Monday, January 12, 2015

KNIFE GUY FINISHES LAST: Boystown Man Bests Armed Robber

A Boystown resident knocked an armed man to the ground and escaped during an overnight robbery attempt near Addison and Broadway this morning. The mugger fled empty-handed.

In a statement to police, the victim said the offender pulled a 4- to 5-inch knife and tried to take his wallet shortly before 3 o’clock. But, rather than surrender his valuables, the victim turned the tables by knocking the thug down and running away.

The assailant is described as a 6-foot-tall black man in his late 20’s wearing a dark blue hoodie, a black skull cap, and dark pants.  CPD case number is TBD.

• Another Boystown resident called police from his high-rise apartment around 1:30AM Monday upon discovering that his “throat got cut” in a Boystown bar.

According to the victim, another patron went wild inside a bar at Roscoe and Halsted earlier in the evening—yelling, screaming, and allegedly trying to cut the victim’s neck.

Bar security ejected the offender and the victim went home, only to discover that his neck had, indeed, been cut.

Recorded as a simple battery in case HY111817.
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18 comments:

  1. I don't believe this story. Illinois politicians outlawed carrying knives with blades over 2.25", So there is no way the poor attaching yute had a 4"+ blade. The government will protect us. In fact maybe we should be more like France and not have cops carry firearms. The love will flow.

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  2. Good for him. These lowlifes count on the civilized residents of Wrigleyville/Boystown to be easy marks. Don't be. A guy I know was walking home from a night out a while back, and a would be mugger came up and shoved him to the ground from behind. As he fell he grabbed a handful of gravel, whipped around and threw it in the offender's face. Despite my friend being only 5'6" and 130 lbs, this coward of a mugger took off running.

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  3. Yeah, I would really like to think that unless I was being jumped by a group, I would defend myself or run. You just never know until you are in the situation. I do not fault anyone ever for just complying, though (not that you are, Turbo).

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  4. Aiming for the mugger's eyes is an effective defense. Gouging them out or shoving keys or an icepick through them will end the mugging. An added benefit is that a permanently blinded mugger will never mug again.

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    1. Oh, no no no no. If you are the victim, and you are attacked, and you decide to key or icepick or blind the attacker, it is almost a guaranteed certainty that the following will occur: (1) the attacked will be mollycoddled by "the system" and will receive an outpouring of sympathy and legal protection from the state, and (2) you as victim will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This will be especially true if it is determined that you keyed/icepicked/blinded the attacker at any moment *at* or *immediately after* he had just begun to "turn his life around."

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    2. +1 for using the word mollycoddled.

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    3. I second that. Mollycoddled....we should use this word more often!

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    4. Much like police, force is generally only meant to be met with a similar level of force. If you defended yourself by stabbing the attacker, that would be fine. Stabbing him, jumping on top of him, and taking his eye out will and should get you charged.

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    5. The word "Mollycoddled" means, literally, "coddled by Molly." It is a very accurate and effective word.

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    6. When I am on the street, I always carry my keyring in my fist with each key protruding from between each finger. If approached by an attacker, I will swipe my keys across his face jabbing through his eyes. I know I only have one chance to stop him so I have practiced extensively until I am confident I can leave him screaming on the sidewalk and get away safely.

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    7. Good for you! It's an effective method that has been used here successfully.

      http://www.cwbchicago.com/2014/06/knuckle-sandwich-tackled-woman-fights.html

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  5. I've always wished that it were legal to carry an extendable metal baton for personal protection. But they're all illegal. I know knives under 3" are legal, but I'd be much more comfortable taking a swing at someone to attempt to knock them unconscious.

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    1. That hasn't stopped me from carrying a baton, Anonymous. As a single woman with no car living alone in the city, I carry it everywhere (it fits in a large purse). And I would not hesitate to use it if, God forbid, I was forced to.

      I'll take my chances with the law.

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    2. Knives under 2" in the city of Chicago are legal to carry as "tools" (not specifically as weapons), last I checked. Unless you know what you're doing with a knife, it doesn't matter how long it is. I'm willing to bet 99% of the folks who carry knives have ever actually trained with them too. Not that I'm against people defending themselves with whatever is handy, I just get a little wary of the concealed carry/knife carry/mace/baton fans who have seen too many action films and fancy themselves a quickdraw-McGraw or the next Kali master...

      With any weapon, always be aware that if you pull it out, you better know how to use it, you better mean to use it, and you better hang on to it lest it be taken from you and used against you. And yes, sometimes the law will NOT be immediately on your side, so you better be ready to be arrested, charged and go to court to defend your actions.

      Stay vigilant and aware: that's the first line of defense. After that, good luck and stay safe.

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    3. I agree with everything you said, Anonymous. I've watched a ton of videos on how to use the baton and practiced with it, too. I feel safer having the baton than nothing at all.

      I've lived in the city for almost 30 years, and never felt unsafe until the past few years. If there's anything I've learned, especially from this blog, it's that you can't count on the cops to be there when you need them, so be prepared to defend yourself.

      I hope everyone stays safe. And again, thanks to CWB for this blog. You guys do amazing work.

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  6. A "more police" protest on the Mayor's block might bring some media attention to our plight. Not in the 'blind' spot. Right in front! After dark. When he's home. I'm in.

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    1. Be civil, though. A loud protest might interfere with the college counselor phone calls that take place outside in the evening.

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  7. Soooooo, did you anyone see the WGN news tonight, specifically the story about the mugger of Rahm's son being caught? I ALMOST DIED(!) as the reporter said, "Yeah, he was mugged outside Rahm's home at 10 o'clock on a Saturday night while talking on the phone to his school counselor." HA! Whoever wrote that news copy deserves an Emmy for bullshit reporting. Everyone knows that he was outside buying weed.

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