Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wanted In 15+ Armed Robberies, Crew Strikes Monday in Lakeview, River North, And...The Magnificent Mile

An armed robbery crew that’s believed to be responsible for at least 15 hold-ups over the past 7 days in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and other North Side neighborhoods apparently managed to escape after an extended pursuit by Chicago cops overnight.

The offenders were again seen using a carjacked black Hyundai Tucson bearing vanity plate FCZENIT as they cruised up on a Lakeview man at Roscoe and Marshfield around 9:30 last night.

Two men got out of the SUV and struck the man in the face with a handgun before taking his money and driving away.

Then, there was a series of close calls:

  • A man called 911 at 10:45PM to report that four men in a black SUV stopped to ask him for directions near Wellington and Sheridan in southeast Lakeview. One of the men jumped out of the SUV, but the resident managed to slip inside his home.
  • About 10 minutes later, another 911 call came in from near Fullerton and Clark. There, a man said, a black SUV tried to block him from entering an alley and the occupants seemed like they were coming out of the vehicle after him. This man also managed to slip away.
  • Just after 11 o’clock, the crew attempted to rob a man at Walton Place and Mies van der Rohe Way, just off the Magnificent Mile, police said.
  • And at 11:40PM, the crew again failed in a robbery attempt, this time near LaSalle and Elm in River North.

A police unit crossed paths with the Hyundai in the 1900 block of Clybourn around 1 o’clock this morning and began a pursuit that zig-zagged through Lincoln Park, back into Lakeview, then south to the Dan Ryan. At last report, police lost the Hyundai around 1:45AM near Lake Shore Drive and 35th Street, according to radio transmissions from pursuing officers.

A Growing List

Police now believe that the crew was responsible for robbing a Chicago’s Pizza delivery driver at gunpoint early Sunday morning in the 1500 block of West Barry, about four blocks from where last night’s Lakeview victim was targeted.

Last Thursday, four victims were targeted in our area: one outside of the Illinois Masonic Medical Center emergency entrance; another near Graceland Cemetery; the third at Newport and Seminary; and the fourth just outside the Belmont Red Line station.

Like last night’s Lakeview victim, the Graceland victim was pistol-whipped.

The first news of the robbery crew came from Chicago police on Christmas Eve. In a community alert, detectives connected the crew to eight robberies that were committed last Tuesday and Wednesday in the Irving Park, North Park, and Lincoln Square neighborhoods.

Suspect And Vehicle Descriptions

Witnesses and victims describe the offenders as three or four black men in their late teens or early 20’s who are armed with a semi-automatic handgun. They are said to be small in stature—perhaps 5’7” tall—and they are generally said to be wearing black puffy coats, hoodies, and beanie hats.

They are known to have used two vehicles while committing their crimes:
• A black 2011 Hyundai Tucson with Illinois plate FCZENIT, which the crew carjacked last Wednesday morning in the 5400 block of N. Kedzie. This vehicle was used in all of the robberies in our neighborhood on Christmas Eve, witnesses said.
• A black 2014 BMW SUV with Illinois plate 1692225. The car was stolen from a home in nearby Lincoln Park on December 19 after the owner left his keys inside. Witnesses say the BMW is noisy and not in good condition. It was used in several robberies on the North Side late Tuesday and early Wednesday. 

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51 comments:

  1. The city is just out of control with crime, there's no other conclusion that can be made. Meanwhile, Rahmmy does the theatrical return from Cuba while doing nothing, and Tiny Tunney twiddles his thumbs in his ass while continuing to wear blinders and being unable to lead a one car parade let alone a district. Between the thugs taking over the streets and the property taxes taking over the wallet, it's getting past time to leave Chicago.

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    1. Do it. It was the best decision I ever made. Unfortunately, the only people I know who are still somewhat content (though I was taken aback when they finally commented on their disgust of Lakeview where they live) are, sincerely, dear friends of mine but they do drink every evening and usually until the sun rises on the weekend. I still love them but had to go! There IS a life outside of Chicago believe it or not.

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    2. I think Tunney's too busy "up the butt" of the Cubs to be up his own butt these days.

      https://soundcloud.com/89-wls/ald-tom-tunney-will-be-up-your

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    3. I agree with your comment. I NEVER thought in a million years that I'd ever leave the city and flee to the suburbs....but this is getting completely out of control. And our mayor & government leaders have zero interest in solving the problem. What happens when all of the tax payers finally leave? Who will pay the bills then??

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    4. "ur mayor & government leaders have zero interest in solving the problem."
      Why should they when the voters keep electing them into office?

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    5. The criminals know that they have won. That's why they are all supporting enabling, soft on crime Kim foxx. There will be total turmoil if she wins. She is friends and has allies and employees who are the protesters like Lamond Reccord.

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  2. DNA info is reporting that police arrested 4 people in the car at Clybourn, after shots fired by police on the car after it tried to run over a police officer. Is this the same crew?

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    1. Given they only found a pellet gun in the vehicle, probably not.

      http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151229/lakeview/4-arrested-after-driver-tries-run-down-officer-lakeview-police-say

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    2. The pellet guns usually look like real guns. When four thugs jump you with a pellet gun you don't examine the "gun" so under these circumstances they are as effective as a real gun.

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    3. that was a diffrent group on Clybourn.. totaly unrelated.

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  3. Never had a problem at the Fox Theater, Tiger Stadium, Comerica Park, Greektown, Joe Louis arena, Cobo Hall, Masonic Temple or Belle Isle in Detroit over the course of 40 years. Once my car was broken into while attending a concert but......

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  4. CWB, what happened around Broadway & Melrose last night around 1:30/1:40 ?

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  5. Tp poster above: I think the arrest you're talking about was another lawless gang; that arrest took place at 3am. Attacks are becoming more frequent and ore blatant while Tunney and Rahm fiddle, to paraphrase a famous quote.

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  6. I was the person who called in at 10:45 according to the report above. Just in case it helps anyone out there, I'd like to share a few more facts. I was walking East bound on Wellington at about 10:00 pm sharp 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: passenger front side guy got out; guy in 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.

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    1. The best thing to do is just ignore them. Do NOT "exchange words" with them. You might get barraged with a few expletives or a racial slur now and then but they proceed on their way.

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    2. Thanks for the additional info. They've used the "directions" ruse a few times. Good detail to have.

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    3. You'd have a real hard time explaining to them how to get to Diversey and Argyle.

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    4. Based on your description it sounds like you may live in my condo building. I definitely feel like this post and/or thread should be posted on the bulletin board in the commons, lots of people both in this building and in this neighborhood that could easily fall victim to this.

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    5. Let's talk...I'll leave my name with Doorman (ROger) right now, you can call me if you want (I'll give him my cell for you to call)...I'm happy to post in lobby. He followed me right almost to front door.
      -J

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    6. Hi. I'm a reporter at NBC5 and we will be in the area tonight. I'd like to speak to you briefly if you have 10-15 min in the next few hours. let me know if so, 312-502-4840. thanks either way.

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  7. I am almost confident these are the same guys that stole our Audi and VW back in November. They totaled the Audi after joy riding for three days and the police refused to pull prints! To think they could have been off the streets by now...

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    1. What was the police's reason for refusing to pull prints?

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    2. They said that there aren't enough technicians in the city and that they essentially have bigger fish to fry...

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    3. Years ago I had a car broken into and the hammer they used was left in the car. PD refused to fingerprint or even come out and take a look. Nothing new.

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  8. Another tip is never wait for a bus in the bus shelter. A car can roll up and block you in while the passenger asks for "directions". Better to have an escape route at all times.

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    1. Pitiful way to have to live. Anyway, you won't have to worry about this at the corner of Belmont/Broadway as the "just transient youth" there destroyed that bus shelter years ago and it's never been replaced.

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  9. Im the owner of Black tuscon FCZENIT (carjacked on 23rd) I cant believe the car was out there for 6 more days. They finally called me and said the car is impounded to 10301 S. Doty. jeez nice location.

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    1. Does this mean the cops or someone found the car?!

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    2. I'm so sorry this happened to you! We had two cars stolen last month. Our Audi was totaled three days later and also ended up at Doty. I think these are the same group of guys. PLEASE put pressure on the police to dust for prints. I begged for weeks to no avail. This needs to stop!

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    3. Looks like the car was found at 4900 S Lake Park Ave.

      Nice to know that these robbery crews feel comfortable commuting back and forth to Lakeview from the South Side to do burglaries and stickups. I guess they found their "safe space".

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  10. I had one of those people ask me directions at a bus shelter and I knew it was my turn to be mugged so I pulled out my pepper spray and he ran off.

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    1. And for the males out there, don't let them "Sir" you either. It's a dead giveaway something is up.

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    2. Please be careful pulling out pepper spray. If they're armed with a gun this can be a fatal mistake while attempting to defend yourself. It takes up to a minute to kick in and is woefully ineffective if the offender has an adrenaline rush and/or high/drunk, and that's if you're able to hit them in the eyes/mouth. You'd be far better served with a concealed carry permit and gun.

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  11. Does anybody have any good Ideas how I can break my lease and get the hell out of Lakeview!?????

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    1. Just sub-lease it on Craigslist.

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    2. Just leave. In one roach infested building I gave my notice and 4 pages of the reasons why. The "Building Engineer" (i.e. janitor with a screwdriver) slipped some court document under my door regarding the remainder of the rent until the end of the month before I left (it didn't include the remaining lease amount mind you). It was never pursued and they obviously never filed anything. The document looked like it was photocopied 30 times. They knew they didn't stand a chance and they are notorious for carrying the former name of Beal Properties.

      Most recently when I had finally had enough of Chicago, I simply sent a message that "Your apartment at xxxx N. xxxxx Ave Unit 2A has been vacated". Again, nothing was ever filed or pursued. I left the place in better condition than when I took occupancy and I'm sure they knew they didn't stand a chance in hell in front of a judge by trying to collect an extra nickel.

      Essentially, these leases, in most cases, mean nothing. In the early 90's I was in court with a former landlord and the judge never asked to see the lease anyway. He simply asked the landlord if he was aware of Page xx of Chapter xxx of the City landlord/tenant rights and granted me double my security deposit as it wasn't returned within 30 days of vacating. Obviously that judge had better things to do that day. Thanks judge!

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    3. Safety is a basic right and tenet of an individual's residence. If you feel your safety is compromised, as should everyone in Lakeview, you have every right to break your lease and move. No judge will rule against you.

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  12. Why don't they pull prints every time? Our garage and car inside was broken into and they also refused to pull prints, citing it was to much work with little to gain?

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    1. What does it take for you to understand that the CPD is woefully understaffed?

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  13. Abc7 is reporting that someone was pistol-whipped at Broadway & Wellington too?! Or was that a typo and did they mean the Sheridan/Wellington incident...

    http://abc7chicago.com/news/more-north-side-robberies-reported-/1139797/

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    1. We are not aware of the incident as reported.

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  14. More armed robberies -- white Jeep Cherokee in carjacking -- currently on LSD

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  15. THEY ARE IN CUSTODY!!!!

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  16. Correction; 1 offender still at large - stocky black male w/ mohawk

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  17. I was once at a shooting scene where the ET did not have a working camera and had to wait for another ET to arrive. Was told the camera had been down for months but no repair or replacement done. Proper tools are always very scarce. No one is more frustrated than we, the officers, are. We would love to have all the proper tools/training but in Chicago we have always had to do with less or without. So...take prints off a hammer used in an auto break in? Are you serious? Maybe if the mayor's car was broken into.

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    1. What about pulling prints off of a vehicle that was stolen, driven for three days, and totaled? Not to mention our other vehicle was stolen at the same time by the same offenders and the offenders RAN my boyfriend over with my car. No, he did not jump in front of a moving vehicle. He was standing next to the car trying to wave them down when they were stopped at a red light and they turned right into him and started driving with him holding on to the hood for dear life. What's the excuse for this one? All of these crimes could have been prevented had they actually followed up on our case. Shame on the CPD.

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    2. ""Shame on the CPD.""

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