Saturday, September 05, 2015

WILD, WILD WEST: 4 Robberies At Gunpoint In Wrigleyville, Boystown Area Since 10PM

At least four separate robberies at gunpoint were reported in our neighborhood between 10PM last night and 2AM Saturday morning, according to police. No one is in custody.

Officers believe some of the hold-ups are related to a similar incident that took place early Friday morning in nearby Lincoln Park.

Here is what we know:

#1

At 10:08PM Friday night, two Edgewater residents were robbed at gunpoint in the 1000 block of W. Belmont. According to the victims, the hold-up was committed by four individuals in a dark sedan, one of whom had a black semi-automatic handgun.

The four offenders were black—three males and one female. One of the men has short dreadlocks, stands about 5'7" tall, and was wearing a white tee shirt and jeans.

They were last seen driving southbound on Kenmore.

#2

Seven minutes later, a victim reported being robbed near Southport and Grace by two black men who were armed with a handgun. One of the offenders was shirtless and the other was wearing a white tank top, the victim said.

The robbers fled westbound on Grace, where a resident independently reported seeing suspicious men in a gangway. Both offenders were then seeing running southbound in the east alley of Southport.

About 15 minutes later, another witness reported seeing two men matching the description near Clark and Grace, where the pair emptied out a wallet before fleeing.

#3

A man was robbed at gunpoint on the street near Melrose restaurant in Boystown at 1:56 this morning. That victim reported that three black men in a light gray minivan produced a black semi-automatic handgun, took his valuables, and then drove away toward Halsted Street on Melrose.

The offenders got $20 and a Ventra card from the victim. But, the victim managed to grab one of the offenders' cell phones—or, at least, a cell phone that was in the offender's possession. We wouldn't be so bold as to presume that the thug actually bought the phone.

#4

Six minutes later, a man reported being robbed at gunpoint by two men who occupied a minivan near Aldine and Lake Shore Drive.

This victim, who was also punched by the muggers, described one offender as black with an Afro and a scruffy beard. One gunman wore a black sweatshirt with black pants while the other wore a gray sweatshirt with gray pants.

Officers transported the victim to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Possible Connections

Police believe that the first robbery is related to another hold-up that took place near Clark and Fullerton at 4AM Friday.

In that case, a couple walked into a nearby 7-Eleven to report that offenders in a dark sedan pulled up, produced a gun, and took their wallets and a Samsung S4. The offenders fled in the vehicle, which was occupied by two black men and one black woman.

The woman had short hair and was wearing a white t-shirt with jeans.

About a half-hour before the hold-up, a victim called 911 from the 1000 block of Sheffield to report that a black man wearing a white t-shirt and blue shorts pulled up in a dark vehicle and pointed a gun at him. The victim fled the scene in a cab before police arrived and no report was immediately filed. It is not known if the victim had also been robbed.
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51 comments:

  1. I guess if you are out late and you see a car coming up the street, it would be wise to hide in some bushes. Broadway/Melrose and Aldine/LSD. These locations are in the last, safest area of Boystown. You truly can no longer be out after 11:00 pm without taking a risk of being killed or mugged!

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  2. WOW ! If we only had more private security guards maybe this would not have happened. Tom ? Tom ? But I guess I am only one person.

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    1. Most likely a private security guard would have been able to call police. They are not going to be armed nor will they intervene in a crime occurring. Get real folks.

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    2. We actually do have a private security force in boystown who are armed and will intervene. They are also off duty officers and will make arrests.

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    3. Don't be so sure about the credentials of the "private security force."

      http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/08/off-guard-halsted-street-security.html

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  3. Tunney? Comments? No, I didn't think so, you spineless wimp.

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  4. Was out walking out dogs last night on Lakewood and Grace. Cops pulled up and asked if my wife and I saw 'two black guys'. This was around 10:30. We saw at least three separate cop cars. Nice to see a realtively quick response. Hope they caught the guys. Why don't the cops try setting up some 'sting' operations. Walk the neighborhood with their cell phones out and see if anyone engages them.

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  5. Build more prisons
    Bring back the death penalty

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  6. For me, this is the final straw. My lease is up in 5 months and I am out of Chicago.
    Not sure if I will move to the North Shore, or to another state entirely.
    Enough is Enough.

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    1. Move to Hawaii or Tucson. I read this blog daily and I left two years ago, 30 year Streeterville resident.
      Chicago is a cesspool of violence, more killings last weekend then in Iraq, and it's getting worse each day.
      Get a gun to protect yourselves because there isn't anything else you can do if someone confronts you
      with a gun or knife in, at one time the best neighborhood in the country, Boystown! Cannot believe what's happening....

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    2. I suggest Austin...love it!..everybody presumed armed and go figure, low crime.

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  7. When will these be considered hate crimes?

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    1. Why would these crimes be considered hate crimes?

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    2. They're hate crimes because the victims are predominately gay males, residing in a predominately gay neighborhood of a large city and the offenders are not neighborhood residents.
      Simply put.. the offenders from south and west areas of the city are traveling to one specific area of the city to target gay men. There's your hate crime.

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    3. There needs to be proof that the crime was motivated by hate toward a protected group. It's would be very difficult to gather evidence to prove that, unless they said something like "hey faggot, give me your wallet and phone". There is no proof that they were robbing people because of their sexuality.

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    4. I think one can argue if a group of people travel via CTA or car from one side of the city to another with a large proportion of gay residences and business, it is a hate crime. The statute below :
      (720 ILCS 5/12-7.1) (from Ch. 38, par. 12-7.1)
      (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 99-77)
      Sec. 12-7.1. Hate crime.
      (a) A person commits hate crime when, by reason of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin of another individual or group of individuals, regardless of the existence of any other motivating factor or factors, he commits assault, battery, aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, criminal trespass to residence, misdemeanor criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to vehicle, criminal trespass to real property, mob action, disorderly conduct, harassment by telephone, or harassment through electronic communications as these crimes are defined in Sections

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    5. If a group of 3 white males went to Englewood and gangbeat a black kid to take his phone the phrase "hate-crime" would be used with ardent zest.

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  8. So few Cops we don't get patrols, they just react to crime after crime when they can get to them. Now, our taxes and fees are going to double. What will we get for that? Not one additional Cop. We are paying for the retirement of the cops that we used to have here...

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    1. The big payment is the result of this city failing to make its regular payments to those officers' (and firefighters') funds over the course of years. Don't blame the cops. Don't blame the firemen. Blame the aldermen that approved those budgets and blame the mayors whose offices drew them up.

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    2. True, blame the politicians. How would you like to be one of those cops that put in 20 or 30 years and now wonders if their retirement will be funded. And who said he was going to hire 1000 cops and didn't and was still re-elected? And which aldermen did nothing before but still got back in office? The cops are frustrated too, they are the ones running from call to call every day and night, taking the risks, and watch the judges release these thugs not long after they are done with their paperwork. Blame the political yokels past and present not the cops and firemen. The mass complaining should have been done before the election.

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  9. This neighborhood has gone to shit. Even a simple walk at 2:35am from Steamworks to my home on Roscoe and Broadway is a risk. What happened to this area? And why does nobody seem interested in doing anything about it???

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    1. Who would have ever thought a night at Steamworks would be safer than a late night stroll through the streets of Boystown!

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  10. The lobby doors of 3270 Lake Shore Drive at Aldine and Lake Shore had all of the glass beaten out last night. Also, GNC at Melrose and Broadway had their glass beaten out as well.

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    1. Hopefully all the clueless residents in this neighborhood had a light bulb go off over their head and now realize that their neighborhood is not safe.

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  11. This is getting ridiculous. The amount of money that we pay for rent in this area no longer comes close to matching the safe feeling we should have here. If Lakeview and Lincoln Park are no longer safe, this city is going to shit.

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    1. And rents will go up thanks to the property tax increase that is coming our way. It will be even MORE expensive to live here and there won't be any additional police protection.

      I bought a condo a few years ago, and the market hasn't improved much, so if I tried to sell now, I would lose money. So now I get to "enjoy" the extra taxes and realize that I'm not getting anything in return. I wish I could move, but I can't right now.

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  12. This sounds like the description of the group that stole a car from our building on the 4000 block of North Hermitage last month. A witness identified the female accomplice but the police had no interest in pursuing the suspect.

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    1. Sounds like a lazy officer. Not wanting to do his or her job.
      Next time call for a Sgt.
      The bosses should still look into this and see who blew off this job.

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  13. Off to the races, a wild last weekend of the summer. Hope for a cold, rainy fall and a snowy arctic winter, then the McComstat boys will say crime is down and take a bow.

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  14. Hopefully Chicago Time Out doesn't read this, their rose-colored glasses will explode!

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    1. LOL. Yes. The last story that guy wrote about our neighborhood was a list of places that are great for urinating in public. Quite the journalist there.

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    2. I'm thinking the guy who wrote that article sits down to pee.

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  15. Maybe they should take like 4 or 5 beat cars and put them down on Robbery missions and not handle any calls on their beats. LOL
    One Robbery after another. How can anyone be safe out there???????

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    1. We hear ya. It's a ridiculous use of manpower that strips visibility from other areas and increases response times.

      Having this neighborhood suck up all of the beat cars is one factor that got our neighborhood into the mess that it was in. The previous commander found a way to rectify that. The current one seems to think the old, unsuccessful tactics are the way to improve.

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  16. One of these nights, when I'm out walking around the neighborhood because of my insomnia, some of these "crime tourists" coming here to prey upon the easy target residents are going to encounter me, and that's going to be very bad news for them. I'm former military and I train close quarters combat to tactical security personnel; I combat shoot regularly for practice and I've been in actual war zones and shooting situations.

    I don't go out looking for trouble, but simple volume of how often I'm out at these locations in the neighborhood at these times makes the odds of this increasingly likely. I'm certainly not going to give up my rights to move freely about where I live because these predatory scumbags think they can come in and act criminally with impunity.

    I think I might have to start wearing my body armor, just for safety's sake, though.

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    1. They wouldn't encounter you as they are excellent at picking 'soft' and easy targets. They don't mug 180 lb guys with U of Wisconsin Wrestling sweatshirts. No -- they look for a 150lb or smaller inebriated male/femaile with headphones on.

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    2. Please take care. We need people like you. Thank you for your service.

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    3. Oh yes they are that brazen. One 1/2 my size and weight was very obviously following me down Cornelia about 6 years ago. He really thought I didn't notice even after I crossed the street and he followed that too. He was promptly corrected and, no, I wasn't drunk 9r wearing headphones.

      Undortunately, at this point, it's too late for you all especially with that mindset.

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    4. I'm the person who posted about my late-night walks, and the idea that these predatory idiots only pick soft targets who don't look like me is false. I've had three instances where I've had to draw a firearm on potential muggers or cars cruising by and shadowing me on the street since the beginning of this year. Each time, they fled at all speed before anything occurred, but only because I have very good situational awareness and saw the threat before they got close enough to do anything harmful to me.

      So, that's three close calls in the past 8 months, and sooner or later, one of them is not going to take the better part of valor, which is going to be a problem for everyone.

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    5. "crime tourists"

      That is a great description of what is going on here. The thugs know there is very little police presence in our area and come here in droves to stalk their prey.

      Of course the COH and other agencies have helped to invite the criminal element into our once safe neighborhood.

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  17. CWB, I just saw a black male getting arrested at 647 Sheridan (that's the approximate address). There were about 15 cops on scene and they were looking for something with flashlights. Homeowners and renters were out talking to the police. Do you know what happened? Hopefully the guy was one of the burglars and he has been caught.

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    1. He was the passenger in a car that took off after police initiated a traffic stop.

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  18. "they look for a 150lb or smaller inebriated male/femaile with headphones on."

    If you believe that, prepare to become a victim.

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    1. This is absolutely the case from my experience. I teach self-protection and situational awereness, and I've seen a number of instances where this has occurred. In fact, several years back there was a rash of muggings by organized groups of perpetrators in Lakeview and the surrounding neighborhoods. Back then, I had an encounter with one such group, although it was before I was regularly carrying, and it ended up in a bit of a free-for-all wherein my carbon-fiber and steel walking stick was put to some good use. I even reported it to the CPD who sent out a unit to my house to take a statement.

      So, that victim profile is not a valid one, as CIB states.

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  19. "they look for a 150lb or smaller inebriated male/femaile with headphones on."

    If you believe that, prepare to become a victim.

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    1. True. And now a group of thugs swarms and beats the victim. So scary. No one is safe when 3 or 4 thugs attack you. I'm thinking of selling and moving away. Sad that it's come to this.

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  20. Like the other guy wrote - if you're in bed by 11PM, chances are you'll never ever come across these bottom feeders.

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    1. It looks like you didn't read the headline. Good luck with your theory.

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  21. Don't worry! Crime is down in Chicago! Right! I just retired from CPD and the "reported" crime is down because we stop sending Police a Officers to certain crimes. Now victims have to call 311 to get a Police report. We all know what a pain in the ass 311 is, so people don't wait or don't bother to get a report. No a Report, No Crime Occured! Thus overall reported crime is down. Not because we reduced crime, but because people aren't getting Police reports. In truth Crime is rising! Why hasn't the news media picked up on this?

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  22. To that guy who thinks a big can't get rolled - I tell you -- they can! I was walking home one night at 2AM and 2 guys walked up and demanded my stuff. I hit the first guy with a stiff left jab and the other with a low round-house kick. I then legged it. That was enough.. That said - I am 6'2", 215lbs and practiced Muay Thai in Thailand for 3 years - 4x a week. Probably busted the 2nd guy's leg/knee.

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