Tuesday, December 02, 2014

KNIFE TO MEET YOU: 3 Convicted Robbers Found Hiding Near Boystown ATM, Cops Say

Police say they discovered the three convicted robbers "hiding" near
an ATM and this parking booth at 3518 Halsted.
Three convicted robbery offenders were found "standing tightly grouped together, hiding behind an ATM and next to a valet booth in a closed parking lot" on Boystown's Halsted Strip late on November 19th, according to officers on the 19th district's "entertainment detail."

The three men are all members of the Gangster Disciples street gang and two of them have been convicted of robbery twice.

"Knowing this to be a high robbery area," cops say they approached the three for a field interview and found a black switchblade with a 4-inch knife in Jahmal Lee's pants pocket. The Edgewater resident was arrested and has been charged with possession of a deadly weapon.

Lee. (Mugshots.com)
In 1993, Lee was charged with six counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, armed robbery, two counts of home invasion, two counts of armed violence, and six counts of burglary in connection with a single incident. He pleaded guilty to robbery, receiving a 7-year sentence. He received another 3 years for narcotics in 2001.

Police held the other two men for probation violation, but the state has chosen not to petition the court for revocation. We are withholding the men's names because they were not charged with wrongdoing, but here's a little bit about them:

#1 is a 20-year-old man. He received probation and community service for his first robbery—a 2011 mugging of a senior citizen in the 6500 block of N. Damen.

He was given a 3-year sentence for robbing another victim near Halsted and Wrightwood in June 2013. After being credited for time served and an early release, he actually spent less than 10 months in prison, getting released on October 20, 2014.

#2 is a 27-year-old man. He received 30-months probation for a 2010 strong-arm robbery on the Harrison CTA platform. Then, he received a "4-year sentence" for robbing a man at Belmont and Sheffield in January 2013. He entered prison in June of last year and was out on August 18, 2014. That's a short 4 years, no?

Among #2's other arrests: prostitution in the 900 block of Belmont; reckless conduct in the 3500 block of Halsted; theft in the 3000 block of Broadway; and shoplifting in the 1000 block of Belmont.

When officers asked #1 why he and the other men were huddling behind a closed valet booth near an ATM at 11 o'clock on a Wednesday night, #1 reportedly stated that he was "hanging out with his boys at a local bar."
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31 comments:

  1. Doesn't seem to matter if the police catch them or not. The rest of the justice system lets them off with slaps on the wrist. Probation for mugging a senior citizen? What garbage Judge decided that was fair? And how does someone only spend 2 months of a 4-year sentence?

    Also isn't one of the conditions of probation to not hang around with other criminals?

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    1. Jun '13 - Aug '14 > Two months...

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  2. "Knife to meet you" LOL.

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    1. It's absolutely hilarious. Shit, the stolen packages deal got more attention than this. Knives are so funny that I wouldn't step foot in that area and it will be even funnier when your property values and rental rates plummet. Wait til a wig/nail emporium opens next to Whole Foods. Hilarious!

      I'm sure the criminals read this and are giggling too.

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  3. Up until this last election I had never voted for a republican. But after seeing the same problems (crime, bad schools, deficits) year after year and after voting for the same people year after year, I could not bring myself got for the same democratic crew that seems to get nothing done.

    Ask yourselves why you continue to vote for the same people and party that can't seem to fix anything. Vote republican. Vote green. Vote anything but democratic. Otherwise you can only blame yourself when you read about the same problems year after year.

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    1. I've thought of this too but the Republicans of today are not the Republicans of the Jim Edgar/Jim Thompson/George Ryan type.
      They're shrill, authoritarian-conservative, and mostly anti-women, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, pro-business (to the exclusion of people's needs) bigoted and sometimes pretty ignorant in their comments.
      So I'll never vote for someone like Jim Brady or Al Salvi (or John McCain or Willard Romney) and can't bring myself to vote for someone like Bruce Rauner who ran a campaign without ever outlining what he stood for, except for establishing pro-business reforms.
      I reluctantly held my nose when I voted for Blagoyevich knowing full well that he was a clown but I can't stomach the Republican Party platform

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    2. If there is ANYTHING truly amazing about Chicago (I'm not from here) it's this:
      The Democratic Party and it's pals
      - FAIL to run this city with any semblance of fiscal responsibility
      - FAIL to manage the CPD in a reasonable manner
      - FAIL to provide reasonable and fair municipal services
      - FAIL to reform multiple corrupt organizations and practices
      - SELL city assets without public scrutiny
      - FAIL to maintain the infrastructure
      - LOOT damn near every public pension scheme around
      - ENRICH their pals in a manner so flagrant, maybe only Newark can top it
      .....and for 40 years the sheep line up to vote 'em in all over again.

      What the heck is it? Something in the water?

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    3. You get absolutely nothing in return for your money here whether it's taxes, a restaurant or housing. It's only a matter of time before this hits the revolving door of transplants that sustains most of these popular areas. Word spreads fast on snapchat, twitter, FB, instagram and whatever will be introduced next week.

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  4. I wish we could have a weekly gathering of all of these low life human debris scumbags and have a public stoning. Hit them in the nuts with hundreds of rocks to let them feel the pain we feel from them violating our neighborhoods.

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  5. Catch and Release! Please stop blaming CPD and start asking Anita Alvarez and Cook County judges WTF they are thinking letting habitual offenders back on the street.

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    1. so true! i can imagine how frustrating it must be for our cops to put themselves out there knowing that there's a good chance that their efforts will not be rewarded. PLEASE officers, do the right things anyway expecting that others will, too (even if they don't sometimes). we really need you to be an important and integral part of our safety. i really appreciate the work that you do and have my support.

      in spite of everything that's going on right now in the news, i know most of you are honest, hard-working people trying to do good. don't let the haters get you down. the (somewhat) silent majority don't believe what the vocal minority are saying.

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  6. Wouldn't it be delightful to reside in a state where these scumbags receive tough prison sentences for their crimes and are incarcerated for periods of time that more accurately reflect their danger to society?

    I'd gladly pay more in taxes to lock these dirtbags up (and to construct prisons and then staff them accordingly.)

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    1. Kenosha is 66 miles away; it's practically a suburb since public transportation goes there.

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    2. Munster Indiana is 29 miles and is a lot closer (time and distance) than a lot of the Illinois suburbs. One down side, you will be living in Indiana.

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  7. Amazing that everyone seems to know that the crimes in this area are going to happen yet nothing is done. Repeat offenders are continually set free to strike again. Ground hog day............................. I would be happy to open this blog once and find that we had no crime reported that week!

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  8. The bars on Halsted draw a lot of these scumbags. A few less sleazy bars would be nice. Manhole and Hydrate gone would clean up the street to start.

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    1. The bars on Halsted St. have been there for decades. They are gay bars, and I can guarantee you these lowlife thugs from the worst parts of the city do not frequent them. If you think these local businesses have anything to with the massive increase in crime over the past 5 years or so, then you're beyond help.

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    2. Your suggestion is ignorant and asinine, I enjoy my times with friends at Manhole and Hydrate and do not consider them to be "sleazy bars." Boarded up businesses do not thwart the activities of criminals...they are the result of criminal activity.If you want to live in a bombed-out, boarded up neighborhood, I suggest you move to Englewood.

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    3. Stats please. Seems Clark St bars have far more police activity than Halsted. Hydrate is quiet compared with the crowd around Roscoe or Buckingham. Manhole is near Belmont which has been a hell-hole a lot longer than Manhole has been there. And no, don't work there nor patronize there.

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    4. i'm a straight female and even i know that those "sleazy" bars have nothing to do with what has gone on up here in the past few years. they've been here the whole 2+ decades i've lived here and we never had these issues like now.

      let's name the root of the problem again, shall we...for those who may not know what it is (anyone?).

      THE CENTER ON HALSTED
      THE BROADWAY YOUTH CENTER and
      THE NIGHT MINISTRY which brought us
      THE CRIB.

      any other thoughts?

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    5. Actually, given that this neighborhood is called "Boystown," I don't think there are ENOUGH "sleazy bars. I'd like to see a couple of Touche and Jackhammer type bars (plus another "The Hole" under a bar somewhere along Halsted, like Jackhammer has). No sissy martini prissy bars like ____, ____, and ____. Enough of those! I want some more MAN places where it's MEN only, no straight white fat tittering drunken girls allowed! Damn! I need to fan myself, I'm getting so hot, thinking of how hot and horny Halsted used to be. But yeah, the thugs don't patronize the gay's bars. They harass people in the neighborhood because (1) it's easy pickings, (2) it's poorly staffed with law enforcement personnel, and (3) too many people are from out of town walking around like they're in la-la land, scoping all the flesh and available meat, Twittering and Facebooking and Grindring on their cells, and then -- poof! (lol...) - the cell gets swiped right out of their hands. #smh

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  9. great job entertainment team

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  10. A little off topic but since a prostitution arrest was posted above, I wonder if CPD does or can start doing stings. The hookers, who are usually violent and thiefs, habitually hang out on that corner and block constantly.

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    1. Photograph the johns and show them on you-tube. Publishing pictures of johns on Broadway years ago drove them away and the prostitutes left when business dried up.

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    2. excellent idea!! please, let's expose the root of the problem...the johns. no customers/ no business.

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  11. While frustrating, the criminal justice system is extremely complex. I see Judges often get bashed on here but the truth it they have difficult decisions to make. There is only so much room in IDOC and, sadly, some of these offenders getting short sentences are not necessarily the "Worst of the Worst". That is who IDOC keeps.

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  12. This crime realy sells a family man (2 kids) on urban living -- huge prroerpty taxes, private schools, and tons of crime, Why don't we live in Lake Forest? We are moving in the spring.

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    1. There's something to be said for going to a Chili's every weekend.

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  13. "Ooohhh look at us..we're so TOUGH with knives and being in a gang - we have to HIDE behind an ATM machine. what a joke.

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  14. How can you get probation for robbing someone on the CTA?
    I may be wrong but I believe it's supposed to be an aggravating factor with enhanced penalties to commit a crime on public conveyances in Illinois.

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