Monday, July 06, 2015

STABBED: Man Knifed Near Belmont & Clark, Suspect Arrested; 4th Stabbing Here In A Week

Police guarding this morning's crime scene until evidence technicians arrive.
A man was hospitalized this morning after being stabbed near Belmont and Clark. A suspect is in custody.

This morning's incident is the fourth stabbing in a week for our neighborhood.

Police found today's victim lying in a doorway of a sushi restaurant at 3242 N. Clark around 5AM. A small pool of blood remained on the concrete there several hours later.

Moments after police found the victim, CTA staff called 911 to report that a stabbing suspect had entered the Belmont Red Line station. Officers raced to the platform and arrested a suspect as he sat on a southbound train that was seconds away from departing the station.

The victim told police that he was stabbed near the Dunkin' Donuts and was subsequently chased by the offender to the CTA station before he broke away and fled to the Clark Street restaurant entrance.

According to police, the victim is in his late teens or early 20's. He is being treated at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Four Of A Kind

Today's victim is the fourth to be stabbed in separate incidents here since last Sunday. Three people were stabbed in the immediate area following last week's Pride Parade.

We reported on two of those, but the Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs claimed to be "unable to confirm" one incident that took place on Boystown's Halsted strip when other outlets inquired.

CWB is more than happy to assist the department's spokespersons with the chore of "identifying" this week's stabbings:

• Stabbing, 1000 block of Belmont. Sunday, June 28, 11:00PM. Case #HY320060.
• Stabbing, 600 block of Aldine. Sunday, June 28, 11:29PM. Case #HY319996.
• Stabbing, 3200 block of Halsted. Monday, June 29, 3:30AM. Case #HY320164

And this morning's stabbing is case #HY329421, should there be any challenges "confirming" it.

In addition to those, a man was found lying on the ground in Boystown at 5AM last Sunday after getting stabbed in the 600 block of Montrose. Case #HY318982, for your convenience.
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30 comments:

  1. And the parade will stay. The business owners are hell bent on destroying the neighborhood. Their marketing is bringing in a bad element. They don't care as long as they can go home to another neighborhood.

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    1. You know it. There is no way this parade will every leave the area. The "discussion" about moving it is just smoke & mirrors. Even if there were multiple homicides, the parade would stay.

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  2. This stabbing had nothing to do with the parade.

    I'm a resident and I like having the parade. I just want them to clear up the streets and sidewalks better *AFTER* the parade.

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    1. Ok. It's fine that you like having the parade. And I think you can make a good point about having it in a place where local businesses can benefit.
      So - please make the point that those same local beneficiaries should pay for the mess they make. Because we seem to agree that it is a mess.
      And (just me) I sort of dislike having the streets full of 'partying' clowns in my neighborhood AND footing the bill to clean up after them.

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    2. "This stabbing had nothing to do with the parade" and everything to do with the problems this neighborhood now attracts. The parade is one of multiple elements that brings in the problems of whatever rainbow hue they are.
      We have to start somewhere - move the parade.

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  3. There was no parade last night (Sunday night) and yet, the same element of loud obnoxious thugs and thuggettes were all along Halsted Street ... until just before SUNRISE. What were they doing here? I know just about everyone in the neighborhood, after living here 17 years. None of these people live here. No businesses were open, even Hydrate had closed (*and side topic, why are they permitted to allow people to come and go as late as 5:15am?)

    Also why are the data keepers in the CPD trying to hide information? CWB gets this data, other "news outlets" inquire, yet the CPD says there is no information. Oh wait, silly me, I forgot what Rahm and Tunneys said: "Crime is down!" So I guess this is a case of -my bad- and everything is just peaches and creamy lube here in la-la-land.

    (Most) bar/restaurant owners: you suck, valuing $$$ over human life and safety.

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    1. If nothing is open, where are these people going to the bathroom? In peoples yards probably.

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    2. These people are going to the bathroom in your alleys, behind your dumpsters, in your bushes, and any dark corner they can find. I've seen it.

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    3. All of this makes me wonder if "friends and supporters of Rahm Emanuel" are busy scooping up prime commercial real estate in Lakeview ... while prices are deflated and storefront vacancies increase due to high crime.

      Think about it. So many facets of this crime problem seem artificially constructed. There has to be a reason they're not doing anything meaningful to fix the problem.

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    4. Alternately, by "allowing" these problems to drag on, acquiring the land there for the proposed flyover will be cheaper.

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    5. "All of this makes me wonder if "friends and supporters of Rahm Emanuel" are busy scooping up prime commercial real estate in Lakeview ... while prices are deflated and storefront vacancies increase due to high crime."

      I was told by several business owners that were forced out of Broadway because rents were increased so high (while absolutely no improvements were being made to the moldering store fronts) that Broadway is intended to become a high end shopping street anchored by a year round Wrigley attraction. That makes sense. The Rickett family isn't going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars just on a hotel and refreshed ball park. I was also told feelers were already sent out to several big name lux retailers, but they said they need very specific footprints and stores...so watch for a lot of vacant spots on Broadway to be gutted and redone. I've been saying for a while that the Ricketts want to turn the neighborhood into Wrigley Wonderland. If and once that gets under way...then you'll see a massive crackdown on the undesirable elements flooding into the neighborhood every night.

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  4. At what point are the bar owners going to wake up and get smart? Scarlet called the Police over the weekend to report people parked in front of it drinking and smoking pot. None of the trouble makers are coming here to patronize the businesses or to be good to the neighbors. Same thing with the parade it attracts a lot of bad actors that only come to the parade to cause problems and break laws. Thos of us that live here will soon spend our money out of the Boystown and all the businesses will have left is the trouble makers that spend very little money if any. Pretty sad when bars in Boystown have to hire armed security. That should tell them all they need to have a realty check of what type of destination do they want to be and who are the most important stakeholders in the neighborhood.

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    1. If they were proactive, instead of in denial, and had armed security at the doors of those places 6 years ago I would have appreciated their acknowlegement of the problems and would still be patronizing the businesses.

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    2. Excellent comment. If I owned a bar, I would want civilized people WITH MONEY to spend, patronize my business. The very people that spend money in bars/restaurants are afraid to come out and party on Halsted anymore, least they be beaten and robbed of their valuables.

      As a business, I would not want thugs parked in front of my business, harassing would-be customers. I stay away from Halsted at night for this very reason.

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    3. I would like to hear from some bar employees about this situation. What's the inside story?

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    4. Scarlet called the police because people were parked in front of it drinking and smoking pot?? HA! That is really rich. Irony anyone?

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    5. I'm betting that the bar owners are fearful of retaliation (in the form of liquor licensing problems) should they dare complain to the city.

      All I've ever heard about this administration is that it's rife with bullying and retaliation.

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    6. ^ Was thinking the same thing. They probably just bought the weed in the alley behind the place. Or shit, right at the corner!

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  5. The only businesses that benefit are the bars. All of the stores on Halsted eitger close or fear of broken windows. The art gallery boarded up their windows, the wine shop closed at 4pm, Nookies, closed, 7-11 had to close. Didn't make it mych past there but it's a joke. Make the bars close and see how long that parade stays around. Move it to Columbus Dr.

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  6. I've heard of commercial strips in other cities with similar loitering problems piping classical music (or muzak) along the sidewalk to keep people from loitering on the strip.

    I wonder if piping country music along Halsted would drive Halsted's loiterers away ???

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    1. It seems Hydrate must be playing "Two trailer park girls go round the outside, round the outside, round the outside" every Sunday morning at 3am. Country music is not the answer. Maybe Yoko Ono's debut album though?

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    2. Compared to all the other comments here, I think this suggestion is actually something worth discussion. The problem seems to be bar owners can truly only do things within their walls, police can only do so much (legally) to actually control loitering problems on streets and sidewalks. So, what can we do to make the area less appealing for loiterers? I also know there are areas that pipe in a particular high pitched sound that statistically only young people can hear to control youth loitering and it's been effective. Regrettably, there are a lot of people who live on Halsted who probably also wouldn't want (pick your genre of) music playing all night long... then again, what's worse. Pick your poison.

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  7. No one has mentioned the added security that the Northalsted Business Alliance has on the weekends to keep the street safe. That is the organization that represents all the businesses on Halsted in the area.

    No one mentioned that many of the bars closed early on Parade Sunday to help the police take control of the street.

    The bars do not want these problems and ARE actively trying to fix it.

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    1. I was out all night after the parade observing Halsted in the 3300 and 3400 blocks. I saw the "added security" pass by ONE time, in a clump of four guys who were basically hobknobbing with the crowd, and nothing much else. "Many" of the bars closed early? Nope. Two closed somewhat early. The rest were open raking in the $$$. Get your facts straight. Asd to whether "the bars do not want these problems and are actively trying to fix it," sorry, I need to see more evidence of such. For example, Hydrate regularly is open -- or allows people to come and go -- as late as 5:20am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Added to the problem, and I've seen AND TAPED this several times, crowds of gangbangers are allowed to congregate on the corner there at Halsted and Cornelia. And they are noisy and obnoxious. This business is not known for being a considerate community member when it comes to rude people being loud at sunrise. People live here along Cornelia and along Halsted, you know.

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    2. Weekends isn't enough. It's CPD manpower issues for all of the merged district. Thanks to Rahm and his Super taking all the manpower to the south and west side. East Lakeview is where the thugs come to enjoy now.

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  8. no way. I don't believe it. there's not crime on Belmont (aka hellmont). crime is down.just ask tunney, rahm , and McCarthy. this must be a lie

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  9. There's plenty of businesses besides bars.
    Melrose, open 24 hours, had Tunney posters. I have no sympathy for any business who explicitly supported him.

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    1. It's time to update your info. Melrose is no longer open 24 hours.

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    2. Melrose went "upscale".

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    3. Oh well, I WAS a summer tourist for 15 years, but deliberately have not gone back since 2013. Until 2010, I thought the area was a peaceful, tolerant, urban paradise. After the daytime beating in Treasure Island's parking lot in January of 2014. That was the last straw. I crossed the place off my list. Sorry.

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