Monday, May 09, 2016

Man Charged In Arson That Forced 2 From Boystown Home

Arson charges have been filed against a Lincoln Park man in connection with a fire that displaced two residents from their home in the 900 block of W. Belmont on Saturday afternoon.

Bobby Idaka, 54, has been charged with one count of residential arson for setting fire to a dumpster and furniture that was lying in an alley behind the Belmont Army retail store. The fire quickly spread to a nearby coach house. No one was injured, but two people who lived in the home were forced to find other housing. One of the victims relies on a wheelchair.

Idaka was arrested Sunday afternoon outside of the Elks Veterans Memorial at Diversey and Sheridan, police said. He has an extensive arrest record dating back to the early 1990’s. Idaka lists a church in the 600 block of W. Deming as his home.

It is the same church listed as “home” by Joshua Davis, a 31-year-old man charged with burglary after telling police that he “fell” into a Lakeview apartment last month upon seeing a $20 bill lying inside.

Idaka is due in bond court Tuesday afternoon.
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  1. Thanks so much for attracting career criminals to our neighborhood social services agencies, churches, etc. Concentrate them in one area, attract "clients" from all over the city and let them run wild. Such great neighbors.

  2. Those "churches"are neighborhood blights.

  3. The "Crib", COH, and those other bastions of social service have done so much to make our neighborhood the hot place it is today; that if we could only channel some of their love and energy to say, Ann Sathers or a couple bars on the Cubs drunk walk...I would feel truly blessed.