Sunday, August 23, 2015

OLD HABITS: Robbery Victims Pepper Sprayed, Threatened With Gun In Separate Incidents Overnight

The sharp reversal in record-setting robbery rates that resulted from dedicated police work over the past year seems to have stalled out. And, with two more muggings reported overnight, August 2015 will likely see an increase in robberies over last year.

In the latest incidents,, a man was robbed at gunpoint by four offenders near Seminary and School at 11:45PM Saturday. The victim reported that one of the robbers produced a black handgun and demanded his valuables.

The offenders fled in a silver four-door sedan that has dark rims and damage to its right rear quarter panel.

Nearly five hours later, the victim called 911 again to report seeing the offenders driving their vehicle in the 3200 block of Clark Street. Officers were unable to catch up with the car.

• At 3:30 this morning, two men dressed as women pepper sprayed a victim at Belmont and Sheffield, then went into his pockets and took money.

The victim described one offender as dark complected and wearing a gray shirt while the other was said to be medium complected and wearing a blue shirt.

As of this morning, Wrigleyville and Boystown have recorded 13 robberies in August. There were 15 reported cases for the full month of August 2014.
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12 comments:

  1. Now there's something a Lakeview resident can use ....A Glock ! Walking around unarmed doesn't cut it anymore in this day and time we are living in.

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    1. If only more people realized that and actually obtained a CCW then more and more the criminals would realize that their prey is now armed and ready.

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    2. How do we know muggers won't just start shooting first, if they become increasingly worried that the prey are armed?

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    3. Because they come here to rob people of their money and belongings, not kill them. Once you've shot someone in order to rob them (as your post seems to postulate), the loud gunshot makes it just a BIT harder to leave the area unnoticed.

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    4. To "how do we know the muggers won't" ...

      How do you know they won't shoot you anyway since you can identify them?

      How do you know they won't nearly beat you to death?

      Well, they have done so repeatedly already. So I'll take my chances based on experience (I'm not a cop, just a life long Chicagoan who grew up in the not so nice areas of Chicago) with thugs; they are lazy cowards who target and prey on perceived weakness.

      Since the low information voters reelect the clowns we have in office I'm not holding out much hope in things improving and would prefer to be able to defend myself.

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    5. Great point! I fought (and won) against a mugger with a 6" blade (using just my hands and a pocket full of coins) but a gun is entirely different.

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    6. Mmm. For the anonymous who thinks the noise of a gunshot dissuades robbers from shooting their victims:

      http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/900287/man-shot-robbery-washington-park

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    7. Have you ever seen how gang bangers and untrained idiots shoot? The Hollywood technique they emulate hits more bystanders than intended victims. To legally carry a defensive weapon you must get training in its use, and that will serve you well. Go to a gun range, you will find the people there to be friendly, helpful, and from every demographic. You may be surprised. The anti-gun people lie to everyone including themselves. After all, the criminals exist, and its your mortal ass you need to protect. The cops can't be everywhere.

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  2. At least carry pepper spray or a personal alarm. But remember! The cops won't catch the criminal but they will be more than happy to arrest you! So, toss the Mace when they show up to fill out paperwork.

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    1. Yes, and ditch your whistle and kazoo too! You might get a ticket for ticket for disturbing the peace while reporting a bicycle theft or murder.

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  3. I saw that silver sedan earlier in the day on Clark Street. Teenage kid jumped in the back wearing a red t-shirt and shorts. An 30s looking man was driving. Damaged on the right side, front and back with black rims. I remember it standing out and the pick-up looking "criminal-esque." Just looked like they were up to something is all. The community is un-equipped to deal with these guys doing recognizance in our community for their night-time crimes.

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  4. Like my buddy posted a month ago - regarding that guy mugged at 3AM on Cornelia -- the guy didn't have a chance. The perps were trailing him but he didn't notice. When they rushed him, he didn't even have time to turn around. Forget about carrying a Glock. I would suggest being hyper aware of what's going around you, especially when it's dark. Take a taxi/Uber home after 11PM - and first take a look at your building's front door/landing area for any lurking perps. Never walk the alleys at night.

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