Monday, September 15, 2014

WEEKEND REPORT: Arsonist Returns; Robber Shoots At Woman; Thou$and$ $tolen From Lakefront Bike $hop

The chilly air did not do much to slow criminals in the area this weekend. Some highlights:

• Boystown arsonist returned early Saturday. No structure damage, but one car was singed. He remains on the loose.

• Lincoln Park woman chased after the man who robbed her near Clark and Diversey. He turns around and shoots a gun at her.

Multiple callers reported a carload of thugs beating, threatening, and flashing a gun in Boystown early Saturday.

• Thousands (and thousands and thousands) of dollars worth of bikes stolen from cycle shop on Recreation Drive.

• Man beaten and robbed in Boystown Sunday evening. Cops catch one suspect.

Other recent highlights and the weekend tick-tock:
Tuesday, September 9, 3:08AM - Man calls 911 to report that the woman who stole his iPad is walking in front of him at Belmont and Halsted. Cops catch up with the woman at Halsted and Roscoe. She’s arrested.


4:08AM - Battery in progress reported at Belmont and Sheffield. Thing escalate when a caller reports that two unknown men in a blue Honda “ran over my friend.” EMS responds. Case HX425153.

5:41AM - Attempted burglary at Sprint store, 2850 Broadway.

4:05PM - Once again, multiple callers report that a one-armed man is chasing people with a butcher knife near Belmont and Sheffield. Description matches suspect from a few weeks ago: Male, black, in his 50’s, baseball cap, “colorful” shirt.

4:37PM - Callers report that a guy with one arm is chasing people with a butcher knife at Belmont and Sheffield again. (Yes, again.)

6:47PM - Woman robbed at gunpoint near Clark Street Best Buy store. She chases the offender, who turns around and shoots at her.

11:00PM - Trash can reportedly on fire in the 800 block of Roscoe.


1:44AM - A series of fires are report in a Boystown alley between the 800 blocks of Roscoe and Buckingham

4:14AM - The first in a series of calls from witnesses and victims who say a carload of 5 men has just beaten or threatened them in Boystown.

5:39AM - A guy is in Illinois Masonic Medical Center after getting the crap beat out of him near Sheffield and Grace. CPD report HX426524


12:36AM - The district, reported operating with at least four of its 15 beat cars out of service, enters “Radio Assignments Pending” (RAP) status. That means no officers are available to handle 911 calls. Requests for service stack up until an officer becomes available. The “backlog” of assignments is not cleared until 6:14AM, nearly six hours later.

1:15AM - Battery in progress, 3500 block of Clark. One arrest. Case HX427564

1:24AM - Down near Clark and Diversey, a guy just got out of a blue Pontiac Vibe and punched a guy in the face. The Vibe fled westbound.

2:30AM - 12 people fighting across from Wrigley Field on Addison between Clark and Sheffield.

4:36AM - A tourist who is staying at the Magnificent Mile’s Millenium Knickerbocker Hotel calls for help from the BP station at Belmont and Racine. He says he got mugged after he climbed into what he thought was a taxi cab. Instead, he found himself getting taken for a ride, robbed, and pushed out of the car. He did not want a report.

4:49AM - Dispatchers say a man stole a bunch of booze from 1000 Liquors at Belmont and Sheffield. The man was standing outside the store at the time of the 911 call. a sergeant observes that, with the amount of time that has passed since the 911 call came in, the matter “is long done and over.” No report.

5:00AM - Police go to Illinois Masonic to meet with a man who was severely beaten by strangers as he walked on Eddy Street, down the block from Slugger’s in Wrigleyville. Aggravated battery case HX427714.

5:17AM - “Bunch of gangbangers” hanging out on an orange statue near the Belmont L station. Police stop one of the men. Turns out, he is a gangbanger. A 45-year-old Black Disciple, to be exact.

6:14AM - Good news. If you need police service, the district now has officers to provide timely responses to your calls.

6:18AM - Resident of the 1100 block of Patterson says a bunch of people who left the concert at Wrigley Field are gathered in his back yard. Oh, wait a minute, the dispatcher says, this call is six hours old, but it never got dispatched because we didn’t have cops available. Can an officer just go over and take a look? Thanks.

6:21AM - A waitress at the Boystown iHop says a customer just hit her in the head with a coffee pot. Case HX427745.

9:58AM - Owner of a lakefront bike shop says several thousand dollars worth of bikes have been taken in an overnight burglary.

12:41PM - Several callers report that a young, “maybe Ethiopian” man has a couple of issues at Halsted and Roscoe: (1) He keeps saying that he’s gonna go get his gun and shoot all the gay people around here and (2) he is soliciting ladies for sex. (Those may not be ladies, sir.) One arrest.

5:33PM - Strong arm robbery on Elaine Place in Boystown. One arrest. The other suspect, described as wearing a beige shirt, escapes.

8:13PM - Man calls 911 to report that a guy wearing a beige jacket just ran away after punching him in the face at the Addison L station.
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  1. Who says the knockout game is dead? Looks like at least a couple different "random people" getting punched "at random" just this weekend alone...

  2. I'm starting to have a hard time sleeping with this arsonist on the loose to be honest.

  3. Will Tunney request more cops, as Cappleman apparently has ...?

    "Late this morning, an individual was shot from a gang-related shooting on the 4500 block of N. Magnolia. He later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. I've requested an increased police presence in the area while I work with the detectives and the commander. They are reviewing camera footage from police cameras and other surveillance cameras in the area. As always, if you see something suspicious, do not hesitate and call 911 immediately.

    And enough with the "more help for the youth mantra" .. at this point with the entitlement creeps, the sanctuaries, charity, flophouses, benevolence given are just being abused in this culture. Justice/punishment/accountability and the serious threat of it over their half empty heads wouldn't hurt.

    This gang activity happens after the last temporary fix, because no serious changes in policy and NO serious police staffing increases are happening and the thugs know it. There are no district boundaries for these creeps. Would be nice to at least see the affected district aldermanic fools work (3 nearbys I can think of) with each other, take a strong stand and unite for the good of our safety.

    Police beef up patrols in Uptown after 2 shootings near Clarendon Park

    1. How sad. An admitted gang member and drug dealer killed by the other gang. As cool as they think it it The thug life does have it's drawbacks I guess.

    2. Cappleman will not ask for more cops...Rahm controls him totally.

  4. And more from Cappleman .. oh the time spent on answering 'alleged' questions

    1. For the record, that "Q&A" is from 2011.

  5. Vote for Fioretti and this ends. He will get us more cops not bike lanes.

    1. Agreed. I was ecstatic when I heard he was officially running. He may not be perfect but definitely better than Rahm. He's a very viable candidate as well. I can definitely see him appointing a Chicago cop as the commissioner. That's what we need.

    2. Even though he is really creepy, I will vote for him just because he promises more cops.

    3. The LAST thing we need is a Chicago cop being appointed as police Superintendent. That should be established by ordinance if our City Council had their act together.
      As in major military commands, universities, or major corporations an outsider is invariably brought in to head the organization. That is equally applicable in major police departments, as well.
      The Chicago P.D. is not particularly effective, is remarkably hidebound, insular and confounded by an intense sense of institutional inertia. The rank and file is surrounded by an old-boys network of nepotism, friends, and clout and above all dedicated to maintaining the status quo.
      We don't need more of the same.
      That's why an outsider is always preferred as he doesn't bring the untoward baggage of friendships, animosities, and payback to the job.
      An outsider is much more likely to bring in new blood, new ideas, and be open to new programming, promotions, policies and practices. An outsider will hopefully bring about greater accountability and transparencies.
      And for that matter, while a new police superintendent should always come from outside the department, he/she doesn't necessarily need to be a sworn officer. They need to be able to manage and administer. That's why Orlando W. Wilson will always be remembered as one of the better police superintendent's in Chicago Police Department history.

    4. You are a complete idiot. The current supt. Is an outsider and has no clue about how Chicago gangs and crime operate, and the previous supt. Was an FBI guy, not a police officer. He had no clue as to what a police department actually does or how it operates. Got news for you, doesn't matter who the supt. is or where he comes from. Clout rules the roost from local and state politicians taking care of their people. Do you honestly think that Voulgaris has McCarthy 's vote of confidence? Voulgaris is one of a handful of dept. brass that McCarthy can't move because of political connections. Voulgaris couldn't effectively lead a Boy Scout troop, yet he's been in this spot for two years, and in those two years, crime has skyrocketed in his district. Granted, the amount of personnel has been diminished (and not replaced, by design), but McCarthy can't move him. He's been told, by the 5th Floor. What this dept. needs is someone who was here before Weis, that didn't buy into McCarthy and his comstat crap. This dept. and city is going backwards, and this mayor is the person that is most to blame. The rubber-stamp city council, sans, a few dissenters, needs to go too.

    5. While you make some good points, Anonymous, your message is diminished by your name-calling. "Complete idiot" and "bonehead"? Makes you look like those two things.

      Our end goal is the same, people....safer neighborhoods. Can we stop insulting each other? It's a huge turn-off to me, anyway.

  6. Our neighborhood isn't the only one going to the thugs. I've been noticing a lot more of those younger hippie characters with the dogs and cats staying along State Street and the Gold Coast. Pretty obvious to sane people that aren't politicians that the city has been lost to the thugs.

    1. they're at least smart enough to have abandoned their former haunts in lakeview. maybe i'll take my cats and seek refuge with them.

  7. Prediction for upcoming elections....Quinn wins, Durbin wins, Rahmy wins, and little prince Tunney wins if he runs. And it will continue to be same shit different day, only a little worse each day. We first need to have the brains to get rid of these clowns by voting in someone else, and then over time someone must have the courage to address the fact the society has broken down with liberal rule. It's no longer "cool" to be a normal family with loving parents or to obey others or to not commit crimes.

    1. It will happen if people like you are too busy or too lazy to vote...and a vote for Rauner is a vote for Rahm... They are the same and they are buddies planning this whole thing.

  8. It's time to take our city back. Get out and vote the current mayor out and tell him to take the aldermen with him. Send a strong message that we are sick of how things are running in Chicago. Same old back door deals going on while the city is going to hell.

  9. ..."a young, “maybe Ethiopian” man has a couple of issues at Halsted and Roscoe: (1) He keeps saying that he’s gonna go get his gun and shoot all the gay people around here and...drumroll, please...

    (2) he is soliciting ladies for sex. (Those may not be ladies, sir.)"

    CWB wit is part of what helps me keep some sanity. Thank you!

    1. 12:41 pm no less. And just when you thought it was safe to go to Showtunes Sunday again (hands on hips).

  10. It disappoints me to still see the majority of the people walking around the neighborhood with their heads buried inside their iPhones and iPads and not paying an once of attention to their surroundings. While it's definitely not their fault for getting robbed, they are sure making it easy.

    1. they have no clue as to what is going on in the neighborhood! there are still a ton of people who don't know.

      is the alderman sending out notices to his constituents warning about area crime and danger? no.
      is the mayor telling us where the hot spots for robbery and jumpings are occurring? no.
      is the police commander or superintendent making public pronouncements to the media? no.
      is the media investigating and reporting on huge increases in crime levels? no.

      so the average person going about their lives (especially young people with other things on their minds being invincible and all) are completely left unawares. and completely vulnerable.

      sadly, it is up to us to inform them. we have no help from our elected and appointed "leaders".

    2. Yep...I am always amazed at all the folks wondering around with their face in their phone. Some cannot even manage to walk a straight line down the sidewalk, and nearly run into you or walk against the light because they are so engrossed in their device.

      I'm not saying that they deserve to be a victim of a crime. Not at all. But it amazes me that they are so unaware of their surroundings. Didn't their mother ever tell them to be careful in the big city?? Crazy. And I especially am concerned when I see young women all plugged in and unaware AT NIGHT! They are sitting ducks.

      I agree with the other poster that the media, Aldercreeps, mayor, etc, are NOT informing the public about the dangers in our area. But, I cannot believe that so many people wonder around the city, basically, with their heads up their butts.

  11. Check our Robin Cook for 44th ward alderman. He seems to be a very honest intelligent person. We need a strong challenger for our current do nothing alderman.

    1. Mark Thomas is the first announced candidate for 44th ward alderman.
      He has a track record and an investment in the 44th ward, Lakeview and Boystown.
      Robin Cook is still wet behind the ears.

  12. Please take your views on social issues elsewhere. Not sure that your garbage about "normal families" has anything at all to do with this blog. Perhaps you got lost looking for the Fox News blog and eneded up here.