighborhood. Why don't we, the tax-payers have any rights?? Seems the criminals have more rights and freedoms than we do. Makes me furious.

      And while we're at it, let's get rid of all those "social service" agencies whose only accomplishment is luring violent criminals and the dregs of society into our neighborhood. Why are they allowed to shelter criminals from the police? If I was harboring a criminal in my condo, I'm pretty sure I'd be hauled off to jail.

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    2. Great job, CIB. I was the one that asked you about this breakin this morning. Very thorough follow-up. I wrote that my friend who lives in the building mentioned that the police came pretty quickly. But that was based on the screaming she heard.

      10 minutes to respond to a burglary and potential sexual assault is horrendous. Those girls are incredibly lucky.

      Thanks again.

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    3. A "war zone" in the vicinity of Wrigley Field? Are you serious? Cut the histrionics.
      Maybe you should relocate to Austin or Englewood and see what a war zone is in the city.

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  4. Do we know how these guys are getting in? Are they targeting places with unlocked windows/entrances, or are they breaking windows and jimmying the locks?

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    1. All of the above. And when those fail, force.

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  5. Somebody should ask both aldermen to question McCarthy why 23 officers assigned to the 19th district are detailed out of the district. It's absolutely ridiculous.

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    1. 23? Sounds low. It was 54 (16% of the manpower) two months ago.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-devil-in-details-41-of-sergeants-14.html

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  6. These last two stories are among the most disturbing things I have read on this blog. They have already abandoned Belmont after dark, and now we cannot even get timely responses to home invasions or any response at all to attempts? WTF? Sleep tight!

    Thank god for this blog, but how can we get the word out to truly make this ridiculous lack of law enforcement known? Rahm, Tunney, and McCarthy are shameless and clearly do not care, but maybe something that impacts businesses would get some attention. Local TV and the papers won't give us the time of day or cover any actual neighborhood news, but there has to be something. Crowd-fund a billboard outside Wrigley welcoming people to the neighborhood most likely to see them robbed? Signage outside the Belmont station announcing the risk people take for bland food and mediocre sticky buns up the block? Seriously. Any ideas?

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    1. Crowd-funding a billboard...with CWB address on it. I think you're on to something. Anyone with advertising in their blood?

      The answer is getting more people aware. And sadly, the only awareness happening around here is this blog. It's so true. Where else to we read this stuff??

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    2. PLEASE, someone with advertising experience!!! A crowd-fund sounds like a good idea. I will donate! And I have a feeling that most readers of this blog will, too. In fact, this could be the beginning of a movement. We need to organize and let ALL OF CHICAGO, and all potential tourists know what the hell is going on here.

      The only way to get change is to shame the hell out of Rahm.

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    3. Who lives across the Street from Rahm? Wonder if they would like to be paid to have a sign in their yard that counts the number of crimes on a daily basis (sort of like the signs on the expressways that give you a total number of car deaths for the year)?

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    4. I'd gladly throw $100 into a Crime in Boystown billboard fund. (probably should buy crimeinboystown.com)

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    5. i straight up would donate to this. but is anyone with advertising experience reading this far into the comments?? there have been a lot of good ideas tossed around here, but they are always embedded deep in comments from articles that are a few days old. i always read all the comments, but how do we get these ideas to the forefront to truly ask people if they want to get involved?!?!?

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  7. "Bold, truthful, and public statements like his should be the standard for all alderman who truly care about public safety."............DUH!

    Why do we all know this, but our elected alderman do not? Time to kick them out and elect someone who actually represent us. You know, their constituents.

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  8. so how was it a good idea to dissolve the burglary team last year?

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  9. I think some of these break ins are alcohol related. I don't think they are planning on stealing anything or causing harm. Just maybe too much too drink and not knowing where they are staying at.

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    1. I've been drunk in my day more times than I care to admit. Never once, though, did I attempt to kick in someone's door because I needed a place to stay. Anyone else?

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    2. I guess that whole merge 19/23 worked out great. Remember all this at election time. These politicians lied and should be held accountable!

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    3. I never did anything like that even during the wildest of my halcyon days of yore.

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    4. Happens a lot more than you can imagine.

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    5. I've been drunk more than I care to admit and never have I thought let's kick someone's ass or go steal shit.

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  10. If you check out the police report you will find that this drunk entered the residence through an unlocked rear door. Let me try that again: unlocked rear door. That's why the trespassing charge. The boozer thought he walked into his own place. Cause and effect. Lock the door and the drunk can't get in.

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    1. If true, then that is certainly stupid. However, it does not change the fact that it took a totally unacceptable amount of time for the police to respond.

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  11. Most of the homes on the block are 3 flats. How exactly does a drunk go to the wrong apartment? How does he not recognize that the place is decorated differently than his own apartment? You would think the yelling and screaming from the girls would give him the idea that it isn't his place and to leave. Was the guy actually their neighbor? If he was so drunk did they transport him to the hospital? I can’t imagine that the CPD would risk a lawsuit with him dying from alcohol poisoning.

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  12. I would contribute if we could get that billboard on top of the Einsteins at belmont and sheffield

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    1. Me too. Anybody have any experience or know how to make something like that happen?

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  13. I live off of Magnolia and Waveland, this happened about a month ago to the girls on the first floor of our 3 flat. We heard a terrifying scream from the first floor which woke my roommate and I up around 5am... It didn't take long for police to arrive but a lot of these situations are underreported and/or not addressed promptly. She said a man was working his way into her bedroom from an outside window, he found a chair in the alley and used that to prop himself up, was never caught. I know you always have to expect crime living in the city, but this was definitely so scary for us to experience..

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    1. Thank you for your comments, anonymous.

      This is a good reminder of the difference between expecting crime and accepting crime. One's a great idea. The other is an awful one.

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