Friday, September 05, 2014

TALE OF THE TAKE: Robbery Victim Tells His Story On Everyblock

Everyblock user lukedevitt is sharing his story of being beaten and robbed at the infamous corner of Belmont and Sheffield last month. His is a cautionary tale for those who find themselves on the streets late at night:
I got robbed and beaten by a group of a dozen men at 3:00 in the morning on Friday August 15th by what appeared to be a group of gang members. 
They stole my iphone and wallet the second I got out of the cab and then came out of the alley/gangway next to Lena's restaurant as I was walking home. 
They beat me to the ground kicked me in the head ribs and punched me until I was nearly unconscious. 
They hang out on the corner in front of Cheesie's on Belmont & Sheffield next to the L so they have easy access to rob/assault and flee the scene. I see them on my walk home all the time.
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16 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting this and for filing a police report. So important to report crime.

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  2. These hoodlums hang out at the same spot night after night. I believe they sell dope and that is why we have an increase in vagrants and winos in the area. The public drinking and urination is really bad this summer. CPD needs to adapt the "broken windows" type of crime fighting that they did in NYC. What a wonderful city, NYC, is compared to here.

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    1. After a recent visit to NYC- I agree with you. We felt safe walking everywhere. It's a shame we no longer feel safe in our own neighborhood.

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  3. Thank God he's OK .. these beasts need a blood-turns-cold, real wakeup come to Jesus moment. This may be the sign of things to come that truly levels the playing field. I applaud all who are incentivized, physically able, trained, licensed and willing to take the steps to self and family protection. I've no doubt legal CC will increase .. all over the city.

    Chicago Crime Rate Drops, Thanks To Concealed Carry

    Excerpt:

    Chicago Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy, at a recent city council hearing, reported the good news of less crime. He credited better police work, but there's another factor McCarthy left unstated — the increase in the number of pistol-packing permits that let citizens defend themselves, their families and their neighbors. The law has left criminals uncertain of who might be able to shoot back.

    "It isn't any coincidence that crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted," Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said in the Washington Times.

    "Just the idea that criminals don't know who is armed and who isn't has a deterrent effect. The police department hasn't changed a single tactic — they haven't announced a shift in policy — and you have these incredible numbers."

    As of the end of July, Illinois had received 83,183 applications and had issued 68,549 concealed-carry licenses, with many more expected. According to media reports, the Chicago Police Department says robberies leading to arrests have dropped 20% from last year while reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft have declined 20% and 26%. The homicide rate hit a 56-year low in the first quarter of this year.

    Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/090214-715652-chicago-crime-drops-concealed-carry-surges.htm#ixzz3CV0vX0gc


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  4. so sorry for your being robbed and assaulted..... but great post... and thanks for the good information.... helpful.... but sorry... I wish those guys could pay for their crime... so sad.................

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  5. Transfer order came out. How many left? Four to 016, 1 to O'Hare. Any more?

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    1. 7 left, 8 in

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    2. I believe 7 left but only 5 came in. 19 had only 5 openings.

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    3. There were more that came in on a special order

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  6. I live at the intersection ...we call the cops all the time....and yet ..night after night there are groups hanging out till 5am....doing loops ...not spending any money......it has gotten to the point that i want to oust a mask on and take my bat down too the corner and clear it out myself.....since no one seems to ever get arrested here

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  7. Wheres the CTA special employment car? Oh they sleep RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BELMONT STOP, almost their entire shift! Also the entertainment team is supposed to have 1-2 cars (2-4 Officers) on Belmont where are they. Folks your lied to alot

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  8. When is going to fix and secure that gate? What kind of neighbor allows such a public safety situation to go un repaired?

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  9. I'm Luke, the guy who got mugged and filed the police report.I watched the same exact thing happen right in front of me from my balcony to another guy yesterday morning at the same time by the same group. Pretty sure they're Gangster Disciples. When I got mugged they told me "they run this block". I called the cops immediately when I saw the guy being mugged yesterday and they pretty much broke the party up on Belmont & Sheffield, but I doubt they caught the guys who robbed the victim. Thankfully he wasn't assaulted, he just put his hands up, let them take everything, and took off sprinting North on Sheffield when they went back towards Belmont. This happened directly in front of ALDERMAN TUNNEY'S "office" where there is a lot of construction being done right now. Wouldn't you think there should be at least ONE camera in place? I also took a bunch of pictures. Very suspicious gang activity/drug deas from a WHITE DODGE CHARGER & an OLD BLACK JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE. Something needs to be done about this corner or it's not going to stop. There was literally a squad car right there with (hopefully) no officer inside. What are the police doing to PREVENT these routine & blatant situations? I know two girls who were just robbed and assaulted recently as well. Do you want one of those people to be your daughter, wife, girlfriend, etc? We need to stop this activity now or it will just continue to get worse. As of right now they really do run our block and that does NOT sit well with me and it certainly shouldn't sit well with the city of Chicago's law enforcement. Stay safe everyone.

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    1. Thank you for taking part in the conversation, Luke, and especially for realizing that it's NOT okay for things to continue as they are. We correspond fairly regularly with at least five people who live on Sheffield within a block of Belmont and they share your concerns and desire for change.

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  10. In the theater district of NYC, I saw lots of police on 47th street.. In Times Square, there was also a cherry picker, scissor like stand that the police used to keep an eye on the crowd. Couldn't they do something similiar on Belmont and Sheffield?

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  11. These are huge QOL issues for Chicago. I had to leave the city entirely and move to a close suburb to avoid having to deal with riff raff like this. It will continue to be like this when there is a disproportionately wealthy north side surrounded by the rest of the poverty ridden city....

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