Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Robbery After Service Agency Function Highlights Criminals Among Those In Need

Russell J. Powell outside the Broadway Youth Center in 2012.
Powell is currently serving 11 years for attempted murder.
Inset top: Powell at the Center on Halsted Cyber Center.
Inset bottom: Powell's Illinois Dept of Corrections mugshot.
Yesterday evening's robbery of a man by three fellow Night Ministry outreach clients conjured up some old thoughts. We remember so many times when genuine, good people expressed legitimate concerns about how some service agencies operate in our neighborhood, only to be smacked down as racist, ageist, or some other "ist."

That's the textbook response of poor agency operators who would rather divert attention from their management by labeling those who dare ask questions.

To be sure, the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) has become a much-improved operation over the past year. But as we go about our work at CWB, we repeatedly run across arrestees and inmates whose address of record is 3179 N. Broadway—the BYC's former location where concerned citizens, derided as racists, were once told no criminal element existed.

Meet some recently-discovered former residents of 3179 N. Broadway:

• Russell Powell is seen above chillin' outside the BYC entrance in 2012. By the end of that year, Powell was charged with attempted murder/intent to kill, two counts of armed robbery, three counts of home invasion, four counts of burglary, and three counts of aggravated battery in connection with a single incident. He pleaded guilty to attempted murder last December and is serving 11 years.

Hill (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office)
• Hussun Hill, also known as Hussun Fox, Axel Zero Crusade, and Axel S. Crusade, is charged with one count of criminal trespass after allegedly entering the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School at 1:20AM on October 16.

The school's burglar alarm was tripped and a remote observer saw a man with handcuffs on his belt inside the school. Responding officers stopped Hill shortly thereafter, biking in the 3800 block of Broadway, allegedly with handcuffs and an "extended baton" on his right hip. They took him to the school where security identified him remotely via surveillance cameras.

Hill, 22, has had more than 10 criminal cases brought against him in recent years—many in Boystown—with most being thrown out by Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman.

The address on a recent bail slip for Hill, a/k/a Crusade.
A few cases were dropped when complainants such as the Center on Halsted and Sports Authority failed to show up in court.

His convictions and sentences: Six months probation for battery in the 3300 block of Clark Street in 2009; six months probation for assault at the Center on Halsted in 2010; two days (time served) for reckless conduct outside of Boystown's Scarlet bar in 2011; two days (time served) for trespassing in the 19th district police station garage last year; and eight days (time served) for criminal damage to property at an unknown location.

• We previously told you about Steven J. Haymon. Paroled after doing time for robbery, aggravated battery, and hate crime in connection with a 2010 incident on the Boystown strip, Haymon pleaded guilty to criminal trespass to a vehicle this summer after being found behind the wheel of a car he did not own at Roscoe and Halsted. He was sentenced to 60 days. Now, Haymon is in trouble again, charged with battery after allegedly pushing a doorman who refused to let him enter Roscoe's Tavern on October 5.
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28 comments:

  1. Wrong zip code on the bail slip.

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  2. Lest we forget the bus shelter they destroyed outside 3179. My poor ass needed that while catching the bus in inclement weather. Had no respect for that "agency" after that and then I was invited to a function that was supposedly donating proceeds to NM. I laughed in his face.

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  3. To this day, the Broadway Youth Center helps criminals obtain official Illinois State ID’s with fake addresses. The fake addresses help violent criminals obtain bail, evade arrest warrants, evade the courts, evade law enforcement, and evade responsibility. Thanks BYC!

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  4. Let’s also remember that it was the leadership of the BYC at 3179 N. Broadway that repeatedly obstructed Chicago Police from identifying and capturing individuals wanted for violent beatings inside and near the BYC.

    See: http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/search?q=Youth+Center+Shields+%22Violent+Offender%22

    In one such case, the BYC leadership refused to help identify the BYC “youth” who, after participating in a transgender workshop upstairs, pummeled the Chipotle manager in the face three times, causing severe injuries, knocking the manager out cold, resulting in hospitalization.

    In another instance, the BYC leadership harbored a violent criminal offender being pursued by the police. They told the police to get a warrant.

    The BYC recently admitted that on August 21, 2014, after an incident involving 5-7 BYC youth, a BYC staff member again refused the police entry, telling the police to get a warrant!

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    1. I never forgot that Chipolte beat down either. How soon some forget.

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  5. I'm surprised the article states, "To be sure, the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) has become a much-improved operation over the past year"
    Really? Seems I've read a few reports here that involved BYC and cops over the past year. What's the measure for the comment?

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    1. If a straight F student moves up to D's and C's, that's much improved in our book.

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    2. Yes BYC is improved. A big step is a much more responsibly responsive staff both at HBHC as well as at BYC.

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  6. Service agencies such as this often make it there business to get misfits like this to vote for people like Cappleman, Shiller and Tunney. That's why those polls are so unresponsive to the regular good citizens. The "fix" is in. They know with the misfit vote, the banger vote, the illegal vote & the dead vote, your vote doesn't matter.

    Sorry if that's not PC but that's what's going on.

    Shut up and just pay your taxes.

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    1. Sorry but this is just plain silly and uninformed.
      Anyone is is knowledgeable with the work of retired Ald. Helen Shiller is not about to ever vote for Cappleman, an anathema to responsible government.
      And Cappleman's supporters despise anything resembling except making Uptown into Lincoln Park North.
      Cappleman, Tunney, and Shiller shouldn't ever be banded together like this because it's just plain uninformed.

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    2. Exactly. Helen Shiller was the architect of this type of practice, and any sort of resistance was met with immediate accusations of racism and/classism. Everything was supposed to be unicorns and rainbows once Cappleman got elected, but of course we've all see how that turned out.

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    3. Yeah, he changed his tune with a quickness once he got bopped upside the head by that pigeon lady.

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    4. Cappleman, Tunney, and Shiller are all exactly the same...ineffective bleeding heart liberal self-serving douchebags.

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  7. Judge Luckman is way too old to still be on the bench. That plus his liberal leanings, make him a defense lawyer's dream judge.

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    1. Much worse to have a rigid, authoritarian-conservative judge.
      I'll take a thinking "liberal" who possesses the capacity to discern the law and see the world in more than black and white.

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    2. Keep the judge then but I think a good dose of black/white by the police is what the area needs if they were allowed to do their job.

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  8. Are you sure Powell is in jail?
    I had a Whole Foods lunch in the lobby of Center on Hlasted last Thursday and one of the guys at the table next to mine looked just like Powell. Maybe he has a twin.

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  9. Powell had the looks to make some money on Halsted.

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    1. According to posts on his Facebook page (its being maintained by a friend, apparently, for the time being), Powell was escorting and after turning a trick with an older client who refused to pay, there was a physical altercation during which Powell nearly killed the man. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison (he'll have to serve at least 85% before parole) at Pontiac, IL and wont be out until at least 2023 at the earliest.

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    2. Was that the dude who used to walk around the COH neighborhood dressed like a 80s rock star?

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    3. Notice on his Facebook page that all his BYC "friends" and relatives express concern about him in prison for attempted murder, with not one mention of the victim he tried to kill.

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  10. As far as the BYC is concerned,it's "community agreement" rammed through SELVN by Tunney is up for renewal in spring 2015 and I want it out of my neighborhood. Going from a report card grade of "F" to a "C or D" does not make the area any safer. This ward is getting "Uptowned" more and more. With what seems like approval of a medical marijuana outlet at Halsted and Diversey,this will be yet another outlet for thugs to hang in the hood and treat it like the ATM machine in which it has become.

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  11. This is all redundant as fuck. How about you people actually just mind your damn business and go to work or some shit or like find a hobby. But no, all you old fucks decide to just blame the youth whenever some shit happens in this damn area. how about you all look at all these crooked ass cops patrolling this fucked up place. How about you all actually stop getting so smart mouthed with certain people and just be straight forward. To be honest I really don't blame these kids for no more then what they do. If they did something wrong well there you go but not all of them are fucking criminals. Trust me, I'm a 47 year old white women who has received plenty of help on day to day basis from some of these youth. stop trying to lock them all up and actually try to either help them with referrals to schooling and job fairs or just simply shut the fuck up. That simple.

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    1. It's apparent that your strong feelings on the issue are filtering what you read. We understand that.

      Reading of any of our stories on service agencies should leave the unfiltered reader with the straight-forward thought that our concern is with agency operators who lie to the public and hinder police in their efforts to apprehend criminals.

      For whatever reason, whether by choice or by overriding mindset, you are unable to understand that there is a very big difference between being an "ist" or "against the kids" and being critical of the management practices of the operators.

      Indeed, the very headline of this story draws a crisp line between those who genuinely need help and criminals.

      Your beliefs seem deeply-set and we will not try to convince you that there is a place in the middle between calling for agencies to be shut down and allowing them to operate as a hindrance to law enforcement.

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    2. BYC had a nice scam going for many years. Deny any criminal element, obstruct police, and cash those government checks. Now that the truth is coming out about what was really happening, the bleeding hearts scream "shut the fuck up." Please don't CWB. Shine the light bright and let the truth be told.

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    3. I would like to know what kind of "help on a day to day basis" a 47 year old white woman with trash mouth is receiving from some of these youth.

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    4. That's the only question going through my mind as I read the rest of the comments.

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