Thursday, January 22, 2015

WILD WEST: Passenger Robbed At Gunpoint On CTA Bus; Sheriff Robbed, Shot At In North Center Attack; Gunmen Strike On Clark Street; More...

Police and a CTA supervisor at the scene of an armed robbery aboard a
CTA bus in North Center Wednesday. (Image: @stephenwags312)
A masked gunman held up a passenger on a crowded CTA bus in North Center Wednesday evening. One man was arrested and armed robbery charges are pending. The incident was one of three four armed robberies in the 19th district Wednesday night.

In Roscoe Village, two armed robbers opened fire on an off-duty Cook County sheriff as he wandered into a robbery in progress behind the 1900 block of Belmont around 11:15PM. The sheriff returned fire after he was also robbed by the men. No one is known to have been shot.

Thirty minutes later, a man was robbed at gunpoint at Clark and School by two men who closely matched the descriptions of the offenders who shot at the sheriff.

Here are the details:

CTA Bus Robbery

A passenger on board an eastbound #80 Irving Park bus was robbed by another passenger who was armed with a handgun as the vehicle approached a stop at Irving Park and Damen/Lincoln around 9:20PM Wednesday.

Police, tipped off by a silent bus alarm, arrived on scene within minutes.

The offender, who boarded the bus at Cicero, fled into the nearby neighborhood wearing a black Neoprene mask and carrying a camouflage backpack.

Police took the man into custody at Damen and Belle Plaine, then found his gun in an alley at Damen and Byron.  "An entire busload" of witnesses positively identified the gunman, police say. (CPD case HY123880).

Shots Fired During Roscoe Village Robbery

Two gunmen opened fire on an off-duty Cook County sheriff during an armed robbery in the 1900 block of Belmont at 11:07PM last night. The sheriff, who was not injured, returned fire.

Investigators say the sheriff walked out of a poker game to "get some air" when he wandered into another robbery in progress. The offenders turned their attention to the sheriff, robbed him, then fled as he opened fire.

The offenders, described as two black men wearing ski masks, fled on foot and may have been seen getting into a black car with no front plate near Damen and Wolcott. They escaped with the sheriff's cash and cell phone.

Officers found a substance that appeared to be blood in a nearby yard, but no one has turned up with gunshot wounds at area hospitals.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a window at Friedrich Jahn Elementary School was shot out in the incident.

Police also recorded a second robbery by the same offenders a few doors down from where the shootout occurred. CPD cases HY123960 and HY124034.

Another Robbery

Police officers were flagged down near Belmont and Clark at 11:50 last night by a man who had been robbed at gunpoint minutes earlier at Clark and School/Aldine.

Two black men dressed entirely in black produced a handgun and took the victim's coat and a book bag before fleeing eastbound on Belmont from Clark. (CPD case number TBD)

And In Uptown

Two more people were robbed within minutes of each other in Uptown early Wednesday.

In the first case, two men attacked a victim from behind, then beat and robbed him in a parking lot at 4525 N. Sheridan around 2:10AM. The offenders fled eastbound on Montrose with the victim's phone and wallet.

While police drove around the neighborhood looking for the offenders, another victim flagged them down at Sheridan and Sunnyside, about a half-block from the first crime scene. Officers were not immediately sure if the same two men were responsible for both muggings.

UPDATE: Detectives have issued an alert regarding the Uptown incidents, which have been connected by investigators. Offender descriptions:

     1) Male, white, 20 to 30 years old, "either 5'7 and 150 pounds or 6' and 200-220 pounds"
     2) Male, black or Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, 5'10 tall, 150-180 pounds

If you have information on the Uptown cases, call Area North detectives at 312.744.8263 and refer to cases HY122815 and HY122817
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48 comments:

  1. The neighborhood is going to be a powder keg as it continues to warm up. Can only imagine how dangerous it will be this summer. We'll be locked indoors to stay safe while Rahm and Tunney high-five each other for us being dumb enough to vote for them again.

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  2. Re: "Shots Fired During Roscoe Village Robbery," Damen and Wolcott run parallel. I posted last week that this shit was moving west of Wrigleyville/Boystown but my post didn't make the cut. I know this is blog started about Wrigleyville and Boystown but Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, North Center, and Roscoe Village share the dwindling police resources so I wish others would pay more attention to what is happening because we are all impacted. As always, thank you for what you do.

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    1. I totally agree with you... I live at Addison and Damen and nothing ever crossed Lincoln never...... In the past week alone there have been 10 -15 Violent crimes and it's scaring the piss out of my girlfriend.

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    2. I agree, Anonymous. I live at Damen and Grace, and used to walk to the YMCA at Lincoln/Marshfield in Roscoe Village at 5:15am to work out. I ended my membership because I'm no longer comfortable walking alone at that time (I don't own a car).

      And I'm really f***ing pissed about it. F**K YOU, RAHM.

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  3. Wild West, indeed.

    So sad what is happening to Chicago's few-remaining "good" neighborhoods.

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  4. So I was at the 44th ward Hawthorne Neighbors candidate forum last night where Tunney kept saying crime is down,all is well and then just a few hours later and a few blocks west there's a gun fight at the OK corral....electing someone other than Tunney won't decrease crime overnight but will send a message to city hall that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!

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    1. The Mayor could not care less.

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    2. What was the residents' reaction to Tunney? Were both Mark Thomas and Scott Davis there?

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    3. Tunneys looked nervous. But at least he didn't show up, as he did at a CAPS meeting, late, in shorts, flip flops, a ratty-ass tshirt, and munching down a bag of popcorn.

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    4. I was at the forum on Southport and people laughed a couple of times at Scott Davis because he was a two trick pony -- anti red light cameras and loving the Cubs. He didn't seem to know of Lakeview HS's existence. Mark Thomas looked like a schlump who was bored to be there, but made a couple of interesting points. If I had to guess, there were very few people who will vote for someone other than Tunney. They were very complimentary to him as they said good night.

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  5. So glad I'm moving my family out of Lakeview (and Chicago) next month! I really do feel bad for the remaining residents of Lakeview, who continue to be terrorized by thugs. This website is an excellent means of making the public aware of the frequent mayhem in Lakeview; keep up the good work! Unfortunately the leadership in this city (and ward) is unlikely to turnover anytime soon, so I'm afraid the robberies, beatings, break-ins, etc. will continue unabated. My advice - get a concealed carry license and become a responsible gun owner. As the cliche goes...when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Or in Lakeview, maybe hours...

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    1. Yeah, concealed carry really worked well for that sheriff, didn't it?

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    2. He's still alive, so I'd count that as working out. You think some thug cares if you live or die in a robbery when they don't even value their own life?? I'd rather have a fighting chance than no chance at all. Have fun keeping your guard up at all times. What a life!

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    3. Really, you think by carrying a gun with you means that you're not on your guard at all times? You carry one gun, they carry two. Hey, how's the crime rate in Atlanta and Memphis, those great concealed carry capitals? We need our Cops back, not self-proclaimed cowboys.

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  6. Mistakenly posted this on the carjacking in Oakdale post, meant to post on this thread...sorry CWB.

    I live in North Center; moved out of Lakeview (Belmont & Seminary) in 2002, and it was the best decision I ever made. Quiet, safe neighborhood. Well, maybe not so much any more.

    Now it looks like the shit show is gradually making its way west. More and more of this crime is infiltrating the area. These criminals are becoming more bold and brazen every day because they know there aren't enough cops and they can get away with it.

    It's an election year, and folks better hold Rahm, Aldermans Pawar, Tunney, Smith, etc. accountable.

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  7. Tunney is ALL over the gosh darn news about the creepy condo incident earlier in the week but he's NOWHERE TO BE FOUND(!) when there's violent crime after violent crime in our neighborhood.

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    1. This is an example of Tunneys being "all up in your butt" (a selective example, nonetheless) about an issue. First, it was the Ricketts and Wrigley Field. Now, the condo incident. I've seen his ugly puss on TV on mainstream news four times today now. Where is he when a thugging or a shooting or a brazen robbery takes place on our streets? Hiding, or, excuse me, probably "looking into" the matter and promising to "work closely" with officials. /vomit

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    2. Is my perception faulty, or does it seem that the only time they take crime seriously is if the victim is a woman or a bank.

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  8. Feels like July instead of January, and it's not because of the weather.

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  9. Wonderful, a robbery on my walk route from the gym home right near a quite exposed intersection! Clark and School. Excellent. Yet another reason to avoid walking alone at night...

    I'm really tired of having to watch my back around here. I lived in the South Loop before and never had to turn my back for anything. I want to go back.

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  10. My God, I used to live in that neighborhood and NEVER worried about the crime. What's going on, Chicago?

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  11. The Aldermen are certainly in full-on election mode...per the Tribune:

    "Aldermen call for red light camera standards:

    City officials would have to hold community meetings and provide evidence that red light ticket cameras would make specific intersections safer before they could install the devices going forward under a plan that also would establish standard lengths for yellow lights across Chicago.

    Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, and Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, want to require that all intersections in the city equipped with the cameras have so-called "countdown" pedestrian-control signals so people driving toward a green light could see how many seconds are left before it changes. The proposal would set yellow light lengths of at least 3.2 seconds. And it would require City Council approval of each camera location, giving aldermen who don't want the cameras in their neighborhoods a measure of say-so."

    This will never get passed, but sure does look good around election time.

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  12. Crime is down.......

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  13. This is like the Wild West nowadays. How about getting new bosses in this district and turning it around the criminals should not be taking over the streets the police should be taking over the streets. How many more years of all these violent crimes here have to happen before there is change ??

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    1. Nobody will take any of it seriously until and unless some prominent resident of the city - or a tourist - is (God forbid) killed in one of these shootouts or thuggings. It will be hard for the media to cover up something like that, and even harder for Tunneys, Rahm, et al, to blow it off, like they blow off all the other events in this neighborhood.

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    2. I dunno. When the mayor's own son gets robbed that's about as close to home as it gets.

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    3. Why refer to this as the "Wild West" or a "war zone"? People in the Wild West and who fought in wars were courageous and skillful - these people are cowardly morons. Please don't dignify them by using such inappropriate comparative terms.

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  14. I grew up in Lakeview. Lived in an apartment bldg. on the corner of Racine and Cornelia. Right across from what used to be "Virginia's" convenience store. My family moved out in 1978. But, even with the Latin Eagles and Royals street gangs roaming around, it was safer "then" than it is now! Sad.

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    1. i moved into Lakeview in 1982. At that time there was a strong Latin Eagle presence in the area. They sold dope and broke into cars, but they left the people alone. They lived on almost every block, and people knew who they were. Eventually their homes were gentrified and many moved to Albany Park. That has left a void that was filled by the thugs from other neighborhoods. These thugs make the nightly apperance to rob and terrorize the neighborhood.
      The Latin Eagles would not have allowed this.

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  15. This is not just about the failures of political leadership. The police have no presence in this neighborhood. The policing strategy at the district and beat level needs new thinking.

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    1. Well, anonymous, when the politicians take away 26% of the district's manpower, there's only so much the police can do. (It's a 31% drop if you count the 5% of 19th district officers who are dedicated 24/7 to sitting outside of the mayor's house rather than working on patrol.)

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    2. Fair enough, but I don't see how replacing politicians will suddenly return staffing to pre-consolidation levels. The district needs to assume lower staffing levels are permanent and act accordingly. The geography (increasingly dispersed), the time of day (now in early evenings and mornings) and the spree nature of recent robberies suggests to me improvements about how patrols are scheduled and conducted need to be rethought.

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    3. Don't recall saying that anything would happen suddenly. But it's better to have someone working toward more police than the ones we have who say we're getting more cops when we really are not. There are not enough officers here now to properly patrol and respond to incidents consistently well.

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    4. Let's please remember than when there were 2 districts there were 18 police beats. Now there are only 15. 3 less cars on the streets per police shift. There used to be 6 tactical teams. Now there are only 4. That's a huge decline in policing that is available at any one time. And were promised that on the day of the merge there would be NO DECLINE in manpower and CWB has shown that at least 26% of that promised manpower is GONE.

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    5. I live in Beverly but I read this blog a lot. I have news for you. CPD is massively short citywide. I live on Beat 2211, which is about the size of the entire Englewood district and we have only 2 cars for the entire beat, and they're always sent to the east side of the district for nonsense.

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    6. Not news to us. The vast majority of districts have lost some officers, but none to the level of our 19th district. The 22nd district actually gained a single-digit percentage between October 2011 and last July.

      http://www.cwbchicago.com/2014/09/the-grand-illusion-despite-hype-chicago.html

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  16. Interesting update on the Tribune website:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-offduty-cook-county-sheriffs-officer-robbed-shot-at-in-lake-view-20150122-story.html

    Makes it sound like it could have been targeted.

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  17. Another incident occurred a few blocks from the Belmont & Wolcott shooting about 20-30 minutes after it happened near a foreclosed house just west of Hamlin Park - a caller reported two men dressed in black trying to break into the foreclosed house. When cops arrived there was blood on lawn.
    Did you catch word if this was related to the shooting incident?

    Also, you're the only news outlet getting it right, the shooting was definitely 11:15, 11:10ish - not 11:30.
    Various outlets also reporting that the off-duty officer stepped outside and saw someone else getting robbed and intervened. Any knowledge on whether that's true?

    Thanks for the good work.

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  18. Robberies? What robberies? Crime? What crime? Sarcasm.

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  19. "Police took the man into custody at Damen and Belle Plaine, then found his gun in an alley at Damen and Byron. "An entire busload" of witnesses positively identified the gunman, police say."

    One of the few disadvantages of going after "easy pickings" - the no-snitching rule is not in effect.

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    1. But why are "armed robbery charges are pending."

      Not that I know for sure that the firearm was illegal acquired, he didn't have a FOID card and CCW permit. But I bet it's a safe bet. So why not add illegal use of a firearm, felony for not having a FOID card, felony for not having a CCW, felony for having a unregistered firearm?

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    2. Police probably going for felonies and arguing with State's Atty Felony Review.

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  20. I really have to question why I signed up for a security system contract for 3 years with ADT. Even after knowing about CWB the only honest news site in Chicago and the relentless RAP statuses, what good is paying for a service you may or may not receive? Counting down the days to move before the disastrous summer months.

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  21. Can't wait to leave Chicago. The truth is the suburbs are the only safe place left. The city used to have nice neighborhoods but with the new political and social climate the thugs brazenly target anyone, anytime, anywhere and once nice sections are unlivable. It's the same in cities all over the country. I was walking a friend's pit pull in November and was jumped by two thugs, no more than 14 years old, and one even jumped on the dog--a pit bull! Either they are really stupid or they are really brave. I suspect it's the former. By the way, the pit bull, a sweet 2-year-old girl, was terrified and did not attack.

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    1. That's why it's good to live far, far away from big cities. I lived in Chicago, then I moved to the suburbs, then I moved to....Montana, and I love it here. Leaving Chicago and Illinois was the best decision I ever made.

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    2. I would love to live in Montana! Did you have a job or just move? Where in Montana?

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    3. Yes, I got a job in Montana, which, of course, was one of the main reasons I moved out here. However, I was so desperate to get out of Chicago that I very well may have moved out here even without a job. I live in the Great Falls area.

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  22. All is well! All is well!!! (Big smile on face)

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