Tuesday, August 04, 2015

"NOW YOU GOT AIDS": Home Intruders And Robbery Disturb Normally Quiet Newport Avenue

Neighbors who live just a couple of doors apart in the 900 block of Newport reported intruders in their third floor apartments last week. One case was weird. The other resulted in a battery. The incidents are just the latest in a series of unusual activities on the normally peaceful block.

Friday evening at 5:45PM, an 87-year-old man heard a scratching sound on his third floor apartment door. He opened the door and found a complete stranger on the other side.

The noise woke up the older man's roommate.

"When I ran to he door and asked [the stranger] what he wanted, he just laughed. He shoved me on the floor, spit in my face, and said, 'now you have AIDS.'" The offender then ran down the stairs and out the front door, which the victim later learned had been kicked in.

The intruder is described as a black man in his mid-20's with red hair on top and dark blonde hair on the sides. He stands about 6'2" tall.

In a separate incident just three doors away, a third-floor resident called police at 9:00PM on July 26 to report that an unknown man had walked into his apartment. When he asked the intruder what he was doing, the man said he was "chasing a butterfly," then fled.

That suspect was described as a black man, about 6-feet tall, 190 pounds. He was last seen heading westbound carrying a black backpack with a red neon stripe on it.

What's Going On Over There?

The normally quiet 900 block of Newport has seen more than its share of incidents lately.

Earlier on the day of the "butterfly" incident, a man was beaten and robbed as he returned to his 3-flat across the street.

On July 19, a man who had been robbed in Wrigleyville four hours earlier traced his pinging cell phone to a three-flat just a couple of doors away from the other robbery victim's home. The phone was never recovered.

Photo: A line of 3-flat homes in the 900 block of Newport.
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16 comments:

  1. There's never a dull moment in the 60657.

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  2. Maybe both police stations are empty?

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  3. We are under siege by these POS thugs who are running wild, kicking in doors, punching, beating, robbing, vandalizing and in general....terrorizing our community. Why on earth is this being allowed.....because it is being allowed. If we had proper police staffing and a judicial system that actually protected its citizens from violent crime (you know, dish out appropriate sentences that punish and keep these miscreants in jail), perhaps crime would not be such a problem in our area.

    Sadly, we hear about robberies and violent crime on a daily basis. I can't imagine why the city leaders would want once, safe neighborhoods - especially tourist areas like Boystown & Wrigley - to turn into violent hoods. Words out about our crime problem, and it seems like our "leaders" don't give a fig about it. Maybe they figure there are still enough people who are clueless about our crime problem and will still come to the entertainment areas....or maybe that there are enough people who shrug and say, "...that's just part of living in the big city."

    The City Council all have their panties in a wad about Spike Lee's "Chiraq" film....you would think that they would want to curb the violence and not let it spread to the once safe neighborhoods. Do they want the ENTIRE city of Chicago to be plagued with crime?

    I am starting to regret buying a condo here a year and a half ago. Part of me wants to stick it out and hope for the best, but part of me is afraid. And that is no way to live. I keep telling myself that this is gonna end one of these days, but I keep hearing about this crap over and over and over again. And the violence keeps escalating. If things don't start to turn around, we can add weekly shootings the mix.

    CWB, I want to thank you SO MUCH for all that you do. I'm hoping that we can get some sort of grass roots effort going and march on the mayor's block, "occupy" in front of Tunney, Cappleman & Michelle Smith's offices, paper the neighborhood with fliers about the CWB website, put up CWB billboards.... Until we organize and DO something, we will continue to get the same.

    We need to do something to get the word out, to publicly SHAME the mayor and worthless aldermen who continue to vote for budgets that do not include funding to bring our police force back up to safe staffing levels. If we do all of the above, and continue to do it every week or every couple of days, we will get media attention...possibly national media attention.

    Our "leaders" refuse to do the right thing so it's now time to force their hands. We need to SHAME them into it. Like my mom always said, "The squeaky door get's the oil."

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  4. Guess it's not this guy: http://www.cwbchicago.com/2014/01/boozey-shoplifter-who-bit-jewel.html

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  5. this 900 block Newport this block freaks are always kicking on the front door for YEARS I call police and 1/3 hour later they show up how the hell is that going to help us. 900 - 800 block Newport is not a quiet street the freaks and criminals are always damaging/ stealing/ assaulting

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    1. I never regarded Newport at peaceful, quiet or uneventful either.

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  6. could the men involved in these crimes be staying at the Halsted center sleeping at "The Crib"

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    1. No. We are confident.

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    2. the porch pyro was arrested in your center on halsted lobby

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  7. most likely the same person doing all three, so why when I called for a kick in for the 3 time in a few days did it take 30 minutes for police to show up????? the one assaulted who got shoved down and spit in the face

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  8. sounds like a judge let the blond topped chia pet guy from a few months ago out...

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  9. My friend on that block has had her house burglarized twice. That street is starting to be full of criminals preying upon people.

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  10. I just saw the guy with the goofy hair yesterday at Freemon and Addison walking by the police station. Wish i would have read this yesterday.

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    1. "the guy with the goofy hair" doesn't much narrow it down to a specific individual in Boystown.

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    2. he was living in the crib that is why you saw him in front of the crib and across the addison police station print his!

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  11. he told people down the street he lived at the center on Halsted and and slept at the crib and it sucks

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