Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BLIND SPOTS: Man Robbed At Gunpoint Near Mayor's House Monday; CVS Robbed Nearby This Morning

WTXL
Developing: In addition to the robbery at gunpoint reported below, the CVS Pharmacy at 4051 N. Lincoln—about five blocks from the mayor's home—was robbed at knifepoint at 5:15AM today. It is the second time that store has been robbed this year.

A CVS clerk told police that a white or Hispanic man brandished a knife or box cutter, pulled the drawer open, and took the store's cash.

The offender today was described as being 5'3" tall, 180 pounds, wearing a black hat, beige jacket, and black shoes.

Our original report about the robbery at gunpoint follows.
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A Lincoln Square man was robbed at gunpoint around 7:40PM Monday just three blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's police-fortified Lake View home. No one is in custody.

When police met the victim in the 4500 block of Hermitage, he reported that three black male teenagers dressed in all black approached him, produced at least one handgun, and demanded his valuables. Witnesses saw the offenders escape eastbound on Sunnyside from Ashland.

Taken in the robbery were the victim's laptop. iPhone 5, iPod, and wallet. His phone's last pings showed it heading past Fullerton on southbound Lake Shore Drive.

Mayor Emanuel's own son reported being beaten and robbed steps from the family's front door on December 19. Days later, Emanuel told reporters that his son had been victimized in a "blind spot" and promised to have police sweep the city to rid it of such robbery-friendly backwaters.
There are some blind spots and [the police are] gonna address it from a safety on the block — not the safety of the house [issue] for us…it’s their job to do it for everybody in the city — not just us.
Since that statement, the 19th police district's second-in-command has been assigned to personally inspect conditions outside of the mayor's house every working day.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters after the Emanuel robbery that the cops who sit in front and back of the mayor's home 24/7 "are sitting on the mayor’s house. They are not sitting on the mayor’s neighborhood," a fact that surely became crystal clear to one Lincoln Square resident last night.
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