Tuesday, November 04, 2014

COPS: Attempted Shooting Tied To Gang Tensions At Lake View High School

(L to R): Garcia, Andrews, and Cazadero. (Cook Co. Sheriff's Office, Facebook)
UPDATED 5:28PM: Added alderman's email statement.

UPDATE NOV 7 1:36PM: Updated bond information and minor details in this post.

UPDATE NOV 7: A further update is now posted.

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Here's an update on last night's alleged gang incident in nearby Lake View. A member of the Latin Eagles gang told police that a Spanish Gangster Disciple opened fire on him in the 1400 block of Warner. No one was shot and none of the arrestees has been charged or implicated in the actual shooting.

A police source has told CWB that the incident is probably tied to a flare-up of gang rivalries at Lake View High School.

None of the arrestees are LVHS students, but the rivalries run deep and wide—far beyond the school grounds.

Three men, all of whom have had serious brushes with the law, face reckless conduct charges in connection with last night's incidents:

• Arthur Andrews, 23, of Melrose Park, a Latin Eagle according to police, is free on a $10,000 I-Bond.

• Luis J. Garcia, 26, of the 2900 block of Irving Park Road in the North Center neighborhood, is held on $10,000 bond. Police say he is a Spanish Gangster Disciple and, judging by the pitchfork tattoo on his forehead, we'd tend to agree.

• Marcos Cazadero, whose age has been given as 18 and 20, of the 2200 block of N. Central in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood is also a Spanish Gangster Disciple, according to police. He is also free on $10,000 bond.

An unnamed juvenile was also arrested.

As officers searched for suspects after shots were fired in the 1400 block of Warner around 9:40PM, they saw a white van attempt to strike a bicyclist at Greenview and Irving Park Road. According to police, officers say Garcia get out of the van with a 2-by-4 with Cazadero and the juvenile following behind him.

An officer pursued Garcia and took him into custody while Cazdero, the juvenile fled in the van, which was driven by a 21-year-old who has not been charged. The driver is also a Spanish Gangster Disciple, according to police.

Police eventually stopped the van near the Ravenswood Metra Station and took two occupants into custody: Cazadero and an unnamed juvenile who is a Spanish Gangster Disciple.

Cook County Criminal Court records show that all three of the adult arrestees currently face or have faced serious criminal charges.

Cazadero has a pending case in Cook County in which he faces 10 separate weapons violations. Chicago cops allege that Cazadero was in a vehicle that committed numerous traffic violations in a Portage Park "conflict zone…known for a high level of violence and shootings." Cops say they found a loaded .38-caliber handgun in Cazadero's pants leg during a pat-down.

Garcia, charged as an adult in 2003, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery and received 2 years probation.

Andrews was charged as an adult in a 2008 armed robbery. He pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was given two years probation. In 2010, he was sentenced to a 2-year prison term for being a gang member in possession of a firearm. He also had a battery/aggravated assault/unlawful use of a weapon/mob action case brought against him in Franklin Park this year. He pleaded guilty to one count of battery and the other charges were dropped. He's due in court for a "progress report" on January 15.

Statement From Alderman's Office

Alderman Ameya Pawar's office issued the following statement at 4:45 this afternoon:
Good Afternoon,
I want to update you on the events that happened last night near Clark and Southport.  Please share this information with neighbors or other concerned residents and ask that they call 911 if they see any suspicious or criminal activity in the neighborhood.
Our office was first alerted to the shots fired incident around 11pm last night.  I have been working with the community and police department to piece together the series of events here and give an official account of what happened last night since 5:30 this morning.  Below, is a summary of events based on the report we received from Commander Voulgaris in the 19th District.
1.       Numerous calls were made to 911 to report the shooting and officers were dispatched at 9:39pm.
2.       Two beat patrol cars from Beat 1911 and Beat 1923 responded and were the first on the scene at 9:45pm.
3.       1911 stopped individuals at 1426 W Warner and 1923 stopped individuals at Clark and Southport.
4.       1923 began to search the area and arrested an individual running through gangways. This is individual is a known Latin Eagle who claimed he was shot at (not hit) by a Spanish Gangster Disciple.  Ten (10), 9mm casings were found on the ground around 1454 W Warner.
5.       Later, a beat car (1921R) observed a white van travelling southbound on Greenview in the area of shots fired. The driver of the van attempted to strike an unknown bicyclist at Greenview and Irving, at which time a passenger got out with a wooden board.  Officers on Beat 1921R gave chase to this offender and placed him under arrest. Two other subjects fled in the van.
6.       Beat 1912 saw the flash alert message once the van had fled the scene and stopped the van at Lawrence and Wolcott.  Both subjects were placed under arrest.
As a result of community’s calls to 911 and subsequent patrol by the police, the Chicago Police Department was able to arres [sic] three adults and one juvenile.  None of these individuals is from the area and one has a home address in Melrose Park. It is currently believed that, although none arrested are students at Lake View High School, that this incident is tied to tensions around Lake View High School.  There was a much larger gang presence in this area in the past, but some of these tensions continue and seem to have contributed to the incident that occurred last night.  While we have seen a dramatic decrease in the level of gang activity at and around the school over the past two decades, it is important to continue being mindful of this type of activity and to keep eyes on the street and call if you ever see anything of concern.
In the wake of the incident we will be taking the following steps.
1.       Commander Voulgaris has assigned tactical officers to provide extra patrol and support to the regular patrol cars in the area, and will be in the area personally to oversee operations.
2.       Commander Voulgaris has directed his school officers to monitor activity at Lake View High School.  He has also requested a meeting with Principal Grens to discuss the matter further and talk through the possible connection to LVHS and how the school can help the police monitor this activity.
3.       Our office is also going to work with those responsible for care of Warner Garden Park on possible safety improvements there.  We are still in the very early stages of reaching out to them and will know more on this at a later date. 
Please call 911 if you see any suspicious or criminal activity in the neighborhood.  Sometimes people are hesitant to contact 911 because they don’t feel it rises to that level, but it is best to let dispatchers and police make that determination.  If you ever feel that response is inadequate, please let us know and we will troubleshoot with the police.  I have copied Commander Voulgaris on this email [Link added in lieu of email copy - Ed.].  Please feel free to reach out to him or me with any further questions. 
The safety of our community is of paramount importance, and we will continue doing everything we can to ensure that the 47th Ward remains one of the safest places in Chicago. 
Take Care,
Jim Poole
Chief of Staff

Email From School Council 

Before the alderman's statement was released, Arnold Davis, a member of LVHS’ local school council emailed us:
Lake View High School has communicated with the Chicago Police Department to learn as much as possible regarding this incident to ensure student and neighborhood safety. At this time, the Chicago Police Department has indicated that this neighborhood incident does not involve Lake View High School.
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48 comments:

  1. Lakeview is Alderman Pawar's latest project school. He was just bragging about how great it was and how "word of mouth" changes the perception of neighborhood schools. I'm sure all of the Blaine parents will be thrilled to hear their great turn around neighborhood high school has a gang problem. Spin it Alderman........

    Great reporting CWB!

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    1. LVHS is certainly much better than it was 20 years ago, but the fact remains it still has a student body made up predominantly of minorities who come from impovrished homes. Statistically, they're more likely to be involved with crime.

      That said, none of the people in custody are students.

      Still, as you can see in the other post, after school activities this year have included fights, throwing bottles, smoking pot, and drag racing. A small group of students there are making things worse. And I can only assume that some of them were included in some way, because it's not like gangbangers randomly found a tiny private park on their own.

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  2. Hey, I'm actually a Blaine parent... and we already know Lakeview HS has a big gang problem. Not sure why Pewar is suddenly following the Rahm program of "I'll just say it so often that maybe they will believe it." I generally expect better from him.

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    1. Why would you expect better of him? He is a Rahm lackey who sold you out in the 19/23 consolidation just like Tunney.

      King Rahm certainly doesn't give a shit that his neighborhood is under siege; 1) he has a personal police detail 2) it's more important to him personally that police manpower be diverted south & west to keep down national headline grabbing homicides and 3) he is a New Trier carpetbagger.

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    2. Blaine parent - I'm a Nettelhorst parent who has spent the last five months inside LVHS, interviewing administration, faculty and students to understand the climate and safety situation in the building. In speaking with dozens of people who either attend, graduated from (last year) or currently attend LVHS, I have heard nothing of security concerns or gang issues, and I was (and am) looking for them. I don't know how you "already know" of a "big" gang problem - perhaps you have been doing what I've been doing, but talked to entirely different people? - but this site is hardly judge and jury. I'd invite you to visit the school and speak candidly with the students and staff. I am a regular reader of this blog, and I appreciate their efforts, but I tell you objectively that this simply does not line up with anything I've heard. CWB, I do hope you can publish this reply. "Seem to have contributed to this crime" does not sound very certain to me, and I do hope that we'll be hearing exactly how -- and if -- this is tied in any way to LVHS in the near future.

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    3. Anonymous, we would direct you to the alderman's statement.

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    4. ...and, by the way, thank you for visiting, commenting, and most of all for caring about our neighborhood. That's really what CWB is all about.

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    5. i would tend to think you are either lying, or very gullible. take a walk around the alleys running north and south between southport and Paulina. from south of irving to montrose they are littered with gang tags. eagles, crowns, pitchforks, adidas boys etc. i routinely find shell casings, hear gunfire around the area. it is nothing new, and has been happening for years with the last big flair up after Christmas break last year. ask what happened on that occasion. it led to a huge surge in graffiti especially on the school and the alley that runs right behind the school.

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    6. Lake View High School has nothing to do with gang activity or the shooting on Warner. The Police commander and the Alderman are incorrect in their statements. First and foremost they need to publish an apology to the high school and the students that attend that school. I looked into the matter before I posted this reponse and both have to do with activity in the surrounding area and not LVHS students. I am disgusted that people who are innocent get blamed for the actions of others who by the way are in their twenties. The reason they picked Graceland West is because the quiet dark park with little police prescence. Get lighting and up the police prescence and they will go away. Further vigliance by the neighborhood will keep crime at bay as well. I have lived in this neighborhood for 26 years and I have seen gang crime try to encroach onto my street and I have had to up the police calls and our neighborhood call tree. Clean up the graffiti constantly and make sure their is a prescene. I even went to court to identify people to let them know our neighborhood does not allow thugs. Believe me they will run to places that have less heat. Its not the school but the city and the surrounding area. We need to always be mindful of this situtation. This week I will definitely be at the precinct and the aldermans office telling them to get their facts straight.

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    7. I couldn't help but notice the lack of apologies coming from the alderman and police department yesterday. What gives, Joanne?

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  3. So after shooting, they were driving around attempting to run over a cyclist, then assault said cyclist with a piece of lumber? Idiots.

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  4. Am I the only one shocked and disappointed by the fact that the communication from the ward office is not actually FROM Pawar himself. Jim Poole, Chief of Staff? WTF!? There's a g-d shooting and the official communication can't even be signed by the alderman himself. Yeah, maybe I'm splitting hairs. But I'd like to think that 10 shots fired in his ward might, just might generate an actual response from the alderman himself, not just his lackey. I guess time hangin with Cappleman and Tunney, this behavior just rubs off.

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    1. It's certainly different from Tunney and Cappleman's habit of plunging themselves into the middle of statements as if they are junior deputies. Pick your poison, I suppose.

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  5. WTF!!!!!
    "Cazadero has a pending case in Cook County in which he faces 10 separate weapons violations. ...

    Garcia, charged as an adult in 2003, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery and received 2 years probation.

    Andrews was charged as an adult in a 2008 armed robbery. He pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was given two years probation. "

    That is the reason all this shit keeps happening. The criminals know that they can commit serious felonies and get it reduced to a lessor charge and probation. Then they are on streets doing it again. And we all know these fuck jobs are anything but angels between the times they are actually busted.

    Enough! Can prosecutors and judges do their jobs and put these scum bags behind bars so we a chance to live in a safe city.

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    1. That's the biggest problem right now. Having more police in the area would be great, but there are no consequences for criminals and thus they'll re-offend habitually. Cops can arrest all the criminals in the city and it doesn't matter if they're out on the streets with a slap on the wrist.

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    2. Cops catch, Judges release.

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  6. In this years election NOT ONE cook county judge was voted out, every judge got 75% yes votes. most of these judges beholden to the democratic party. Thanks again

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    1. I love the city, but love it less since I've move to Lake County to get away from that crap. Makes me sick.

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    2. Something I learned this year from the blog...not voting at all is a YES vote. There were so many judges. Had I not known this, I'd have left it blank like in past years.
      Please tell everyone who will listen about this, for future reference.

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  7. Hey, if you want to complain about judges, then I think we should take a serious look at how judges are voted in and OUT. I have never lived in any state where someone got to KEEP their job UNLESS they were voted OUT. PLUS, if you DON'T vote yes or no on any individual judge, IT COUNTS AS A YES!! That's insane. It's ridiculous. It's corrupt. I'm not originally from IL, so this seems insane to me. Is there any way to change this, or is this just the way IL is and will always be? BC fo sho, this seems like a really effed up way for votes to be counted.

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    1. Right on, Sarah!

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    2. Welcome to Crook County.NO JOKE!

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  8. The scariest part -- previous convictions for ARMED robberies, yet given two years' PROBATION. WTF?

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  9. I have had it with Lakeview.
    I am considering moving to an apartment in Sandburg Village.
    Does anyone have information about crime in that area?

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    1. I moved to Sandburg from Lakeview to escape the crime. There have been a few incidents of roving gangs of thugs...er, I mean "youths"...terrorizing the neighborhood, who get here via the Red Line at Clark and Division...but there is a plentiful supply of responsive cops. I feel much safer.

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  10. Lots of complaining about Judges. But the harsh reality is that they simply do not have room in the IDOC except for the "worst of the worst". In some ways their hands are tied in regards to sentencing.

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    1. No they not. It was just reported The Spire just isn't going to come to fruition. There's a large, deep whole that needs to be filled in Chicago.

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  11. I have a student at Lake View High School and we have not seen any gang activity at the school. He feels very safe.

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  12. Lake View is a safe school. Tying this incident to the school is irresponsible and not based on fact. There are only a handful of Latin Eagles left on the north side and they are adults who have lived around the area forever and yes, they are losers. Please don't bash Pawar and Lake View for something that has nothing to do with either of them. Like the Nettlehorst parent said, visit the school yourself and see that it is a good school full of good kids.

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    1. You are welcome to your feelings.

      We would once again refer you to Alderman Pawar's statement to constituents, which is published in its entirety above. Our report is based entirely on fact as is the alderman's statement.

      You may not like the story, but that does not make it irresponsible or untrue.

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    2. While we're here, an update: As of Wednesday evening, multiple, highly reliable police sources still tell us that they believe there is a connection with LVHS.

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  13. Can anyone actually get an education with all this horseshit going on?

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  14. It is almost entertaining to read these parents' shock and disbelief that a Chicago public school may have gang members in attendance. Do you they really believe that Lake View has managed to collect 1,500 Chicago teenagers without any of the students being gang active? How naive can grown ups be?

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    1. Every so often the area around Lakeview gets hit with latin king and gangster disciple graffiti. Who do you think does this and why? It's Lakeview students doing so over some beef from school. Don't be naïve. There isn't a school in Chicago that doesn't have a gang presence.

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  15. 15-year-old gang member completed 9th grade at LVHS. Charged with murder this year.

    http://homicides.suntimes.com/2014/08/15/gang-order-to-shooter-wet-that-t-shirt-up/

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  16. Hey parents, guess what. Your kids arent telling the truth, and you are very naive if you think they'd tell you if they knew of kids in a gang at LVHS. Keep believing what you want though. Crime is down.

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  17. I am a parent from Lake View High School but not the naive parent you imply in your post. My child is doing well. The school feels very safe. The AP and STEM classes are very good and the teachers are excellent. I have lived in the city for 26 years so I do understand the gang problem. We are not seeing it at this school or I would pull my student immediately. He likes the school, he likes his classes and has a good circle of friends. Yes I read the press release from our Alderman's office and I will be calling them this morning to get more information.

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    1. Anyone who observes the school letting out at the day can see the place is plagued with gang members. Anyone saying otherwise is just oblivious to reality.

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  18. Hey Admin, just a head's up: This monring, exiting the turnstyles at the Grand Red Line Station, CPD had set up "bag search" checkpoints for poeple heading on the trains. There ust have been 6-8 officers, senior guys and not rookies/trainees by the looks of them. Why are they spedning money on wasteless Kabuki security theatre like this? First, you don't have to be Carlos the Jackal to see as you are coming down the stairs to the station HEY LOOK THERE ARE POLICE CHECKING BAGS I'LL JUST TURN AROUND WITH MY IED/PIPE BOMB AND LEAVE. It's totally useless, a waste of resources, and doesn't make me feel any safer, just annoyed if they're going to have this BS checkpoint around at evening rush. I'm more scared of one these hateful gang member a-holes popping a cap in me or one of my kids than ISIS committing terror on the Red Line.

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  19. LOVE the pitchfork tattoo on the forehead! Why not just ink LOSER FOR LIFE? Awesome.

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  20. Let's let cooler heads prevail. DNA Info has the latest here: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141106/lakeview/after-gang-shooting-near-lake-view-high-school-police-amp-up-presence

    "None of the people arrested attended or graduated from the high school, Voulgaris said. Police are investigating whether they have children or relatives there."

    As an aside, where are the "multiple, highly reliable police sources" referenced above...Let them show their faces and tell us specifics of what they know.

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    1. You didn't catch this in the story above: "None of the arrestees are LVHS students..." Third paragraph.

      You will also note that the alderman's statement also mentions LVHS as a possible gang connection. Are you saying that he is "hot headed?"

      You are welcome to believe whatever you want.

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    2. LOL! Mr. Anonymous wants the sources to show themselves! How brave of you, Anonymous.

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    3. Ah. Thank you. I didn't know that DNAinfo was the place to go for non-inflammatory, spot on, up to date, rational reporting.

      Where the f* is that sarcasm font? 'cause I need it NOW.

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    4. Without DNAInfo, how would we know that the empty storefront with a new WowBao sign on it is going to be a WowBao? We wouldn't. We would be left to wonder.

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  21. You people are shooting the messenger here, no pun intended. Ya'll need to take a breath.

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  22. This may be of interest. https://chicago.everyblock.com/crime-posts/sep27-group-flashing-gang-signs-09-27-2014-6413411/

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