Sunday, June 14, 2015

100 YARDS: Man Robbed Of Cell Phone Steps From Recent Robbery/Murder Scene; Woman Followed, Grabbed Nearby

A Lake View bar-goer was beaten and robbed of his phone this morning less than 100 yards from the spot where another Lake View man was shot and killed during a similar robbery just two weeks ago.

This morning's victim called police from Mad River bar, 2909 N. Sheffield, at 2:55AM. According to the victim, an unknown man approached him, punched him in the face, took his iPhone 6, and fled northbound on Sheffield.

No one is in custody.

The offender is described as a black man in his 20's between 5'10" and 6-feet tall wearing a blue shirt.

Two weeks ago, at 2:06AM on May 30, Lake View resident Kevin O'Malley, 25, was shot and killed at 942 Oakdale by a man who had stolen his phone on Sheffield.

Kristopher Pitts, 22, is charged with murder and robbery in the O'Malley case.

Despite post-murder assurances from police executives and local politicians that patrols would be increased in area entertainment strips, the 19th district's police "entertainment detail" had last night off.

Woman Followed, Grabbed On Oakdale

A Lake View woman asked a passer-by to summon police to the 1100 block of Oakdale this morning after a man followed her down the street and grabbed her from behind as she attempted to enter her home.

The incident unfolded at 3:30 this morning, just over a block from the earlier robbery.

The victim said she screamed when the man grabbed her, prompting the attacker to flee and jump into a car that was waiting nearby.

According to the victim, the attacker was a white or Hispanic man in his mid-20's wearing a white tee shirt and jeans. He fled westbound on Oakdale in a beige or champagne-colored Honda or Toyota that was driven by another person.

A Major Disconnect

On June 7, one week after O'Malley was shot dead in a cell phone robbery, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney emailed his constituents:
I have written a letter asking for a deployment operation like the CPD’s overtime violence-reduction initiative to be assigned to our community every weekend on the overnight shift to supplement our 19th District Officers.
I have also asked to have a permanent Mass Transit Police Detail assigned to the Belmont  CTA station every weekend from 10:00pm-5:00am for the safety of our residents and visitors.  
Additionally, our entertainment detail will also be assigned on Sheffield from Diversey to Belmont.
Yet, less than a week later, the "Entertainment Detail" had Saturday night off—even though the Cubs were at Wrigley at night and the Blackhawks played in game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. And a man was punched and robbed of his cellphone in virtually the same place as O'Malley.

It seems like someone at the police department isn't getting the message.
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22 comments:

  1. Huh Saturday night off???

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  2. Where are all the extra cops Tunney promised?

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    1. Tunney didn't promise us, he requested citywide units be assigned to 019. In any case, we aren't his to promise. Only the Mayor and McCarthy can reallocate where police are assigned. With regard to entertainment detail being "off," that's on the new commander.

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    2. "Our entertainment detail will also be assigned on Sheffield from Diversey to Belmont." - Alderman Tom Tunney. June 5, 2015.

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    3. Like I stated, Entertainment Detail having the night off is on the Commander. No doubt, he's been informed of his stupidity.

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  3. Saturday night after a Cubs game and the Stanley Cup off.

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  4. "... the 19th district's police 'entertainment detail' had last night off."

    We must flood Tunney's and the Commander's office IMMEDIATELY and ask why this situation was allowed. A Saturday night, muggy (anger-inducing) weather, sports games everywhere, other city festivals, huge crowds ... and no entertainment detail. I am sure the non-response from Tunney would be "we are looking into it," but the Commander needs to make a response. We are owed at least that, I would think.

    And yet they had (by my count) no less than 16 police officers accompanying the naked bike ride through the city. Granted, this probably had nothing to do with the officer count in district 019, but, come on ... it doesn't take 16 cops to handle a simple virtually crime-free innocuous naked fucking bike ride!!

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  5. Just a question does anyone really think this City could handle a 911 type incident? We can't even keep known trouble areas safe. Heard on the scanner where they told a PO to go and stay at Belmont and Sheffield.

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  6. There is no point in having an entertainment detail if they take the night off both the cubs and hawks play, on a Saturday no less. Come on man.

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  7. Tunney will respond after he wipes the egg off of his face and "will look into this matter".

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  8. Can't wait for the Stanley cup to finish. No matter who wins, it's going to be an under-staffed crime and riot-fest. Easy pickings on drunk revelers when they're on their ways home in the wee hours of the night after either a celebration for a win or riot for a loss. Business owners ought to make sure they have their insurance company's phone numbers handy for all the damage calls they'll be making the next morning.

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  9. Entertainment detail off ????
    Why the heck are they off on a weekend night when that is busiest bar times?
    Why don't they have off Sunday and Monday? That would make more sense. You are the entertainment detail.

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    1. They would just put in for elective time off and then get 3 and 4 day weekends. There still wouldn't be anyone extra out there. They have to be integrated into the midnight watch.

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  10. What is the contact information for Tunney?

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    1. Don't waste your time, he doesn't care. The majority of the people support him, so he's laughing all the way to the bank for another four years.

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  11. From comment above “Only the Mayor and McCarthy can reallocate where police are assigned.” referring to Tunney trying to get more police. That rings true to me, so I propose a protest/picket at Rahm’s house, anyone up for that? the1stmikec

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  12. And Crain's thinks McCarthy is done.http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150613/ISSUE07/306139999/time-to-take-mccarthy-off-the-beat

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  13. I'm still perplexed as to why the Entertainment Detail officers had the night off. Is this just a one-off thing or has this been ongoing?

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    1. No it's been ongoing thing. It is a big joke
      They need to be out there each and every weekend that is when they are really needed.
      They should be off Sunday and Monday

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  14. It's a regular thing that EV and Capt WL started. As a team they all have the same days off. The right thing to do is assign them to the midnight shift, designate a number of officers each night as the entertainment units and you would have 365 day coverage. But no, they want to juggle wit this to develop the "right" numbers for their comstat meetings. It's been said over and over - it's all smoke & mirrors. There is no concerted effort to develop a logical, common sense and effective plan. Sorry. But nothing will change.

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  15. See what'll happen if the Hawks win the Cup tonight. 30,000+ fans at Wrigley Field, plus the lookie-loos, hangers-on up and down Clark St. Plus the "opportunists" that come in off the Red Line.

    "Store Windows Matter!!"

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  16. What's the source that confirmed that the entertainment detail was off? Sure officers get the night off but they weren't replaced by others?

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