Friday, January 15, 2016

Former CAPS Volunteer Called 911 With Fake "Officer In Distress" Report, Cops Say

A man who once held a volunteer position in the local Chicago police CAPS program is facing felony reckless conduct charges for allegedly sparking a powerful police response by reporting a false “officer in distress” call to 911 from a local bar, court records say.

44-year-old Patrick Elbrecht of Uptown was taken into custody around 2 o’clock in the afternoon on December 30 after police swarmed to the Dram Shop, 3040 N. Broadway, where a 911 caller reported officers in need of assistance.

Inside the bar, witnesses told responding officers that they saw Elbrecht call 911 and use the words “officers need assistance” and “10-1,” which is the Chicago police radio call for officers in distress, police said in their report.

The report says Elbrecht responded “no” when cops asked if he needed help, if he was a police officer, if he required medical attention, or if any emergency existed.

“[Arresting officers] then broadcast a complete disregard via police radio as they observed many police units were heading to the scene with emergency lights and sirens activated,” the report says.

Elbrecht, free on $10,000 bond, is due back in court today.

He was identified as the 23rd police district’s CAPS advisory committee business chairman in a media report and in a short biography from 2009. The 23rd and 19th police districts merged in 2012.
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56 comments:

  1. The Dram Shop sure does attract an interesting bunch. A throwback to another time in Lakeview.

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  2. Love that booze!

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    1. Yo! Patrick! The jig is up! No more cops and robbers meaning o more robbing bars of their booze by dropping Tommy's name.

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    2. I don't know the guy, just speaking of the area in general - 40 and 50-somethings in particular.

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  3. I have seen that guy at Sidetrack what a mess he is. Why the bars let him in is beyond me.

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  4. I heard that guy in the photo was being strangeled and the bar refused to call 911. The chamber of commmerece said its because the bar has problems and concerns about their liquor license. Bottom line it sounds like a seedy place. Hopefully the police will sort this place and its ongoing problems out.

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    1. Well, then why didn't he tell the cops that?

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    2. The guy pisses a lot of people off. If Officer Walsh wasn't his friend I bet a lot of people would kick his ass. And his sidekick Joey is just as bad.

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    3. The chamber never made such statements and the issue was with the individual who called 911 claiming to be a police officer not the Drama Shop.

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    4. Drama Shop. LOL

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  5. Innocent until proven guilty. I actually know that guy and he has done allot of good for our community. I think a caddy anonymous slander is not only irresponsible but just mean. Im sure the truth will come out. Aside, like we can trust ALL that the police say these days.

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    1. He's best buds with Officer Walsh so he thinks he can get away with anything in East Lakeview/Boystown.

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    2. He's an obnoxious drunken racist who hasn't accomplished anything in his lefe, let alone helped his community.
      Barred from most bars and always talking about fighting, sounds like he was getting his clocked cleaned at Dram.
      Btw, Dram is a great neighborhood bar with friendly regulars.

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    3. This is why I was known as "that guy that keeps to himself" when out and about in Boystown. A couple of hours at the bar, a little escape from daily reality, no kibitzing with the bartender and back home. Rarely did I want to truly get to know anyone out there and if you did, it exacerbated depression. EVERYONE around there was a celebrity of some sort. Sad scene.

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  6. He was a douche in CAPS and he is still a douche.

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  7. From the media report:
    "The more accurate the description of the perpetrator, the greater the chance that the police will be able to apprehend the perp(etrator) and obtain a conviction," Elbrecht added.

    Here's an accurate description of Elbrecht: a drunken chubby know-it-all asshole shithead.

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    1. The "drunken" and "know-it-all" could describe ANY male who hangs around Boystown. I'll look out for the ones that are chubby now though.

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  8. He use to tell me at Sidetracks that he was in charge of CAPS for the (old) 23rd District and any problems or parking tickets that I had could be taken care of by him . . . . and that he had direct communications with Ald. Tom. They were best buds.

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    1. And what did you get in return for the privilege of obviously knowing him?

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    2. What you get in return from this POS is to watch him run out on his bar tab.

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    3. He always presented himself as a "high roller", flashing big wads of bills about. But invariably when it was time to pay his tab, he'd scoot on out, dodging the tab. Many times I saw him try to hornswoggle and shortchange bartenders, his "act" was laughably easy to see through. He'd also promote himself as "The Mayor of Halsted", etc....the guy is simply a mess. If I recall correctly he's done plenty of jail time, including stints in prison. He'd actually brag about this...he hinted that he was on cozy terms with mafia types, etc.

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  9. Tom Walsh and him need to go bye bye. Stain on the community

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  10. Sidetrash is a dump. All lies and pr. Boystowns is done. Walsh is done too. You don't let a bank robber guard the bank.

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    1. They're smart marketers though, catering to all those suburban straight females. Yes, Boystown in it's former glory is done. It's not even fun - at all.

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  11. Doesnt the cop Walsh run security in Boystown and the bars?
    Cops can't work in bars -- as bartenders, bouncers, or s3curity.

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    1. I know he worked security for the wrigley rooftops, as an off duty was (correct me if I'm wrong) required by the city for those establishments.

      As far as I know, he worked hard and was always kind and courteous when he was my neighbor. Not sure what all the hate is for.

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    2. Walsh .... LOL, OMG.

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    3. Yup..."Walsh Security"...they do security for Center on Halsted, too, in addition to all the bars. Patrick was always claiming he was "best friends" with Tico Valle, CEO of the Center on Halsted.

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  12. Dram shop opens at 7:00 a.m. I regularly see folks stumbling out of the joint at 8:30 a.m.

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    1. I apologize for working the overnight shift so that you can sleep and then stumble out of bars at an hour that is acceptable to you.

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    2. Uses Tommy as a threat towards other people.

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  13. Mr. Elbrecht is nothing more than a sad drunkard. I have served him and seen him around for years. Being a drunk ass hole finally caught up to him. Anyone out there trash talking Walsh and his security team... Let us not forget that north halsted pays him a pretty penny not the city or any taxpayers. Also that Tunney supported Rahms initiative to take officers from 23/19 and place them in other neighborhoods that were facing serious gun violence. Lakeview is down 30-40 officers and no one polices boystown anyway so they hired Walsh. In my opinion Tom Walsh is a good cop. In my 13 years of being a part of Boystown ive learned that it's all Tunneys fault. Fuck that guy. Possibly the worst alderman in the city. Definitely bottom three

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    1. The business patrons of Halsted St. pay him, whomever he is. Sidetrack and North End raised their drink prices by 50 cents when that "security team" was installed years back. Sidetrack rang the old $6.00 on the register and put the 50 cents in coins in a separate jar. I saw it twice with my own two eyes.

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  14. Patrick is a German guy who looks Irish and acts like an Italian mobster

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  15. He is an ego driven, racist, pretentious ass. Seen it first hand. No respect for anyone, let alone the law. Surprised he hasn't been strangled before. If he has any redeeming qualities, he sure doesn't. Like to share the them anyone!

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  16. Anyone know what the court disposition was? Did walsh go to court with him?

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  17. Patrick was a regular at the old Reflections at Halsted & Roscoe on Sunday afternoons for the $1.00 drink specials. He would pass out his business card with the Chicago Police Star on it and told everyone that if they were in trouble to give him a call and that he could "take care" of everything and that he knew the "right people". I guess the moral to his story is, just say no to drugs and alcohol. Oh, I did see him a few years later at Halsted Market Days with a bright yellow t-shirt with "security" on the back where he was pushing a broom along the curb to clean up cans and cups. I did say hello to him but he did not look me in the eyes but just continued on his way down the street. Sad . . .

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    1. I'm sure the "ugly" guys that left him a message regarding a problem were promptly dismissed.

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  18. When is his next court date? Wouldn't it be great to see a judge tell this guy to "Turn in your fake badge." How much time could you actually serve for something like this?

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  19. Halsted bars are bad for East Lakeview. So much drama and bullshit. It's all founded on us GLBT being second class and discrimated against. Which is so long ago. Their money has dried up we've moved up and out. The Pride parade is nothing but to make money for the 10 or so bar owners. Boystown is history.

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    1. no joke, tacky tacky left, not to mention the giant rainbow phallic street poles (not sure what they are called, decorative poles). How about replacing the poles with planters, with nice restaurants, boutiques, and throw in a garden design center. Now thats more representative of Pride!

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    2. I always said the neighborhood needed a good bakery and/or deli. I'm gay and would love to see one in place of one of those ridiculous bars.

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    3. Those "phallic" poles on Halsted St house the historical plaques for the Gay Walk of Fame. Pretty interesting - go take a look. The poles denote the City recognizing Boystown as a significant gayborhood, a US achievement.

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  20. There's a lot more dirt on Patrick and the rest mentioned. Walsh enabled the guy. How many other criminals have been protected and enabled. Walsh covered for this guy and his crew of losers.

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  21. I wish he could go back and undo what he did. It's very sad.

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  22. Patrick didn't care Gloriapower, why should you?

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  23. Yeah this con man guy has no boundaries, he's been using Lakeview businesses and residents for years. Its not hard to believe this occurred, and I would bet he's already back on the streets and up to his usual con.

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  24. Poor Patrick. I saw through his scam 10 years ago. He kept up a good game for years and convinced people that he was the real thing. I wonder if Officer Walsh will get him out of this one ? Hum... maybe the Commander of the 19th District will look into this ? I am sure Ald. Tunney will post on his next e-mail blast that he will be looking into this and work closely with the Police. LOL One time shot and we will hear nothing in the future.

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  25. So what happened at court yesterday?

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  26. A few too many obvious bartenders commenting about him skipping out on his tab. He was obviously very well known around the circuit and all these bars/bartenders talk amongst each other so they were obviously getting something in return from him (at some time anyway) for him to get away with this for so long at so many places.

    Let John Q. Public skip out on a bar tab twice in that area and he'd be stopped dead in his tracks I'm quite sure.

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    1. Hi Patrick, nice to see you're online. Looking forward to seeing you out again. Are you allowed in any bars in the neighborhood anymore?

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    2. Nope, I posted that and I'm certainly not a Patrick (nor a "Pat").

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  27. There's a lot of people that have been around for ever and they are just nasty, obnoxious and only their opinions are right. They all act like they are big shots travel a lot and telling you about it even if you don't care.

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  28. Talking to Patrick years back you would think he was going to break his arm while patting himself on his back over all the things he had done . .

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