Monday, July 27, 2015

THEIR WORDS: With 15 Mugged Since July 4, Two Victims Tell Their Stories

At least 15 people have been attacked and robbed on our neighborhood’s streets since the Fourth of July—sharply reversing a successful anti-robbery campaign that was launched in 2013 by recently-transferred district police commander Elias Voulgaris.

Last night, two of this month’s victims told us their stories:

Beaten & Robbed On Halsted Strip

At 1:17AM last Monday, Chicago police responded to multiple 911 calls of two men fighting on the street at Buckingham and Halsted. In fact, the men were not fighting. One of them was being robbed. We're withholding his name, but that's him in the picture. And this is his story:

“I got the shit beaten out of me. Woke up in the hospital in my blood-covered shorts. They completely stripped me down of everything I had. Like a bunch of animals.

The scene of the robbery. (Google)
“I was walking past Nookies, almost to Town Hall Pub, and I remember turning around for some reason and one of the guys charged me and began to hit me in the face. I fought back—I believe knocking him to the ground—and then that's when everyone started in on punching me.

“I remember being punched repetitively in the back of my head, my back, and my side. At one point I heard a girl's voice say ‘they should just let them two fight.'

“After being hit so many times in the back of the head I think it just made me loopy and knocked me out. I remember the police officer (I'm guessing) asking if I needed to go to the hospital. But I was so out of it next thing I know I was at the hospital and covered in blood and I couldn't really remember why or where I was.

Map showing 14 known robberies in our area since July 4. The victim of a 15th
robbery could only recall that it happened in Wrigleyville.
“During the brawl I remember my [backpack] being ripped off. My flip flops flew off while the fight was happening. I assume that's when they got my cell phone and wallet as well.

“They took my cell phone, wallet, flip flops, shirt and my backpack. In my bag I had sunglasses, prescription glasses, Beats headphones, a school book and a few other things. I had to get my locks changed because they took my keys too.

“They charged up my credit cards and called Chase to make themselves authorized users on my account.

“It just sucks. I'm a college student just making it and people come and take everything I've worked so hard to get. I don't have money to just go out and get those things back.”

Out of the hospital now, the victim says he suffered “a swollen face, black eyes, busted nose, and black and blue lips. My jaw is very sore. I have to go to the dentist to get it checked [today]. Still can't really chew much. Deep cuts on my feet since they took my flip flops. Scratches on my right leg and a bruised hip. I’m still super stiff and can't move around for too long because it hurts.

“I'm attending Loyola this summer and prob going to have to drop my class because I have been dealing with all of this and haven't had time for class.

“This pic from the hospital is nothing compared to how I looked the next two days.”

“The worst part is I've heard nothing from police and my friend works at the state's attorney and can't help because they haven't made it an open case yet.”

We hope that justice will be served soon.

Jogger Mugged Outside Wrigley Field 

Over the weekend, we reported that three people had been mugged in our neighborhood between midnight and 6AM on Saturday. It turns out that there was a fourth victim.

His name is Lucas Wittwer. He was beaten and robbed at approximately 2:40 that morning—within minutes of a similar attack near the Addison Red Line station. Here is what he told us:

Lucas was robbed to the right of this fire station, across from Wrigley's left field wall.
“Thankfully I got off pretty easy with just a decent scrape on my elbow and a few bumps on the head.

“I had just finished a run and I was walking west on Waveland approaching Seminary only about 30-40 feet from the firehouse when I walked past two people.

“They were on either side of the sidewalk making me walk in between them, but I really didn’t think anything of it. I walked a few steps more and then one of them punched me in the side of the head taking me straight to the ground.

“They started yelling ‘give me your phone.’ I curled up into the fetal position and held on to my phone assuming that, it being Wrigleyville on a Friday night/Saturday morning, someone would either hear them yelling or me yelling 'help' and would scare them off. That didn’t happen.

The community alert issued by police Sunday night.
“So, after more hits to the head I let go of my phone. One of them then reached into my pocket to take a wallet but I didn’t have my wallet as I had just been on a run. They demanded that I give them money but once it was clear that I had none they ran westbound.

“All in all they made off with my Lumia 830 and my cheap exercise headphones.

“I walked over to Clark and Waveland and there was already a cop car there. They took me to the station on Addison and I filed my report. [Then] they gave me a ride to Masonic. A CT scan and an x-ray found a concussion and a head injury. Luckily no broken face bones.

“There are two things that stood out to me. One was the sheer time everything took. I was mugged at around 2:35-2:40 am … and I didn’t get home until 6 am.

“The other thing was the fact that after the robbers ran away, I was just sitting there and a group of people walked by and I asked ‘I just got jumped. Could one of you please call 911 for me?’ They all kept on walking. One did say ‘yeah give me a minute’ but kept walking and to my knowledge did not call 911.”

[CWB Chicago can confirm that no 911 call was received on Lucas' behalf.]

“That is probably the thing that will stick with me the most about this whole thing.”

A Break?

At 2 o’clock this morning, Chicago police took three individuals into custody for questioning after the trio fled from an officer who tried to talk to them near Cornelia and Reta in Boystown. The three bear resemblances to descriptions offered by at least one recent robbery victim. It is too early to know if this will lead to a break in the robbery cases.

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58 comments:

  1. The hospital bills for these victims are enormous. Not only are they beat down on the street, the after costs and time to recuperate far exceed the loss of a phone and wallet. Most of these victims have a job and insurance with high deductibles that takes them years to recover from the financial hit. The perps, when they get caught, if they get caught, should be responsible for the monetary expense of the victim. If they can't pay, then time is added to the sentence that cannot be lowered by any judge or district attorney.

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    1. They'd just get a slap on the hand like most of them do.

      Also, they won't be caught. They very rarely are.

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    2. Less than 20-30% of the murders go solved in Chicago (let alone a prosecution) so it must be low single digits for muggings. Without more police there is no deterrent. Many of these crimes occur within blocks of a police station or a firehouse. There are a lot of dogs holding their pee all night in Lakeview bc the owners don't want to get jumped late at night.

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    3. Well that's no surprise, less police less people trying to become or being promoted to homicide detectives. I was just thinking about that after the fourth of July shooting marathon . How is this shortage of police effecting murder investigations?

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  2. OK - I get it, bad guys win. We listed our condo and are moving to the burbs. Done. 9K in property taxes will leave with us, as well as the tens of thousands we spend per year at city businesses and private schools. We get the picture.

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    1. You are going to like it in the burbs, and you can still come in for the good stuff, like restaurants, friends, and theaters. It is going to be a lot more fun than you think, we pulled into our driveway and never looked back (and we were anti-burbs for decades). Also, really great for kids, more freedom than they will ever have in the city.

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    2. Be careful about visiting the city from the burbs.
      The cops aggressively go after people who have dined in the restaurant districts (such as Randolph Street)
      looking to stop them for drunk driving. Don't drink, or take Metra, or have a designated driver.
      I imagine they do this too in the drinking areas such as Rush Street.

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    3. As far as the tax man is concerned the 9k isn't going anywhere; it will be paid by the sucker who buys the place. They'll only start caring when the supply of suckers runs out. When that happens, and it will, Chicago becomes Detroit.

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  3. If only Sidetrack cared about the neighborhood as much as gay marriage maybe they could use their political pull to bring attention to crime on the street. The crime has to be hurting the bars?

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    1. I doubt it affects the bars enough for them to spend their money/capital on doing much to stop 2 AM muggers.

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    2. Tourists and suburban chicks are 80% of their business. They don't want them to know.

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    3. Perhaps you missed the news about the 90 security officers that were on hand for the Pride parade? The Northalsted Business Alliance has been spending money on additional off duty police officers to serve as security for the Halsted strip for over two years. They are out there in their yellow jackets all the time. SO...the bar owners are concerned and they are spending their money to do this ON TOP OF THE TAXES they pay for police protection. Even with this extra protection, these crimes continue. My point being why are blaming the victims and businesses in our community for not doing enough to protect ourselves from criminals? Isn't that the responsibility of our city government? A little extra sting as I write out my check for 2nd installment of property taxes due this week.

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    4. If the bar owners were so dissatisfied with city government's police protection, why did they plaster RE-ELECT TUNNEY signs all over their establishments?

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    5. The bar owners also wrote checks to Tunney during his campaign... so yes, the bar owners are very responsible for what's happening in Lakeview.

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  4. Speedy recovery to you guys! Everyone reading this blog sympathizes with you. Many of us have dealt with these issues in our families or for ourselves. The body will heal but the feeling of safety and security takes months and years to heal. So sorry this happened to you.

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  5. "I don't have money to just go out and get those things back.”

    -is there a way for me to get in touch with this guy? I would like to help him with books and a few other thigns.

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    1. mday3@luc.edu

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    2. We can confirm that the email address here is correct. After our story ran, the victim chose to allow his name to be used publicly. He is Seth Day.

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    3. Thank you - I just sent him a note.

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  6. It is just sickening that this keeps happening in our neighborhood. Please continue to tell these stories in hopes something will be done.

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  7. How despicable. Taking the guy's sandals and shirt. Calling the bank while he's half-dead to use his cards. Evil. I'd charge them with attempted murder.

    As for the jogger - 2:40 am isn't the best time for a run. However, I'm appalled at how no one on the street even called to report him or help him, even if he was viewed as suspicious.

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    1. Why isn't 2:40 a good time for a run? The busy streets of Lakeview are less crowded and perhaps he just finished a work shift. This is blaming the victim, just like telling a rape victim that perhaps the outfit she chose to wear was too revealing. Are we living on the set of "I am Legend" were we are only safe while the sun shines? Yet our elected officials spend more time debating a tax break for the movie Chiraq than debating the criminal activity that is winning.

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  8. This makes me sad, sick, depressed and pissed. I'm sorry that this happened and sadly am confident that this will continue to happen. If anyone knows who the Loyola student is, I'd like to make a donation to him... at least help him in some small way. Hopefully to counter the no help that was provided to him immediately after this incident.

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  9. Having witnessed a mugging at cornelia and reta a few weeks back, I'd love to be given the opportunity to help ID the three that the CPD got. I had a very clear view of the two that did the crime I witnessed as the fled, post beating/mugging and told the CPD as much.

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  10. Meanwhile the City Council and your fave aldermen are condemning the movie "Chiraq" and requesting the State to not give them the tax incentives. Seriously, instead of directly addressing violent crime and the root causes of poverty, these elected City parasites are too busy talking against an out-of-state film project that provided jobs and some economic development in the neighborhoods. You elected these bums and you got them.

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  11. Rumor on the street is that Nookies on halsted has the first beating on video. Why has it not been released to the media?!?

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    1. Bad PR. Loss of $$$$$$$. Despite Russian VodkaGate, gay marriage, Stop Bullying and that despicable Donald Trump dude they love to hate........just like him, they love their $$$$$$.

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  12. The tone deafness of the AlderFOOLS, police and city authorities (MAYOR) to the brutal physical attacks and maiming (and 1 murder... so far) over personal belongings is beyond reprehensible! SOMEthing has to give! SOMEthing has to be done to wake up the selfish, incompetent, Machine fools in positions of authority!!! What will it take?

    To the injured, assaulted and deeply scarred from these vicious attacks, I send my deep sympathy and prayers for healing and recovery. I know it'll never be forgotten .. God bless you. Maybe a GoFundMe page from someone tech savvy for these victims of the disgusting savages MAYOR Emmanuel is clearly and absolutely allowing to reek havoc in this neighborhood by his derelect policies is worth considering. Prayers for protection for us all.

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    1. Something can be done; vote them out of office. But the rest of the fools we live around won't help us do that.

      They will continue to vote for the same idiots who appoint the same do-nothing judges because that is how they have always voted.

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    2. What will it take, you ask....it will take the residents to stop voting these clowns into office. The alderman are not tone deaf - they hear very clearly when the majority of the citizens are dumb enough to continue voting them into office. Until the residents do something different in the voting booth, it will continue to be same shit, different day.

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  13. Wish the alderperson would get up the Mayor's butt for welching on the promise of no police reduction with the merger of the two districts.

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  14. I stopped reading this blog a year ago because of how depressing it was. I moved from Chicago two years ago because of the crime in this City. I moved to Chicago in 1982 from Hawaii and it was the safest, least expensive and nicest city I ever lived in. Spent over twenty five years there and never ever did I feel threatened until 2004 when I sensed the change. Long story but a great guy, who i knew, got beaten to a pulp on Chicago and State on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, his expenses at Northwestern, $35,000, and that's when I said enough. We all know why this is happening and it's not going to get any better. I'm in Tucson now and living in the safest, least expensive City ever. No fear and never will look back. I weep for the future!

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    1. I recall the $137,000 hospital bill of the victim of a Boystown "mugging" a few years ago.

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    2. I thought Tuscon had a lot of crime also.

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    3. Tucson has crime as does every major city and so did Chicago when i lived there. The difference is we're discussing BoysTown where I never even thought of getting, spell i right, decked! This is beyond my wildest imagination reading and seeing this. So getting back to Tucson i leave my doors open, car is visible and the police are polite and won't take any garbage if they witness anything out of the ordinary. We sleep at night without fear and I jog at ANY time, especially early mornings without looking behind me. Less expensive and truly an oasis in an otherwise terrifying world!

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  15. Another career burglar broke into a car near racine and Fullerton this morning around 630am. He fled the scene and was apprehended at webster and Southport with the victims belongings. Thank you to the police officers who nabbed him.

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  16. #AllLivesMatter

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  17. I would not have high expectations regarding voting alderscums out of office. The machine will not let that happen. You guys should create an awareness campaign in your neighborhood so the people of the hood will speak with a single voice. My guess is that only 5% of the local population is even aware of these things happening.

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    1. Three or four huge billboards erected in Boystown and maybe Wrigleyville advertising the CWB forum and news would go a long way toward spreading the word and increasing that percentage of people who are aware of this shit.

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    2. Sometimes I drive east on Waveland from Damen to Lincoln on my way to Trader Joes.
      I noticed that almost every single building on Waveland has a sign on their doors that says "We call Police"
      I love that neighborhood, but the signs kind of freak me out. Is this a high crime area?
      Maybe we can get signs printed and ask every home/condo owner and business owner to post these signs in their front windows. Let's face it, there are hardly any police to respond to crimes, but maybe it will be a PR nightmare tor Tunney and Rahm.

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    3. "Let's face it, there are hardly any police to respond to crimes, but maybe it will be a PR nightmare tor Tunney and Rahm."

      I agree. They sure as shit don't care about the safety of the folks who live in the area. They'd rather the dirty little secret about all the crime & mayhem be swept under the rug; don't let the tourists know!

      I think we should post billboards with something like, "Want to know the REAL facts about crime in this neighborhood?" And then post the CWB website in big, bold letters. Preferably, these billboards can be posted near Tunny's office and also Wrigleyfield.

      I think our only hope is to SHAME our "leaders" into doing the right thing and hire more cops. The criminals have absolutely no deterrent. Maybe if the Rickett's family sees this billboard close to the ballpark, they can demand more cops. God knows, the little people have no clout.....

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    4. I still want to contribute to a fund where we could erect at least one billboard at either Belmont and Sheffield, Belmont and Clark or Roscoe and Halsted.
      Can we at least start to contribute to that on here somehow? Anyone know how much that would cost? And for how long it would stay up. Maybe we can collect enough money to do it before Pride next year at the latest.

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    5. I would be very happy to donate money for a billboard or two. We can take photos of it and send it to all the news outlets as well.

      A public shaming is indeed needed for all our our "leaders" who turn a blind eye on crime in our area. Also, let's shame Mr. Rickets, too. Certainly, he has the clout to DEMAND more police protection for his customers.

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  18. Good thing that these 2 incidents aren't important enough to report on our local news.

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    1. abc7 actually has it up on their website. They clearly got the story from CWB's report (same picture even).

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    2. The reporter credited CWB on Twitter.

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    3. Actually saw report on both ABC 7 and WGN.

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  19. Remember folks - I don't need any of you spreading the word about the area's crime UNTIL AFTER I SELL MY CONDO. LOL

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    1. Glad I already sold mine otherwise I would have been thinking the same thing lol.

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  20. We read it first at CWB: http://news.yahoo.com/video/lakeview-wrigleyville-mugging-victims-describe-032500783.html

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  21. How do you get through to Tunney and Emanuel???

    Maybe a BOYCOTT. Start with boycotting all Ann Sathers.

    Then try to do more of your shopping outside the city of Chicago.
    For those of us with vehicles, shop in Lincolnwood, Evanston, Schaumburg, Northbrook, Skokie, etc.
    Your tax dollars won't go to Chicago and the tax you pay in the burbs will be lower, especially on alcohol.
    And you'll save on paying Rahm's stupid parking meters.

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  22. Saddened. Angry. It is how I feel. I cannot comment more than that.

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  23. It's amazing how many come here to complain when they voted against the guy who was going to hire more police and couldn't possibly manage the city's finances any worse (the amount of penalties, interest, and fees we are paying since this administration took over from Daley is insane).

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  24. We should sent Rob Elgas a "Helmont Tshirt, as a thanks for finally covering the story, and in hopes of not letting the story go.

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  25. Not sure Rob Elgas did us any favors...i mean he included in the report Ald Tooney stating, unchallenged, that the area had plenty of resources and that no one can say otherwise. This is what the average citizen hears and takes as the truth. But a simple fact check clearly refutes Tooney;s claim. We are currently down over 25% of our police force - that is a resource and one that is seriously lacking and quite frankly the absence of police presence is most likely the reason for the crime issues in the area currently and in the past few years. I would be thanking Rob Elgas if he left Tooney out of report or if included he needed to then include factual information regarding resources and not just Tooney's misinformation.

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  26. And to the assholes that wouldn't stop and help the jogger, are you fucking kidding me ? That takes the cake, almost as bad as the robbers. How the f*ck do you look in the mirror when you shave, useless bag of shit that you are. My apologies to the victims and best wishes for a fast recovery..

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  27. What a bunch of assholes who didn't call right then and there. Hope they're next. Pretty pathetic that some folks believe this is the right way to live. Just another example of people who don't care what affects others, and they don't care until it affects their own existence.

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  28. What a year it has been for Seth. First he is tossed from a cab for kissing another man and now gets this crap. Get well soon, Seth!

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