Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Men Robbed While Walking Dog Near Lakefront Totem Pole

Two Lakeview men were robbed as they walked their dog near Belmont Harbor around 4:15AM Monday, police said.

The victims told police that they were approached by a man who pointed something at them and then demanded their valuables near the lakefront totem pole.

The offender fled toward the lake after receiving $50 and a watch from the victims, police said.

According to the men, the robber was a white man who stands about 6’1” tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He wore a dark hoodie and a hat.

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22 comments:

  1. The entire lakefront is littered with people living in tents. It is starting to look like Mount Everest Base Camp out there. Late night or v early morning I suspect they will do a little shopping if given the opportunity. Could be your random wandering criminals, but the numbers of tents are growing in the parks.

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    1. Nusbaum the Elaborate RoosterMar 9, 2016, 7:23:00 PM

      Where specifically is this taking place? I've not been out to the lake yet this year, but certainly the city isn't going to allow this for too long.

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    2. Wow - just was driving in a car with a friend last night who brought this up. What is going on? We were going under un overpass, I believe it was Montrose and Lake Shore - and there was literally a tent city under Lake Shore Drive.

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    3. They do move around, but the big camps are at Lawrence and another at Foster (at least a few months ago). The Lawrence underpass was ground zero a while ago. Our son's AYSO is up there, and I turned around to see the boys on the sidelines weaving the ball they were practicing with in-between tents. Yikes. Made them sit on sideline close to me. If you are a passenger in a car or bus along LSD keep an eye out as they have fanned out from the camps and are tented up in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Packs will break off and start new areas.

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    4. I've seen these tent cities, too. Been there for years. I train for the Marathon every year, and these tent cities are all over the Montrose Beach area. They set up their tents under clumps of trees....probably to hide themselves. They mostly hang out and drink all day. I would be afraid to pass by these "communities" by myself.

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  2. The tent city will only get worse this summer. Is there a plan to open any emergency housing? I know section 8 has a waiting list like years long.

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    1. The list will get even longer when the rents are raised with that property tax hike. I got out.

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    2. The waiting lists for low - priced/subsidized housing is enormously long. Additionally, that type of housing is being pushed out by gentrification, look at Uptown as an example. That snazzy new Wilson L Station is not being built to cater to the soup kitchens, methadone clinics, and homeless shelters of Uptown, the area will boom and push more low - income peeps out. The "tent cities" will surely grow as the weather warms. They are simply a health hazard and should be shut down, but housing many of these folks is simply an intractable problem. Many of them have substance abuse issues. A number of them once were stably housed, but their behaviors got them evicted from wherever they were living. The rules for "supportive housing" (managed by non - profits like Heartland. Mercy Housing, and others) residents are strictly enforced, and many simply don't care to abide by the very reasonable rules. Some even PREFER homelessness, as they then have no responsibilities. Besides substance abuse, mental illness is rife amongst the homeless population, and so they are simply not able to function at a reasonable enough level in order to lead self - sustaining lives (hold jobs, have social skills, etc.). I work in homeless services, and you can believe me when I say that the problem is dire and only getting worse...

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  3. Carry and Conceal Weapon would have prevented this just like the self defense shooting at Halsted and Oakdale earlier this year!

    Get CCL licensed, trained and practice and practice your shot placements center mass!

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    1. The shooting at Halsted and Oakdale wasn't random if I recall. And the victim was a dirtbag drug dealer who I theorize was probably murdered by a vigilante.

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    2. So sick of hearing this. 3/4 of the city can barely drive or park or walk up a staircase on the correct side, why would they be any better with a loaded gun and their adrenaline pumping? You want my usually empty wallet and my watch? Here. I'd rather lose replaceable belongings than try to draw and squeeze a shot off on a robber with a gun already pointed at me. Not worth risking my life or my partners life.

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    3. So many have been brainwashed into believing that they are safer by NOT owning a gun. Stop and think about the reality of that nonsense.

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    4. If they kick in your back door, you will likely eat those words.

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    5. Exactly - CCW is a serious responsibility - one that many (if not most) people are not ready for.

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  4. Too bad it wasn't a mean, nasty rottweiler or pit bull that could have made a late night snack out of the robbers legs.

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  5. To the tune of the old Holsum Bread song...
    At 4 in the morning when most are in bed, the lowlife scum are shooting lead.
    That is the reason to use your head, and stay clear of the dark parks at night!

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  6. I hate to say it but its coming to the point you have to protect yourself and use caution. Lake view is not the area it once was; meaning you can't just walk your dog at 4am, jog at 2am and hang out with your face in your phone at 12am. This area is not safe anymore. Stores are slowly leaving and people are too. The Alderman is not doing anything about it nor is the police because they are under staffed. At the end of the day your safety relies on what precautions you take. You only have one life and if you lucky one chance to protect yourself. Just be careful and be mindful of where you leave at. More importantly stay safe.

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  7. The parking lot at recreation drive needs to be gated, just as the outer lot is, when the park closes at 11. the cops come thru and move the riff raff out now and then, but they just circle around and come back. When the park is closed, it should be closed. What works for the outer lot works for the inner lot. Can't imagine trying to get Cappelman to do so, though.

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    1. "Get Cappleman to do something.."
      THAT'S just hilarious.
      I seriously doubt you could "get" Mr Social Work to actually draw a breath if it wasn't an involuntary function of the nervous system. It's a damn miracle that guy isn't in an iron lung, for all he 'does'.
      Tiny Tommy Tunney gets bitch-slapped on these pages every day. Deservedly so.
      I have no idea how / why Mr Social Work escapes it all. Super-slithery action? Cloak of Invisibility?
      An dirt clod in a rain storm displays more leadership than that guy.

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    2. One issue with gating the whole of Rec drive is Belmont Harbor, boaters would be trapped.

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    3. yeah, it would mean 11 curfew for them. but given then alternative, fun has to be put on hold for a while.

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  8. Why not video all the riff raff? Everyone has no problem whipping out cameras when the police are doing their jobs Have those cameras out with the others.

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