Tuesday, October 20, 2015

UPDATE: Two Charged In Monday Night Robbery; Witness Praises Police Response

King (left) and Lee
Criminal charges have been filed in connection with the mugging of a woman outside of MB Financial Bank at Clark and Belmont last night. And, a CWB reader who saw the arrests take place has high praise for Chicago police.

Michael A. Lee, 22, who lists a West Loop homeless shelter as his residence, is charged with robbery and battery.

Grand Boulevard resident Devontae L. King, 20, is charged with robbery.

Both men are due in bond court this afternoon. Update: Bail for each is set at $100,000.

A third man and woman who witnesses said were involved in the attack have not been located.

“A Swarm”

A CWB Chicago reader who saw cops respond to the robbery call tells us that the police response was “absolutely impressive.”

“When one of [the squad cars] stopped near me, I asked what was going on, and they gave me a description of who they were looking for and what happened,” the man said. We are withholding the man’s name.

Estimating that more than a dozen cops had “swarmed our little block like wolves on a hunt,” the man watched as police made two arrests in a nearby parking lot. “I suspect they were hiding under cars.”

“I gotta give CPD props when they're due. Those cops aggressively, systematically sought out and caught those guys. My wife and I were postulating someone must have been seriously hurt or killed based on the level of response. I honestly felt safer after seeing how well they handled it!”

Images: Chicago Police Department
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21 comments:

  1. Good job CPD!

    Can you imagine the response time if the district was appropriately staffed?

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    1. "Can you imagine the response time if the district was appropriately staffed?"

      Maybe one day crimes against men will warrant this kind of response.

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  2. This is just another day in the life of both these men.

    Since Jan. 2014, Mr. Lee has been arrested nine times (not including warrants issued against him) for robbing people, assaulting people, shoplifting, and possession of pot and other drugs. This is Mr. Lee's second arrest this month.

    While Mr. King has only been arrested six times in the last 22 months, he probably deserves extra points for being arrested THREE times this month. As with Mr. Lee, he is a thief and robber, but apparently prefers booze to drugs, receiving his first two arrests (less than a week apart!) for public intoxication and drinking in the public way when he was 19.

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    1. Yep. And think about how many times they haven't been caught.

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    2. Chicago judges put not only the public in jeopardy but police lives at risk releasing these guys on the regular only to make the cops go out and catch them again and again. For what? What an exercise in futility. Why don't they finally get tough on the criminals so we can all live in peace?! I am tired of feeling like prey to these predators.

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    3. "Yep. And think about how many times they haven't been caught."

      I was thinking the SAME THING!!! Anyone with half a brain in their head knows for a fact that these men will never change. With that being said, our justice system needs to come up with a better plan to keep the public safe from career thugs like this.

      Maybe if prison involved hard labor & appropriate sentences (no get out of jail early BS), creeps like this would think twice about committing additional crimes. Let's face it....our judicial system is WAY TO EASY on criminals. There is hardly any consequences....no wonder the re-offend again and again and again and again.....

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  3. Good work police. But this will likely be another catch and release. Thank you DA's office!

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    1. Sadly, you are correct.

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  4. Great Job CPD. Let's put this in perspective. We will be crawling with Cops during the Cubs Playoff Run. Will they stick around for normal citizens after the season is over?

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    1. No they won't. A good number of those are a specialized unit that works only games and special events. When the Cubs go, so will they. Most of the others, some who I talked to, were from other police districts and such called in only for the Cubs.

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    2. "Will they stick around for normal citizens after the season is over?"

      Of course not. We, the tax-payers get nothing.

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  5. As always, my family's thanks to the police for their work in the community. They hold the city together and make it possible for the good folks in this city to do good things. Thanks again, and sorry for all the flack you take in the media.

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  6. Let's see what happens before Judge "let em go" Luckman.

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  7. Felt safer due to police response? Uh-oh! Something has to be done about that. Call TOONey, call the Feds! Americans feeling safe? Something is wrong with the great plan....

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  8. Tunney admits to police being down by 20%
    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1031599/emanuels-property-tax-package-pensions-clears-key-hurdle

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    1. Pick whatever number you want there Tommy, 'cause I know you do.
      At the end of 2011 we had 468. Now, 333.
      The FACT is that police numbers are down by 29%....as in "twenty-nine percent".
      Get it right.
      And unless you f~*cking stand up for your neighbors YOU will be 0% a man....as in "ZERO percent a man".
      Got that? 'Cause so far you sure as hell haven't.

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  9. The police presence here in the neighborhood is impressive tonight for the game. On my 2 block walk home from the Belmont El at 7:00 pm I saw 2 cops on foot, 2 on bikes, 1 marked and 1 unmarked cars. I don't think I've ever seen cops on bike or on foot in this area. Too bad it takes the Cubs getting to the NLCS to get adequate police staffing in this district.

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  10. 'Estimating that more than a dozen cops had “swarmed our little block like wolves on a hunt,” the man watched as police made two arrests in a nearby parking lot. “I suspect they were hiding under cars.”'

    Sort of the opposite of a wilding - call it a "civilizing".

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  11. What was their bond?

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  12. We need 3 strikes laws. I've had enough with these scumbags. Parole reform would be great too.

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    1. What we need is a way to punish people without sending them to jail or prison. It costs about $25K to house an inmate for a year. Obviously probation is too light a sentence and isn't taken seriously (and probation violations land them in that expensive jail cell anyway).

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