Monday, January 11, 2016

Lakeview Mom Had Close Call With Home Invasion Suspect Last Month — And Had Him Arrested

One of three men now charged with attacking a 77-year-old woman during a Wrigleyville home invasion this weekend was arrested last month after a Lakeview woman told police that he and another man tried to break into her home at 4:30AM—just two blocks from Saturday's tragic crime.

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That woman and her four children were not harmed, but her decision to step up and file a police report against two suspects is now paying huge dividends as detectives piece together a string of burglaries that has hit local residents hard.

The 33-year-old health care worker's brush with trouble played out early on December 16 in the 3600 block of N. Janssen. According to a police report, two men pounded on the woman's basement apartment door and then refused to leave her yard until she called 911.

CWB Chicago is withholding the woman's name.

Responding officers found 18-year-old Eli Ruff and Devante Rice, 19, hiding between two homes in the 3600 block of N. Greenview. The victim positively identified the two and they were arrested, court records show.

Now, Ruff and two other men are accused of breaking through the back door of a senior citizen's home in the 3600 block of N. Magnolia, beating her unconscious, and stealing her property early Saturday morning. Bail for each has been set at a whopping $2 million.

Rice is not accused of participating in the home invasion or any other crimes, court records show.

Detectives are now drilling into a series of burglaries in which back doors to homes were kicked in or pried open over the past two months. The investigation is focusing on break-ins that have been reported in a concentrated area between Roscoe, Grace, Ashland, and Sheffield since November, a police source said.

Last Monday, police issued an alert to warn residents about burglaries in the 3700 block of N. Lakewood.

"stay tuned 8)" a police source texted this afternoon. We will.
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33 comments:

  1. I would like to hear what Donald Trump would do about criminals like Ruff and Rice.
    I don't like Trump, but if he locked up all the Ruffs and Rices he would have my vote.

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    1. Really? You would vote for Trump over this incident even after all of his repugnant statements? Wow. We're in trouble.

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    2. Trump has made a lot comments that also make sense. We're in tough times and we're already in trouble! If Trump would lock thugs like this up and throw away the key, then more power to him.

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  2. You mean a 77 year old woman wasn't the first person victimized by these coward-thug PsOS?
    Shocking! Just shocking.
    Right. Nobody wakes up and says 'Hey, I think I'll become a sociopath today.'
    It takes a while. And it doesn't wash off like chalk dust either.

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  3. A decision to file a police report is called: "stepping up." Really?

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    1. Yeah it is because 90% of the victims in this area are apathetic! When you tell them court is involved they soil themselves.

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  4. Why does it surprise me that police care, or that the court would set a bail at $2 million? I feel as if the system works against law abiding citizens in favor of thugs. Maybe that's because the thugs are also in government?

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  5. They are the predators and we are the prey

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  6. This p.o.s. Needs to go away for a long long time, no hope for him.

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  7. So he was arrested. Was he ever charged. If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If an attempted burglary happens, but suspect is never charged, was there a crime ever committed?

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  8. Thank you, dear mom of four, for filing a police report. I'm sure that must have been very scary for you and your kids having those idiots banging on your apartment door at 4:30AM. You have helped get these guys off the streets at least for a while. Too bad it had to take beating the snot out of an old woman to do it.

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  9. Apparently they're considering attempted murder charges currently. Entirely reasonable, the injuries this woman suffered are horrible, and they could alter the course of her life. Hopefully they lock in this attempted murder charges and put these assholes away for a long time.

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  10. So, Alvarez dropped the ball again -- another opportunity to take another thug off the street, and Alvarez' office did nothing, allowing the thug to nearly a kill an elderly woman a month later.

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  11. Trespassing? Seriously? When the cops find reasonable cause when someone walks down the street with a cell-phone in their hand?

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    1. I believe you mean probable cause, which is when an officer has enough information to make an arrest. Reasonable suspicion is when an officer reasonable believes a subject has, is in the process of or is about to commit a crime.

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  12. So you can sell counterfeit Cubs tickets and get two years in prison, but criminal trespass and you're out on the streets again less than two weeks later doing the same thing? What is Tom Tunney doing and where the hell is our leadership? As a lawyer, this is so very disappointing but I can't say I'm shocked.

    Regarding the increased police presence, the only place I've seen them in lakeview the past several weeks is eating at the bagel restaurant. Get to work. So sick of it.

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    1. Police officers are allowed to take lunches. Jeez.

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    2. "Get to work. So sick of it."

      ++++

      I want you to wear a goofy uniform while at work so I can scrutinize every minute of your day. Personal phone calls? I want to hear them! I want to track every keystroke in your computer. I'll make nasty passive-aggressive comments to you if you do think you're entitled to treatment as if you're a human being. No breaks or lunch for you!

      - Signed, HR, because we care about your morale!

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    3. "As a lawyer, [...]"

      You've said all I need to hear, say no more...

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  13. Tom will give her a special blue ribbon at the senior picnic this summer. That is if the cameras are there.

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  14. Just looked at the CCDOC inmate site, why are these three "classified" as Medium security and housed in Div. 6 and not Maximum security. I bet Tom and Toni will offer these thugs EM after their next court date on 1/15 to save money.

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  15. "victims are apathetic"? do you have kids? you want to report some gangbanger to the cops and have him know what room your kids sleep in when he decides to get back at you? when mothers are fending off intruders in their homes in our neighborhood, the apathy has already happened. "victims are apathetic" - ugh.

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  16. "do you have kids? you want to report some gangbanger to the cops and have him know what room your kids sleep in when he decides to get back at you? "

    Sorry, that's lame. If anything, offenders are more likely to revisit your place if they know you'll roll over and not stand up to them. They're looking for the easy jobs, not someone who will cause them trouble.

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    1. I don't know about that. Might want to talk to the girl that was going to testify against a shooter from a shooting scene I was at where four people were shot, two fatally California and congress or van Buren (buttresses the 290). One of the fatalities was her boyfriend. She was shot a total of 28 times with three different weapons on California and I thinkin Filmore, about five blocks from 011. The interview may be tricky as she had trouble speaking from the grave.

      I feel bad for victims. The courts are definitely looking out for offenders.

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    2. A few years ago the police caught a guy in our garage. The arresting officer reported that he was a member of the Latin Kings. I did pause for a second saying to myself "shit a Latin King knows where I live", but I showed up to court and eventually he was released after sitting in jail for 6 months when he couldn't make bail. Don't know what happened to the case, but I can guess based on what happens to the cases reported on this blog. (this guy may have been a latin king but he was not a scary street looking tough guy)

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    3. You are comparing apples to oranges and hopefully you are smart enough to know it.

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  17. Why not actually enforce punishments for violent crime? INSANE!

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    1. Enforcing existing laws, whether it be immigration or gun laws, or what constitutes a felony, is not as lucrative as rewording the same law already on the books.

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  18. At night, even with these brutal temperatures, I noticed the Department of Revenue employees creeping down the side streets checking for the permit parking stickers. But, I don't see any police.

    I wonder why doesn't Rahm send the revenue trolls to the West Side with the rest of our police.

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    1. They target this area because they know we'll be able to pay the fines

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  19. I just read on DNAinfo that 2 of these guys work as movers.
    Be careful next time you move.

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  20. I hope the system comes down hard on these guys. That poor old lady will be physically disabled for the rest of her life.

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