Tuesday, September 08, 2015

RANDOM ATTACKS: After Woman Is "Tackled Like A Football Player," Cops Look For Links

Chicago police are looking for a man who may be responsible for several random daytime attacks on pedestrians in southeast Lake View and Boystown.

Officers began looking for links today after a woman was blindsided and "tackled like a football player" on a sidewalk near Clark and Diversey at 11AM.

The victim, who was with two friends at the time of the attack, slammed her head on the concrete and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital by ambulance.

More than 20 people witnessed the random attack and at least two people, including a cab driver, pursued the assailant, who was last seen on Cannon Drive near the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The offender is described as a white man between 35 and 40 years old with short blond hair and a beard. He was wearing a blue shirt with a logo and blue jeans. Robbery does not appear to be the motive because the offender did not attempt to take the victim's purse or valuables after tackling her.

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Locations of five recent random attacks on pedestrians
While police have yet to officially connect other incidents with today's attack, CWB Chicago editors are aware of several recent incidents with similar-sounding circumstances:

• At 7:09AM on August 20th, a woman who was walking her dog at Wellington and Lake Shore Drive reported that a man walked up to her, slapped her, and claimed to have a knife. The offender was described as a white man in a blue shirt and blue pants who carried a blue back pack. A battery report was filed.

• Less than 20 minutes later, a woman reported that a man attacked her in what she believed to be a robbery attempt at Barry and Sheridan. She described the offender as a white man in his late 30's 5'10" tall, 170 pounds, with blond hair. He was wearing a blue shirt and blue or green shorts.

Her call for help did not generate an immediate police response because 911 operators, following Chicago Police Department guidelines, determined that her report should be filed over the phone since the offender had left the scene.

• At 3:47PM on August 24, a 54-year-old man was struck twice in the back of the head with a brick during what police described as a "completely unprovoked" attack at Roscoe and Lake Shore Drive. The offender was described as a shirtless white man with a beard.

• Sunday evening at 9:19PM, a Boystown woman told police that a 5'10" white man threatened to slash her throat and kill her boyfriend on the street at Buckingham and Broadway. No report was filed.

Employees at St. Joseph's today told police that they had seen one or two other patients over the weekend who had been randomly attacked near the hospital. Officers were able to locate calls for service in at least two cases, but details were slim as no reports had been filed in either case.
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35 comments:

  1. No report no crime . . . . let's keep the stats down. People injured or taken to the hospital but the police take no report = NO CRIME. Looks good at the meeting on Monday morning. Less police - no crime.

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    1. You are exactly right. Here are some outstanding examples of how crime goes unreported, feeding the "down" narrative.

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    2. Lenient sentences that return the criminal to the streets in short order are likely a reason why some choose not to report crimes. They still certainly should make a report but you can see why people would be frustrated too.

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    3. And repeat after me,...
      "Crime Is Down, Crime Is Down,"

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  2. I walked pass the police in the aftermath of the Roscoe and LSD brick attack on August 24, but didn't learn what had happened until I saw your report. Wouldn't you know that I walked past the very next day and saw a few bricks in the street near the curb. Why in the world wouldn't the cops have removed and disposed of them?

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  3. I posted this one up at Tunney's FB page just now. See how long it lasts.

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  4. So 20 people witnessed it and he was followed by them all, including a cab driver? How did he get away?

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    1. As the story states, about 20 people were said to have witnessed it and two are known to have pursued the man.

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  5. Tunney seems to be past denial "perception" mode now:

    http://www.44thward.org/site/epage/159454_1026.htm

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    1. Just more bullshit from Tunney. Fuck him.

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  6. Good work again, CWB. It seems CWB does more to detect these local crime patterns/sprees than anyone else. I've said it before but resourceful journalists should come here often to get tips and story leads well ahead of the curve.

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  7. I'm out of town at the moment, but I'll be back next week and will be happy to fund printing/copying of flyers, stickers, whatever to announce something to the effect that "Crime is up, and if you don't report crime, you're part of the problem." or pubbing CWB. Someone design it, I will fund it. I am not rich, but this is important to me. If you're serious about designing a poster or sticker (and if it says CWB, we need approval from our CWB pals), CWB will put you in touch with me, I trust. I can't think of a better spend of my money. I can't afford to fud a billboard, but will gladly fund posters/flyers or stickers or whatever the group thinks is best to get the word out.

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    1. Happy to put interested parties in touch with Sarah. If you want to include us, Sarah, you are welcome to.

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    2. Why wouldn't Tunney and Cappleman volunteer their staffs and equipment and funding to do the printing? They each get about $1 Million per year for discretionary use. If they are not willing to fund a crime prevention program, they would owe us all an explanation as to why not.

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  8. I will be at each roll call with signs and a loud voice. To all of you who are looking for a time & place to come together on this issue:!PLEASE JOIN ME!

    It's got to start somewhere, and soon. Let's make this happen.

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  9. CH 7 news relates that Ald. Tunney says police plan is to have outdoor roll calls as a show of force. As someone who spent close to 40 yrs on the CPD as a PO, detective and supervisor I can tell you that outdoor roll calls are not going to scare or stop robberies. This is to make the public feel good. The area detective division needs to start an undercover robbery detail and catch the thugs in the act. But there is probably not enough manpower to do this as every unit is short of personnel.

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    1. True the outdoor roll calls won't help unless they are cloning PO's to increase their numbers. Good idea about the undercover detail but as you say likely won't happen due to lack of personnel. I hope they catch this creep before someone gets permanently injured or killed.

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    2. Outdoor roll calls are a joke. At 2:30 or 3 in the morning if they have 2 cars in the district available they try to send them. I have seen outdoor roll calls in the past and the people that show up look like no 2 uniforms match but a good photo opportunity for cinnamon roll Tommy.

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    3. Oh you can bet your bottom dollar Tunney will be out there for a photo-op, and then claim later that HE was solely responsible for getting "increased police resources" into the neighborhood. And the clueless idiots who voted him in to office (again) will ooooh and aaaah and proclaim merrily that all is indeed well in La-La-Land.

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  10. Anyone know of a blog or some articles which discuss great places to move when you want to get the h*ll out of Chicago?

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    1. Use your own best judgement. Lakeview was hyped as one of the best neighborhoods in America afterall.

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    2. We just moved into Skokie, about a block from the yellow line and couldn't be happier. We started thinking about it a few years ago. We should have done it a few years ago.

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  11. Has anyone noticed a white male walking up and down Halsted in a blue shirt and blue shorts, with what looks like a slight limp, sometimes talking to himself? Could this be the same person described above? I see him walking around all the time, and a few weeks ago he jumped out in front of me in front of Roscoes as I was walking by around 5:30PM and made a motion towards my face like he was going to claw it (he didn't make contact with me). I jumped out of the way and he kept walking. I called 911 to report it but saw him out and about again the next day. This was also the day of the Foo Fighters concert so I assume police were focused on the area around Wrigley Field. All of the descriptions above call out blue shirt and blue pants so I'm just wondering if this is the same guy. I cross the street when I see him now, and it sounds like that might be the right move.

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    1. He is always in the beighborhood spewing hateful comments at passersby - it certainly does sound like him in these descriptions. He seems deranged. I also cross the street whenever I see him. I will be calling the police if he says another word to me.

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  12. So let me get this straight. A dozen or more cops will be pulled from their patrol duties to stand around in a dog and pony show, hopefully convincing a naïve public that they are going to be able crime conditions while standing around listening to their captain or commander pontificate. None of this will get more cops assigned to the area or reopen the closed district. And that is what is really needed: UN-consolidation.

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  13. Ok, the guy that fits this description is always hanging around Walgreens. He's always talking to himself and obviously not mentally well. I saw him three times last week. I'll take a picture next time.

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  14. When the roll call is taking place on Halsted Street, it would be a great time for the criminals to hold people up on Southport.

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    1. I'm going to use it as an opportunity to photo-bomb the hell out of the Tunneys photo-op.

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  15. I have seen a White male in blue shirt, blue jeans, beard talking to himself 3 times in the last week near the Ann sather on Broadway.

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  16. How is it this guy is seen so much but not in custody? I'm not being sarcastic or snarky. I'm genuinely wanting to understand.

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    1. "How is it this guy is seen so much but not in custody? I'm not being sarcastic or snarky. I'm genuinely wanting to understand."

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      I was wondering the same thing. Unfortunately, I think we all know the answer: There are just not enough police out there to search for and apprehend this guy. The police are too busy (trying to) keep up with the 911 calls for crimes that are already in progress.

      It is beyond pathetic that we pay so much to live in this area and have been completely neglected by the mayor and his yes-men alderfools.

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  17. 11am in the flipping morning. There is NO TIME OF DAY THAT IS "SAFE" ANYMORE. This city is truly circling the drain!

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  18. Did they ever catch the guy that was responsible. The reason I am asking is because I was attacked today by someone that matches the description. He tackled me to the ground and ran off. It so happened he almost knocked my coworker down a block away. This happened downtown on Clark and Monroe. Police report was filed.

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  19. Just tonight a man fitting this description kicked me down to the ground and kicked me in the stomach and then ran away. Goethe and Astor. Two passers-by and a doorman saw it. The police came and a report was filed. It seems like the same person is doing this repeatedly.

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