Thursday, July 30, 2015

BURNED: Arson Suspect Arrested At Center On Halsted

Two counts of arson have been filed against 22-year-old Eric Howard of the Chicago Lawn neighborhood in connection with two fires in the 3200 block of Sheffield on Tuesday.

Howard is currently on parole for burglary, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

As CWB Chicago reported exclusively yesterday, police were on the look out for a known suspect in the fires, which were set to a dumpster early Tuesday. He is also accused of setting fire to carpeting in a stairwell of a building that houses Alderman Tom Tunney's office. No one was injured.

Prosecutors say Howard admitted to setting the fires with a lighter. Bail is set at $300,000.

Officers took Howard into custody shortly after our Wednesday report at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, without incident. 

Photo: Chicago Police Department
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18 comments:

  1. Awesome, vital neighborhood watchdog activism, CWB == thank you for your diligence!! So gratifying to see this. Thank you CPD!

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  2. Speaking of arson...

    Does anyone know the status of the case against former Bonsai Bar Frank Elliot who was charged with two counts of arson and one count of insurance fraud in connection with the June 2012 arson that destroyed Oak Park's Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge?

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    1. Love to know last I heard he left the state. Maybe his Grandma bought him out of trouble.

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    2. Last I read he took some money from one of his former bartenders that was going to open up that 18th Amendment (or whatever) place there and disappeared.


      The drama is more entertaining than the Entertainment District itself. You don't even have to buy a drink. It's all free.

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    3. If Cook County had even the most basic criminal court records available free online, like almost every other jurisdiction in the US, citizens would be able to easily access the status of his case.

      It's astonishing that not a word has been written about Frank Elliot by any of the Oak Park news sites; one would think that they would have at least provided an update on the status of the charges against someone who set fire to a business in their town...

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    4. We looked the case up today and will run a story in the next couple of days. He pleaded guilty on June 15 to a couple of charges and was sentenced to probation plus restitution of slightly more than $100,000.

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  3. Another Chicago Lawn resident starting trouble far from home.

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  4. I'm pretty sure this is the same guy I complained about at the center on halsted last fall. If he is the guy who starts laughing for no reason, it is the same guy. I complained that he was playing with a cigarette lighter and I was concerned that he would burn someone or something at the center on halsted.

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  5. But OF COURSE he's arrested at the Center.

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  6. What??? The CoH isn't a sanctuary location? (Sarcasm...somewhat)

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  7. Wrong hairdo for close in arson work. He must be a match thrower.

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  8. You must be mistaken. The Center on Halsted is confident that criminals do not use their services. /s

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  9. Was he taking a class at COH called "How to wash the smell of gasoline from your hands" when police arrested him?

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  10. This must be a lie. The COH doesn't attract any criminals. Haven't you been listening to them and our brilliant leaders who want to bring even more of these types of places into our neighborhood?

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  11. That dude is 21? He looks like he's 51. La-who-a-zer!



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  12. Sniffing gasoline, apparently, ages a body.

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  13. This has to be the one that was described as Kid n Play. Or "the hightop".

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  14. "Center On Halsted" get it, a place for criminals to hide

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