Sunday, July 10, 2016

RELIEF: Two in custody after ANOTHER daylight armed robbery near Red Line; Ties to recent spree explored

Two suspected offenders are in custody after an off-duty cop and witnesses pursued them following another daylight armed robbery near the Wellington Brown Line station on Sunday.

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Investigators are now working to determine if the men were involved in any of the 11-plus robberies reported in our area over the past 10 days, including a Saturday afternoon robbery that took place near Sunday's mugging.

The two offenders were chased by an off-duty cop, bystanders, and responding officers into an Illinois Masonic Medical Center parking garage around 3PM Sunday after a man was pushed to the ground, battered, and robbed at gunpoint near Barry and Kenmore, witnesses said.

One man was taken into custody in a garage stairwell. The other was found hiding under a vehicle on the third floor parking deck.

The victim—a university professor in his early 60's according to sources—was treated at Masonic for injuries suffered in the attack. He lives near the crime scene.

Police said the offender who hid under a vehicle was treated for injuries he received by slamming his head into the car's undercarriage.

CWB Chicago is withholding the arrestees' names until charges are approved.

Map of armed robberies reported since July 1. Blue cases reported last weekend. Red this week. 
A concerned neighbor called 911 moments before the mugging and reported two suspicious men looking into cars and houses near Barry and Seminary. The description of those men closely resembled the robbery offenders, according to police.

Witnesses and the victim were able to identify both offenders as well a gun that police recovered from one of the men. An Illinois Masonic security guard found the victim's wallet late Sunday night, police said.

Area North detectives decided not to issue a community alert after 10 robberies were reported in Lakeview and nearby Lincoln Park over the Fourth of July weekend.

Now, investigators will be looking to see if the arrested men were involved in any of those hold-ups as well as five armed robberies that were reported near the Belmont, Wellington, and Fullerton CTA stations on Saturday.

The description of Sunday's suspects is similar to descriptions of the armed offenders given last weekend and again on Saturday: two black men in their late teens or 20's, one taller than the other, one with dreadlocks or cornrows, and armed with a silver and black or gray semi-automatic handgun.

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26 comments:

  1. I hope they are given an extraordinarily high bail. We have been made fearful in our neighborhood in the daylight hours and are fortunate that the neighbor saw something and called. Don't miss this opportunity.

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    1. According to my friend who is a cop, this is how it works: They arrest them and then they are released. It's a broken system.

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    2. I hope they don't get judge Luckman. If so, they will be released with a pat on the head.

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    3. And more fortunate for the presence and actions of the off-duty cop.

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  2. Why would the authorities choose NOT to issue community notices on these types of thuggings? We have a right to know. I realize the spineless useless alderpersons couldn't be torn away from their photo ops, etc., to compose and send advisories, but geez, the law enforcement people won't either??? We are SCREWED.

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    1. Listen, an off-duty police officer witnessed an armed robbery and caught the 2 shit heads. He didn't have to risk getting shot OFF duty but did anyways. For you to blame the cops instead of the real bad guys is bullshit! Stop pouning fingers at the wrong people and start targeting the criminals in our neighborhoods. We have a duty to report crimes too so don't expect the cops to do everything. It's called personal responsibility to lookout for one another instead of always looking the other way to avoid problems. So chill

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    2. So you obviously read CWB and you need some sort of special advisory from the police to know that the neighborhood is being overrun by thugs and muggers?

      Thank you to the off duty officer for helping to catch these dirtbags.

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    3. I'm going to also guess- the more notices posted about an area - the worse it will look across the city. Now, Tunney can't have that can he?

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    4. Here is your community alert : ALERT ALERT CRIME IS ON THE RISE ALERT ALERT

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    5. Now we have a "duty to report crime?" Nope. Even crime victims don't have to report crime.
      (Exception would be "mandated reporters" reporting suspected child abuse, for instance.

      However, you missed the point completely. One off-duty cop did a heroic and exceptional job. That said, the CPD hierarchy chose not to alert the public to a very real crime threat. They want to keep the public in the sark. It's a news blackout.

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  3. Major props to the random bystanders who helped run these clowns down! And major props to the neighbors who came out to help the victim with his wound (large gash on the forehead). Two excellent examples of ways we can help strengthen our community and keep it safe. *Not an endorsement, chase criminals at your own risk ;)

    Walked right by the victim and the off-duty cop moments after this must have happened. Seemed like a great response by the police, lots of officers and cars quick to the scene.

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  4. My wife and I were at the seen one minute after it happened. The CPD response was impressive! There were cars coming in from all directions and they were very serious.

    The gentlemen who was attacked had clearly been hit on the head. He looked older, maybe a senior citizen, so hopefully that will force the SA into actually doing there job and going hard after these urban terrorists.

    Big thanks to the off-duty, witnesses, and CPD.

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    1. Our understanding is that the victim is in his early- to mid-60's,so the crime should qualify for an upgrade to aggravated battery of a senior citizen and armed robbery of a senior citizen.

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    2. Any assault/battery/robbery committed on a public way is subject to be charged as an aggravated offense.

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  5. Great job citizens and off duty copper! Glad we at fighting back against the scum preying on our hood.

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  6. Thank you CPD! Now, let's hope the receive appropriate sentencing and convictions!

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  7. The robber should be more careful and not slam his head into the undercarriage. Lol

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  8. Thank you to the observant neighbor, off duty and responding officers!

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  9. Great job, CPD!

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  10. Great job CPD. Especially since they have been six cars short since the double up mandate. They really need some more help.

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  11. Do you guys remember when there were K-9 units at each station? Do you guys remember when there was an extra conduct on the train? We need to bring back those days.

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  12. AH YES so happy they caught these guys! Such a brutal attack, they threw him on the ground and started stomping on his head/face. I witnessed from my third floor apartment and started screaming at the attackers and called the police. Luckily anther person had already called and CPD was on the way. I'm so proud of the quick response of my neighbors, bystanders and cops! Praying for a quick recovery for the victim <3

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  13. Kudos to the off duty P.O.

    Hey, CWB. Did the armed robbery offenders live in the immediate area?
    If not, that might indicate that they travelled to the Boystown area from distant areas of the city in order to commit criminal offenses against area residents and visitors. Golly, I hope that news doesn't get out to other potential nefarious evil-doers.

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  14. Well, well. Welcome back to the neighborhood David! I knew I recognized that name when I saw his name released in the press. So you mean to tell me a "slap on the wrist" isn't a deterrent to an admitted gang member? Who was the judge on that case? http://www.cwbchicago.com/2016/03/gangbanger-brandished-replica-firearm.html

    Now we see the effect of leniency, more violent crime. Let's all hope this doesn't go to the Dishonorable Luckman.

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  15. As a black man born and raised in Chicago this is fucking unreal. I thought this blog was a joke but now the updates are just sickening. To think young black men are riding the trains then getting on the north side to rob, steal and cause mayhem does not make sense. Then the judges let them off with a slap on the wrist. I am shocked that no one has been killed yet by a CCW holder.

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