Monday, January 26, 2015

FREEZE FRAME: Victim Takes Pix Of Get-Away Car, Tells Story

A robbery victim took this picture of an older model RAV4 get-away car in  Roscoe Village Saturday.
Targeted in a Roscoe Village robbery this weekend, a North Center man managed to take a picture of the offenders' getaway car as they circled the block after jumping him.

The victim, who has asked to remain anonymous, wrote to CWB Monday in the hopes that "it helps get some of these guys off the streets."

Here is the man's story:
The actual attack occurred on Paulina between School & Melrose - a block and a half north of Belmont.  I was completely blindsided and tackled from behind by two men yelling to give up my money, the other men were in the RAV4 that soon picked them up and sped away…A gentleman in a Jeep (cut-off by the RAV4) stopped to see if I was okay.  
I headed toward Belmont, encountered a girl walking solo north on Paulina... and advised her not to head that direction alone as I had just been jumped a block up. 
As she turned back to find a friend at The Pony, the RAV4 sped around the corner from Belmont - with the occupants screaming at bystanders at the bus stop, etc.  It turned on to Paulina and headed [north] This is the point in which the photos were taken (both attackers were among the occupants in the car).
To clarify, the car did not circle around prior to the attack [as we previously reported]... it was afterwards. 
At that point, I called CPD, and was surprised in the quick response - probably due to the events from [Wednesday evening].
First responding officers were in an unmarked Explorer, who saw the photos and immediately headed North in pursuit.  Two additional CPD cruisers arrived shortly thereafter.
The victim did not file a report and we asked him point blank if he'd been discouraged from doing so by responding officers. He said no:
I wasn't discouraged at all from filing a report.  It was a personal decision not to file - since no property was taken.  They asked a couple of times if I wanted to... or, if I'd at least serve as a witness if anyone was apprehended.
Police reported the offenders' descriptions to be be 5 or 6 black and Hispanic men.

According to police in the neighboring 20th district, about 30 minutes after the man was jumped in Roscoe Village, a 7-Eleven store in the 1700 block of Foster was robbed at gunpoint by a group of 4 black and Hispanic men. The store is located 3 miles due north of the Roscoe Village scene.
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25 comments:

  1. Sadly, the scariest part of that story is the fact that the victim would go so far as to warn others, take a photo, call police and tell you his story, yet still not file a damn report! Folks, don't call the police if you're not going to make a report! We have so precious few police that they should only be called to the scenes of people willing to stand up for themselves by making a report. They don't have time to waste on head-in-the sand victims.

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  2. So the victim was beaten and contacted police, but since no property was taken has decided not to file a report. Apparently he is not overly concerned that "it helps get some of these guys off the streets." No need to blame Rahm, Garry, or the Alderman this time since the victim has done his part to ensure that #crimeisdown.

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    1. 'Apparently he is not overly concerned that "it helps get some of these guys off the streets."'

      Well maybe that's because it doesn't.

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  3. It's great of this poor guy to speak out and get a photo. I'm saddened by this continuing to happen to innocent people in our neighborhood. However, what a shame that no report was filed. At least we've been alerted to the suspects' descriptions and vehicle.

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  4. I'm appalled that this crime victim would take the time to write CWB providing commentary and photos but couldn't be bothered to file a police report and give CPD the same. That's just B.S. In my book.

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  5. The picture, the publicity...what's missing? A Police Report! We owe it to our community to be willing to follow through. Sometimes fingers are pointed at the police for not taking a report in order to cook the stat books. Here's evidence of at least one citizen who is smart enough to take a picture, publicize the event.....but not willing to make a police report. I don't get it.

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  6. I find it unlikely that no cameras (redlight, speed, blue light, or closed circuit) caught the plate of the vehicle between Belmont and Foster. Probably stolen though.

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  7. Thank you to this guy for sharing his story! Although, that's definitely not a silver Rav 4, as originally stated...

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  8. I'm 70% sure these are the same guys who were fighting in the lakeshore parking lot just south of Irving Park Road.
    12:55 this morning. Flashing gang signs. Screaming. Armed with aluminum bats and some sort of weighted belt.
    Six or seven total. The other guys in something like a silver Neon or Accord. It was loud and serious.
    There will be guns next time. No doubt.

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  9. "I wasn't discouraged at all from filing a report. It was a personal decision not to file - since no property was taken. They asked a couple of times if I wanted to... or, if I'd at least serve as a witness if anyone was apprehended."

    A better question to him would have been, "Don't you care about the city being able to hide the fact that this crime was committed simply because you wouldn't report it?"

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  10. Rahm will be very happy with this idiot for not filing a report.

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  11. Thanks for taking a picture and for providing your account to CWB and the CPD. But not filing a police report, regardless of whether your property was stolen, accomplishes nothing. ZERO. You were assaulted by strangers to such a degree that you felt the need to call the police. They responded. You giving a description of the offenders, pictures of the car, etc. serves no purpose without a police report. So, I thank you for contacting CWB to provide your account of the incident and go you for calling the police, but SHAME ON YOU for not filing a police report. You, and people like you, are the reason that our Alderdummies, McDumbshit, and Tiny Dancer get to continue publicly claiming that crime is down. BECAUSE WITHOUT POLICE REPORTS, CRIME APPEARS TO BE DOWN (statistically speaking). I'm sorry you got assaulted and nearly robbed, but I'm even sorrier that you don't seem to understand that by not filing a police report, you're actually part of the problem.

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  12. It would have taken him a lot less time to file the police report than taking his pictures and submitting them on here. Certainly don't feel bad for him if he gets mugged on our fine streets, maybe then he'll file a report.

    Let's compare this coward to the brave young man that went to the police commander to make sure justice was served. Ah yes, there is no comparison.

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  13. Dear crime victim: You wrote, "...They asked a couple of times if I wanted to... or, if I'd at least serve as a witness if anyone was apprehended." Might we please know the answer to this question? I plead with you to 1) please, please file a police report, and 2) please serve as a witness when or if they apprehend and charge these thugs.

    Your neighbors are counting on you to pursue this to the end so we can get these criminals off the street. As it stands, not one thing will be done to them if they are found if nobody accuses them and then serves as a witness against them in court. And nobody will even know this happened except the people who read this blog and a few others. And the Mayor and Alderman will continue to say that crime is down when it so clearly is not. Our beloved neighborhood is being lost to us. We must fight for it or not complain when it is.

    Know this: Next time, they may kill you...or me.

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  14. And we wonder why the criminal element is pillaging and plundering Lakeview with no fear of consequence. Great response by CPD on this one but not much they can do if victims are not willing at the very least to file a report or press charges.

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    1. You just said why. The crimes they are committing are mostly dominated by assaults and robbery and petty theft of single, isolated victims mostly late at night. Easy targets who, compared to where the criminals are from in the city, are perceived as "rich." The criminals must know that these targets are unlikely to file police reports (do you think the people they target in their own neighborhoods ever do? No way) and that they're going to get away with it enough to make it decent-profit, low-risk. When citizens don't even file, and the city already views this as pretty much an annoyance rather than an issue, nothing is going to happen.

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    2. If there are never charges, they will never stop. They are driving almost an hour to a hood just to victimize it's "rich" residents.

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  15. I would like to think that I would file a police report if I was a victim. However I wonder if the criminals would come after me.

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    1. Not meant as an insult to you, but people watch too much TV.

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    2. They are already "after you", crusing your hood, targeting you for battery and armed robbery.

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  16. Missed where this was previously reported, but was was the time frame for this happening?

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  17. The 7-11 on Clark had a hand written sign on the door that read "Unmask yourself - remueva su mascara" for about a minth.Maybe the banks should give it a try.

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  18. It's great to own a 900K condo and live in a hood where your kids need to attend a 30K -er year private school. Lake Forest - here we come.

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  19. Everyone fails to understand that this did NOT happen........if you fail to file a police report (which the police will write for you, all you have to do is tell the story) it did NOT happen!! You do NOT have to file charges if someone is caught, or go to court, or be a witness to anything to MAKE a report with the police. PLEASE document these crimes!

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