Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Familiar faces charged after alleged robbery attempt

One of two men who received probation in connection with a Boystown house fire this spring has been arrested again after he and another person beat a man in an apparent robbery attempt, police said.
Williams (Chicago Police Dept)

23-year-old Keith Williams was charged with simple battery in the attack that unfolded around 2AM on July 15 near Clark and Deming in Lincoln Park. Police said the victim refused to pursue felony charges.

Also charged with battery in the attack is 29-year-old William Brown, who is currently on parole for beating and robbing a man who was hailing a cab at Belmont and Shefield in 2013.

Despite receiving a 4-year sentence in that robbery, Brown was paroled in 2014 after serving barely a year in prison, according to court records.

Brown (Chicago Police Dept)
Williams and Brown both list the Howard Brown Health Center at 4025 N. Sheridan as their home address.

After being arrested in connection with the fire last April, Williams told police that he identifies as a female. This month, he stated that—despite being dressed as a woman at the time of his arrest—he is now a male.

As CWB Chicago reported in May, Williams has racked up a series of other arrests in our neighborhood.

According to court and police records, criminal charges filed against him in our neighborhood include:

• An April 2012 charge of aggravated unlawful use of a knife in the 800 block of Aldine, which ended with a sentence of 3 months probation and “destruction” of the knife.

• Shoplifting at the Boystown Jewel-Osco store in September 2012, which earned 1 year’s probation.

• Obstructing traffic outside of the Broadway Youth Center, 3179 N. Broadway, in September 2012.

• Criminal trespass at the Center on Halsted in February 2013. The charge was thrown out when the Center—per its policy —failed to show up in court.

• Battery at the Center on Halsted in September 2014. Again, the charge was thrown out when the Center failed to show up in court.

• Theft at the Forever Yogurt, 3510 N. Halsted, in September 2014

• Battery in the 3500 block of N. Halsted in August 2015. The charges were dropped when the witness did not appear in court.

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  1. that Fing Center on Hasted keeps drawing dangerous violent career criminals down here bedding them down for state money. Center on Halsted all the people working there are LOSERS. By inviting the dangerous violent career criminals The Center on Halsted needs to be fined as a business running to cater to dangerous activity. How do we as citizens start a court case against businesses

  2. What puzzles me is how these people can identify as females without first identifying as human beings.

  3. Even if the Center disappeared, we would still have these problems. Lakeview is known by criminals as a place where they can get away with crime. I'm assuming you haven't had a tour of the COH. Have you attended any of their events? They are doing a lot for our community in Chicago. What are you doing? After the COH are you going to attack the bar owners? I hear a Roscoes bar has to call police every single weekend. Would you consider them one of the businesses drawing crime to Lakeview? What about the sports fans that visit Wrigley Field? The root of the problem is a diminished police force, not the bars, not the COH and certainly not Wrigley Field.

  4. This is why we pay near $10,000 a year in taxes to keep these type of people coming here! Awesome.

  5. I live not very far from COH - and predate them by years here in the neighborhood - and a couple of things are rather clear. 1) they have been complicit in attracting a criminal element to the neighborhood. 2) that element has as little responsibility to and allegiance for COH as they do for our neighborhood in general. 3) COH presents a front of these "young people" (where 25 is young) being reasonable members of society, yet maintains within whole foods and the COH a veritable SWAT team, whereas most Whole Foods I've been in elsewhere do not have need for - or proximity to a group that necessitates the presence of - such a security team 4) COH does not work internally or with the community/court system to prevent or punish any behavior whatsoever demonstrated by their "youth". I feel pretty strongly that all of these - and number 4 in particular - are symptoms of an agency that does very little good for anyone, and tells very little truth, trying to protect and preserve its funding, and thereby the jobs of everyone at COH from senior management to staff. There are great social service agencies in Chicago and throughout the world. COH is not one of them.

  6. #RecallTunney. Tunney created and supports these facilities (including all of their faults) against the will of the neighborhood. We must get rid of him and elect someone who cares about the people who live here. Only then will we get the change maker we need.

  7. Call Tommie Tunney and express your displeasure. In fact, about 5,000 of us should do that. Seriously, it would only take a few seconds of our time (each) to tie up their "resources" over there in the Alderpuss's office. Just looking at these thug's mugs and knowing they got a slap on the wrist -- and no doubt will be back on the streets in weeks, if not days -- makes me want to vomit an Ann Sather breakfast all over the Alderpuss's desk where he "works."

  8. Just curious... How many times did they stand before Luckman?

  9. You mean to tell me that when criminal activity happens on the premises of the Center on Halsted, it's their policy to NOT SHOW UP IN COURT!? Honestly, wtf?

  10. If I ever decide to be a career criminal I'm going to take a page from their book. Even when they get caught it's just a slap on the wrist. I can't even begin to imagine how many other crimes they've committed unbeknownst to the community that they prey on.

  11. http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/general/publicnuisancebrochure2222012.pdf

  12. Everyone needs to be going to court!!!

  13. If he states he's transgender he is sent to the first district for processing, if he says he's a man he stays in 019 on misdemeanor arrests. They use everything for their own advantage.

  14. "...the victim refused to pursue felony charges."

    I'm sure he believes that Keith Williams is a "peaceful" individual who just needs more hugs.

  15. Rob Blagoyevich is in prison for 14 years. Did he commit battery multiple times, been involved in an aggravated use of a knife, shoplift, or burn down a house???? Would it not be a wise decision to have our former Governor back at home and put these 2 miscreants away in his place? Do you feel any better that these 2 thugs are probably back on our streets as I write this? This is not a defense of what Blagoyevich did, but there's some major flaws going on in our justice system when he's put away for a long time , and yet you keep seeing these same losers on CWB time after time, charged with a heinous crime and back out on the streets with a slap on the wrist. Shame on our court system- they put our lives in danger everyday by not giving harsh sentences to repeat offenders-

  16. I'm going to start identifying as a politician like Rahm or one of our useless alderman and see if I can get away bull shit and get over paid for it. WE NEED MORE POLICE not tiff money to open Mariano grocery stores.