Sunday, May 31, 2015

VIDEO: Weekend Looting Of Boystown Circle K Unfolds

VIDEO LINK HERE

Video has begun to emerge of Saturday morning's looting of the Boystown Circle K convenience store at Halsted and Addison.

As CWB reported exclusively here yesterday, a Chicago police officer who happened upon the scene shortly after 4a.m. reported "100 people looting" the store.

This video, which was first posted on Facebook by Christopher Courtez, shows the initial moments of the incident before police arrived.

In it, a woman is seen being struck and chased by a man. She runs into the store, apparently in an effort to get help. Inside, the man who is chasing the woman can be seen kicking and flailing at someone or something that is obstructed from view.

Then, he can be seen apparently chasing the woman again inside the store.

Meanwhile, others begin helping themselves to the merchandise and the person filming the event wisely chooses to depart.

UPDATE JUNE 1: According to a source, a woman at Circle K called 911 after the crowd dispersed to report being attacked by a cab driver. It is not know if this video captured that alleged attack or what preceded the events seen on video.

A second person also walked into the nearby 19th district police station after the crowd dispersed to request an ambulance for treatment of a head wound.

As we reported in our original story a cabbie was inside the Circle K attempting to get copies of surveillance video when we visited the scene Saturday morning.
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53 comments:

  1. Those Amish kids were just funnin'!

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    1. The Amish do have their rumspringha parties that can get out of hand. I've seen some where cops even have to show up to restore order. But the Amish youth keep their shenanigans among themselves and usually concealed within a barn. They don't raid stores or kill for fun and they certainly don't beat each other over the head as a means of conversation.

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    2. It's an Amish thing. You wouldn't understand.

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  2. These are clearly residents of the area.

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    1. Also loyal patrons of the neighborhood businesses and night life ***cough***. So sick of these loitering pieces of garbage wreaking havoc on our neighborhood.

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  3. That was very brave (and kinda foolish) of that person to film this nonsense. I do believe this & the murder on Oakdale make for a watershed weekend. I don't live in the neighborhood any more but I have been visiting (less and less). Less has just become never again. To all the peeps like me who visit Boystown: there are other bars & restaurants & stores in the city. You should think about visiting them instead (or better yet, hosting your own small parties). To all the peeps who work in Boystown: Replay and Elixir in Andersonville are interviewing this week. Google for the notice. To all the peeps who live in Boystown: move. The pluses of the neighborhood (hard to think of any right now) are not worth risking your life over. And you do risk your life. I'm surprised no one has been murdered during a break-in in their own apartment yet. It's just a matter of time...

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    1. The trouble with A-Ville is having to take the Clark bus through the DMZ (Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Uptown) to get there.
      The Red Line is not safe. So the only option is take a 147 LSD Express past it all to Edgewater to at least get to Osterman Beach.

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    2. Please don't educate the thugs how nice Andersonville is.

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    3. I found it odd that Roscoe's had a Help Wanted sign on the window a few weeks back. I thought that was one of the premiere places to land a gig on the strip.

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  4. wow. just wow.
    Thanks to CWB for documenting the spiral.

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  5. Just look at those Wrigleville frat rebels vomiting all over the place!

    I always wondered why this gas station didn't have bullet proof glass and turnstiles to pass the Skittles and Newports when I lived around the corner 3 years ago.

    The BP station on Irving Park/Broadway battens the hatches and accepts payment through the window at 10pm. Maybe because it's closer to Uptown? Circle Jerk K still thinks they're in "One of America's Best Neighborhoods". Yes! Because they saw it advertised on TV!

    Dangerous. Just dangerous mindsets around there. I had to move before I became a victim because I was supposedly "born with a silver spoon" in my mouth.

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    1. They also think it's safe because it's right by the police station. What they forget (or don't know) is that the police have been stripped short 25% of their cops.

      They also may not realize they're on the same street as The Crib and one block from The Center on Halsted. I don't even feel safe there in the day never mind at night when the gangs and transvestites from those "social services" roam.

      This is par for the course in Wrigleyville and Boystown. Lots more video where this came from if the news media is REALLY interested.

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    2. I always wondered the same thing! Great point.

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    3. It's only going to take a just a "flashmob" at one of the bars to take all the liquor bottles for them to wake up around there. I'll betcha loitering will instantly be abolished.

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  6. This was written by Marco Stenardo presumably from NBC? Seems like a fabulous idea!

    "Could NBC Chicago use this video and credit you? Or can you tell me who shot video? Thanks....."

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  7. Might be a good idea to post a link back to your original post "Circle Jerks Boystown" on your YouTube video. Tell the true story and drive traffic to your site. I love you guys whoever you are!

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  8. This probably won't even make it into the 'news' - I wish you guys reported in more neighborhoods, you are so much better than the typical reporting crap we get. Just found out an armed robbery took place a block away from me on Chestnut last week, not reported anywhere but shows up in the crime statistics. Would love to see you guys get popular and funded enough to expand, love your honest and fact driven reporting.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and support, Michael. We have our hands full with this little slice of Chicago, but have often said that a similar effort in your 18th district would rattle the rafters at City Hall.

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    2. I second the compliment, CWB does a great job.
      Is there anyway we can help CWB such as volunteer time (maybe internship) or financial donations...is CWB a non profit?

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    3. Thank you for your kind words and interest in supporting our efforts. There are a few ways that you can support our work if you'd like. Follow the link below.

      This is a money-losing operation that we pursue out of our love for what this neighborhood used to be and could be again. Any backing is used 100% to offset our expenses such as transportation to and from court and story scenes, GoToMyPC, Dropbox, and needed equipment replacement (We have two computers that have been running 24/7 since June 2012 for CWB purposes. Both were OLD when we started using them, so you can imagine how they're feeling these days)

      At any rate... Thank you for thinking of us and, most of all, for doing something to help our neighborhood.

      http://store.cwbchicago.com/products

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    4. Just wondering, why don't you feature more advertising on your website to help pay yourselves? I would think restaurants, apartment rental agencies, realtors (to get the F outta here perhaps), locksmiths, local news channel, or bars would advertise here? Just to name a few...

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    5. ^^ Funny you should mention that. Earlier today, we began offering one-month ad space in our new Company Store. Jump over and take a look. Only one ad per month is available and the current month is going to be very busy with Pride Fest, Pride and part of the July 4th weekend included in the purchase.

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    6. Thanks, going to take a look at your products and think of potential advertisers. Time you get paid for your much appreciated efforts.

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    7. I'm confused how your ads work. There's no place to create it, only purchase it and add to cart?? Then what?

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      Thanks for asking. It's a great question.

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  9. That's a fucking war zone video. Location is one block east of the police station.

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    1. You mean half a block away?

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    2. If you consider their parking garage.....basically across the street.

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  10. I was just having a conversation about MY neighborhood with a friend the other day. The summer trash trade has arrived!
    I know racial profiling is illegal, I know that it is also wrong! Living in Boystown has taught me to embrace people from all worlds. Now that being said, I am a taxpayer and real estate owner in the area and would like to see a NON Loitering policy! The only reason to be walking around after midnight would be to traverse between establishments and or to and from your local residence. Maybe the Local Chamber needs to encourage private security or encourage a special protection tax assessed to provide extra police presence? I am not a politician but certainly plan to discuss this with my alderman and CAPS meetings. Another note: I have noticed a NEW surveillance video camera installed at the intersection of Addison and Halsted, where is the footage of these events (from the city?)..... What a shame, we have a brand new police station right down the block and they still have the balls to do this!

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  11. These aren't "Wrigleyville Thugs;" they are patrons of Circuit Nightclub just up Halsted St. Sadly this kind of raucous is a frequent occurance because of the club.

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  12. It's truly baffling to me why the people who live in this neighborhood put up with this nonsense. They elect the same people over and over and just deal with it. Make this public! Organize a march down Halsted, invite the media to cover it and take back your streets! Talk to your neighbors, let them know what's going on - however by this video - how do you not know what's going on?

    We used to patronize a Wrigleyville restaurant many times a week - not anymore, you would not catch me in this neighborhood past 9pm any night - especially on a Friday/Saturday.

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    1. There have been rumors of a post parade walk down Halsted to Helmont. I’m totally up for that. the1stmikec

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  13. NBC just had a blurb featuring the cell phone video and an interview with the person who did the filming. Nice work raising awareness of this incident.

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  14. This video just aired on the NBC5 5 PM news.

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    1. Can someone post a link? Can't find it. Or maybe I just can't see it on my smartphone? Thanks.

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    2. The Spanish-language affiliate of Channel 5, Telemundo, has it.

      http://www.telemundochicago.com/noticias/Captado-en-camara-saqueo-en-gasolinera-de-Boystown--305731521.html

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  15. I wrote NBC5 to tell them about upcoming CAPS meeting if they wanted to cover as a follow up to O'Malley's murder and Circle K looting, that Lakeview has had enough and will demand things change. They wrote back to get details of when and where.

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    1. This Wednesday. 7pm at the police station. 850 W Addison.

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    2. Yes, I responded to them. Thank you for all you do, CWB.

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  16. Again, fine work CWB!

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  17. Dear neighbors -
    Ours is a great neighborhood. Thank you for supporting the diverse population and for your understanding.
    Our urban setting Is rewarding in many ways. Arts. Restaurants. Culture. Occasionally, it can be frustrating. But just a little.
    Like all major cities, infrequent episodes of rowdiness and failure to obey traffic signals can be frustrating. This type of behavior must be viewed in perspective though.
    Most of the time - like at least 70 or 80 percent of the time, you will be safe when walking to Whole Foods or jogging on the Lakefront, or going to a Cubs game or (god-forbid) taking the public transit back to your home after dark.
    Probably at least 70% of the time you will not be mugged or otherwise accosted. Of course, if you would like to increase that statistic, please constructively loiter on the street corner of your choice. It's a great way to meet people - many of whom you'd not meet in your every day life, unless you work in law enforcement or as a warden somewhere.
    I've been loitering for several years, and find it wonderfully enriching.
    Many other great cities like ours face the same challenges we do. Cities like New Orleans and Memphis and Detroit and Kinshasa have similar issues. In fact, Kinshasa is even worse because they have a lot of warlords there. We only have two gangs near us. So we should keep things in perspective.
    We can work together with our elected representatives to improve things! We can volunteer to help - like picking up dog poop and smiling when we're out for a walk along the great Broadway. And we can stop calling the wonderful Belmont, 'Hellmont'. That's just not neighborly. Oh, and don't buy any of those blood-spatter t-shirts being sold by one of those agitator websites either. That's rude.
    No one wants to see blood spatter on t-shirts. Or bloody footprints on the sidewalk either. So please, if you do get stabbed, just stay indoors.
    In the mean time, continue to support all of your neighbors, and especially your elected representatives. In fact, why not take a few of your neighbors out to breakfast? Pick a known-name place and go there. Seriously there's like almost a 90% chance you won't get mugged if you go out to breakfast at 9 or 10 AM. That's why most of the city's really good restaurants aren't even open for dinner.
    Get a cinnamon bun too. Those are good.
    Our neighborhood has so so many wonderful things to offer. You can stay happy out there. Everyone is happier when they're happy!

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    1. Hi, Mr. Tunneys!

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    2. I think (hope) this is a parody. Love the line "We can work together ... like picking up dog poop and smiling" Solves all our problems.

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  18. The Mayor wants this story buried ASAP.

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  19. The police and DNAinfo disagree with your assessment of this incident:

    "Police were called to the store for a simple battery — meaning there were no aggravating factors, such as the use of a deadly weapon or great bodily harm — involving a cab driver and two other individuals, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

    "When police arrived, one person already had left, and the other two refused medical attention, Estrada said. No one was arrested.

    "The store employee, who spoke under the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media, said nothing was stolen from the Circle K. He told DNAinfo Chicago the fight lasted less than a minute and about 20 people entered the store when the fight broke out."

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    1. It's not our assessment. It is the assessment of an officer on-scene and an officer who summoned an ambulance to the police station afterwards.

      We, too, spoke with employees AND cab drivers at Circle K shortly after the incident (before anyone knew this would go public) and we stand by what we have reported.

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  20. http://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/68334121

    The Velvet Mafia tries to spin the truth. They hate it people aren't spending money at the bars on Halsted instead going to safer neighborhoods.

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    1. I'm 41 now (senile in the gay world) and I believe my hearing in my left ear is slowing a bit but I could have sworn I heard a female in that video yelling "You got it all?" from outside the door.

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    2. You are hearing perfectly. I'm laughing my arse off at the attempts by the city to claim that only 2 people were involved! Hello?

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    3. you got it all? (as in, the video of the incident), send me a friend request (as in, so I can get a copy/view the video). Geesh.

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    4. Oh, I considered "you got it all" in reference to a video too but ain't buying it. So taking a video to a police station outside of Lakeview will result in what? Justice or sumpthin'? Ain't buyin' that either.

      If they "got it all", the video will be used for street cred on FB.

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