Friday, February 19, 2016

Bus Driver Attacked, Threatened With Gun In Wrigleyville

UPDATE 6:03PM FEBRUARY 20: Dillard today was ordered held without bail. Our original report follows.
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A 23-year-old convicted felon who has a long history with local service agencies, not to mention local police, is charged with attacking and threatening a CTA bus driver with a handgun in Wrigleyville Thursday evening.

Dillard (Chicago Police Dept)
Rojah Dillard is charged with aggravated battery of a transit employee, aggravated assault of a transit employee, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Chicago police.

Dillard allegedly attacked the driver and brandished a handgun near the Addison Red Line station shortly after 7PM. A passing police vehicle was flagged down and the cops arrested Dillard after a short pursuit.

A handgun was recovered in an alley in the 900 block of W. Addison, about 100 yards from where Dillard was arrested, police said.

Dillard listed The Crib youth shelter, 835 W. Addison, as his home address in last night’s arrest report.

A Long History

Dillard has a long history of arrests, threats, and violence in our neighborhood.

He received a five year sentence after pleading guilty to a 2011 strong arm robbery at Sheffield and School. His parole for that case ended on December 20.

On January 27, Dillard—using the name Rojah Daleyon—was charged with battery after an armed Center on Halsted security guard told police that Dillard pushed him and tried to take his gun.

Last September, a woman told police that Dillard blocked her path as she walked in 3200 block of N. Halsted and then followed her, saying “I’ll beat your ass. I’ll shoot all y’all. This is my neighborhood.” The complainant failed to show up in court and charges were dropped.

In August 2014, Dillard was arrested after allegedly participating in a large fight at the Night Ministry weekly outreach in the MB Bank parking lot at Belmont and Halsted. That victim also failed to show up in court and charges were dropped.

One month prior to that, Dillard was charged with battery after allegedly headbutting a 22-year-old client at the Broadway Youth Center. Again, charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court.

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30 comments:

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    1. We need a 3 strikes and you're out. This guy is a revolving door criminal.

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  2. Part of the reason victims don't show up in court is because the criminal court is in a really dangerous and inconvenient location. If the court was moved to Daley Center more victims would show up.

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    1. 26th and Cal is "really dangerous?" Give me a break.

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    2. Maybe not, but the only place to eat around there is Popeye's.

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    3. Yes. Taking the fckin blue line to work is dangerous. ..ten people might blind you. And it won't even be on the 10 o'clock news

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    4. Not true. 26th & California is crawling with police.

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  3. This savage animal is the type of creature that these social service agencies value so highly at taxpayer expense. He should be thrown in prison with the keys thrown away.

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  4. We need the 67-year old guy who shot the 55-year old gang member to go after this creep too.

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  5. Since when do they refer to a grown man living in a youth center as a "client"?

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    1. Federal funding guidelines define "youth" as up to the age of 24, and to get that funding the agency *must* accept clients up to that age. So as a result, you get a lot of what Judge Judy calls "elderly youth". Since many of these clients lack any ID, there is no way to check their ages. At Center on Halsted some of the "youth" in the "Youth Program" were obviously well into their 30's. Most of these clients alternate their time between Broadway Youth Center, the Crib, and Center on Halsted -- "Triple Trouble"!

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  6. Just...unbelievable. A poster child for the social agencies in 60657.

    Call it NIMBY or whatever you want, but this 10-year resident will never support another neighborhood proposal that even *remotely* resembles the crime-magnets that bring this to Lakeview. And silence = consent, so it is time to become a vocal opponent.

    Great job CWB connecting the dots that nobody else does. Readers, show your support and visit the tipjar.

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    1. Excellent post! I especially liked your comment, "And silence = consent, so it is time to become a vocal opponent." So very true. And I think a lot of people stay silent because they don't want to be viewed as being "NIMBY." But I agree....enough is enough. We pay big bucks to live here, our taxes & fees increase yearly...so it's high time we get to enjoy what we pay for....and that should include being safe from worthless scum like this.

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  7. Homeboy looks much older than his 20s. Perhaps the fast life is making him age quickly.

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  8. Wow - this reads like a list of Greatest Hits! The Crib, Center on Halsted, Night Ministry, Broadway "Youth" Center. He's got them all, and apparently none of them did him any good.

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    1. But quite a few people and nearby businesses got a nice tax write-off and earned their wings via PR though, that's all that matters.

      Really I'm starting to believe that place is a head shop or a front for something else they're doing out the back door like alot of those "indie" boutiques in Chicago. The COH always has shoppers in it though which is why I'm confused.

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  9. When are these shelters going to stop coddling these "youths" and recognize that these guys who repeatadly assault people and use guns shouldn't be welcome. What about the non violent residents of these facilities? What about the neighbors? What about the workers?

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    1. They don't care. They just want the federal/state dollars for each 'youth' they have on their roster. Many of these organizations have directors that make well into the 6-figures.

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    2. Yes. Those supposed helping centers for disaffected "youth" should not allow felons...especially repeat felons...into their facilities. When they do, they make a mockery of their own system and put the neighborhood in danger.
      How is this still being permitted when their "clients" have caused so much chaos and insecurity in the neighborhood. It is all very well documented thanks to CWB, the CPD, etc. It is past time they got shut down!!

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  10. if the cta driver had a weapon. This would be a non issue.

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  11. Well 5 years ago or so I was told by the locals to "grow a pair" or "that's city life" regarding "youth" intentionally blocking walkways etc. I see they moved onto bigger and better things now.

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    1. Reminds me of when Helen Shiller was alderman in Uptown. A young woman complained to her about the crime in the area and Shiller snapped, "This isn't your college campus, sweetie."

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    2. I was in Lakeview East at the start then height of this crime. It's absolutely amusing how the tune has changed especially amongst the residents. I remember questioning a guy that had been standing behind a bush near a condo building all night. One of the residents claimed "he has a right to do that".

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  12. I miss the good old days when the neighborhood residents would go after the outsiders with baseball bats. You could walk home from dinner safely in those days.

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  13. That neck tattoo is hard to read but should say UGLY. That's a face even mama has trouble looking at.

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    1. I've been watching old In Living Color episodes and a quote from a sketch came to mind: "You're so ugly, your momma had to get drunk to breastfeed you!"

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  14. ....again with the neck tattoo.

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  15. "My neighborhood"...and he lives at the Crib and COH. Those employees must be SO PROUD of their patrons!

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  16. "Dillard has a long history of arrests, threats, and violence in our neighborhood."

    word of the day: recidivism

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  17. I live in the 14th district but same problem occurs here and everywhere across the city. Too many criminals walk free because the victim doesn't show up in court. I sat in court recently as a witness to a crime. While I waited for our case to be called by the judge, at least HALF of the offenders walked home free for this very reason. This is no exaggeration. Half of the roughly 20 cases before ours was called. VEry frustrating. What a waste of police officers time and sends the wrong message to the POS criminals: That you can do what you do and get away with it.

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