Saturday, May 30, 2015

HOMICIDE: Victim Shot Dead In Reported Cell Phone Robbery

The victim died on the grass to the left of the L tracks pillar.
UPDATE 7:23PM: Charges filed. More details on our follow-up report HERE.
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UPDATE 12:30PM - A source has told us that police notification of family and/or friends took place in the nearby 1300 block of Fletcher this morning.

UPDATE 4:30PM-While the victim's legal address is in suburban Palos Park, we have been told that he may have lived in our neighborhood at the Fletcher address.

UPDATE 5:10PM: DNAInfo Chicago has more about the victim.

UPDATE 6:54PM: We are receiving word that charges have been filed.

Our original report follows....
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A suspect is in custody after a 25-year-old man was shot dead during an apparent cell phone robbery overnight in the 900 block of Oakdale.

An officer found the victim on the ground next to the L tracks at 942 Oakdale at 2:06 this morning and soon discovered two gunshot wounds in the man's chest. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect was found by a cop who scaled this building to access
the Wellington CTA platform, which was closed for the night.
A manhunt ensued for the offender and police found a man matching the gunman's description on the Wellington Brown Line station platform at 2:34AM.

About 200 feet from the murder scene, a small chrome revolver, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered in a neighbor's back yard.

Map showing location of the victim, the recovered handgun, and the suspect's escape route.
The gunman fled into a series of yards that offered no escape to Sheffield Avenue.
Trapped, he climbed onto a nearby roof and then made his way to a low-hanging CTA platform.
According to a witness, the victim screamed, "He took my phone! He took my phone!" indicating that the shooting may have occurred when an all-too-common mugging went sideways.

While police have not officially announced robbery as a factor, an officer on-scene confirmed that early indications are that an altercation erupted when the offender targeted the victim's cell phone.

Witnesses say the offender—a black man about 6-feet tall, 160 pounds, with a buzz cut—was wearing a torn gray tank top, dark gym shorts, and black tube socks. He was last seen running north under the L tracks after opening fire.

Officers climbed into the Wellington station, which is closed overnight, by scaling a nearby building. There, they found a man who resembled the shooter's description on the southbound platform. That man was taken in for questioning.

This story is developing...
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133 comments:

  1. Now Lakeview's problems are no longer shielded by the media and press.

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    1. Messed up situation. I grew up in Lakeview and moved out when times changed. Lakeview neighborhood better wake up and realize your hood is just starting to get the wrong kind of attention, and believe me, if folks dont wake up and realize what's going on around them you then need to wake up.

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    2. It's too late. 9 years too late. All the signs were very apparent nearly a decade ago.

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  2. Those of us in the community who are sane and aware of reality knew this day would be here sooner rather than later. Since the majority of voters are comfortable with the status quo, unfortunately this is the new reality of the community. And even more sad, nothing will be done because we are led by a bunch of incompetent morons.

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    1. "Those of us in the community who are sane and aware of reality knew this day would be here sooner rather than later."

      AMEN! How long have we've been foretelling this insanity and death?? Imagine, it's 2015 and you can actually die in this neighborhood for a damn cell phone!! But keep preaching your ignorant recipe for safety, Rahm!!

      "Coming off a Memorial Day weekend that saw 12 killed and at least 41 wounded in shootings across the city, the mayor called for

      *more community involvement and

      *stronger gun laws to stem the tide of street violence."

      https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150526/downtown/after-bloody-weekend-rahm-says-chicagoans-need-secure-our-streets

      Face reality, people. Until and unless SOMEbody wakes up, gets real and changes the $$$ allocations by going hard after these thugs and/or the gangs that profit from the thuggery and violence, "civic involvement" translates to: we're really, truly, actually, sickeningly >>>> on our own.. . ..

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  3. Wow. Uptown has come to Lakeview. Terrifying. I wonder how many more robbery-homicides have to occur before we get more police.

    Don't forget, "crime is down."

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    1. I beg to differ...in uptown the average citizen is not the prey....it is the gang members. Innocent people that get shot are not the intended target. Granted to the person that gets shot it doesn't matter if it was intended or not but in Lakeview...the average citizen is the prey and when they venture outside, especially after dark, they might as well have an X on their head. Walk through Lakeview on halsted or belmont late at night and you will feel like a sitting duck. You are much more likely to get violently robbed, attacked by a crew of thugs and now shot! I have lived in lakeview when it was safe and Uptown currently and in the past and I feel much safer in Uptown day or night than I do in Lakeview. Thank you to all the voter that re elected tunney and rahm they are doing a bang up job, no doubt....4 more years. and our fine mayor does not want you bothering him with your safety concerns unless and until your issue are comparable or worse than those in Englewood

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    2. Good point about the gang on gang violence in Uptown, Russ Z. Thank you for your response.

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  4. This is the watershed moment for Lakeview that we all feared. I can't even imagine how Tunney will react to this.

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    1. "But it was 'only one person' killed"?

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    2. Please look again at the chart to the right of this page concerning the decline in the number of police assigned to the district. And remember all the meetings where the mayor, alderman, superintendent and commander said there would be no change to the manpower in the consolidated districts. Flat out lies. And as you say Craig, this is the watershed moment that an innocent person died because of those lies.

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    3. I live on the East Coast, but I think you folks should send some real nasty FAX's to Tunney's office Monday morning, like :

      "Hey You Tunney, Corrupt Pandering Jackass,
      For sticking your thumb in your ass with Rahmbo's 30% police cuts, Uptown has moved to your Ward. What do you have to say for yourself having blackmailed all businesses to support your campaign ? ? ?"

      He will ignore it regardless of what you say, so you might as well totally unload on him, and send a copy to the local FBI office and State AG office.

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    4. Probably not going to happen because an overwhelming majority of the voting residents just re-elected him so they are happy with his performance. Looked at his Facebook page today and not a hint of negativity on it. Not many comments either, but all praising him.

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    5. SADLY this is something anyone who reads this blog could see coming. IT was only a matter of time until one of these late night robberies turned even more violent.

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    6. ^ They probably get $1,000 for each police run that doesn't happen. They're very well connected here.

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  5. RIP. We all knew this was going to happen sooner or later. The real question is will this affect change? Probably not....

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  6. It was only a letter of time as people were being robbed with guns. It only takes one person to refuse and then to be shot.

    Shame on politicians and cops for waiting until someone is murdered before realizing they have a problem

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    1. What makes you think they'll discover that they now have a problem? It's been a problem for several years.

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  7. And so it begins...the other foot has dropped. Good luck this summer.

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  8. These thugs are the lowest denomination of human life. Can't even begin to imagine what would make someone think making a few bucks (or even a few hundred) off a stolen phone is worth taking somebody's life and/or spending the rest of their life behind bars.

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  9. For whatever reason I didn't even flinch when opening up CWB this morning and reading this.

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  10. I guess the cop ready for retirement that I talked to the other night was right when he said "It's only going to get worse".

    Is the boycott of local businesses finally going to happen now until they step up to the plate? "It's just transient youth" isn't going to work in this case.

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    1. Since they all put up Tunney posters, and acted in complete denial anything was wrong if you spoke to them, then questioned your sanity as a final insult, yes boycott all of them.

      This is also creeping into Smith's Ward, and she is even more a useless, pandering, rich, bitch than Tunney. She needs to get relentless constituent abuse too.

      How's business at the Days Inn lately ? I used to stay there every year. I won't come within miles of the place now.

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  11. Just wait until they downgrade this murder to a "theft". That will happen very soon. Tunny said he would look into this.

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  12. CWB is the best news source in Chicago. This day has been in the making for some time, sadly.

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  13. At some point, it's the community that needs to take a stand against the new environment in our neighborhood. Demonstrating insanity by sticking our heads in sand and voting the same failed politicians that brought us this mess will not somehow magically make our problems go away. The community needs a spine and better face reality soon.

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    1. What about inviting the Guardian Angels to our area to help patrol? God knows we don't have enough police coverage. Perhaps area resident will join the Guardian Angels and together we can take our neighborhood back.

      How about start a neighborhood patrol of big guys with really big dogs?

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  14. Finally happened. I wonder how Tunney, Tiny Dancer and the Data Cop Guy will spin this! RIP

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    1. Mayor Tiny Dancer was confronted last year by a Lakeview citizen about our 27% reduction in police, and he barked out "you got murders?" Well, yes sir, we do. Now what say you?

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    2. How do you think ?

      "Isolated Incident - our Ward still has a very low homicide rate".

      Tiny Dancer will face a dozen or two more before the weekend is out, like every other weekend . Nothing stands out about this one. But he considers himself only the mayor of the Loop and possibly Near North and Mag Mile, a hot bed of Business Stuffed Shirts and Limo Liberal / Rich Snot supporters.

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  15. This is terrible - all for a phone?! Why are they STILL stealing phones, and now killing for them? Haven't these clowns learned that many of them can be traced and/or rendered inoperable when stolen?

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  16. It finally happened. Can you imagine this young man's family waking up this morning being told their son is DEAD? He's gone, a young man who they thought was starting his life in a nice Chicago neighborhood has been gunned down in the middle of Lakeview.

    Your neighbors are a bunch of dummies. I just watched ABC's report, they interviewed a couple of neighbors - "you have to be aware of what's going on, it's a big city" "I've lived here 7 years, I've always felt safe". Wake up! Someone just got KILLED steps outside of your front door. Sad things is, I bet most people will never even hear about this.

    #headundersand #itsabigcity

    RIP to the young man whose life was taken. Prayers to his family learning of this news this morning.

    It's not right. Do something.

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    1. This, 100,000 times over

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    2. I read this story last night around 2:30AM on CWB just before going to bed. First to report again.

      I laid down and said a prayer for this poor guy's family and friends. Their heartbreak is unimaginable. I included a prayer for the person who senselessly pulled the trigger. What on earth happened so horribly in his life that this is where it lead him? No excuses whatsoever, but we have a huge problem in our inner cities and especially in this generation that must be dealt with. These people are lost! Too complex to unravel here and now, but I believe this all starts with the family and people finding purpose. It is not happening under current circumstances.

      RIP, young man. You deserved much better.

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  17. "According to a witness, the victim screamed, "He took my phone! He took my phone!" before shots rang out." An absolutely heartbreaking day in Lakeview.

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    1. I heard those exact same shouts on the Sedgewick platform 5 years ago and the Old Town businesses lost my hard earned money then.

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  18. It would be nice to see the gay community screaming down and booing these loser politicians when they are marching in the Pride Parade in a couple of weeks, unfortunately they'll be drunk out of their mind, cheering them on, and trying to get selfies with Rahm, Tunney and Cappleman. If they put as much effort into booing these clowns as they would if a Republican marched in the parade, they could perhaps make a difference.

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    1. Sad but true.

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    2. Apparently not written by someone who attends the parade. The vast majority of attendees are straight - either families who live in the neighborhood, which is no longer a gay ghetto, or suburban "children" who come to Chicago for 18 hours to show their maturity. Gay-bashing, and turning this into something about political parties, doesn't address the issue. And by the way, typically the most applauded political marcher was the late Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican.

      Please know your facts before you turn a tragedy into a soapbox for your misguided and inaccurate political views. There are plenty of places for you to post if that is your mission.

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    3. I agree about booing these guys at the parade start...but, I disagree about all the drunks being Gay.
      The drunks are mostly straights from Scahumburg etc....
      The Pride Parade mostly stopped being about LGBT "Pride" a long time ago.

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    4. The above poster's political comments are spot on. Democrats have run this city forever, and look where we are. We have have several thousand less police officers in Chicago, and thus an inadequate amount in our district, because we can't afford the amount of officers that we actually need. I'm a lifelong Chicagoan but for the first time, I can't see a way out of this mess. The crime rate will continue to soar while our police force will continue to shrink, and innocent human beings like this young man will suffer the consequences...and more and more people will leave. Illinois lead the nation again this past year in net residents immigrating to another state.

      RIP young man.

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    5. I booed Rahm, Tunney & Cappelman. Unfortunately, they couldn't hear me over the cheers. I wished I had a bullhorn, but I'd probably be arrested.

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    6. i booed rahm tunney and berrios.

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  19. Society has completely broken down in the U.S. Crime is up everywhere, not just in Chicago. It's what happens when we try to be "nice" to the criminal element of society rather than locking their useless asses in prison. Religion is treated as a sin now in America, no longer any strong family structure in most households, the economy has been in the tank for years, no longer any jobs for young people, and the feel good liberal policies are bringing us deep into the sewer. I fear we're heading into a time that will make the 1960s look tame.

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    1. Spot on! Correct these things and life would change in a hurry.
      I read an excellent and sweet story yesterday about a little boy who prank called 911 and his ensuing, hand-written apology letter to them (obviously encouraged by his parents to take personal responsibility for his actions). More parents like this and we'd have real change in this world.
      http://news.yahoo.com/sixth-grader-delivers-best-apology-of-all-time-for-shouting--deez-nuts--at-a-911-dispatcher-144936739.html

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    2. Gheez by all means bring back the 1960s and beetter yet the 50s .People didn't have to look over their shoulder is much.

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    3. I'm just posting to say this is a stupid comment. Overall crime is the lowest it has been in decades. Notwithstanding that, clearly crime in Lakeview has worsened in the twelve years I've lived here and I directly blame the reduction in police officers.

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  20. This blog would be an ideal place to organize to demand our police back. We have the Pride parade coming up and that would be a perfect time to protest by wearing red T-shirts, symbolizing the blood on our streets, and carrying signs blasting Rahm, Tunney, and McCarthy. Let the media know what's going on. Tell your friends to participate. We can't continue to sit back and type comments on our computers. The neighborhood has taken a significant step in the wrong direction.

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    1. If everyone (or at least a majority) would take this approach, I honestly believe something would be done and crime would come down. Sadly, most people are too absorbed by spending their lives inside their iPhones now trying to be popular on all the social media sites. If people don't take action like the comment above, it's complete insanity to think something will be done out of the blue.

      In addition to the participants, the majority of floats should also focus on crime this year. What a powerful message if you had the looney politicians at the front of the line cheering and patting themselves on the back, only to be joined by a sea of booing and protests coming from behind.

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    2. CWB tweeted they might be selling black t-shirts with "Helmont 3200N 1000W" in red letters. I am going to but at least one! https://twitter.com/CWBChicago/status/604116297136369664/photo/1

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    3. Great Idea, but I imagine the parade organizers would not allow such a group to march in the parade.

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    4. ^ We're aiming for Monday. Any proceeds will be used to offset our costs such as transportation to and from court, transportation to and from scenes, we need to replace one of our computers that has been running 24/7 since 2013, etc. Thank you for supporting our efforts, however that support may be expressed.

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    5. I hope you'll put CWB's web address on there, too, with the words "Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown". More people need to read to know.

      BTW, how can we (I) assist financially?? Collectively, I'm sure we could get you a new computer for all you've done for us.

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    6. I'm not on Twitter. How can I buy a shirt.

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    7. We'll be offering them on our site. Thank you all for your interest in supporting us. More in the next few days.

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    8. Also, maybe you can supply a PDF file flyer for us in the neighborhood to put up on the street/ light poles along Halsted with your hashtag (now I have to find you on Twitter), website, etc? We can organize closer to the day who can go where or maybe meet at a coffee house to divide and conquer with the flyer?

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    9. Shouldn't you change the spelling to Hellmont?

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  21. Many people move into Lakeview and Uptown because of the convenient public transportation to take them to work or school. Unfortunately, that System also brings undesirables into Lakeview and Uptown, and their goal is to exploit the residents. As a former Chicago Police Sergeant, I can assure you that the Mass Transit Unit of the Chicago Police Department does not have enough officers to put even one officer at each of the train stations on the CTA. The entire Mass Transit Unit for 24 hr. coverage of all the stations and buses, especially during rush hours, consists of less than 250 officers, sergeants and lieutenants! Divided by 4 separate Watches, or starting time, not counting days off and furloughs, and illness; we less than 10 officers for each line. On Midnights some lines have NO OFFICERS. Anyone who rides the CTA, especially at night rides at his or her own peril. When Claypool, a political hack was in charge of CTA he naively believed cameras could control crime on the System. He is absolutely wrong, cameras do not handcuff suspects. Physical presence deters crime, cameras assist in investigations after the crime has occurred, which is too late for deceased victims. In this incident it is obvious that the Alleged Suspect was trying to flee via the CTA and one can assume that is how he got into the area of the crime. Folks need to realize, that it is very likely you are riding the train without police protection, except for a camera. Sgt. Baby"G"

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    1. At least the mayor is using the full arm of the law to have cops check bags at the State/Grand entrance to deter terrorists. Nice they announce it as well so the would be terrorists can use another entrance if so desired.

      With all of the pressures that the police are under now and the lack of support from citizens and politicians often times, they are sure to be commended for getting out there and risking their lives each day. Not many people would make that big of a sacrifice for others.

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    2. Riding NYC transit or visiting the stations will shock people who are accustomed to the lack of police coverage at our CTA stations. Much more than "broken windows" , NYC has curbed a huge crime problem. World Class cities don't have the crime problem that Chicago does. Think about it. LA has also addressed a huge gang problem and has crime under control. Second and third tier cities are having the problems and unfortunately Chicago is right there with them. All the political PR and having tons of cops on Michigan Avenue will no longer control the facts. The fact is unless Chicago gets a handle on crime....we're never gonna get back to World Class.

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    3. ^^^^^^ well said.

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    4. Where I work anyone who works past 7 p.m. and rides public transit gets a taxi voucher.

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  22. The last Brown Line Local went south at 1:20am and north at 2:00am.
    Those times coincide with the crime, although the murdered would have had to schlep back to Belmont to leave the area.

    Unlike New York, Chicago's Expresses do not become Locals when locals go to sleep for the night, so that was the end of the service day for Diversey and Wellington. The Red Line goes right by stopping only at Fullerton and Belmont.

    Chicago does not understand, and does not want to understand, what NYC did 30 years ago. It only knows how to cheat on crime metrics:
    - Increase police headcount
    - 4 police shifts
    - Broken windows strategy.

    Stop and Frisk" has now proven to be ineffectual.

    CTA and Rahm know only how to spend money on big capital projects for public transit, which is fine, but has no intention of keeping the customers safe.

    All NYC subway lines run all night at 20 minute intervals, 10 minutes if 2 routes run on the same tracks.

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  23. It was only a matter of time, and it has now happened. Hopefully, this proves a watershed moment for the community, but my optimism is running out. Tunney won't do anything beyond offering simple platitudes, and he and Rahm carry a lot of responsibility for these increasingly brazen crimes in Lakeview. Stop the "crime is down" bullshit, and give us back proper levels of police support.

    Does anybody have the contact info for the new commander? How he responds to the nightly crime (and now MURDER - not "an altercation") radiating from the Belmont stop each night will tell all that needs to be known on the future of this neighborhood. Cmdr. Voulgaris seemed to genuinely want to have an impact in the community after dropping the all-is-well administration mantra, played a pretty good game of whack-a-mole with what he had, and never had a murder from this mayhem. I want to hold out hope for at least the same from the new leadership, but this is the make or break moment. Need to hear and see a clear new approach immediately.

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  24. This is my biggest fear about our neighborhood becoming a reality. I can't (or really, I can) believe this news.

    Sidebar: Police officers can't get into L stations overnight? Great that they were able to climb the buildings, but I'm shocked they can't access city-run areas.

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  25. All of these anonymous commenters blaming alderman, the mayor, police, ect need to have several seats. You could have patrols on every corner and crime would still happen. When I was mugged getting off the red line there was a cop half a block away. The only thing you can do to prevent things like this from happening to you is to not walk side streets alone at 2am. Take a cab to your door, walk in groups, don't stay out til the wee hours of the morning. Remember you live in a city that has a crime problem. If you do get mugged, don't resist anything. Give them everything they want, don't make eye contact and after you have given them what they want lay face down on the ground. Anything they take from you isn't worth your life.

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    1. If you get mugged, don't resist? Lay face down on the ground? Excellent advice to allow yourself to be shot in the back of the head execution style. Better advice, learn situational awareness, obtain a CCL, and put in the necessary additional self-training to be able to use a concealed firearm effectively as both a deterrent to being mugged and to protect yourself from being attacked.

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    2. How cowardly to tell people to not resist when being mugged and lay on the ground. Try growing a pair.

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    3. Thank God I had 2 parents raising me so I could have a father as a male role model. He taught me how to be a man by ensuring that I was brought up 1) to never be a bully and 2) to defend myself if attacked.

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  26. District 019 CAPS meeting next Wednesday at 7pm. Be there. Confront Tunney. Confront the Police Commander. Ask questions, demand accountability. This murder, and the upcoming "pride" parade, need to be the topics. No statistics recitation, no endless blather from the "alderman" about his recent feel-good events with senior citizens and school children. Get to the point and address the burning issues. Businesses are closing right and left along Broadway and Halsted. This is spiraling out of control. Rahm, McCarthy, Tunney, Smith, Cappleman .... You are the ones we all hold accountable.

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    1. The CTA flyover project meeting is at the same time on the same night.....

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    2. Where is the CAPS meeting being held on Wednesday? Folks, we need to be there in numbers and be assertive. Bring your friends and neighbors. Change will only happen if demanded! Silence = acceptance.

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    3. How convenient

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    4. CAPS meeting will be at the 19th district station at 7PM The CTA Flyover meeting is at the Center on Halsted, beginning at 6:30 (I think!)

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    5. Another CAPs copout.

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    6. Oh shit. I bet Tunney attends the flyover meeting instead of the CAPS meeting. Well, that's OK. He WILL still be asked pointed questions, even if we have to go to his office.

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    7. If he goes to the CTA meeting, pick up a mic and ask him your crime questions there. Some people may not like it, but this is not about being liked.

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  27. This is absolutely terrifying. I can't stop thinking about it now or this poor man's family, all over a cell phone. These filthy scumbag thugs have no regard for human life and it is absolutely disgusting. The residents who pay attention to this now get to walk in even more fear at night around here.

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  28. I know the person who was shot. He was a great kid working hard in the prime of his life trying to make a difference. He is from a strong great family. He was my sons best friend. This is disgusting. I grew up in the city and love Chicago, but this is a game changer to me. Too many of the shooters type are making this a different city. He should be put in a cauldron of boiling oil and burned to death for this.

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    1. Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends. What they are suffering is unimaginable.

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    2. Thanks for sharing. This is a supportive and moderated blog if you or the family are inclined to tell us more about the victim. Putting a face on this horrible crime would be a good thing. No matter what my sympathies to the family.

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    3. Agree with this and am sorry for your loss. It is shocking and disgusting that an innocent young man can't walk through his neighborhood without getting murdered. The shooter should be executed.

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    4. I am so sorry for this young man's family's loss and also for your and your son's loss. It is loss all the way around. Senseless and heartbreaking.

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    5. I love the cauldron of boiling oil idea.
      I suggest we sell tickets to the event and make it a huge fundraiser for victims of crime.

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    6. Agree with this last comment, as it is more than disgusting that an innocent young man can't walk thru his neighborhood without getting murdered. Given that this happens almost daily in parts of our once liveable city, we in this area now are feeling what our fellow humans in the South and West Side feel daily. It all is appalling, and any murder anywhere lessens the worth of our society.

      Unfortunately, there are too many guns, too little respect for each other and too little self-respect among younger people of all races and geographies today so we end up in a society here a cell phone = life itself.

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  29. Tiny Dancer is supposed to be at the opening of School Street Park tomorrow morning. That's where people should confront him.

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  30. I feel terrible for the young man's family and friends. Yeah, Tunney is a useless Alderman, but I think we need to hold the voters accountable even more. Specifically the business owners that voted him in. There's a list out there - right?

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  31. Any information on where the suspect resides?

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  32. I was a close friend of the victim. He was the most fun loving guy I knew and was friendly to all. He was the kind of person who only saw the good in people and would never hurt a fly. He had a special way of affecting those around him and being the life of the party, he treated everyone with respect and dignity even strangers. He was truly a great guy. He will be forever missed. RIP

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    1. this sickens me... so sorry

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    2. I'm so sorry for your loss. As you can tell, the community is outraged. Sickening crime, never met the young man and this has consumed my thoughts. RIP.

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    3. I'm so sorry.

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  33. Interesting thread taking place on Mr. Tunney's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AldTomTunney/posts/10152769389946829

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    1. I bet it will all be deleted as soon as Tunneys or one of his little minions sees it. I'm taking screenshots. People are simply asking intelligent questions. If it goes down, I'm going to take him to task on why he removed it.

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    2. yes. i recommend more people read and post.

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    3. why am I blocked from commenting on his page?

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  34. This is terrible and makes me furious. The other homicides in the area over the past few years have had different circumstances most of the time the victim was a gang member or knew their attacker as with most in our city but not this one. This one is an innocent bystander who moved here assuming his city would provide basic protection but no. Our damn officials spend too much time fighting with each other to provide a safe environment to their citizens. This one is on you Mayors Emanuel and Daley and you Alderman Tunney for fighting for a parade and a Draft as opposed to more officers. I hope you fall asleep knowing that you absolutely carry some blame for this young mans death and to think you don't is just ignorant. Let us as citizens hire our own patrol if you are going to protect us like a 3rd world country we should be able to hire our own armed guards to patrol our streets. Prayers to the friends and Family of this young man I am so sorry our city has failed you.

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  35. Have you neighborhood residents considered organizing some protests? The only way to get Rahm's attention (and thus to get police service restored) is to make him look bad in public.

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    1. I think this is an excellent idea. If we march and protest once or twice a week, perhaps we will gain media attention. Rahm and our worthless Aldermen need to be publicly called out for voting for a budget that does not include more police. Let's inform anyone who will listen, that these fools have stated again and again that we have adequate police coverage and of course "crime is down."

      If we march, perhaps the media will listen. I know that our "leaders" will not do the right thing unless they are publicly shamed into doing so.

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  36. http://cltv.com/2015/05/30/fatal-shooting-in-lakeview/

    CLTV updated at 12:23PM May 30, 2015 says no one is in custody. Do they have him or not?

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    1. We are not responsible for CLTV, NBC, ABC, Fox, the Sun-Times, Tribune, DNAInfo...who did I miss??l...OH! CBS, the New York Times or any other so-called news outlet. We give you the facts as we have them and we are standing by every word of this report.

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    2. Thank you and, of course, you are right! Now CLTV at 6:30PM is reporting that they have a suspect in custody. Really? They probably found out by reading your blog.

      http://cltv.com/2015/05/30/fatal-shooting-in-lakeview/

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  37. Venting your frustrations, you take to Facebook to complain and point fingers. There is a CAPS meeting this coming Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm at the police station on Addison. I encourage you all to show up there where your concerns can be heard by the people who have the power to make changes. And if you feel that still doesn't work, go the another meeting, and another, and another, write the Alderman's office, write Rahm's office, but DO something instead of complaining about it on Facebook. Be the change, don't just look for others to change it for you.

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  38. CWB thanks for your thorough reporting, you are my first stop every morning. So sad to hear about this. Random question: is there a way to hear the police radio/dispatch during this time? If not, can you inform us the nature of the response - was it quick, did many cars respond, etc? We read all the time about abysmal response times and the short-staffed district - I just hope this didn't impact the response this time.

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    1. In this case, the officer was flagged down by a passer-by or personally found the victim lying on the ground. The officer called it in initially as a "downer," -- the VERY common occurrence in Lakeview of a person being passed out at 2AM. Within a minute, the officer realized that the victim had been shot .

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  39. this just SICKENS ME.. THE LOSS OF LIFE OVER A CELL PHONE..... savages......

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  40. So they have a suspect in custody? None of the news stations are reporting this so just curious if that person they took in last night was let go or something.

    This is terrible news. Thoughts are with his family and friends.

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    1. Police took the suspect into custody as we have been reporting since 2:34AM. As for the people who get PAID to report news, well, we can't take responsibility for them. :-)

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    2. I am so ever grateful for you guys holding this city accountable. Thank you for being Johnnys on the Spot. They cannot hide from you and all of us who now know their games of lies and deceit.

      The local media should first read your blog and then report the news to get it right. I believe you guys first and always! You have proven yourselves more than legit.

      But, why the police and/or mayor would want to tell us no one is in custody is mind-boggling to me if someone, in fact, is. Can you give us a hint?

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    3. "I am so ever grateful for you guys holding this city accountable. Thank you for being Johnnys on the Spot. They cannot hide from you and all of us who now know their games of lies and deceit.

      The local media should first read your blog and then report the news to get it right. I believe you guys first and always! You have proven yourselves more than legit. "

      Double, beyond horrified DITTOS! My heart breaks for that poor young man's family for the savage loss of their son. Can't fathom their grief .. something so senseless... may God bring them peace in time. Thank you, thank you, CWB>> doing the job the "elite" citywide media won't OR are bullied into NOT doing. Machine politics absolutely ruins everything in this town. They can spin, prevaricate, recategorize, dilute and twist the #'s and reality all they want, but blood IS definitely on Rahm's, McCarthy's and Tunney's hands. What they've done and do is unconscionable and unforgivable. Lakeview Guardian Angels patrols?

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  41. Unfortunate tragedy, the merger 3 years ago and the lies that Tunneyl & the Mayor told about resources taken away from our area has a big part in this incident

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  42. Let's put it easy. If they got rid of the locations that coddle these criminals and where they give them freebies and beds---- 90% of these thugs and savages wouldn't be floating around.

    The Crib (so-called Church in front of 19th police station),
    Center on Halsted,
    Broadway Youth Center,
    I don't wanna hear the crap, "oh they help the underserved" bull$hit! These 3 locations are the main hubs of where most of these thugs hang out, sleep before & after they rape, rob, and now murder. I wish residents other than here on CWB, would wake the F up!!!!! These organizations make big big big big big big money in tax dollars (the people who actually have jobs), these organizations aren't doing it for free. And Alderman Tommy has his head in the sand saying every thing is great, while he calculates his big future pension payments and thick wallet full of cash laughing how he possibly got re-elected by the dumb voters.

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  43. Made me sick to see Tunny's quote about keeping his streets safe in partnership with the police. What is he talking about? People are not safe if they have a wallet, purse, or iPhone and are walking anywhere. This happens to be the first shooting death to an innocent robbery victim, but but plenty of beatings weekly. Thoughts and prayers to the victim's family and friends.

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    1. People are not safe even if they have none of these things. Don't forget the "Wildings" sections up top on this blog. Sometimes it's just fun to beat the hell out of others...in big groups of course.

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  44. CPD has charged the suspect with the murder of Kevin O'Malley

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  45. Dear Neighbors,

    The Chicago Police Department has a suspect in custody for the fatal shooting of a 25-year old man on the 900 block of W. Oakdale this morning. Kristopher K. Pitts, of the 1100 block of N. Central Park Ave., has been arrested after being identified as the offender. Police believe the shooting stemmed from an armed robbery for a cell phone.

    We are grateful to the police for their rapid response and to the witnesses who gave statements to the police, which aided in the apprehension of the suspect so quickly.

    This senseless act of violence cannot be ignored. I am pushing for increased police resources to our community, including from area and citywide units, to ensure that our residents and visitors are safe walking on our streets at all hours of the day.

    Sincerely,


    Tom Tunney
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    1. You're a little late to the party on trying to get more cops Tom. Myself and others have hounded you on this since we got ABC to do a story on our beat being #1 in robberies. Pathetic it took a murder to get a reaction out of you. I'm well within my rights to say that I believe you, McCarthy and Rahm have at least some blood on your hands!

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    2. Too little. Too late.

      It takes a murder to get you involved. If this young man had just been beaten unconscious you'd be ignoring it and counting cinnamon roll sales. You're disgusting.

      This is on you and the politically correct money grubbers.

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    3. Tom, I drove a friend of a friend 4 blocks because she was afraid for her safety at 8pm on a weekend night next door to your dingleberry restaurant where the Halsted St. bartenders hang out in the window to ensure they're not forgotten.

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  46. Anyone know what was going on today in the 600 block of Oakdale around 5PM? One CPD car blocking the alley (between Oakdale and Welllington), another CPD van in the alley, one CPD officer on the corner and an unmarked CPD etc. I asked if everything was okay when I saw the first officer; he responded "maybe." Not a good weekend for the area.

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    1. Couple of burglaries. WIll have more details on the 600 block after we get some sleep. :)

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    2. You guys (whoever you are) are such an asset to the community it's not even funny. Information is power and you empower us.

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  47. Forget the positive loitering, CAPS meeting hootin' and hollerin' sideshow, etc. What all residents of the city need to do in honor of this tragedy and to make a significant point is to pick a Saturday to refrain from patronizing any bar or resraurant in Lakeview. Just one Saturday. Name it. Sure 50% of the $ raked in that evening will be from tourists and suburbanites but the positive results will have a domino effect. Do it. It hasn't worked yet because I've done it only by myself for the last 5 years and, afterall, I"m "just one person".

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    1. Exactly! After a few years of seeing the increase of robberies during the evenings starting in Spring through Fall, I stopped patronizing local businesses at night- bars, restaurants, Walgreen's, 7-11, you name it..

      The politicians won't listen to the affected neighbors AND the neighbors, with all their rhetoric,won't do anything dramatic and en masse to take back their neighborhood or make their concerns heard. However, if just enough people stop patronizing the area bars/restaurants/businesses at night for a long enough period (either out of fear or as a sign of protest), and then business owners start feeling the economic costs of this tragedy, then I bet you the Alderman, the Mayor, and the local police leadership will hear and pay attention to the angry mob of business owners.

      This is so sad. What is sadder still is with time, people will forget, become complacent, nothing will happen, and we will just wait until the next victim's face is on the evening news.

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  48. The answer is MASS PROTEST ,That is all the mayor and the alderman will understand and the vote all them out all you people in chicago have to get serious .This is not normal to shoot and kill every day and night and its will get a lot worse ,Take back your streets now.

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  49. Well, it finally happened. A young guy in his 20's. I am furious that somewhere, a family is totally devastated. Their lives destroyed due a gangbanger in Boystown of all places. The people need to stop and begin to declare war on their neighborhood to take it back. Any of us, or our friends or loved ones could be killed by a thug in this neighborhood. Just to think that this young guy was out having a nice time with friends only a few hours ago, no idea that his life would be ending. This is a miserable day. My prayers are with this family.

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  50. As the victims mount, more people will become realist. Hope it isn't too late.

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  51. CAPS meeting, Wed 6/3, 7pm at the police station, 850 W Addison. And if Tunney does show his ugly puss there, I submit if/when he speaks, everyone in the audience should stand en masse and turn our backs on him. I assure you, if he is there, he will be asked two very pointed questions by me. I don't care if I get arrested, I WILL ask the questions and he damn well better ANSWER my two questions. BE THERE. This is the one meeting where we need 200+ people filling the room!

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    1. Get real. I have been to many useless CAPS meetings where Tunney was asked "pointed questions" and he either just refused to answer or gave some lame response and moved on to the next topic. You cannot force him to "ANSWER" anything and you need to get over yourself if you think you can.

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    2. From what I've witnessed of those CAPS meetings in Lakeview online they seem more of a fashion show then anything else. The only thing missing was a catwalk and photographers.

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