Friday, July 10, 2015

LAKEVIEW: Muggings Continue Near Scene Of May Murder

Map of robberies and a homicide reported in 2015
While Wrigleyville and Boystown have seen dramatic improvements in their robbery rate over the past year, a nearby neighborhood seems to be picking up the slack.

The small nightlife district along Sheffield Avenue near Illinois Masonic Medical Center appears to be the new hot spot for muggers.

In addition to seeing an increase in robberies this year, a man was murdered there after being robbed of his cell phone in late May. A suspect is in custody for that crime.

The latest robbery came this morning when a Lakeview man was beaten and robbed of a cell phone near his home around 4:30.

The victim told police that three offenders battered him, mugged him, then fled southbound  from near the intersection of Mildred and George.

According to the victim, the primary offender was a short black man who wore a black leather jacket with spikes on it. The other two suspects were described only as men in dark clothing.

This morning’s robbery took place about two blocks north of a July 2 incident in which a man was beaten and robbed in front of his home near 2700 N. Mildred.
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14 comments:

  1. Any thoughts on why Mildred seems to get this kind of activity from time to time? It is generally a quiet street with families. There were a number of events last summer as well.

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    1. I'm guessing the whole area is just a perfect spot for criminals to target. It's dark in that area, the noise from the train provides good distraction, and they have a lot of different escape routes. Add in the fact you never see a police officer patrolling it and it's become dangerous.

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    2. Because the unsuspecting with their guard down make the easiest targets.

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  2. It is a different kind of "entertainment" area not covered by Clark Street. The "entertainment" goes on all night long.

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  3. I guess Alderman Tunney wasn't really serious when he said he vowed to increase patrols after Kevin O'Malley was murdered! Family and friends are still grieving the loss of this fine young man, yet crime is on the increase. Just more bs from our politicians. CWB don't ever stop reporting these crimes.

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  4. If you have to be on the street at that hour, you need some f@cking pepper spray and a small sharp folding knife as a backup. Today's pepper spray gets the job done, why not have it ? A 1.5 ounce unit can be enough for several social encounters.

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    1. Point well taken but the truth is the thugs and the killers are committing these crimes at all HOURS OF THE DAY and night......fact.

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    2. Not sure what happened to my polite response of five hours ago but it said "point well taken". Unfortunately the thugs are out at all Hours of the day and night! (Don't know why the approvers would delete that)?

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  5. Time to add the Wellington Brown Line stop to the list of no go areas at night. Damn shame too it was my go to instead of Helmont.

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  6. Can you recommend a brand? Thanks.

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  7. Awesome. 2 weeks after I move away from Belmont/Sheffield to the nicer area south of Belmont this happens a block from my apartment. Time to be frightened to walk alone in the dark again.

    I must say, these thugs are getting pretty smart with educating themselves on policing strategies and crimes of opportunity as a result. If only they could be productive members of society...

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  8. Get some training to go with that pepper spray. Don't need to be fumbling with it at the moment you need it the most. Also don't need to throw up a cloud so big that you wind up incapacitating yourself along with/instead of the mugger/muggers.

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  9. 12:09 go with Fox 5.3 , Aerko freeze +p, First defense 1.3mc. Stream pattern for the windy city.

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  10. I have one from Cold Steel Inferno that I ordered from Amazon. It's a foam rather than spray, so less risk of blowback. I also have a really large canister for the home.

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