Monday, May 30, 2016

"WHAT A WAY TO SPEND MEMORIAL DAY": Six Robbed At Gunpoint In North Side Robbery Spree, 2 Charged

Six people were robbed at gunpoint in a series of four hold-ups across Lakeview and North Center late Sunday night and early Monday.  Police were able to track the suspects down by following pings from one of the victim’s stolen cell phones.

Madden (Chicago Police Dept)
Two offenders have been charged.

19-year-old Willie Madden of the Garfield Park neighborhood is charged with four counts of robbery and one count of criminal trespass to vehicle. An unnamed male juvenile has been charged with one of the robberies and criminal trespass to vehicle.

Madden, the juvenile, and two others who have not yet been charged allegedly approached men and women on the street, brandished one or more handguns, and took the victims’ property, including phones, tablets, wallets, and other valuables, according to police.

The first victim, Lakeview real estate agent Karrin Algas, was robbed at 11:35PM. She wrote about her experience on Facebook:
So, it's 6 a.m. and I'm sitting at the police station with the 5 other victims of this robbery rampage. 
These kids were driving around in a stolen car robbing people at gun point. I was the first one of the night. All 4 [offenders] surrounded me a half block from my home on Leavitt, gun to my head, and a barely audible mutter to give them everything.
I dropped [my] purse and phone and got away. They grabbed the stuff and disappeared around the corner. 
The locations of the four robberies (red) and of the suspects' arrests (blue).
Less than a minute after Algas was held up, a man called 911 after being robbed by two offenders in the 3700 block of N. Ravenswood. The offenders threw a stack of Algas’ business cards from the car as they sped away from the scene.

Two more robberies were reported about an hour later—in the 1800 block of W. Patterson at 12:30AM and in the 1100 block of W. Grace at 12:35AM.

Cops tracking one of the Grace victim's stolen cellphone pings found all four suspects at the BP service station on Belmont and Racine. Their get-away car, stolen Saturday in Logan Square, was also recovered.

For Algas, the night was filled with mixed emotions:
I got my phone back and a couple of cards…On the other side of the lobby are some family members of the perpetrators.
I cant help but feel bad for these mothers. They are sitting there watching us. Most of the victims are now joking around and somewhat slap happy. But they... the perpetrators moms, aunts, grandmothers...they sit there knowing that their lives have changed forever.  
Their little boys are going to jail. What a way to spend Memorial Day.
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48 comments:

  1. They will not be going to jail. Due to age, probation is on the table, maybe boot camp just depends on priors. No heavy time even though a gun was placed to someone's head during a robbery. Think about that. He was willing to kill her over material possessions yet will be given a pass based on his age.

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    1. This would be considered aggravated robbery which is a felony and carries a sentence of 4 to 15 years in Illinois. At least one perpetrator, Willie Madden will be tried as an adult.

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    2. There's no deterrence, hence we will get more of this shit.
      Thanks Rahm! You are such a f**king LOSER MESS!

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    3. Interesting that the victim never mentions males but only female. Is that part of the issue?

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  2. Empathetic victim.I would wish them much worse than jail had someone pulled a gun on me.Perhaps she doesn't understand people have been KILLED over a phone.

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  3. I'm sure it's not the first (nor the last) time the relatives of those thugs had to schlepp to a police station or jail because of their kids. Stealing cars, putting guns to victims' heads while they rob them...yeah, I have no sympathy for any of them so it's probably a good thing this woman feels so much for them.

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  4. They pull a gun, take your stuff and you feel sorry for their moms? They picked the right target. Have been in lockup before and will be again thanks to lenient judges and saps for victims.

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  5. I would like to compliment Ms. Algas, sincerely and truly, for being for more compassionate than I believe that I could ever be in her situation.

    Those "little" boys are far from little and, most likely, not their first brush with the law. Those moms and grandmothers, I do feel for if they are active in their children's lives trying to make things right. But, if they are like so many others, hands off, and trot out the 8th grade grad pic when the shit hits the fan/aka, Junior got caught in a big one... then no. Call me a cynic, it's okay. The city has made me that way.

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  6. So glad they were caught!

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  7. Is there any way for a regular citizen to access what happens to these criminals? Are there databases or online information sources available, or is whatever happens (or more likely, doesn't happen) to these criminals "dark" to anyone outside the judicial system?

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    1. It's all public record, available through the court clerk's office.

      CWB tracks serious and high-profile cases through the court process and we report when cases are resolved.

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    2. Thank you CWB for being there!

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  8. The female victim writing on Facebook is naive if she thinks any of these criminals will spend any meaningful time behind bars. Oh sure, their lives are changed forever...just lake the last several times they were arrested for these types of crimes...

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  9. Algas, SERIOUSLY??

    If those "parents" had done any semblance of a job parenting, these kids would not be robbing people with guns. This was not their "first rodeo." It is a bizarre paradigm for the assailant to claim no personal responsibility in committing a criminal act. It is incomprehensible for the victim to agree.

    Luckily for Mrs Algas's moral compass and personal conscience these guys will be free soon. In the future she can explain to the next group of muggers how bad she is going feel for their parents. Perhaps they will embrace before darting away with her belongings.

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  10. little boys???? starting career criminals and feel sorry for the moms, the moms created these monsters

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  11. I understand where Algas is coming from, but let's not forget how terrifying being robbed, especially with a weapon or force, can be. And these "parents" are exactly the reason that 3 juveniles and an adult are victimizing decent people trying to live their lives. Remember that many of these bad guys have no qualms brutalizing or even killing you over your property.

    Keep the heat on Tunney, the mayor, and the department so that they don't forget that even with the recent increase in manpower, the current 019 is still 100 officers short compared to when the merger of 019/023 happened.

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    1. Oh please. I've been applying heat to little Tunney, the tiny mayor, the CPD, et al, for four fucking years, with zero response and zero results. You can go ahead and write Tunney off: he does not give a continental damn about Ward 44. The mayor cannot be bothered to deal with the situation. I think it's time to seek federal level remediation.

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    2. Recently the NYT had a story explaining why the murder rates are higher in Chicago than NYC. Unsurprisingly, they listed lack of police manpower as a factor.

      New York also hired a lot more police officers in response to the crime of the 1990s, and, during its stop-and-frisk era of the 2000s, steeply increased gun enforcement. Recent studies, including one that looked at increased police presence in London after a terrorist attack, have suggested more police might mean less crime, said Jens Ludwig, the director of Crime Lab at the University of Chicago, which studies crime in both Chicago and New York.

      Chicago’s Police Department, overwhelmed, can respond only to the most serious problems, leaving citizens to feel responsible for their own security, he said.

      “Everyone has to establish deterrence on a retail basis,” he said. “People carry guns in public because other people are carrying guns. It’s literally an arms race, a vicious cycle. There are lots of indications that New York City, by taking guns more seriously and hiring more officers, has gotten a lot of guns off the streets, creating a virtuous cycle.”

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    3. To "Oh, Please" that is the underlying objective. Federal policing gives .GOV more power and takes it from the local populace. One size fits none!

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  12. I almost choked on my own vomit when I read that this victim felt bad for the mothers of the offenders. Lady you just had a gun point pointed at your head by these misunderstood youths ! I swear this is why society is so lax on robberies , rapes, and even murders cause of victims like this along with overly liberal compassionate judges and parole boards. Makes me sick. This wasn't the first time these offenders have put a gun to people's heads in stolen cars and it won't be the last. I'm sure miss victim on Facebook will not show up in court to prosecute because of her undeserved compassion and these scum bags will rob me or my neighbor next month. And all the cops hard work and detectives investigation for this great arrest will be flushed because of the flakiness of people

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    1. But they're just little boys! With candy and soda.. Taking the trains cross town to rob easy targets !

      Seriously though. The truly traumatized are the victims. I know people with PTSD from having guns held to their head by "little boys" like this.

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  13. Some parents kick their kids out of the house and tell them not to come back until they have some money in their pocket, so don't assume the relatives are innocent.

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  14. Amazed by the grace, poise and character displayed by Karrin Algas. Here's woman (we know her name) demonstrating such class, after having a gun held to her head, and anonymous people on this thread basically condemn her. Tell you what, she's on Facebook, why not go there, use your real names and tell her how "sick" she makes you?

    I do agree with one sentiment stated frequently here, society is going south. Just look at all these keyboard warriors, lobbying insult hand grenades from the cyber-sphere, thats proof enough right there. Ms. Algas has more courage in her little finger than all of you anonymous yappers.

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    1. Do you also criticize The Economist for publishing all its articles anonymously?

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  15. Karrin is absolutely astute is her empathy. Without any other information available, other than the fact these relative care enough to come to the police station, they are victims too. No where does she say that these criminals are "Victims of Society". Society, including their loved ones, is a victim of them.

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  16. Bring back stop and frisk.

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  17. Karrin, as a fellow realtor, my sympathies to you for what happened.

    But a "little boy"? If he is old enough to put a gun to some ones head, he certainly doesn't qualify for little boy any more.

    And as for the little boy's relatives, oh please. They too deserve discipline for their failure to properly raise their child. I have *no* sympathy for them. They *should* endure some pain for their failure at parenting.

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  18. She has to make light of the situation and pretend it's no big deal. She sells real estate people.

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  19. I very much appreciate the empathy shown by Ms. Algas. If more people shared her compassion, we'd be in a much better place as a society.

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    1. Because we don't demand these miscreants OWN what they do? Oh poor babies,. Victims all. You make me want to puke.

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  20. Ms. Algas isn't necessarily showing empathy for the offenders....I presume she's feeling empathy towards the mother's of the offenders. Those mothers, good or bad know that their kids are on a bad path - whether it's being incarcerated now or down the road. For a parent, that has to be an awful feeling. I don't see any empathy shown here for the punks who did the robbing.

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    1. Ask to be notified next time 19 Dist officers bring in a juvenile for s violent crime and see how the parent act. Wake up citizens wake up fast

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  21. Attacked by these 4 young men on her way home and now attacked by readers for her personal opinions in the comments section. Stay classy, Chicago.

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  22. the chicago police web site shows three minor arrests for willie madden. he was able to post an i-bond for both jan 2016 arrests.
    RECKLESS CONDUCT Jan 19, 2016 @ 18:31
    CANNABIS - POSSESS LESS THAN 2.5 GRMS Jan 15, 2016 @ 14:25
    OBSTRUCTING IDENTIFICATION Oct 01, 2015 @ 01:17
    will the judge consider these when his attorney asks for a lower bond amount for the current charges?
    will these minor offenses be a factor in probation or boot camp?
    stay tuned. i'm sure we will learn the answers here at CWB.

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    1. So, Madden has a few minor scrapes with the law, then moves up to armed robbery. Next step will be violent crime, I'll bet anything.

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    2. Mmm. Robbery *is* a violent crime.

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  23. This victim is ignorant. Ignorant to the fact that these men have done this type of thing before, ignorant to the fact that these men will do it again,and ignorant to the fact that momma, auntie and grandmama probably don't give s crap that their young men go to jail If the victim is this concerned maybe she should foster these criminals

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  24. So, so tired of stories about parents' tears for these PIECES OF HUMAN SEWERAGE WHO WOULD HOLD A GUN TO SOMEONE'S HEAD to extract a cell phone or some pocket money.

    THANK YOU CPD for apprehending these people!

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  25. I cannot believe the woman's misguided compassion! Wake up from your Stockholm Syndrome please!

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  26. They are not "kids"!They are urban terrorists.They are evil thugs that are predators looking for prey.Don't waste your compassion on these dangerous evil doers.

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  27. The stupid urban yuppy feeling sorry for the kids who put a gun to her head is exactly why we're in this mess.

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    1. I know Karrin, these responses are shocking and embarrassing. i really thought we were moving in a better direction as a society. I have to believe these sentiments represent a small minority of humanity. One can hope.

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