Wednesday, August 05, 2015

UNDER THE GUN: Two Armed Robberies In One Hour Tuesday

At least two robberies at gunpoint were reported in less than an hour by victims in nearby Lake View and Uptown last night.

• At 10:33PM, a man told police that he was robbed at gunpoint near Melrose and Greenview in Lake View.

The offender, who escaped with the victim’s canvas shoulder bag, wallet, and cell phone, was armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun, the victim said. The gunman is described as a skinny black man with facial hair who stands about 6-feet-tall. He was last seen running northbound on Greenview from Melrose in a white tank top and white baseball hat.

• At 11:15PM, a man reported being robbed at gunpoint near Clarendon and Bittersweet—just north of Irving Park Road. Two offenders were involved in this incident, which cost the victim his wallet and cell phone. The gunman, described as a black man in his late teens or early 20’s who wore a black t-shirt and baseball cap, was last seen running across the Walt Disney Magnet School parking lot with another man.

The circumstances of the 11:15 hold-up are similar to the Thursday morning armed robbery of a woman in the same area.

• In an unconfirmed case, a witness called 911 to report seeing a man get robbed at gunpoint by two offenders near Orchard and Clark, just north of the Century Mall, around 10:30PM last night. The offenders were last seen running toward Clark Street on Orchard. Police were unable to locate a victim when they arrived on-scene.

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17 comments:

  1. Can't be sunnyside, sunnyside is between montrose and wilson.

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    1. Bittersweet is the correct street. Thank you.

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    2. Bittersweet is also how I feel when I think of this neighborhood ten years ago (so fun, so nice, so safe) and how I feel about it today (meh fun, ok but decaying, not safe, idiot alderpuss) ....

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  2. Is there anywhere in Chicago that is safe nowadays?
    Maybe Sauganash, because lots of cops live there.

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    1. Edison Park and Norwood Park also because of the number of cops and firefighters in those areas as well.

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  3. It's rather peculiar that the guy who just had his gold chain ripped off his neck on a CTA bus on 79th St. wasn't blamed for "flashing his expensive things around in public". There were also no warnings from the authorities or comments of "he deserved it anyway" in the article. Must just be a north side thing.

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  4. Did you know there are only 375 units
    of housing, collectively, for homeless youth
    in Chicago?
    Center on Halsted makes strides towards new LGBTQ
    Youth Housing and Services Program

    “For me, this is an escape from reality,” says Eris. “I’ve been coming to Center on Halsted since last May. When I’m here, I have something to do. I feel stable.” Eris is a member of the Youth Program and is one of over 100 youth who come to Center on Halsted each month – 1,000 annually – with 70 percent living in poverty and over 40 percent unstably housed. Eris is one of these youth.

    Approximately 1,800 to 3,000 youth are homeless each night in Chicago, and 40 percent – or two out of every five homeless youth – are LGBTQ. In an effort to address this critical need in the LGBTQ community, Center on Halsted’s Board of Directors has approved two housing goals as part of a resolution authorizing a new LGBTQ Youth Housing and Services program.

    The first is for Center on Halsted, in partnership with another qualified housing provider, to operate a beta cluster site housing program for five-to-ten youth from the existing Youth Program. The second, and subsequent, is for Center on Halsted to have a new Youth Intentional Permanent Housing building in operation, housing LGBT homeless youth with wrap-around services, in a supportive community.

    “This is a big step for us,” says Modesto ‘Tico’ Valle, Center on Halsted CEO, “but it is necessary. We must care for the next generation and this action from the Board of Directors is indicative of our commitment and willingness to learn how to provide these services.”

    “Housing is just the beginning,” mentions Avi Bowie, Director of Youth Programs at Center on Halsted. “This undertaking means that we will be able to provide stability for these young people in a way we haven’t previously. The case management and wrap-around services, beyond housing, will encompass education, employment, and health, including behavioral.”

    What’s next for Eris? “I dream of being an accessory designer,” he says. “I love handbags!” With support from Center on Halsted, the sky’s the limit!
    donate now

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    1. Sounds great. I should put my own 2 kids in this program and save tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. I'll shift my responsibility to the state. Say goodbye to your friends at the Latin School kids.

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    2. If one really wants to help the " youths", they should get them jobs so they aren't just wandering around the neighborhood all day.

      I too was homeless at 16. I worked two jobs in high school and roomed in a studio with 4 others in a similar situation. I took nothing from anyone,,lived on ramen and dug my way out.

      It is an amazing what one can accomplish through hard work.

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    3. Per the article on the other thread, Tico can't even keep his employees. ..they all sound pretty miserable.

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    4. I would donate to the ISIS terrorist organization before I would donate a penny to CoH. Interesting that "Eris" says "this is an escape from reality." Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all "escape from reality" and ignore our responsibilities and have others take care of us? Instead of seeking an "escape from reality," why isn't he seeking a job or going to school?

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    5. I know it won't be published but in light of the trainwreck and blight on the neighborhood that CoH has become, this feels good to say:
      FUCK Modesto ‘Tico’ Valle!

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    6. I suggest each of these social workers so worried about "homeless youth" take one home with them every night. Be sure and let us know how that works out.

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    7. Check out this "Avi Bowie" social worker on LinkedIn. He has had 12 jobs in the past 10 years. And HE is talking about "employment stability"?

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    8. The bloated numbers for homelessness have been going on for decades. It's racket. Donating money to charities is basically funding the bureaucrats who run the so-called programs. Total corruption and subterfuge.

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  5. I blame a lot of the problems in this area on liquor. Whether it's the bars or the liquor store at Belmont/Sheffield. It fuels a lot of these problems. Of course, the prostitution goes hand in hand. I see countless young men leave drunk and encounter these young "ladies" strutting around. Back in the day, Chicago had a Vagrancy Law that required everyone on the street to have $2 on them. The CPD needs to follow the "broken windows" philosophy that New York City adapted.

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    1. Today I learned that the term "cluster fuck" must be derived from Center on Halsted's "beta cluster site housing program."

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