Friday, June 03, 2016

Robbery Crew Targeted Bicyclists Along Lakefront Trail

A robbery crew targeted people along the Lakefront Path near Belmont Harbor yesterday afternoon—repeatedly tossing bikes in front of oncoming bicyclists in an effort to knock people down so they could be robbed according to multiple witnesses and one known victim.

Reports started coming in shortly before 2PM from people along the bike path between Belmont and the landmark totem pole, according to police. All of the reports said that two men on bikes and one man on foot were trying to steal bikes and other property after knocking people down along the lakefront.

Police were unable to locate the offenders, but one man later showed up at Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of injuries that he suffered in an attack at the north end of Belmont Harbor. Officers have categorized the incident as an armed robbery—with the weapon being a bicycle.

Witnesses said the three suspects were last seen heading westbound on Belmont from the lake around 2:20PM on Thursday.

All three men are described as black with short hair, 18-23 years old, 5’9” to 6’ tall and thin. One carried a red book bag. One had a black specialized bike. And one had a black bike with green trim.
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53 comments:

  1. I run by there everyday and notice there is ZERO police most of the run until you get close to North Ave Beach. You'd think the city would have biked police officers going up and down the path. Hopefully this changes.... which is why I run with Pepper Spray.... that stuff hurts!

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    1. The officer I chatted with right at North Ave beach told me last year "it's only going to get worse" as he and many others were retiring and aren't being replaced. We were specifically talking about crime in Lakeview.

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    2. My daughter and I were running a few days ago and came upon four bicycle officers at the running path and Fullerton. I was excited to see them because they were outside of the bathroom building, and I really had to go. It was nice to not do a loop around the bathroom building then tiptoe inside to see if I would need to bolt right back out. Also, I knew that my kiddo was safe. Thank you, officers!!

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  2. This is one of the reasons I moved out of that state. You're paying a very high premium to live near and enjoy that lakefront......but you can't. I'll bet it was their own fault for "flashing" their expensive bike around though, right?

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    1. Are you serious? "Flashing" their expensive bikes around is now a valid reason to get mugged. What constitutes expensive bikes first off? Secondly, where in the article does it mention expensive bikes. Regardless, what are people suppose to do? Only buy things at Walmart, Target or a Dollar Store. Lower our standards to the lowest denominator to be safe is what you suggest. That is total bulls**t.

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    3. ^ It was really impossible living amongst those people too.

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    4. You might want to turn your sarcasm detector on.

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  3. Is this the part where we sit around and feel sorry for the "parents" who raised these a-holes? I'm having trouble keeping up with how things work here in Bizarro World.

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  4. I am sure Tunny will say it's the victims fault for not being more careful.

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  5. So dangerous knocking the cyclists down. Major injuries possible. Not that these scum bags care about anyone other than themselves.

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  6. This is the first time in a while I can recall that an incident has been upgraded to armed robbery, rather than being downgraded to theft.

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    1. Not to worry....it'll be 'prosecuted' as mislaid property and settled with a pat on the head plus a $50 Burger King gift certificate.
      Many thanks Toni and Kim

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    2. Don't forget, free gym memberships too. Yay!
      Thanks Tom Dart

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    3. Kim Foxx is not in office yet. Stay on point. This is Anita Alvarez and has been for over 10 years.

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    4. If you think anything will change you're sadly mistaken.

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  7. When i run by the lake I always leave everything at home except for my keys because you never know when this kind of thing is going to happen. We really shouldnt need to worry about getting robbed on the lakefront, but i guess its everywhere now.

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    1. that's really smart. I'm going to start to do that too.

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    2. Same. I quit running with an iPhone & headphones after I was robbed.

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    3. When I walk to the 7/11 a half block away all I take is the cash I need to purchase whatever and my keys. No purse, no cellphone. Nothing. I don't even use the keychain that has my kid's photo on it.

      Ahhhhhh... life in an urban war zone.

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    4. Yep. I run with my house keys and an ancient iPod Nano 8GB, with the volume kept pretty low. I don't run on the lakefront path ever, despite living a block from LSD. I feel safer running small loops around East Lakeview, always staying within about a mile of my apartment.

      I'd like to have my phone with me, but I had an iPhone 6 stolen last October. Now I never carry my phone/purse/wallet with me if I don't have to. After dark, if I need to run to the store, I carry my keys and a single credit card or cash stashed in my pocket.

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  8. I can't believe its not even safe to ride your bike at 2pm anymore, what is wrong with this city? I am sure they will be released on electronic monitoring or some foolishness and downgraded from robbery to theft of mislaid property. This city is a joke and I cant wait to move out of it.

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  9. Don’t expect to see many officers on the lakefront either. Between the massive manpower shortage, hours long backlog of calls pending, and overworked/burned out officers that so many love to hate (the thugs know all of this BTW), it’ll only get worse before it gets better.

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    1. This city is pathetic.

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  10. Now let us go back a few years ago - the Police Department had a Summer Mobile Force that patrolled the lake front (bike paths and beaches) from north to south. In addition there was the bicycle unit along the lakefront. Oh, I am sorry, that was when we had 2,000 additional officers on the job. Hum . . .

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  11. I love the lake path but this summer all my running will take place in our new burb of Lake Bluff. So excited to do the weekend races in the North Shore and so on.

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  12. The vagrants under the viaducts at Wilson and Lawrence are getting worse. I saw a nice mother with a stroller having to venture out into the street to avoid the smell. Ex Mayor Daley would of never allowed this.

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    1. Ex mayor Daley would never have allowed this??????
      WTH.
      Both of those idiot crooks bankrupted the city. Have you ANY clue why we're not hiring cops here? Any at all?

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    2. Ex Mayor Daley would of never allowed this.
      Ummmm.........
      You are aware that Ex Mayor Daley ran this city into financial ruin...right?
      Both of them. And their clouted buddies too.
      They pillaged the place. I'm surprised there's any silverware left.
      Rahm and aldergoofs can barely afford to keep the lights on because of what those creeps did.
      The Daleys wouldn't have allowed this? They f'ing CAUSED it.

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    3. I am terrified to walk under the Wilson viaduct. I hoof it the extra block to Montrose since the viaduct is filled there is no where to set up camp there. I am consistently shocked that the city allows this. I have thought about taking photos and posting them to Trip Advisor to let tourists know to avoid that area. You know the violence there is going to escalate as the city heats up for summer

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  13. we moved north just out of the city and i have to say i don't miss it like i expected to. after an attempted strong arm robbery on the redline 2 years ago I was destine to leave or end up shooting some young prick mean mugging me on the street.

    it's amazing to leave home on foot w/out concern about a helmont raider me or my wife. we all get older but it's just getting so much worse than i ever remember and we we've been in and around the neighborhood since the early 90s.

    good luck and stay safe

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  14. We're enjoying the beaches in the northern burbs this year - as we moved. It's lovely up here!

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    1. So are we! Just walked home from the theatre, in the dark, without a care in the world. Our kids walk and bike on their own, enjoying their childhood. After decades in the city we moved because there was no sign that things were going to get better in Chicago. The downward spiral broke our hearts, we thought we would be there forever, but we ended up in a happier place for our family.

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    2. So true. We did the whole young family in the city thing but enough is enough. Here in Lincolnshire we have tons of like-minded friends and family and it's SAFE. The schools are TOP-NOTCH and we can still visit the city easily enough from time-to-time. And our new suburban house - cost less than our old single-family home in Lakeview -- we simply had to buy another car.

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    3. Glad you enjoy it! For families with kids & pets the burbs are perfect. For everyone else, well.. I can walk down my block for restaurants & nightlife and I'm not dependent on a car.

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    4. Not dependent on a car, but dependent on the government for everything else. Time to emancipate yourself from the public teat. BTW, the suburbs have more nightlife and culture than the the third-world joke of a city like Chicago could hope to. Even Chicago's zoo and botanical gardens are in the burbs!

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    5. We have enough little restos here in Highland park. Let's face it, most of the ethnic food in Chicago is really not that good.

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    6. "We're enjoying the beaches in the northern burbs this year "

      You didn't move far enough, you are still on the hook for the over $300 billion of Illinois debt and unfunded liabilities. Plus the thieves are now moving further north as well.

      We have sold our home and are moving out of state. Best of luck!

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    7. We just moved to Singapore -- how's that for moving out of state! We love it here! 1,000x more cosmopolitan than Chicago and 1,000,000x safer.

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    8. We also live in Singapore. We'd love to meet you. Dadelaw@aol.com: Richard

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  15. Anyone who has lived in this neighborhood for years and years knows that the social service agencies invited this in and there's really nothing that can be done now...except move out of state.

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  16. Rahbo's first term was spent cheating on crime Metadata.
    Fuck-face Tunney spent that time showing up late to CAPS meeting, then attacking anyone who brought up the issue.

    The crime cancer is now Stage 4 and probably not recoverable for at least a generation.
    Ann Sathers may be the last business standing like Little House on the Prairie by then.

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    1. Brilliant analogy. So sad but so true.

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  17. The problem used to be Chicago wasn't hiring officers now the problem is no one wants to be the Police cause they always end up the bad guys.

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  18. If you want to get Rahm's attention, let everyone know that Chicago is a dangerous place to VISIT. When tourism numbers drop 20% in a year, maybe he will do something. Also, let companies relocating to Chicago (like McDonalds) that their employees will likely feel unsafe and won't follow their jobs to Chicago.

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    1. "and won't follow their jobs to Chicago."

      From a cost savings perspective that is something the company would be hoping for. No severance packages required.

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  19. It's only going to get worse.

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  20. Thanks to Rahm and those before him we are safe because guns are not in the hands of the criminals. No wait they are.

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  21. Good God. Why would anyone continue to live there?

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  22. Grew up in Chicago. Lived in Rogers Park, Lakeview, DePaul, another ‘hood that escapes my mind near Halstead & Irving Park, and last just over the border in Evanston. Left in 1991.

    You could never convince me to move back. Heck I rarely visit anymore.

    I used to ride my bike, day or night, down the lakefront from Irving Park to downtown and back. I could walk from Irving Park down Broadway as far as North Ave and never give it a 2nd thought. Never catch me doing either today.

    The animals have taken over. Like Detroit, decades of one party Democrat malfeasance has destroyed a once great city.

    Let them have it.

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