Friday, October 03, 2014

POUR ONE OUT FOR KEITH: Man Arrested Twice, Victimized Once On Halsted This Week

Have you had a bad week? Betcha it doesn't compare to Keith L. Williams'.

On Monday, 21-year-old Williams was one of two men  arrested for allegedly stealing $1 from the tip jar at Forever Yogurt near Halsted and Cornelia. He was released on an I-bond.

On Tuesday, a battery victim told police that Williams was one of two men who beat him up at the Center on Halsted around 5:50 in the evening. Police were unable to find the alleged perpetrators that evening.

Yesterday, Williams ran into the Circle K convenience store at Halsted/Addison and used their phone to call 911 and  report that "6 or 7" men, a couple dressed as women, had just beaten him up and taken his phone. Cops caught up with and arrested three suspects at Cornelia and Reta.

Officers then took Williams to the station to sign a complaint, only to discover that Williams was wanted for Tuesday's Center on Halsted incident. Williams was arrested and released on an I-bond shortly thereafter.

Williams' is no stranger to the 19th district police station.

He pleaded guilty to unlawfully carrying knife in the 800 block of Aldine in 2012, receiving 3 months probation.

In September of that year, he pleaded guilty to shoplifting in the 3500 block of Broadway, receiving 1 year probation.

In February of last year, none other than the Center on Halsted itself had Williams arrested for trespassing. Those charges were dropped when the Center failed to show up in court. (Thanks, guys!)

Williams has a variety of home addresses listed in police records, including 3179 N. Broadway, the former home of the Broadway Youth Center.

As of this afternoon, no charges had been filed in yesterday's alleged beating of Williams. CWB knows the names of the three alleged offenders. At least one of them has been previously "featured" in our reports.
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14 comments:

  1. So COH is admitting that "restorative justice" didn't work here?

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  2. Any photo available, so we can keep an eye open for him?

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    1. I came here to post the same thing. Is there a good place to look up their mugshots? Knowing is half the battle. GI Joe taught me that.

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    2. We get our mugshots from the Cook County Sheriff. Most people charged with "lesser" crimes get released on I-bonds before they get to the Sheriff's Office stage of processing (which, BTW, explains why we don't have many mugshots of the drunks who are arrested for battery and like charges along area bar strips). We will work on getting one for this case from another source.

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  3. It appears the criminals are cannibalizing each other. Things are so bad, there's not even honor among thieves.

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    1. It's past the point of being polite...they're parasites. They're an infection in the neighborhood, and they're feeding off of the social service agencies, victimizing the residents...and each other.

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  4. Circle K is a hotspot "after hours." Anything open 24/7 is a beacon to the element that has migrated here.

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  5. I'm curious what qualifies as unlawfully carying a knife. I carry one most places I go and don't really think twice about it. Is it blade size? Concealment?

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    1. By city ordinance, if you are over 18 yoa your knife blade cannot exceed 2.5 inches.

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    2. State law bans brass knuckles, throwing stars, switchblades (and other automatic knives), and ballistic knives in the state of Illinois. The case of People v. Gazelle found that the knife ban in section (a)(1) only applies to switchblade knives or ballistic knives. Other knives that are not switchblades and ballistic knives are not banned. This means that balisong knives, also called butterfly knives, are legal.

      Within the city of Chicago, and perhaps other cities, the blade length limit is 2.5" rather than 3".
      So my red-handled Swiss Army knife is legal in Illinois but illegal in Chicago because the blade is 1/4" too long under Chicago's law.

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    3. Would be nice if the City Council would bring city ordinance restrictions up to statewide standards and set the blade length at 3 inches.

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  6. And that gas station is yet another tolerant establishment in the area that puts up with their bullshit too - which is why they hang out there so much (causing legit customers to find someplace else).

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    1. I avoid that gas station. I also avoid the 7-11 at Roscoe. And of course the Belmont L Station.

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  7. I guess our judges enjoy fishing. Catch and release.

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