Tuesday, October 06, 2015

"THIS IS MINE!" Two More Lakeview Women Mugged This Morning

"I was walking to work, the sun was out, people were driving down the street. There was nothing I could've done except not carry so much in my purse."              — Eight-year Lakeview resident, robbed this morning.
Two more Lakeview women were mugged in the hours following last night's robbery of a retired policewoman in Roscoe Village. Both women were targeted for their purses in incidents that unfolded between 5 o'clock and 8:30 this morning.

One of the latest victims contacted CWB Chicago to tell her story.

At 5:02AM, a woman reported being mugged near Southport and Roscoe by two "very young" black males. One of them "had something on his head" according to a witness. The other wore a cutoff jersey. The two offenders were last seen running toward Janssen.

Then, at 8:35AM, a Lakeview woman was attacked and robbed near Oakdale and Halsted by a thin black man who took her purse and then escaped in a waiting SUV that had a black female driver. The man had a silver eyebrow ring, a black shirt, and skinny jeans.

"I was on my way to the L when a guy walked up behind me and yelled 'THIS IS MINE' while grabbing my purse," the victim told us this afternoon while requesting anonymity.

"In sheer panic, I struggled with him which started a hair pulling fight between us. He ended up throwing me over a small fence and I let go."

"I read your blog all the time. I always think 'be alert' and 'pay attention to my surroundings.' I'm a month away from moving out of Lakeview and I wanted to have good memories of my neighborhood but the crime is out of control and I feel bad for the officers that have to manage all of the assaults and robberies that are not stopping."

"Thank God for a wonderful young couple who came to my aid. The husband chased after and the wife got the license plate of the getaway car. The couple was wonderful and I cannot thank them enough."

The Oakdale victim was robbed here in broad daylight.
An offender knocked her over the small fence at right.
Police say the vehicle,  a black Toyota Highlander SUV, was recently stolen in Elk Grove Village. Its license plate number is P314577.

"They took my purse with keys, wallet, and other random things. The cop showed up in about 4 minutes. He was very nice but said there was pretty much nothing to do except wait to see if they can find this car."

"I wanted to share this to make sure others in my neighborhood know what happened this morning and to not carry a lot in purses!!"


A Downgrade

For reasons that are not clear, police have classified the Oakdale attack as a simple purse snatching rather than a felony robbery.

Purse-snatching classification is appropriate only when no force is used to take a victim's purse.

That clearly was not the case here. Hair-pulling and fighting and throwing a victim over a small fence is, without question, robbery.

Purse Snatch Image: Reportacrime
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44 comments:

  1. This is horrible. I walk the same way to work every day as well.

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  2. At 8:35 on a weekday? They are just getting more and more brazen.

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    1. Not enough Police Officers on the streets and the bad guys know it, its no secret to the criminals!

      4 minute response time is pretty good by the lone Officer arriving to help to help the victim!

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  3. OMG .. just terrifying!! This is beyond unacceptable and sickening. Can't even walk to work in the morning without fear, worrying about such evil creeps?? And to think there IS an actual alderman who's supposed to represent the needs and issues of the district and take appropriate action. What a disgusting, despicable jerk!.

    CWB == why not get the local media involved, presenting them with all your great specific neighborhood crime tracking history, the petition and Tunney's lack of response to it and total inaction?? Get the TV stations to do a 6pm news segment about this disgusting situation .. shame Tunney, Rahm and McCarthy. Nothing's happening!! It's time for radical responses.

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    1. And don't forget the downgrade from robbery to purse snatching. Inexcusable!

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    2. Chicago media outlets are well aware of CWB as the most authoritative outlet for crime in our area.
      That said, larger media outlets are entirely complicit in continuing the coverup of local crime and inadequate police resources which suits City Hall just fine.

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  4. Absolutely insane to call this a purse snatching.

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  5. NOPE! This should totally be a felony robbery. What can I do to have this upgraded? Talk to the police? This isn't right.

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    1. Even if the Police caught the bad guys!
      Good luck getting robbery charges from any States Attorney in Crook County!
      The Court System here really stinks!

      It's not the fault of the Police Officer, its up to the courts once offender is in custody!

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    2. This NEEDS TO BE UPGRADED. And the CPD needs to answer as to why it was downgraded. It is so blatant, and because this happens so often, it requires a response!

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  6. I was robbed of my iPhone on Sunday night near Broadway and Addison. Young, thin black male, about 5'8". Don't know if it's connected to any of these incidents, but I did file a police report. The young man took off running, likely towards the red line. All I can say is, be careful out there everyone! I was only distracted for a second and the guy came out of nowhere.

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    1. What time? I live right there. Scary!

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    2. Sorry to hear about this. I live only a block from there. These creeps do what they want without fear of getting caught. By your description, the thug robbed you and RAN TOWARD THE POLICE STATION. FEARLESS.

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    3. It was about 8:45 PM. After dark but not terribly late.

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  7. There's a new criminal mentality in America -- "THIS IS MINE!"

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  8. Wow, only 4 minutes' response to a violent robbery ... I mean, assault. At least CPD is responding in the single digits now!

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    1. I would say that is pretty good response time from the Officer on the beat, considering the 019 District is shorthanded by at least 120 Police Officers and the Officer handling multiple different issues on a daily basis!

      From the first distress call to 911, to Dispatch to the Officer via radio, to arrival of the Police Officer is pretty good response time, especially in a highly congested rush hour traffic, in an area of heavy pedestrian and car traffic all over that neighborhood and not getting into an accident on the way to the crime!

      I would say Blame Alderman Tunney, for allowing Mayor Rahm to strip out Police Officers through attrition and NOT replacing Officers that are sorely needed!

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  9. Has Alderman Tunney given instructions to the leaders of 19 to downgrade all crimes whenever possible? Or are they doing it at the instruction of Rahm or McCarthy?

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    1. It most certainly is coming from the top via McCarthy and Rahm. I can't imagine any street cop wanting to downgrade crime. That should be a crime itself.

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    2. Tunney? Come on. That order comes from a lot higher up than an alderman amigo.

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  10. Like it or not, this attack on Oakdale St. would be plea bargained down to Theft/ Purse snatch.
    It goes to intent and state of mind of the Offender and NOT what the public believes it should be.
    It happens all the time at 26/Cal. A.K.A the big Court House!

    It is way more difficult to get Felony Charges APPROVED for Strong Armed Robbery from any States Attorney in Chicago! Sigh!

    Dealt with many States Attorneys in Cook County Court! Only in Chicago!
    Don't believe it, then sit in court like I do and see the "kangaroo court" on a daily basis!

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    1. "State of mind of the offender" has zero — ZERO — relevance to whether a crime is robbery or theft. The relevant factor is physical force and the threat of imminent use of physical force.

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  11. I heard today of an 8th grader who was mugged today at Walcott/Cornelia (Roscoe Village).

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  12. Nothing is going to be done by our worthless alderman until someone gets killed during one of these robberies. Oh wait, never mind....that already happened and he hasn't done SHIT. They say you get the government that you deserve....well, here we go.

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  13. ABC7 News tonight just now

    14 yr old boy mugged at Addison Brown line stop - Wolcott and Cornelia .. coming home from school ...18 hrs after the retired cop was attacked in the same area last night. "Happened in a flash .. took my phone .. took off"

    http://abc7chicago.com/news/teen-retired-cop-mugged-on-same-block-in-roscoe-village/1019242/

    The Dad is right on! "I really think it has to do with the low level of police staffing in our neighborhood."

    Damnit ..for God's sake = young kid, 4pm in the afternoon!! Get it together, Rahm/McCarthy! Do your jobs and protect the people by adding adequate cops! The thugs KNOW you slashed the force.. that we're vulnerable because of your unforgivable, unacceptable dereliction of duty, and innocent citizens are sitting targets paying for it. Tunney? Tom? Anyhbody home?

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    1. That mugging as well as the retired cop's mugging are in Ald. Pawar's ward. He, too, is complicit in the slashing of our police forces.

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  14. #felonyrobberiesaredown

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  15. EVERYONE PLEASE SHOW UP AT THE GODDAMN CAPS MEETING, WED OCT 7, 7PM, 850 W ADDISON POLICE STATION. IT IS PAST TIME FOR LISTENING TO THEM RECITE DOCTORED DATA AND LISTEN TO THE ALDERTHING BABBLE ABOUT WHATEVER. IT IS TIME FOR DIRECT CONFRONTATION IN A PUBLIC FORUM. THEN WE NEED TO FUND AND ERECT THE BILLBOARDS. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. BE THERE!!! AND SPEAK UP!!! DON'T JUST SIT THERE AND LISTEN TO OTHERS. LET TUNNEY BE THE ONE STARING OFF INTO OUTER SPACE. WE NEED TO SPEAK UP AND BE HEARD ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT!!! LET'S FILL THAT FUCKING ROOM UP THIS TIME !!!!

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    1. Amen! You don't have to live in the area, attend, if you work or frequent Lakeview.

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    2. during the most important ballgame in wrigleyville in 12 years? doubtful

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    3. You'll probably get mugged leaving the meeting so be careful.

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    4. The game is in Pittsburgh btw...

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    5. I have seen "direct confrontation" at countless CAPS meetings. It accomplishes nothing, which is why I stopped attending.

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  16. That merge of police districts(19/23) is working out great, thanks Ram!

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  17. Neighbor's on Oakdale and the surrounding streets...should we coalesce and all show up at the next CAPS meeting - or even better on McCarthy's front door?!?! When a neighbor was carjacked AT GUNPOINT last spring, CPD couldn't find his house on Oakdale and the 911 operator had to call back to confirm the address. He too was told, "there's not much we can do but look for the car." Then 2 weeks later, after one of the responding officers who took the statement said, "I guess it sounds legit...", his insurance company told him they couldn't file his claim because police had not actually ever filed his report. He called CPD and asked what was going on, a detective confessed, yes - in fact CPD it appeared that somehow they failed to file the report. Once they did, three hours later that afternoon, the car was located. We know you have a lot on your plate CPD- but we find all of this UNACCEPTABLE... Don't u?!?!? Some neighbors are now taking gun target practicing, filing for conceal and carry permits... Do we want vigil antism or CPD on the streets?!?

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  18. I'd love to comment on anything on our illustrious Alderman Tunney's page, but cannot comment on posts or anything. I guess I've been blocked from commenting because I asked TOO DARN MANY QUESTIONS. Shame on me. I guess I should have failed that class - I was taught that I was supposed to question government and my elected leaders. Those that silence questions or dissent are called dictators, right? Or did I miss that day in class as well?

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  19. Next election, vote out all sitting judges, your alderman, your mayor and anyone else who is inside this corruption machine.

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  20. A friend of mine sold his greystone in that area 18 months ago. The price was $1.5 million and the property taxes were about $30,000/year. You would expect for that kind of money you would be living in a safe neighborhood and not have to buy a gun to feel safe.

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  21. Does anyone know, if the crime is as bad in other neighborhoods?
    Gold Coast?
    Andersonville?

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    1. Uptown might be safer now....going under the assumption they think that nobody has much.

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  22. You just know that Emanuel and Daley are laughing at us.
    How can we change the laws so that Emanuel and Daley get no police protection?

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  23. What idiot wrote that report??
    It's a strong arm Robbery
    And What Sgt. approved that purse snatching BS????

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  24. She's lucky she didn't fall on one of those spike-y fences - that could kill you!

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    1. Then they'd down-grade that to a "death investigation."

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