Thursday, April 21, 2016

VICTIM #50: Two More Robbed In Boystown Overnight As Neighborhood Muggings Set Record Pace

Two people were robbed in Boystown overnight—the 49th and 50th muggings of 2016—putting this year on pace with 2013, the single worst year on record for robberies here.

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Today’s first victim was punched in the face and robbed of his money and phone by a man who asked him for a cigarette near Halsted and Aldine around 12:50AM.

The offender fled west through an alley from Halsted Street.

He is described as a black man, about 27-years-old, 6’2” tall, wearing a dark gray or black shirt. He was accompanied by a black female in her mid-20’s with puffy hair and a magenta jacket.

This morning’s second victim ran into the iHop Restaurant at 3760 N. Halsted after he was robbed at knifepoint around 4:20AM.

He told police that a man threatened him with a knife and took his wallet near the intersection of Halsted and Broadway. The attacker then fled southbound on Halsted and westbound on Bradley.

According to the victim, who lives in Edgewater, the offender is male, black, about 5’8” tall with short hair. He was wearing black pants and a black shirt, the victim said.
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29 comments:

  1. It's amazing how most of those businesses have rallied for and benefited from gay rights, gay marriage, send medicine to Cubans, anti-bullying and the likes but they could care less what's happening, most likely to their own, on their streets and right outside their doors. Why gays, especially, don't boycott until that riff-raff is cleared from the entire area at all hours baffles me. But it's no longer my concern as I quit giving one of those businesses my $ back in 2012 and finally moved last year.

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    1. I'm sorry - which business is it that is mugging people?

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    2. You are absolutely correct!
      Worried about all the other problems while their neighborhood goes down the tubes...

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    3. If you know the inside story you would know they are not very nice people at all. It's all PR for them. Plus they live in Lincoln Park.

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    4. Great point. The community's velvet mafia can't see the trees through the forest.

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    5. When they flat-out lie and deny the violent crime in the area when you inquire, yes I feel I've been "mugged" in another sense. This was years ago too. And, again, they don't have to spill-the-beans so to speak as I know their almighty $'s are at stake but they could tell you something like "There have been incidences, you might want to take a cab". They couldn't care one F about you other than to get in your wallet and/or pants. I had had enough of those people and I'm gay. Isn't the reason for a "neighborhood" or "community" to support each other?

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    6. And I can't help but add, you don't need to know the inside story. It's all right in your face like an open book. Any fool can see through it.

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    7. You should read the EEOC lawsuit against Side Track. Those owners are the scum of the earth. They are anti religion, anti Republican and anti anything but the G in GLBTQ. Too bad naive people can't see Art and Pepe for what they really represent.

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  2. I'll tell you why. Those businesses -- the vast majority of which are bars serving alcohol, and making scandalously huge profits from it -- and the bar owners know (and Tunneys knows) that if they called ANY attention to the issue, it would scare their paying customers away. Truth is, a very very small minority of Boystown residents even KNOW about the crime, this CWB reporting service, CAPS meetings, and so on. It's sad. We need several GIGANTIC billboards erected throughout Boystown, Lakeview, Wrigleyville, and so on, to call attention to (1) the crime problem, (2) the CWB site, and (3) tips on how to be safe when walking up and down Halsted and surrounding streets with earbuds in, playing on a cell phone, oblivious to the surroundings.

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    1. I agree 100%.

      CWB, you have done amazing work....please start the campaign to fund billboards. You are already so good at reporting and providing this service to the neighborhood....you are the PERFECT resource to gather $$$ for the billboards and also to stage a protest march. PLEASE HELP make all the area residents become aware of what is REALLY going on! Thank you.

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    2. And how much do you think the bars in Boy's Town contribute to the campaign for Tunney? It would be astonishing to see if anyone could get the correct figures. Does anyone think that will happen?

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    3. I agree that we need these billboards. Until the masses are informed and outraged about the problem, only the small minority who reads CWB will be aware of the problem. We need to get the word out on a large scale.

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    4. The Illinois State Board of Elections keeps track of all of the donations that go to elected officials. You can find who, and how much went to Citizens for Tunney at this link: http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/ContributionsSearchByCandidates.aspx

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  3. Tom, where all of those "extra" police officers you were promised when you voted for the record breaking budget? I bet they are still laughing at you in the mayor's office.

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    1. Not as loudly as Tom is laughing at all the residents for voting for him yet once again.

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  4. These are really busy streets, even in the early dark morning hours. This means the criminals have no fear. Maybe we need to change that since the illustrious politicians won't?

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    1. Don't be deceived by "many people around" so nothing can happen. I learned my lesson when trying to help and had to take 3 days off of work because of it. Never again. Ever. And at this point I wouldn't risk getting stabbed or shot.

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  5. What I would like to know is why the Ricketts family complex at Clark and Addison merits legions of extra police officers, while East Lakeview is virtually devoid of patrols. I moved back to this neighborhood three years ago after a ten year absence and have found it greatly changed, and not for the better. I have yet to see a patrol car or a beat officer on my block.

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    1. They pay extra for it.

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    2. They've wasted millions of dollars trying to knock down Trump in order to keep their liberal minions in office and the status quo in Chicago. They could have funded dozens of officers to get a true return on their spending.

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  6. I think we could raise the money to purchase billboard space in Lakeview warning residents and visitors about crime. We might even get a non-profit/public service announcement rate. But I am wondering if Tunney, Rahm and the Halsted bar owners would put the kabash on it.

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    1. Fuck Tunney, Rahm, and the Halsted bar owners. This is still (for now) a free country. A group of individuals could band together and purchase billboard space. I'm all for it and wish this idea could actually get off the ground.

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    2. We should at least try. Certainly, there are lawyers who read this blog who could help us navigate this issue. I think billboards would be a terrific idea....it's been discussed for several years now on this blog. Are we finally gonna do it? The embarrassment of billboards, alerting all the Wrigley & Boystown visitors, would make national news.

      We all know the mayor & alderfools won't do the right thing on their own, as they don't give a rat's ass about the resident taxpayers. Perhaps shaming them on a national level will force their hands?

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    3. A nice big billboard where Sidetrack had that Bruce Rauner banner along with the CPD's Big Scary Bus parked across the street for the entire Summer should do the trick.

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  7. A few years ago, I posted warnings in Squirt.com reviews of Steamworks about the beatings and robberies, and to stay out of the area after dark.

    The locals are in complete denial, attacked me for saying it, and said the area is very safe. They regard anything better than South Side's Chiraq to be safe. A blatantly stupid electorate is why Rahm, Smith, Tunney, and Cappelman are still there.

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    1. They will deny it until Detroit is upon us. Then they will blame everyone else for not offering enough programs for the hoodlums.

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    2. "A blatantly stupid electorate is why Rahm, Smith, Tunney, and Cappelman are still there."

      Could not have said it any better!!! That is why we need a grassroots effort to alert all residents in the area of what is REALLY going on. Unless we start to act soon, our area will be lost forever.

      I certainly don't want to leave, but if the crime continues to escalate as it has been the past few years, I doubt I'll stay. Makes me really sad.

      There is a facebook page about taking our neighborhood. Anyone have the link to that?

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  8. Bring back the random checks and anti loitering laws.

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  9. you don't need lawyers to buy billboard space. u just need a trusted party (cwb) to gather up the money or have a meeting/party to raise the money and rent it.

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