Wednesday, December 30, 2015

RELIEF: Cops Bust North Side Robbery Crew; May Be Responsible For 33 Robberies In Past Week

A handgun used by the armed robbery crew lies in snow near 57th Street and Martin Luther King Drive.
PHOTO: SpotNewsOnIG
It’s over.

Police early today arrested two members of a suspected 4-man armed robbery team that seemed fearless, if not careless, as it pulled off dozens of hold-ups over the past week on Chicago’s North Side.

Five of the robberies took place late last night and early this morning in a final hold-up spree that swept from Uptown to North Park.

The crew's Hyundai, abandoned in Kenwood early Tuesday. (ABC7)
Forced to dump their infamous stolen Hyundai SUV after a lengthy but unsuccessful chase by Chicago police early yesterday, the men didn't skip a beat last night:
• 10:30PM — A gunman emerges from a white Jeep Cherokee in the 4000 block of N. Clarendon and carjacks an Uptown man who's unloading Christmas gifts from his idling SUV.
• 11:15PM — Two young men rob a victim at gunpoint in the 1400 block of W. Winnemac in Uptown.
• 11:30PM - A man is apparently pistol-whipped and robbed by three men who emerge from a white SUV near 1401 W. Winona, also in in Uptown.
• 11:54PM — A man is jumped and robbed by four men who emerge from a white vehicle and display two handguns in the 4800 block of N. Oakley in Lincoln Square.
• 12:06AM — 17th district officers are flagged down after four victims are robbed in a single incident near Kedzie and Bryn Mawr in the North Park neighborhood. Again, the victims reported that four occupants of a white Jeep Cherokee were responsible. 
Following the pings of a victim’s cell phone, police quickly learned that the Cherokee had entered the Edens Expressway.

For nearly an hour, Chicago police located, pursued, lost, and then relocated the Cherokee as it raced all the way to Wolf Lake on the city’s South Side before heading back north.

The offenders' abandoned Jeep. (PHOTO: SpotNewsOnIG)
Two men were arrested seconds after bailing out of the Jeep near 57th Street and Martin Luther King Drive just after 1 o'clock this morning.

At least one weapon was recovered.

Two other offenders got out of the Jeep before its final stop—either during a gap in the police pursuit or before the vehicle entered the Edens Expressway, police said. Investigators believe they have strong leads on the missing men's identities.

As cops hunted the suspects across the city overnight, the extent of their crime wave was revealed by a police radio dispatcher who told units that the wanted men were “responsible for 28 robberies in the past 6 days.” That’s 28 robberies before last night’s action.

Charges are being compiled.

Firsthand Accounts

A couple of people who crossed paths with the robbery crew in our neighborhood shared their firsthand accounts yesterday.

A man who was fortunate to not get robbed during his encounter in southeast Lakeview Monday night wrote in our comments section:
I was walking eastbound on Wellington at about 10:00 pm between Sheridan and Inner LSD. The black SUV drove along side me as the driver mumbled some sort of question. After I asked him to speak louder several times, he finally asked how to get to Diversey & Argyle. They followed me down the street, then stopped in the middle of street: a guy in a red hoody with his hands in each front pouch pocket got out from passenger side rear and followed me around the corner to front of my building. Once he realized I was entering into a building, he turned around and went back to the SUV.
And a Reddit user says he is the man who was robbed at gunpoint near the Belmont CTA station on Christmas Eve:
The car pulled up as I was turning the corner and a man approached me after coming around the back end of the car. I ignored him and continued on. He said something like "Hey man" to get my attention. When I turned around, he was pointing a gun at me. I took off running on Wilton towards Belmont (perhaps not the greatest decision). He got back in the car and it sped down Wilton towards me, but ended up passing and turning westbound onto Belmont. Based on this, I think they aren't trying to shoot or kill anyone here, but perhaps it's not worth taking the chance I took.
Also, ABC7 and NBC5 both spoke with the Chicago’s Pizza delivery driver who was robbed by the crew early Sunday.

We will continue to follow this story as further arrests are made and charges are filed.

You can support CWB Chicago's reporting efforts with a donation to our tip jar.

Previous Coverage

• Wanted In 15+ Armed Robberies, Crew Strikes Monday in Lakeview, River North, And...The Magnificent Mile (December 29)

• BUSY NIGHT: Pizza Driver Robbed At Gunpoint; 2 Others Report Robbery Attempts, Too (December 27)


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45 comments:

  1. I'm glad they got busted, but we all know the charges will be reduced to petty theft and they will spend only a few months in jail. We'll see these thugs back out on the streets in time for Gay Pride. I don't get how progressives can like this kind of life.

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    1. Why would you think anyone likes this kind of life? And what does that even mean? This isn't political. Don't be a dick.

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    2. IF they spend time in jail. With 28 robberies, somebody who was a victim should be willing to testify against. Do we know what type of bail they got? That's an indication of the seriousness the judge takes it.

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    3. @Tom Shea
      Thanks for stepping up - saying what's true.

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    4. The victims along with the boisterous people in this group need to show up at their hearing. They need to file and sign a complaint and they need to be willing to testify. If there are no Plaintiffs then there are no defendants. Because a gun was recovered, the charges are stronger, but if no one testify's they will get off far easier.

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  2. There is a similar crew burglarizing homes near 37th & Halsted, alas, we have no CWB blog.

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    1. If you care about it enough, make one! My guess is that CWB started because someone in that neighborhood cared enough to.

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  3. What's the over-under of the number of robberies they get charged with, the number they're allowed to plead guilty for under a namby-pamby plea deal, the number of years they're sentenced to, and the number they actually serve. I'll go first. I say of the 33 robberies they're suspected of, they'll be charged with 8, plead guilty to 5, get sentenced to 5 years and serve 2. And this might be generous. It could be worse. Next?

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    1. Concurrent sentencing gets the same time no matter how many crimes.

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    2. Well, Anonymous, you, as a by stander, and the victims need to show up at their hearing and testify against these guys. You need to show up in numbers. If you don't show up at the hearing altogether, then the defendants walk.

      What i'm saying is that while i hear all the complaining and blaming, and finger pointing at Tunney and the Police, now is your chance to have an impact. A chance to let the perpetrators know that we wont allow this in our neighborhood. The victims and residents MUST show up at the hearing.

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  4. Nice work, CPD!

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  5. A Grand Cherokee. At least the Limited model too. Was the car stolen as well because they really shouldn't be stealing from people if they can afford that car.

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  6. a rare bright spot....

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  7. I hope the 2 that were caught, aren't released for New Year's Eve. But I'm not holding my breath!!

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  8. They will be back on the streets pretty soon, mark my words!

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  9. A huge thank you goes out to these police officers.
    Rahm should publicly give them a medal and a cash prize.

    Next, the judge and Anita Alvarez need to push for the harshest punishment for these scumbags. Can we bring back the death penalty. Most everyone I know in Chicago is sick of the out of control crime here. A push for the death penalty would be a crowd pleaser - might even get Rahm re-elected,

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    1. This is either confusing sarcasm, or just plain nuts.

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    2. At the same time this is happening, Rahm is busy sticking his nose up the asses of the "protesters" trying to save his own job. Instead of coming up with plans to "de-escalate" police encounters, I would like to see plans to triple the size of the police force and give them orders to use "overwhelming force" to control criminals.

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  10. Woo hoo!! Such great news. Thank you CPD. You guys are under siege and being shit on at every turn, but taking this crew out should count for something. It counts for a lot to me and I suspect the entire Lakeview/North Side. Great job. Thank you. It takes a lot of courage to deal with four armed robbers - chasing them all over the city and who knows if they will go down shooting or not.

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    1. I am in total agreement

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  11. Wow just checked both Tribune and Sun Times sites and didn't see anything on this story. Perhaps it buried, but I don't care, this story should be front page. It shows you how important CWB is to reporting on what is actually going on in our area.

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    1. "..this story should be front page. It shows you how important CWB is to reporting on what is actually going on in our area."

      Amen! God bless you, THANK YOU, CWB! This is outta control! MEGA Thank YOU's, CPD!! Must ask though, are the police so understaffed and underresourced that the chase, with ample vehicle/officer assistance, reconnoitering and blocking couldn't have ended sooner .... maybe getting all the thugs? Forgive me if that's an ignorant thought .. it might well be.

      Still VERY thankful, CPD .. keep safe.

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    2. Nope, the Trib and Sun Times are too busy running with the violent, racist, out-of-control CPD angle for their current stories. Why highlight the great and dangerous work that many Chicago cops did last night to finally catch these guys?

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  12. Nice work by the coppers

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  13. "...he finally asked how to get to Diversey & Argyle."

    Which don't intersect at any point.

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    1. I'm sure that was just a method of getting someone confused, thinking and distracted. Chicago is probably the easiest city in the world to navigate and even the dumbest can figure out to get wherever they need to go.

      So.....lesson learned. Don't answer to their dumb questions of like, say........"What time is it?" when there's a Flava Flav clock right on the bank building at the corner. Or they're holding a phone or wearing a Rolex. These people are NOT your friends and they don't think you're cool or down wit dem either.

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    2. Is that your only clue that they didn't really want directions? If anyone asks me directions I immediately take off because I know it's just a setup for a mugging.

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  14. As usual, the great work of the CPD is not headlined anywhere - so we'll rely on CWB to be our conduit for our sincere thanks to the police from all of the families of Lakeview. Thank you for doing the hardest work this city can serve up, in the face of enormous danger and little to no media appreciation. Those of us who live here regard you as heroes. Thanks again....

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    1. Yes, thank you CWB for reporting the news honestly, even though it may make our "entertainment district" look bad. I would rather have the truth than be lied to, like our mayor, alderpusses and mainstream media like to do.

      I appreciate all you do and just put $20 bucks in your tip jar. I hope all readers send a little something your way for all the hard work you do to defray the costs of your computer equipment, not to mention all the time it takes you to do your detailed reporting. After all, time is one of our most precious - and limited - commodities...

      Also, thanks CPD. I appreciate you and all that you do. All the hatred and anti-cop rhetoric in the news is disgusting. I'm am a huge fan of the CPD and all the men & women in blue across the nation. Keep up the good work! Keep safe!!

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    2. Thank you for your support and contributing to the tip jar. We are very much appreciative.

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  15. ""Rahm should publicly give them a medal and a cash prize.""

    They dont want medals and the only "cash" they want is from working OT. Which BTW they would have lost for over a month at least had they had to exchange lead with this crew. And this was a bad ass crew. I was down there last night and was surprised when I heard this one ended without shooting. At least for two of them.
    If they were forced to shoot the loss of all that OT would have meant grocery money, kids tuition, credit card bills, car payments...all lost for at least a month just to remove threats to you.

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  16. CWB, how do you suggest we keep a spotlight on this so there is pressure on the prosecutor not to offer a plea deal that puts these thugs back on the street ? also, any suggestions on how we best express our thanks to the CPD's excellent work on this ?

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    1. I'm afraid they will plead this waaaay down, for multiple reasons. But my guess is one of the biggest reasons they will plead this down (and why they are not reporting this in the mainstream media) is because it gives the city a black eye....especially the hip areas of the city that relies on folks coming from afar to spend their money. By all means the mayor and his minions (including the media) keep this sort of info hush hush so not to dissuade travelers from the burbs or other states to come into our city to spend their money in the various entertainment districts such as Boys Town & Wrigley.

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  17. Great job CPD! Hopefully you apprehend the other two still at-large - be safe. These guys don't give a sh** about anything or anyone.

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  18. Great job CPD! We specie appreciate the work you do.

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  19. CPD, previous poster on the naughty list, Just had training effective 01jan16: no contact cards. Now, any time an officer initiates a stop he/she must submit a four page document via the computer known as an ISR (investigatory stop report), accessible by the ACLU and other concerned parties but also anyone seeking an FOIA release. If an officer puts his hands on anyone for a protective pat-down, each respective subject must be given an ISR receipt. Each ISR will take 20-25 minutes to complete once an officer is proficient in filling them out. Said ISR will also accompany self-initiated arrests. The only exceptions would be on-view crimes (e.g., observed subject shooting a gun, selling drugs, etc.). If, for instance, if one person in a group is seen and stopped with a gun and arrested, if officers have the crazy suspicion that others in the group have a gun as well and do a pat-down, each person will get an ISR receipt because the officer lacked probable cause and only had reasonable suspicion. Any additional arrests would also have an ISR submitted after their arrest report is complete.

    The problem with this includes but is not limited to:
    - time; for instance, call of 2 male whites robbed John Doe at gunpoint and fled e/b on foot wearing all black and three seperate squad cars in the area each stop two male whites fitting that description, each stop will have to submit an ISR with a receipt. That's three cars, each down for appx 35 min (most info from same stop will auto populate I believe, decreasing the time from a completely different ISR, but I'd guesstimate 10 minutes per additional subject)

    - SGTs will, theoretically, be involved in more law suits if the reasonable suspicion they approved in the ISR is deemed to be legally insufficient. If officers lack the elements of reasonable suspicion for the report they submitted, SGTs will likely reprimand the officer with a SPAR or risk being accused of conspiring to violate civil rights. To protect oneself, one will likely be very careful and not risk the headache (work slow-down)

    - officer safety; with a group that is standing and holding their waistbands in a high-narcotics/high shooting area/post-shooting mission, which is a common occurrence, officers will be less likely to waste their time on all those ISRs, which would likely result in appx 65 minutes of paperwork. Even if they are willing to do so, that's a lot of time in that one shift on one stop so, again, refer to "time" section above.

    - volume: in the districts I have and do work in, violent crimes and, therefore, ensuing investagatory stops, are quite numerous. I still recall the south side district I started in nabbing two robbery offenders around Christmas. I remember the detective telling me they exceeded 20 robberies, most of which were armed, that day in that district alone.

    - resources: this will consume so many resources on an already undermanned department per capita of violent offenses.

    - civil/criminal liability; people have already been very cocky and telling us what we can and can't do. even though the stops were lawful, the belief that they know the law and feel they can control you by scaring you with a complaint and lawsuit, is power enough for them. I will oblige and keep to myself rather than risk the headaches of more lawsuits, false allegations and complaints.

    Sorry, I think the implications for these "reforms" must be conveyed to the reasonable citizens that are mislead into believing we are uncivilized, reckless and disregard civil rights and laws. If violent crimes do not increase exponentially as a result of this, I will be completely shocked.

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    1. Thank you for the information, your insights, and your service to Chicago.

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  20. Glad they were caught. Good job CPD and CWB for the reporting.

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  21. Well done, CPD. Keep up the good work!

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  22. all juveniles, all on probation for previous robberies.... ALL WILL BE BACK OUT IN 3 months, doing the same thing

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    1. Can someone explain who is responsible for ruling on sentences for these offenders, and what a citizen's channel for protest might be? Is this a judge, a DA, or someone else? And whoever they are, what sort of public contact/pressure would they react to? More simply put, if I want to tell someone that I am very concerned about easy and early release of violent criminals, who is is that I want to contact directly, and (if they are appointed, for instance) will they even care about my concerns? Sorry for the 101 question, I work well outside of the criminal justice space but would like to understand how I can make my voice heard. And thanks as usual for everything, to both the police and CWB.

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    2. Well, considering the scope of their crimes; the states attorney should consider adult status for these individuals and prosecute accordingly. Clearly, these perps are not juvenile delinquents. I can only hope the states attorney, anita alvarez, realizes the publics outrage, and her votes swing in the balance as to how she handles these high profile cases. Personally, I plan on following this case since I feel that this is adult crime committed by adult felons. I don't care what age the media tries to portray these deviants as.

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  23. So relieved! Thanks to the CPD for finally apprehending these punks!! I've been so paranoid knowing these crimes were taking place so close to home and can rest easier now.
    I'm only hoping that they are now tried as adults for these violent crimes and sentenced appropriately. These are terrible, violent and dangerous acts and they should be punished accordingly.

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  24. Thank you for your excellent reporting, CWB. However, to kick off this article with the line "It's over." is, unfortunately, optimistic at best. The crime spree of this particular group of thugs may be "over," but their crime spree is just one of many future ones that can be predicted by the loss of CPD manpower in Lakeview.

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  25. CWBChicago should post the hearing dates and locations for the defendants in this case so that the community can show up at court

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