Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ARRESTING: Ex-Con, Living In Youth Shelter, Batters Center On Halsted Worker (And Other Recent Allegations)

(Cook Co Sheriff's Office)
A Near West Side man is charged in connection with an alleged robbery that reportedly took place after last Tuesday's Night Ministry outreach in Boystown.

Christopher Adams, identified by cops as a "known Conservative Vice Lord" is charged with robbery, battery, and theft. Bail is set at $10,000.

Adams, 23,  has been arrested in our neighborhood a number of times. His convictions include reckless conduct, theft, possession of a replica firearm, battery, and—this is a new one for us—unlawful use of a blackjack.

Purse Snatcher?

Warner (Mugshots.com)
Convicted armed robber Deangelo Warner, 23, is charged with theft in connection with an alleged purse snatching at the Clark/Belmont Starbucks on October 17.

Warner was arrested soon after police joined two citizens in a foot chase of Warner near the Belmont Red Line station.

In 2008, Warner, of the far South Side West Pullman neighborhood, was given a 5-year sentence for armed robbery with a handgun. In court records, police say he is a documented Ragtown Gangster Disciple. Warner denies that.

This mugshot is a little old. His hair currently looks more like this.

Deny, Deny, Deny

Bailey's bail slip, with The Crib as his home address.
It doesn't get much textbook-ier than this.

A convicted robbery offender who calls The Crib youth shelter home, has been charged with battering a Center on Halsted worker last Monday. (Case HX475477)

Donzell Bailey, 24, is accused of shoving a 28-year-old case worker who tried to quell a verbal altercation. COH security detained Bailey, who is now free on $1,500 bond.

Bailey pleaded guilty to a 2010 strong arm robbery and was given two years probation. When that didn't go well, the court gave him a 3-year prison sentence.

Now, as to the wisdom of having a 24-year-old robbery convict living in a shelter for at-risk kids...

Quick Hits

• Randy White, who identifies as Paris Taylor, has been charged with shoplifting after employees said she stuffed 4 packages of fake eyelashes and 3 containers of foundation in her purse at the Clark/Barry CVS store on October 16. We don't usually report on shoplifting cases, but White is becoming a bit of a fixture here, having appeared in CWB stories earlier this month as well as in August.

• Officers introduced themselves to 18-year-old Patrick Southall during a street stop near Graceland Cemetery at 3:30 Friday morning. Southall, who lives in the South Side Grand Crossing neighborhood was arrested on a warrant for failing to comply with a court-ordered electronic monitoring program.
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  1. The unlawful use of a blackjack? That's a new one to me as well. Can any CPD officers chime in on how often that comes up? (Just curious)

    1. (a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
      (1) Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or

      carries any bludgeon, black-jack, slung-shot, sand-club, sand-bag, metal knuckles or other knuckle weapon regardless of its composition, throwing star, or any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or a ballistic knife, which is a device that propels a knifelike blade as a projectile by means of a coil spring, elastic material or compressed gas; or
      (2) Carries or possesses with intent to use the same

      unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass, stun gun or taser or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character; or
      (3) Carries on or about his person or in any vehicle,

      a tear gas gun projector or bomb or any object containing noxious liquid gas or substance, other than an object containing a non-lethal noxious liquid gas or substance designed solely for personal defense carried by a person 18 years of age or older; or
      (4) Carries or possesses in any vehicle or concealed

      on or about his person except when on his land or in his own abode, legal dwelling, or fixed place of business, or on the land or in the legal dwelling of another person as an invitee with that person's permission, any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm, except that this subsection (a) (4) does not apply to or affect transportation of weapons that meet one of the following conditions:

  2. Out of curiosity, does anyone know if COH, BYC, or The Crib make any effort to deny entrance to convicted violent felons? I understand their desire to serve as a refuge to all youth and thus don't ask for ID, but don't they have an obligation to keep their customers safe and protected violent felons?

    1. It's all about the money. If they denied entrance to convicted felons, their headcount would be so low that they would lose funding and paychecks. This is not about helping people...this is about making money pretending to help people.

    2. I doubt they run background checks. BTW, staff cannot stop CPD from entering the facility if a 911 call has been placed. Police don't need a warrant in that case. However, since CPD leadership is known to throw patrol officers under the bus, some may decide it's not worth getting a complaint filed and losing pay.

    3. Exactly. Officers COULD go in, but the two-faced service agencies would go apeshit.

    4. So let them go apeshit. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of the police to go in and protect whoever needs protecting (and arrest whoever needs arresting). Is this not their job and sole purpose?

  3. It's time for Randy White/Paris Taylor to get a time out for a while -- in Cook County Jail.

  4. I heard not sure if it's true but the COH is close to losing funding because the percentage of people attending programs there are not GLBT.

  5. ":but don't they have an obligation to keep their customers safe and protected violent felons?"

    I would think their first obligation is to keep the residents of the neighborhood hosting their organization safe as well. If they can guarantee that, then that organization should be moved out of a residential neighborhood.

  6. Recently, I was eating in a local fast food restaurant. This young person, possibly early 20s, came in pulling 3 different suitcases/bags on wheels. Sat down near me. He started a conversation about trying to find housing. Said he stays sometimes at the Crib, goes to C.O.H. and BYC. Said he is gay. I asked him about security at those places. He had just left the BYC, he said "um no its NOT safe there and a bunch of the worst ones aint even gay!" I asked him "are they anti-gay? do they give you a hard time?" He said they give everybody hard time, get into fights and get kicked out. Then within a few days they're back. He said "they always let them come back, they must get paid some way. . ."

  7. "I heard not sure if it's true but the COH is close to losing funding because the percentage of people attending programs there are not GLBT."

    Where did you hear this? Dom you have a source you can link to? If this is true, I'd love to see that whole place shut down by next Pride in June 2015.

  8. Has anyone thought maybe some of the Judges are sentencing people to programs at the COH? And public defender are using it to get their clients off easier. They may not in fact be GLBT. Seems like Halsted in the last few years has become a dumping ground of under 30 people just getting out of jail, homeless and no where to go.

  9. I am by no means condoning violence or the use of weapons, but I work somewhere frequented by off duty CPD from various districts, and I have openly talked about carrying a larger than legal knife for protection, and even mentioned that I bought brass knuckles sold as a "paper weight" in a lakeview store. Not one cop had EVER said anything other than good for you, ordinary citizens deserve the right to protect themselves. Just sayin ;)