Sunday, February 21, 2016

Women Targeted In Sunday Morning Armed Robberies; One Victim Says Shots Fired

Two Lakeview women reported being robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents this morning and one of the victims said the offenders fired shots at her. The offender descriptions in both cases are similar, police said.

The reports come during an eventful month as our neighborhood’s robbery count nears record-setting territory for February. January saw more robberies here than during the same month in 2014 and 2015 combined.

In the most recent case, a woman told police that two men robbed her of her suitcase in the 3600 block of N. Greenview around 5:15AM. The woman told police that the men fired shots from a silver handgun.

The robbers are described as two black men wearing all black clothing. One of them had a red scarf covering his face. They fled southbound on foot.

Another woman told police that she was robbed and physically searched by two black men wearing all black clothing in the 1300 block of W. Cornelia around 4:05AM today.

The men, armed with a silver handgun, emerged from a nearby alley as the victim stepped outside to look for an Uber that she had ordered to take her to the airport, a source said.

One of the offenders was tall and appeared to be wearing a red mask while the other was shorter and heavier, the victim said. Both men were last seen running northbound in the east alley of Southport.

Other Incidents

Among other incidents in the area this week:

• A woman reported that five men wearing ski masks and dressed in black clothing knocked her to the ground and took her purse and computer in the 3100 block of N. Greenview around 1:45 Saturday morning.

• A man told police that an offender tried to force him to withdraw money at two Boystown ATMs around 1AM on Friday. Both ATMs, including one in the 3400 block of N. Halsted, failed to distribute money and the offender fled. The suspect is described as a white male in his 30’s who was wearing a gray hoodie and jeans.

• Around 11PM on Thursday, a woman reported that two men snatched her purse in the 3400 block of N. Lakewood. She described the offenders as two short Asian men dressed in all black.

• A man flagged down police in the 3300 block of N. Sheffield to report being robbed at gunpoint in a nearby alley around 2:05AM on Tuesday. The suspect is described as a black man wearing white gym shoes and carrying a white backpack. He was armed with a black semiautomatic handgun. The victim lost about $100.

• On Friday, February 12, multiple witnesses reported seeing a robbery unfold in the 3200 block of N. Clark Street around 10:40PM. Witnesses and the victim gave conflicting offender descriptions.
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35 comments:

  1. So it's safe to assume that both morning incidents today (suitcase mention, airport mention) weren't drunk, stumbling post-bar victims whose awareness and personal 'guard' may have been down, but totally normal early-morning travelers trying to get to the airport. This is beyond frightening, and absurd. Can Lakeview residents no longer expect to walk 10 feet from their doors to a waiting car, safely? Apparently and obviously not. Absolutely sickening, and the lack of leadership to correct it is worse. I use "leadership" loosely, obviously.

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  2. NO official is listening to any of these reports. They think it is one of "perception" and they continue to fudge statistics. This is grounds for a federal investigation. Lakeview/Boystown is on the verge of needing the fucking National Guard called in to restore order and sanity. This summer is going to be a bloodbath. Are you listening, Tunney and Rahm (and other officials)? No, of course not. Why should you even bother.

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  3. It is time to view this as a simply another tax. Perhaps we can all pitch in and pay these robbers a protection fee to keep our costs down.

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  4. Tom, where are all those "extra" police officers you were promised when you voted yes on the property tax hike? ? ?

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    1. If you get a response, let us know. Three emails and two phone calls to his office, asking that very question, since 12/21/15, have been totally ignored.

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    2. I wouldn't count on getting any response from that worthless "alderperson." He's way too busy these days "looking into things" with city officials, and "working closely" with citizens and constituents to fix things over here in Ward 44.

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  5. It sounds like multiple cars and crews of 2-3 crooks each just roam around our hood looking for victims. We now have regular muggings and home break ins. SECURE your homes and don't walk around at night as its only going to get worse before it gets better. When is the tipping point? Old ladies getting beat up, women mugged, young professional murdered... none of that has caused a tipping point so far. The under staffed police can't stop and frisk these creeps anymore so they roam around un checked. Worse yet the crib and others invite the violent ones into our back yard. Stay alert.

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  6. See. She was just waiting for her ride to the airport.....not stumbling home drunk on a broken heel.

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  7. Scary stuff! We are so happy that we sold our Lakeview condo and moved to the burbs recently. The risk to one's safety is not worth being close to restaurants and stuff.

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    1. Agreed. And the clippity clomp of boots on hardwood floors with no rugs above you at 3:00am, neighbors that have to watch the news with a subwoofer, rats eating the wiring under the hood of your car, grand opening/grand closing restaurants and stores, reminding your neighbors that the main door to the building needs to be closed and locked properly.......

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    2. You sound like someone I know!

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  8. Word. Too many people have "hope"but not a gun.

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  9. So - let me get this straight. A hardworking, tax paying citizen/resident of Lakeview, leaves her home in the early morning to catch a flight at O'Hare and several bad guys jump out of an alley? Really? So these guys were just waiting basically, looking for the right/easy target. They were probably in Lakeview all night/morning, lurking around. Come dawn, they then take the Red Line back to the South Side, right?

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  10. Is it possible to put a referendum on the next ballot that would propose minimum sentencing and really stiff sentencing for armed robberies?

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  11. Whites, blacks, Asians? At last, we have diversity in the neighborhood!

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    1. We are the world, we are the people, now come rob our houses....

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  12. Suspicious...who can hook into uber requests?

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    1. Good question. You've got the bottom of the barrel driving for them now. They've gone through so many waves of drivers, losing another when the rates are slashed and commission/splits increased to Ubers benefit. Cars had to be no more than 7 years old then that changed to 10, then to 15 years old. Persons in "under privileged" areas were then recruited to drive for them with weekly car leases available to them (weekly) in the promise of "economic opportunity".

      Uber might generate a temporary cash flow for their drivers but at those rates it is by no means a profitable income.

      I predicted this a year ago and it's happening.

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  13. Ok listen up, whoever you buttfaces are over there at CWB.
    Crime is down.
    How many times I have to say it. WTH, are you guys f'n hard of hearing or just plain stupid?
    Let's look at the facts -
    - Horsewhipping is down more than 90%
    - Police hiding of files where homicide suspects happen to be the nephew of the mayor, down 100%. 100% ! Take that you nattering naybobs of negativism.
    - Pissing inside of telephone booths, down 90+%
    - Aggressive nose picking on streetcars, down 85%
    (And honestly, I really think this is just an input error. I think my administration has eliminated this entirely. Yay!)
    - Sedition, down 45%. But you guys are REALLY testing my patience with this one.
    - And before you chuckleheads say 'Yeah, but what about the big jump on the Shot-In-The-Ass-O-Meter over at Heyjackass.com?'...well...people are HUGE these days. Haven't you F'n noticed? Dammit boys. Huge ass = greater likelihood of getting shot in the ass. I mean, really, does it take a rocket scientist to figure this all out for you?
    OBVIOUSLY crime is down.
    F-it. Even the three stooges get that. ....and we're not talking rocket science there.
    SO get with the program before I have to send some guys over to put some X's in your runway.....with bulldozers....if you catch my drift. I heard that one from a guy down here at the office, as he was leaving. Had all of the silverware from the dining room in his briefcase too.
    So just knock it the hell off.
    Your pal
    Ummmm.......Ron.....yeah, that's it....Ron

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    1. Did I seriously just read all of this?

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  14. I don't understand how the same officers working on the late side get to leave early all the time while the rest of us have to say and work the whole tour. And also now cover their jobs. How about you stay like the rest of us and work the entire tour. I would also like to be on a late car but leave with the early cars, but I stay like im supposed to.
    Be safe all and back each other up

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    1. True they are always leaving in the morning with the early cars and we all have to cover their beat then. How about if your on a late car just stay till your tour is over like the rest of us. This needs to stop we are all in this together......

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    2. If they those fingerprint scanners to begin and end their shifts, that might help.
      And at their location of assignment. No more going out to the library in 016 and signing out.

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    3. And the tact guys that gwt off early and go to their favorite gin mill.

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    4. If that's even the truth, why don't you ask them if they burned their own time, if they have family obligations or medical procedures or other pressing life events? On second thought, just be a coward and don't ask them. Just come to an anonymous blog and trash them. That's commendable and brave.

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  15. Go to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and please donate to the "Get Behind The Vest" campaign. Contributions go to supplying bullet proof vests to officers. Thanks!

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    1. I did that but isn't it sad we are like 3rd world country when they City can't supply all the stuff they need to do there jobs. So much money is wasted on bs.

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    2. I do not understand why our tax dollars do not buy the bullet proof vests. I thought it was mandatory for cops to wear bullet proof vests. Am I wrong?

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    3. I paid 11K in property taxes last year and got mugged outside my home. No thanks!

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    4. Wow, so police are as bad as the criminals that victimize people? I'm really sorry you got mugged but how do officers place themselves so they are at a specific place for every specific crime? You're basically saying their actions caused you to be a victim. Even if you thought "I don't care if officers have a vest that may stop a kill shot in the unfortunate time it may occur, but I'm not donating," I think it would be classier to not say anything. No wonder cops care less and less about people. People treat them like expendable garbage whose lives are worth nothing.

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  16. There was an e-mail blast from Tunney today saying - Thank you to the many residents for writing and calling my office for the promised increase in officers for the 19th district. We continue to push CPD leadership for an update and will share updates as they are received. This would be translated as - The Mayor's office and the CPD gave Tunney a go take a walk response. We got your vote for a huge property tax increase, now you can go pound sand.

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    1. he goes to the mat for a handful of rooftop owners but lets the mayor take 1/3 to 1/2 of his ward's police away. now thats something to cry over Tommy.

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    2. Because the roof top owners contribute to his campaign fund . . . . .

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