Friday, October 10, 2014

DEVELOPING: Woman Beaten During Attempted Sexual Assault In Sheffield Garage This Morning; 2 Detained

UPDATE 2:53PM: The victim reportedly rents a parking space in the garage.

UPDATE October 11, 2PM: Charges have been filed.
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Chicago Police are investigating a violent attack on a woman in the 3300 block of Sheffield this morning. Officers responded quickly, apparently interrupting the incident in progress, and detained two individuals. The victim, who had been "beaten pretty bad" according to an officer, is hospitalized at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Please note that the police investigation remains in flux. Our early information:

A neighbor called 911 at 5:15AM after they heard screams coming from a nearby open garage. A car was inside the garage with its blinkers on and, moments later, the garage door lowered.

The first officers arrived a couple of minutes later and confirmed that people were in the garage. Police reported having "two on the ground" at 5:22AM at the scene, which lies in the alley between Sheffield and Kenmore.

The classification of this incident has changed a couple of times today. Our most recent information is that it is categorized as an attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault.

CPD case number HX461994.

A resident posted the following on Everyblock today. CWB cannot confirm all of the poster's details:
This morning there were police officers outside my home investigating the attack of a woman which happened at approximately 5:00am in the west alley of the 3300 block of Sheffield (between Roscoe and School). The woman was walking to her car and was attacked in or directly outside her garage. Fortunately someone heard her screams and called 911 and the attacker was caught. The police officer said she is in critical condition at a hospital. I don't know whether the attacker knew the victim or it was a random act of violence.

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44 comments:

  1. Reading this made me cry. I am so sorry for that woman, and I pray she'll be ok.

    THESE FILTHY ANIMALS TAKING OVER THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE OUT OF CONTROL. WHAT THE F*** IS IT GOING TO TAKE UNTIL F***ING TUNNEY, RAHM, THIS CITY, ANYONE, DOES SOMETHING?? HIRE MORE POLICE, ADDRESS THE GODDAMN PROBLEM. I don't feel comfortable at any time walking in Lakeview. I've lived in Chicago for 28 years and I've never felt so unsafe in my life.

    I am really starting to hate this city.

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    1. Well according to many in the area (which is why I had to move), "You just have to be aware of your surroundings because it's a big city ya know?".

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    2. I ditto everything you said. God bless that poor gal ... how excruciating, terrifying. NO ONE in a position of authority is listening or doing what's required. They sure can hustle for a photo op for the new LGBT senior housing deal == Emanuel, Durbin, Schakowsky, Tunney, Smith == but for the increasing neglected crime that's become a daily scourge to their citizens, NOTHING. It's shameful.

      http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/images/publications/wct/2014-10-10/IMGP1934SaraFeingenholtz.jpg

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    3. Nothing will happen until they are affected.

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  2. I live down that alley and did not hear anything even though I was awake at that time. If I had it would have been bad news for those fellows. This is exactly why I watch my girlfriend walk to her car every morning.

    f*cking dumpster people!

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  3. First of all, my thoughts are with this woman. I feel terrible for her.

    This is my alley. Awesome. Time to be even more scared walking to the alley to take the trash out. I've had enough of this. I feel like I have to watch my back constantly and I'm sure many others do. I have my mace container open to deploy at all times, finger on the trigger when I go out in the dark.

    By the way, is there going to be any way to get the address of this occurrence? I'm just curious to know if it was the garage connected to my building.

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    1. Hi FedUp,

      We can't publish the exact location at this time because we are not sure if it's the victim's address, which would be against our practices (as you could imagine). We'll update if circumstances allow.

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    2. The garage is not "attached" to any building so if you truly mean attached then it isn't yours. It does not appear that the woman lives in the building, but I do believe she parks her car at the address.

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    3. Thanks for letting me know. I wasn't sure about the procedure or way to obtain it.

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  4. This is bullshit. These scumbags need to be exterminated. We all should get off of our collective asses, find a candidate that is worth a damn, and run that person against this incompetent twit Tunney.

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    1. Please tell us how a candidate/alderman would prevent two sexually-motivated offenders from jumping a woman in an alley and assaulting/battering her?

      This is most likely a crime of opportunity. Remember the Crime Triangle (ability, desire, and opportunity)? The criminal opportunity is the most likely to be reduced through situational awareness.
      In this case, the alert neighbor called police who responded quickly arresting two offenders in the commission of the crime.

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    2. Of course, no single crime could necessarily be prevented. However, our current alderman spent several years denying that our neighborhood had a violent street crime problem until, you know, a certain web site started publishing the facts.

      Had he taken action earlier and/or not gone along with poor mayoral decisions as a rubber stamp, a wide swath of problems could have been prevented.

      The neighbor in this cased did an exceptional thing. The other driver who rents a space in the two-car garage with this victim did not go to his car until 9AM. It is entirely possible that this woman would have lied there for nearly four hours before being discovered had the neighbor not dialed 911 immediately.

      Thankfully, there were enough officers on duty to handle this call at 5AM on a Friday. Had it happened at 5AM on many Sundays, the results could also have been much different.

      Well done, officers. Thank you.

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  5. I live very close, and am so sorry for the victim. I call on dumpster people and loiters and no police ever come. People should not be allowed to walk or drive random alleys picking through garbage cans, it creates and nuisance and an appetite for more stuff. People in Lakeview for the most part donate their stuff to agencies, what is left in the cans/bins is just that, garbage.I worry from the comments that someone followed her behind that alley too. Tell the police to stop hiding on the streets talking on their cells, and start walking around every nook and cranny of this neighborhood. We deserve adequate police protection too!

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    1. We do deserve better ... continued due to browser crash ... community gets out and properly protests (signs, chants, marching) nothing will change. The news media will not cover it, the papers will continue to ignore it, and most of the community will pass election day without casting a vote and continue living in ignorant bliss. Well, except the readers of CWB, like myself, who read CWB, get angry, stressed, and comment as the criminals take over.

      So until some reader gets up the nerve (too bad I am not that kind of person) to take action and organize something in the physical world, in addition to the virtual, nothing will change.

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    2. I'm considering starting to print off my own "neighborhood alert" flyers to distribute throughout the neighborhood since the city apparently doesn't issue crime alerts around here (at least it appears so). I'd love to collaborate with some other readers as far as content and distribution. I get restaurant menus banded to my front door and porch every day so why not add neighborhood alerts to residents' doors, fences, exposed porch steps, etc.?

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    3. That is a great idea! If you do, can you post the file somewhere (maybe the CWB site could host the file???) so I can download it and print it too.

      I can have my kids hit every house on the block. Then maybe people will take a few minutes away from tv, facebook, insta-whatever, etc. and maybe, just maybe, they start getting angry and demand some changes.

      I look out my window every day and see people cluelessly walking home at night with headphones on. They obviously do not know what is really going on.

      I can't believe that if more people new about the decline in police presence and the increase in crime, that more would not become readers of CWB and then get fed up and become more vocal and that it would snow ball.

      P.S. Do not put anything in a mailbox. That's illegal.

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    4. Email it to us: contactingcwb@gmail.com

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    5. I'll figure out a draft in the next few days then I will send it along.

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    6. Thanks a lot, FedUp. If we can print some copies at least some of us can put it up in our condos for the neighbors to see. I live in a tall highrise so just one copy would be seen by many.

      We all need to let as many people know about the crime and about this blog as possible.

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  6. I heard a Galena man say he went to Europe for 6 months and didn't even lock his front door. 150 mlles away. Always voted one of the best small towns in the midwest.

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  7. I am going to bet you 1 million dollars these perps are not condo owners in Lakeview. They are predators who know that we are not carrying weapons and are vulnerable to attack. This would not happen in Texas.

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    1. Man, we'd love to know where all of these "$1 million condos" are that so many people think line Lakeview streets.

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    2. Second it would not happen in Texas....none of this would....because they are ARMED. I cannot wait to move back where people are ready to defend themselves...this hood is so passive in its response all theses years...its sad, waiting for someone to come and save them with a vote. Um...yeah.six years next to the COH taught me that things are only going to get worse...

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    3. Having a weapon is irrelevant if the perp is able to strong arm you first and render you unconscious. Furthermore, if you are attacked preemptively chances are that same gun can be used against you.

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    4. I moved from Arizona and I feel the same way as Texas anonymous. Plus, for the first time I feel that even if I did "successfully" protect myself, either a) sufficient justice would not be done or b) I would be afraid that somehow the tables would turn on me.
      It sucks being female and having to constantly be on my guard when out on the streets, put's stress on my body. I'm thankful for this blog and the time put into it to make us aware of what's really going on.

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  8. Everyone needs to protect themselves, if you don't want to carry a gun and don't want to go through the enormous red tape of the concealed carry classes, buy some strong pepper spray like Sabre which even makes one for a keychain.

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    1. This woman had pepper spray, but was apparently unable to deploy it because the attack was unexpected.

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  9. Is there any update on her condition?

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    1. Serious, but stable. Facial injuries, possible bleeding on her brain.

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  10. http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20141010/midtown/man-chokes-victim-midtown-bar-tries-rape-her-police-say

    Up next in one of Chicago's gay bars if they don't get their act together (and back to their roots).

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  11. Not one word on the fast police response. Usually they're undermanned and late but give credit when due.

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    1. Did you skip this part? "The first officers arrived a couple of minutes later and confirmed that people were in the garage. Two were taken into custody at 5:22AM at the scene..."

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    2. It seems like SOME of the police officers who read this blog look to be patted on the back by us while often insulting us. I definitely give credit where it is due, but I have a real hard time being categorized as a liberal, cop hater when I couldn't be further from that. The negativity towards me makes me feel negative things I didn't feel before.

      Please don't stereotype us and put us ALL in one big pot. We are not all the same just because we live in the same neighborhood.

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  12. I do deplore any act of violence or any criminal activity taking place in our city. That being said, I find it very funny that people want more police, people want more action however they complain about parking tickets, speeding cameras, sales taxes, and they don't attend the Police Beat Meetings. Where do they think the money is going to come from? Big cities are expensive to run and whining alone will not pay for more police salaries. Something has to give. Also, I am sure Chicago is not holding anyone that wants to leave hostage.

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    1. Where can the money come from? From the $190 million that the city has spent on police overtime over the past two years rather than using the money to return the police force to its proper strength.

      That was easy, right?

      You're welcome.

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    2. The City spent over $350,000 trying to start a fire in the river last week to "celebrate" the Great Chicago Fire. Evidently all the talented arsonists were in Lakeview because the City's vendor couldn't even start a fucking fire. Give me $350,000 and I guarantee I will be able to start a fire for you.

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  13. This was a fast police response. Unfortunately, when seconds count, police are minutes away. One means to prevent from getting hurt by the savages is to carry a firearm concealed. I’m taking the classes and getting shooting practice to get licensed. It is a hassle, thanks to Tunney and Rahm, but it could save my life. Tom Tunney and Rahm Emanuel have supported every gun control ordinance in front of the city council, making it very difficult to carry a gun in Chicago. These politicians coddle the savages and put taxpayers through the ringer.

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  14. If the person who finds things "funny" doesn't think there is money is this city, he is naive. many of us who have worked in/with the city are beyond being surprised by the pools of money that are available, when certain people want them to be. Also, there is an election coming up, and we won't be whining. we'll be voting.

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  15. Got flier on my door today for Mark Thomas saying he is running for alderman. I thought he had dropped out but am hoping he is back and/or Tunney is getting a real competitor. Otherwise, this shit will just keep getting worse.

    Anybody but Tunney at this point. HE CLEARLY DOESN'T CARE.

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    1. Hey Anonymous, check out Robin Cook. He is running against Tunney and I believe he's an excellent candidate for Alderman. He cares, he's intelligent, he's willing to stand up for the residents, and he acknowledges there's a growing crime problem and has plans to address it. Check out his website: robincook44th.com. He will have my vote in February because you're absolutely right, we need a change and Tunney needs to GO.

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  16. The City is sitting on a mountain of T.I.F. funds, hundreds of millions of dollars. A person with accurate information posted this number on CWB a while back. This fund is our TAX DOLLARS. We already have the funds to hire more police.

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  17. More officers are desperately needed, the first officer on the scene and place the offender in custody was working solo!

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    1. excellent job!! especially if working solo. dangerous work our cops do. we really do appreciate it. thank you! :)

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  18. I teach self defense on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. We cover scenarios, as well as teaching basics, such as kicking, striking, throws, and practical weapons (both offensive and defensive). This Tuesday, the 14th, class will be at Holstein Field. Starting October 21st, we will be at 3008 Elston Ave.

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