Saturday, January 09, 2016

77-Year-Old Woman Beaten In Wrigleyville Home Invasion; Suspects Arrested After Reported Expressway Shooting

The victim's car, crashed on the Ryan. (ABC7Chicago screenshot)
UPDATE JANUARY 11— Illinois State Police determined that the alleged home invaders were not connected to the expressway shooting. Rather, the suspect who was driving the car fell asleep at the wheel and crashed in the area where the shooting took place.

Our original report follows.
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A Wrigleyville senior citizen is in intensive care after she was beaten by two or three men during a home invasion around 6 o’clock this morning in the 3600 block of N. Magnolia.

The suspects were taken into custody about an hour after the attack when they reportedly became involved in a shoot-out on the Dan Ryan Expressway and crashed the victim’s car.

After breaking through a windowed back porch and beating the 77-year-old woman, the offenders kicked down a door to the second-floor rental unit, awakening the tenant who called police.

Officers responded quickly, found the victim, and summoned an ambulance. The offenders had already sped off in the woman's Honda Accord.

Neighbors said the victim is a long-time Wrigleyville resident and an active member of her local church. Her condition has stabilized.

Less than 20 minutes before the woman was attacked, a 911 caller reported three or four suspicious person walking through yards near Waveland and Racine, about a block from the home invasion site.

And, shortly after midnight today, two to three young men reportedly kicked in the back door of a home in the 1200 block of W. Cornelia during a burglary attempt. They fled when they were confronted by a woman who lives there.

Chicago police and Illinois State Police recovered the Wrigleyville woman's car on the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway near 69th Street and State Street where it had crashed after a reported shoot-out. Three occupants of the vehicle were detained.

Multiple charges are expected to be filed in connection with this morning’s crimes. Detectives are also working to see if the arrestees are responsible for a series of burglaries in our neighborhood that involved offenders kicking through rear doors. Chicago police issued an alert about some of the burglaries this week.

This story continues to develop.

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40 comments:

  1. I am very progressive-minded but I have no compassion or care to rehabilitate people who commit these types of crimes. They should hang, period. Harming children, elderly - there should be no mercy.

    Thank you for reporting all of this awfulness, I forward your articles to others, most aren't aware of what is happening. Golden child Pawar doesn't even address the two different incidents of gang shootings in his ward, but ask him about the expensive new apartment/condo developments and hotspots openings. Contributing to your tip jar today!

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    1. Thank you for your support and personal efforts to make things better.

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    2. I don't care what your politics are but you definitely have my respect with your views of these crimes. Good to know rational minds exist.

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  2. Wow, just wow!!!! What kind of animal beats up an old woman, I'm speechless to the savagery of these people.

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    1. Robert Vacha AKA Jacob Lapinskas

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  3. Hi, can you put your tip jar in a more prominent place on the site? I can't seem to find it. Thanks for all you do!

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    1. Thank you for your support! You can copy/paste this address to go to the Tip Jar page.

      http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/10/thank-you-for-supporting-cwb-chicago.html

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  4. This is crazy. I was not aware of all of these breakins unil I found this site. Are recent crimes more than normal? or is this a normal amount, I realize the north side is a big area.

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    1. You might want to go through the archives and real about all the crap that goes on in this part of the city. It's a real eye-opener. Pay close attention also to the elected officials, particular the spineless useless aldermen and other officials who constantly trumpet the news far and wide that "crime is down" but only because data is fudged. Read all about it ....

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    2. We've also lost about 30% of our police in the 19th police district which doesn't help. You can thank Rahm Emanuel for that.

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  5. CWB, I listened to the scanner -- I would disagree with your statement that police responded "quickly" -- they responded upon being dispatched, but the dispatcher said the call came in 10 minutes prior!! This is what we must live with -- great officers that respond when they're given info, but they're not given information in a timely manner...

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    1. I've tried to explain this earlier as a police officer. Thanks for listening to the scanner. How did you know dispatch didn't assign job for 10 minutes? A lot of times we don't know how old the call is. We tend to assume they are "fresh" but 10 min is an eternity for responding officers. Thanks for realizing that we respond quickly to priority calls but we can't hear what call-takers hear nor do we know when the calls come in.

      Also, when you hear "hot calls" come out, know that more aggressive officers are rolling but not coming up over the air. In faster districts with more units, such as special units, this is particularly true. We don't like to tie the air up with saying our beat and we're responding. If someone else comes up with an emergency or 10-1, you talking can mean the difference of life or death for them. Some people seem to love talking on the air. I've heard many times people that need help get stepped on over the air.

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    2. I don't understand everything you said but I DO understand that 10 minutes is an eternity when you are about to be beaten to death and there is something VERY wrong with our 911 system.

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    3. The dispatcher said "This call came in 10 minute ago." Tunney or someone should investigate this, honestly. (Which means he won't, so CWB, maybe you can? Lol) If it was merely a home invasion fine, bad enough but fine. But a senior citizen getting beaten up? Sorry but the dispatching center screwed up.

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  6. We live across the street and someone attempted a home invasion with us too we had to call 911 TEN TIMES before police were dispatched. It took police 25 minutes from the time we called until they showed up. Unfortunately, the dispatcher didn't reach out to the police because no one was "inside" our house yet. They were only "attempting" to get in. There's contact activity in our neighborhood the past 6 months and no increase in patrolling. Unfortunately, it takes something like this to increase awareness of what we've all been dealing with.

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  7. Detective Gino FelinoJan 9, 2016, 6:40:00 PM

    Animals don't behave like this. Monsters behave like this. I'd be up the alderman's ass! Proactive policing has come to an end in Chicago. This is the result.

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  8. Note to self - lie to the dispatcher and say the guy is in the house. If the police ask, I'll say he just left. I hate this city.

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    1. Crying wolf caution: yes, the police may get there sooner but we go faster, needlessly risking our lives and the safety of others (car accidents, lawsuits) and eventually we stop believing. After all, we are human and conditioned to learn patters, as all humans do. So when we hear domestic, now coming across as man with a gun, that's code for baby momma mad and wants police to hurry up 99% of the time. I arrested one lady who did this. We found the guy under a porch (do you care we may have fired if he reached in his waistband or had an object in his hand we perceived to be a gun?). Of course not, you'd say we were overreacting. Anyways, neighbor's came out and had the same account: they were arguing and she tried hitting him with her car. He never had a gun. She changed her description of the gun.

      Again, you can do the fake call thing. If caught you may be arrested but probably not. Those calls happen all the time in other districts but they amp up the level of danger for all sides. I think people that usually hate the police get off on the drama and action. Good luck to you

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  9. When you need the police - they are only hours away. Tom? Tom ?? How is it going with all the police you were promised for the district when you voted for the new budget? Tom ? Tom? Oh, I like your last e-mail blast which contained "how to recycle your Christmas trees" . . . . Way to go - stay on top of things . . . LOL

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  10. Your alderman is not going to protect you. Buy a gun and learn how to use it.

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    1. My alderman (Tom) is barely able to speak in complete sentences. If so, it is written by a staff member.

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    2. Planning on it.

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  11. I am sure the Alderman will also call this an Isolated Incident.

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  12. Our alderperson is going to "tip tow through the tulips" and tell us on his blog this things are going great in the ward. His main concern is the re-cycling of christmas trees. No mention of the crime rate going through the roof in the 19th District. Burglaries, Home Invasions, Robberies, Thefts . . .??? I would like to see the stats of the citizens being transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital after the above mentioned incidence. Tom ? Tom ? At least a mention in your blog.

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  13. @8:52 PM -
    Hey Wayne, with all due respect can you please give the gun thing a rest? We all get it. You love guns. OK. Dandy.
    There are a lot of way to approach the problem.

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  14. How soon we forget. My welcome to Lakeview in 2010 was being met by news cameras outside my building the first week. The elderly 40+ year Lakeview neighbors were home invaded and beaten wirh bats. I couldn't help but notice theirs was the only home without an iron gate around it.

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  15. Donated and thank you!

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  16. I believe the saying goes like this; "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away". The law-abiding citizens of this city need to wake up. The days of proactive police work are over. The police will only react to crimes already committed. Evidence technician work, etc. And, because of the actions of a few bad apples, they are fearful of being criminally charged of sued and being the main star in a "made for TV perp-walk." So, arm yourselves. Protect yourselves and your families. Material things can always be replaced. But you will never fully recover from a brutal attack. And if you are killed, your family will never recover from your murder. Good luck to all the decent, law-abiding, hard working, tax-paying citizens of Wrigleyville, Boystown and Lakeview from E.P.

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  17. This city has gone to hell! MY GOD!!!

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  18. This is ridiculous! Why is it there is no protesting this kind of nonsense? Karma

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  19. Where are those protesters?

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  20. The protestors will be attempting to close down the Chicago Board of Trade in a few days. Just a heads up! It be starting at 6:00 a.m. this Friday! There's your protestors!

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  21. I have asked many times for people to join me in protesting; NONE of you have responded.

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  22. CWB, do you have any indication If CPD dispatched officers to the 911 call 20 minutes earlier regarding suspicious persons in the neighboring yard?

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  23. "CWB, do you have any indication If CPD dispatched officers to the 911 call 20 minutes earlier regarding suspicious persons in the neighboring yard?"

    Yes. It is in the story above.

    "Less than 20 minutes before the woman was attacked, a 911 caller reported three or four suspicious person walking through yards near Waveland and Racine, about a block from the home invasion site."

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    1. I'm not trying to be difficult here, but this does not answer my question. My question is did CPD actually dispatch officers to investigate the call of "3-4 suspicious person[s]" walking through nearby yards. Again, I'm not trying to cause you work or be difficult, but I'm trying to get to a particular point.
      Over and over again we are told to "call 911 if you see anything suspicious." In fact, a recent fb post from Tom Tunney's office reiterated that. I have to assume (although I'd rather not) that no officers were available or dispatched to investigate the earlier call. Can you tell me if that assumption is correct?
      If it is true, then the refrain to call 911 regarding suspicious activity rings completely hollow. Indeed, writing it and then reading that advice is a waste of everyone's time. Stop giving people advice that will not help our community at all.
      If it's true that no officers were able to investigate the earlier call, then here's a prime example where a terrible, violent crime could have been avoided. We lack adequate manpower and policies which allow for timely and appropriate CPD response. My hunch is this created a situation where a neighbor did right thing, but a 77 year old woman wound up in intensive care anyway. If it's true, then I am sad and angry, but at least I know where we stand.

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    2. Yes, a unit was dispatched. No contact was made with any suspects.

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    3. Footie:

      The call may be dispatched as a "suspicious persons" but the officers will hear "people walking through yards." What is suspicious about that? You have to understand that that doesn't give an officer probable cause to arrest. If they talk to homeowners and they say they want them arrested, they'll have to sign complaints for trespassing. If no contact is made or they're not willing to sign complaints the officers can't do anything. If you think about it, there are a host of reasons they can be walking through yards (lost pet, they know home owners, etc.). The other fear is they will be told they were profiling them. Lastly, that isn't to say the people in the yard(s) were them for sure. in court, how will you articulate that as suspicious activity? You'll sound racist. Might not be what you want to hear so take it or leave it.

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