Sunday, July 10, 2016

SATURDAY: 5 robberies at gunpoint near local CTA stations

Five people were robbed at gunpoint in four separate incidents near L stations in our area Saturday. No one is in custody, but at least three of the cases are believed to be related.

Image: Gunvault
In the most recent case, a woman was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon at Kenmore and Wellington, one block west of the Wellington Brown Line station.  The victim told police that two men displayed a grayish semi-automatic handgun and demanded her valuables.

The men took her iPhone and removed money from her wallet before they fled northbound on Kenmore around 1:30PM, the victim said.

She described the offenders as black, 20- to 25-years-old, and about 5’10” tall. One wore a stocking cap and had dreadlocks pulled back. The other wore black sweatpants with a red stripe on the side.

Earlier Saturday, four people were robbed at gunpoint in under 30 minutes, two near the Belmont Red Line station and two on the platform at the Fullerton station:
Locations of Saturday's five robberies
• At 4:30AM, a man was robbed at gunpoint by two men near Clifton and Belmont. The offenders took his wallet, iPhone, a money clip, and his watch before running eastbound toward the Belmont CTA station, he said. The robbers are described as black men between 5’8” and 5’10” tall. One wore a do-rag and a gray shirt.
• Less than a minute later and one block east, the same two men are believed to have robbed a woman at gunpoint near her home on Seminary north of Belmont. She said the two men displayed a gray and silver handgun then fled back toward Belmont with her cellphone, and $50 cash.
• About 20 minutes after the robberies along Belmont, two men were robbed at gunpoint as they stood on the Fullerton Red Line platform. One of the victims may have suffered a broken hand during a struggle with the offenders, police said.
The robbers took phones and wallets from both victims, then boarded a northbound Red Line train, police said. 
Both offenders were described as tall black men wearing black clothing. One had long hair and the other wore something on his head, the victims reported.

A source reported that most of the cases are likely related to many of last weekend’s robberies that saw ten people held up in eight separate cases. Detectives were planning to issue a community alert after a pattern emerged during the Fourth of July weekend, but that warning never materialized.

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21 comments:

  1. The people committing these acts are worse than scum. I hate what has happened to our neighborhood.

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  2. Why should they issue a community alert. We are told that crime is down. An alert would indicate that crime is up. Rahm, Tom or anyone ? ? ?

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  3. Wow, not even safe during a stroll on a Saturday afternoon. Pretty sad -- no, pathetic.

    Did CTA get hold of surveillance video? Perhaps they can post the photos? Or perhaps those things don't even work.

    Also is CPD gonna release the community alert? Perhaps they're waiting for a homicide or something.

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  4. And this warning will probably never materialize either. Certainly nothing from any of the illustrious alderman's offices. The thuggery and muggers will continue next weekend, as it is obvious there is no protection in this area and apparently no plans to implement such. Thanks, King Rahm.

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  5. So the CTA stations, the streets corners and the train cars all have cameras. Why don't they ever use them to track these people down? The fact we are under constant surveillance that seems to not even keep us safe is insane.

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    1. Though these robberies happened near the stations, they actually happened in the neighborhood out of view of the stations.

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  6. "One of the victims may have suffered a broken hand during a struggle with the offenders" Not a good idea to struggle with these guys.. Could end up a lot worse off than broken hand. Just give them the goods. Its part of cost of living in North Side.

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    1. No it's NOT a "part of the cost of living on the North side." This complacent attitude among so many is part of the problem!

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    2. A cost my family are looking forward to giving up once we sell our condo and move out of Lakeview and Chicago altogether. I say this with a great deal of humility; I realize not everyone can pack up for the suburbs, nor do they want to. I'm a 16 year resident of Chicago, been in Lakeview since 2005. I love this area and have had so much fun here. Bought a condo here, got married, had our first child here, made wonderful memories. Crime increase certainly are not our main reason for moving, but it's got plenty to do with it. With a young child that's now more important than ourselves, her safety, comfort, happiness, and our collective peace of mind mean that city living, for us, won't be reasonable for much longer. I applaud the citizens trying to make a difference; if we were sticking around I'd be very involved in community groups to help rid this area of crime. The catch, however, is that we shouldn't even have to do that. We should have enough police to prevent crime and stop it as it happens, and we don't and likely never will.

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    3. The cost of living on the Northside is getting robbed at gunpoint? Sheesh. Glad I'm paying almost $25,000 in property taxes for this garbage.

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    4. No sorry. I'm not trying to sound like a keyboard warrior but if I get mugged I'm either doing my best to run or putting up a fight. I don't care if the best/safest advice is just to hand it over. Not happening with me

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    5. I'm used to getting ripped off by the mayor and city council - and particularly tom tunney - so what's another hand in my pocket?

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  7. District was very short last night 5 downed cars for some reason.
    Same officers taking off Every weekend while we all have to work.
    Maybe this isn't the right job for them.
    Be safe all the officers that are working, back each other up always.

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  8. What the hell? This is insane. I'm sorry but the city doesn't give two shits about the safety of the taxpayers in this neighborhood. The only way these stories will get any traction is if the robberies involve Cubs Fans and tourists and the city is shamed into finding a solution. How about armed guards or police stationed at the el stops from 12-5 am? How about closing the Halsted 7-11 Parking lot from 10 pm to 6 am or failing in that, fine the owner if there is a mob that gathers in the lot if they choose to do nothing to stop the continual and predictable bullshit that happens without fail in that parking lot. These issues are predictable and many happen in the same locations week after week.

    How long are we going to allow this to happen

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  9. "Detectives were planning to issue a community alert . . ."

    Oh, thank you. I was beginning to think nothing would be done about it.

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  10. I just donated to the tip jar and encourage other readers to do the same. Your reporting is excellent and you are literally the only media reporting on crime in the area.

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    1. Thank you for pitching in. Every penny goes right back into the site.

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  11. Being a Resident of Lakeview East, when I'm out and about on foot, I try and keep my head on a swivel and keep tabs on People that I sense are "Trouble Looking For a Place to Happen!" One thing that amazes me is how many of these Characters can appear out of nowhere and then disappear in a puff of smoke. Be safe out there!

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    1. You have just described what they are...cockroaches.

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  12. Doomed city not even attempting to defend itself. Shooting fish in a barrel, sad.

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