Sunday, February 22, 2015

ALERT: Gunman Targeting Local Businesses, Cops Say

Wanted. 
Chicago police have just issued a community alert warning the public about a man who has robbed two businesses at gunpoint in our area. Both crimes were first reported here on CWB.

The man is wanted for robbing Plato's Closet resale shop at Broadway and Diversey over the weekend as well as robbing a FedEx store near Fullerton and Halsted on January 9.

In both cases, the man entered, produced a small revolver, and demanded cash.

FedEx witnesses described the man as black, 45- to 50-years-old, wearing a red and gray plaid trapper style winter hat, a black jacket, partially faded blue jeans, and white gym shoes.

Surveillance footage of Saturday's robbery on Broadway show the man to be black, 40 to 45 years old, 5'10" tall, 150 pounds, wearing a tan trapper style hat, a black trench coat over a gray hoodie, blue jeans, and white gym shoes.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 312.744.8263 and refer to Pattern P15-N-054(BA).
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43 comments:

  1. Just curious, I hear all this talk about how Lakeview was "really bad" 20 or 30 years ago or so. There was supposedly more gangs, prostitution, punks, etc. but were there this many armed robberies, racks of clothing being wheeled out of stores, cars sitting up on blocks, random fires, people minding their own business being harrassed and assaulted on the streets?

    Don't bring Tunney, politics or lack of cops into it. Again, just curious.

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    1. I moved to Halsted & Cornelia in 1982, and stayed there for 23 years. Everybody (who didn't live there) said it was bad. It wasn't. In fact, I moved because the neighborhood became an entertainment strip, and the crime started seeping in. Now, I'm glad I'm out of there. I understand Wells Street went through the same thing some years earlier.

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    2. This is an interesting discussion. I asked a neighbor who has lived here for over 20 years if crime seemed "worse". Her response was that there weren't as many guns years ago. Then there are the real old timers who will tell stories of standing up to and pushing the gang members out of the neighborhood - so that must have been much more prevalent. Perhaps general criminal element is less than it was, but the criminals coming here now are armed more frequently?

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    3. I moved into East Lakeview in 1986 and didn't relocate to North Center until 2002. I never had any problems while living there, nor did I have any fear leaving a bar and walking home late at night (and I am female). Hell, used to see prostitutes hang out by the old Dominick's on Broadway while heading to Friar Tuck's for cocktails. They didn't bother me, and I didn't bother them. That was it.

      That neighborhood used to be safe.

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    4. Many years ago there used to be basketball courts outside of Hawthorne ES. Skinheads used to go there and shoot hoops and intimidate the neighbors and scare the kids. The principal at the time had them removed without authorization and replaced with tennis courts or something to keep the gang members from hanging out.

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    5. I have lived off and on in this neighborhood since the early 70's. Job transfers to other cities off and on had me elsewhere, but I always returned here. Over the years it has become more like Rush Street on Clark and on Halsted It was relatively safe on the streets in the 70's at night provided you weren't attacked by sissy-beaters armed with bats and knives. No guns then. People didn't have access to them like they do today. The use of whistles and the later formation of pink angels came into play. People did not stop going out. They refused to be cowered into staying in and did not surrender the streets to criminals. Someone mentioned prostitutes on Broadway. Neighbors fixed that problem by taking pictures of the johns and their cars. No customers, no prostitutes. Wells Street and North had a very active night scene in the late 60's and early 70's. It got so bad that the neighbors started forcing the closing of bars -- as I recall by voting precincts dry.

      For us I think that the more people out, the more people aware of what is going on, the more people willing to check that noise or cry for help, the more consideration bars give in monitoring their customers behavior in and out of the bar, the safer this area will become. At least that is my hope because I really love this area.

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    6. I started going to bars on Halsted Street in 1983 and moved to Surf Street off Broadway in 1986. At the time there were quite a number of adult book stores & peep shows on Broadway sprinkled among bars & discos. There was more of a gay presence south of Belmont, with Bulldog Road, Paradise, Victoria's, Take That, Cheeks on Broadway and Clark down past Wrightwood. The Century was extremely gay and cruisy and the whole area was called New Town. Gays sunbathed nude at the lagoon by where the Nature Museum is now. Hookers worked Broadway. It was not uncommon to see a van rocking in a parking space. The neighborhood looked a little... no a lot trashed. Not many flowers, trampled grass in the parkways, litter, bars on windows, very dark at night. HOWEVER... I used to walk all over the neighborhood late at night after closing late bars. Never worried about getting mugged. Never. There weren't any thugs from the south side patrolling the streets looking for an easy victim. There weren't shootings. It was quiet. Just another quiet neighborhood. The neighborhood was much safer then. Less pretty, but much, much safer. I left in 1997. I rarely come back now. Very rarely. I don't like what it has become.

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    7. Wow, I completely forgot about the adult book store and peep show! And the old Brian Boru's 4am bar a few doors down that I used to frequent.

      And yet I still always felt safe walking home at all hours of the night to my place on Barry. Damn, what a shame to see what the area has become. It may look a lot nicer, but the neighborhood has gone to hell.

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    8. Very interesting. Your post is kinda what i was looking for. I used to just visit the area during your your described time frame and agree with your perception. Not "pretty" by any means. But definitely didn't feel dangerous or unsafe either. At the time i had no idea i was that close to the prized lakefront either. So two decades later I resided on that lakefront there and would have never imagined how dangerous it was. I moved because of it. I concur with your post. It's prettier now (for lack of a better word) but it's truly a "lipstick on a pig" atmosphere.

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    9. You know, that ("lipstick on a pig") is probably true of much of the city. I don't remember so much violence 30 years ago. Perhaps there were more murders, but then (like now) I think most victims knew their murderers. It's the muggings, the shootings, the crazy teenagers running amok, the carjackings that are just off the scale. Nobody went out to beat somebody up just to be a youtube / Facebook "star". I miss Chicago, the real Chicago, the safer Chicago, the ugly Chicago with peep shows and strip clubs and seedy theaters and Rush Street bars and Blaxploitation movies and dive bars and Biddy Mulligans and Club 950 Lucky Number and cheap rent and cheap booze. It was safer and it was more fun.

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  2. Maybe after Tunney wins again tomorrow he'll acknowledge it's not the "very safe place" he's spewing about now...and will be giggling that we were dumb enough to vote for him again.

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  3. The Lucky Horseshoe Lounge / The North End has a full paid ad in this week's edition of Grab magazine to re-relect Rahmmy and Tunney. Their tagline is..."support those who support us."

    Can't believe anyone from the community would visit or support these two businesses if they care so little about what has happened to the community. Shame on them.

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    1. They are pro-gay, NOT pro-safe living. They see the contrast between Lakeview East against the South Side, West Side, Rogers Park, etc, so think anything better is by definition safe (by Chicago's Capone-era standards). Most of their dancers don't hang around more than 6 months.

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    2. A lot of bars on Halsted are hurting and it serves them right.

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    3. I'd personally not be unhappy if this short laundry list of "businesses" would just go away, move to another neighborhood, or whatever:
      *CoH (need I say more)
      *Roscoes (and its idiot straight white girls)
      * Hydrate
      * Lucky Horseshoe (and its 40-year-old dancers)
      * Dive Bar (looks on track to be an epic fail)
      *Peet's (because their internet is so slow, almost non-existent, and because it's nowhere near as fun as it was when it was a Caribou)
      *Whatever that is going up between Little Jim's and the taco shop (it already seems like it will be bad news)
      *CellBlock (an embarassment compared to how glorious it used to be back in the day)

      Anyone have anything to add to this list?

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    4. A former co-worker told me she hosted a bridal event and Hydrate was there with boys dressed in gold pants promoting their bachelorette parties. There you go! Yes, those bars are hurting......bad.

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    5. Riiight... so if only 67% of the neighborhood supported those bars, like they do Alderman Tunney, they would still be on the wrong side of everything? You posters might want to actually engage people instead of sitting in front of your screens. Perhaps then you'd understand the huge levels of support for Tunney and Rahm.

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    6. I'll add Melrose Diner to your list. Stopped after work on a Thursday at 1 a.m. and saw the Tunney poster in the window. Went in long enough to snap off about that stupid beyotch letting crime run the neighborhood into the ground and tell the host that I'll never be back. Looked like business was really slow and I agree... serves them right. More of my friends are hosting dinners and extended cocktail parties at their homes (where the booze is cheaper and the music doesn't SUCK... added bonuses). Everyone travels by Uber now.

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    7. 67% of the 29% who turned out to vote supported Tunney. That's not huge to me.

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    8. Many of the yelp reviewers of Hydrate make mention of the Groupon special they took advantage of there. Anyway, when "bottle service" on that strip was being pushed, I finally realized it had all become way too fantabulous around there for my dull GWM self.

      I sincerely wish those businesses and their workers the best of luck in the next few years.

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  4. I saw that and I will never spend another dime at North End.

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  5. I live in the 46th, and I'm definitely NOT voting for Cappleman. I'm also voting for Chuy, since he's in 2nd place. A vote for Chuy is a vote against Rahm. Even though I prefer Fioretti...he's near the bottom, so a vote for him is a waste of time. I want to see a run-off, and put the mayor's feet to the fire.

    Unfortunately, most of our aldermen are worthless, rubber-stamping flunkies of the mayor. Whatever that little maggot wants, they agree! (Same went for the city counsel under Daley.) All these aldermen, their staffs & budgets.....what a HUGE waste of taxpayer money!! Get rid of half of the alderwaste and hire more cops!!

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    1. A vote for any of the "not-Rahm"s is equally effective a getting to a run-off. It's not based upon how many votes any of the other candidates receive, it's 100% dependent upon whether Rahm gets to the 50% + 1 vote threshold.

      For what it's worth, I also voted for "not-Rahm" in the hope that we'll get a run-off, even though I think Rahm is the best -- er, "least worst" of all those running.

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  6. What's up with 1911R ? They are Never on their beat or even in the 10 sector to back up any other 10 sector car. They are Always in the 20 sector on Clark or Halsted or Belmont. Hey that's great you want to work in 20 sector car just ask bosses to put you on a 20 sector car. You do nothing on your beat and never in 10 sector to back up anyone.

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    1. The bosses know now.

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  7. And the sheep have spoken again. Tunney had 67% of the vote. I'm glad I'm not part of that 67%.

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  8. What do you do with/about a boldfaced AlderLIAR?

    "I think people feel that Lakeview is moving in the right direction and is a successful community," Tunney told DNAinfo Chicago. "I feel that there's a level of trust with my stewardship of the ward and there are high expectations."

    Tunney listed commercial vacancies, crime and education as top concerns for the ward and said he wants to work on improving Lakeview schools, particularly Lakeview High School.

    "There's a lot of anxiety with the high school and the continuum of public education. I've been working on that," Tunney said Tuesday evening.

    For the first time since he was elected in 2003, Tunney faced opposition. Although neither challenger was able to gain traction in the 44th ward, Thomas said the election results showed "one in three people in this ward are very upset." "I heard from hundreds of people today personally thanking me for running, so there's a very strong, angry streak here in Lakeview," said Thomas, who added that he will run for alderman again in four years.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150224/lakeview/tom-tunney-wins-44th-ward-election

    Damn, damn, damn ...

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    1. For Sale and For Rent signs going up in three, two, one...

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    2. New Tunney's facebook status:

      "Thank you! The people of the 44th Ward have made a clear and decisive choice about the direction of our community. Our residents want to keep our community moving forward.

      Our neighborhood is cleaner. Our neighborhood is safer. People are making investments in and improving their homes. Businesses are thriving. There are more neighborhood parks. There are more stores and restaurants.

      I have dedicated my life to make Lakeview the best place it can be – this community we are proud to call our home. But, this is a partnership and we are all in this together. You have my commitment over the next four years to meet the ongoing challenges:

      • Improving high school options in order to keep families in Lakeview by removing the stress of applying to selective enrollment and magnet schools.
      • Making our neighborhood even safer in partnership with the Chicago Police Department, residents and businesses.
      • Addressing our City’s financial position and pension obligations

      Thank you for your continued support of me and my dedication to making Lakeview the strong community it is today."

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    3. "• Making our neighborhood even safer in partnership with the Chicago Police Department, residents and businesses."

      Bullshit.

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  9. The voters of the district have once again proven to be complete morons. Both Tunney and Cappleman back in, Tunney with a huge margin. The people deserve the clowns they vote into office and the related crime that comes with it - enjoy continuing to get robbed and beaten, it's only going to get worse.

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    1. Cappleman is not back in. He's now in a run-off with Amy Crawford. On the Lincoln Park end of the district, Michele Smith will have a run-off against Caroline Vickrey.

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  10. NYC population 8.7 million 51 City Council members = 1/171 (thousand)
    Los Angeles 4.0 million 15 City Council = 1 per 266 k
    Houston 2.3 million 16 City Council = 1 per 144 k
    San Diego 1.4 million 9 City Council = 1 per 156 k
    Dallas 1.3 million 14 City Council = 1 per 93 k
    San Francisco 850,000 11 Board of Supervisors = 1 per 77 k
    Detroit 685,000 9 City Council = 1 per 76 k
    Chicago 2.7 million 50 City Council = 1 per 54 k

    That's just one poop-load full of council-ing we get here in this fine city.
    And don't forget, each one gets a staff and some minders. And the Council as a whole has staff too!
    Tell you what - It takes a lot of manpower to run a ballot-box-stuffing patronage system.

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  11. Not sure who's dumber, the 67% that voted for Tunney or the 67% of the voting population that didn't even bother voting.

    Your community deserves all of the crime, you are obviously content with the way things are heading. Good luck!

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    1. The eight ninths of the population who either voted for Tunney or didn't vote deserve what they get. The other ninth will simply suffer on account of majoritarian ignorance.

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  12. We may be stuck with Tunney as a result of the election, but we still have a great opportunity to unseat Rahm and replace him with Chuy, who has pledged to deliver another 1,000 cops to the city. We must not allow Rahm to be re-elected. If Chuy gets elected and then we get more cops and a safer neighborhood, we can just ignore Tunney and let him do whatever it is he does.

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    1. And the best part if Rahm looses...it will most likely END is political career...no one will touch him. Bye, bye you little maggot!!

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    2. I like Chuy, but I am concerned about where the money for additional cops comes from. What solution does he propose to handle the huge debt this city faces, particularly with public employee pensions? Also, why does Chicago need a higher ratio of police to public than NYPD or LAPD? (http://www.governing.com/gov-data/safety-justice/law-enforcement-police-department-employee-totals-for-cities.html) What we need is a judicial system that actually punishes people who commit acts of violence against people and/or property. Slapping of the wrist should be applied more liberally to non-violent crime to make room in the jails for those who are a danger to the public.

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    3. why does Chicago need a higher ratio of police to public than NYPD or LAPD?

      Because CPD uses police officers for certain tasks handled by civilians in other departments. Look at total law enforcement employees per capita. NYC has far more.

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  13. " If Chuy gets elected and then we get more cops and a safer neighborhood" and way higher property taxes. Just sayin

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    1. Property taxes will be going up if Rahm wins, too. He just won't say so.

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  14. Can anyone explain to me how Tunney can write "our neighborhood is safer" in his thank you message? Check it out on Facebook. You might as well say that the sky is green and the moon is made of cheese.

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