Thursday, September 22, 2016

Called A "Serious Danger To The Public" By Feds, Chicago Man's Charged In Lakeview Shooting

A three-time convicted felon who federal prosecutors called “a serious danger to the public” is charged with shooting and critically wounding a Lakeview man during a robbery near Belmont and Racine on August 1. And it's the second time he's been charged with shooting someone during a robbery in Chicago!

Burch (Chicago Police Dept)

Lakeview Charges Filed

Prosecutors on Thursday charged Nickolas Burch, 27, with armed robbery, aggravated battery-firearm, and two counts of aggravated battery of a police officer. A judge ordered him to be held without bond.

Burch was on federal parole for a weapons violation when he met the victim through a mutual friend and agreed to buy a couple of watches from the Lakeview man, prosecutors said yesterday.

The victim told police that he ran into Burch on the night of the shooting as he was taking out some garbage. At some point, the victim looked away. When he turned back, Burch was pointing a gun at his face, according to court records.

The gun fired as the 27-year-old victim slapped it away. One bullet passed completely through the victim’s neck and lodged in the rear of a nearby home, police said.

Police inspect a nearby home on the night of the shooting. 
While the victim nearly bled out on the pavement, Burch rifled through the man’s pockets, taking his wallet and two watches before running away, prosecutors said.

CWB Chicago reported exclusively on the night of the shooting that the victim was found without a wallet or identification, leading investigators to believe robbery as the motive.

Police say Burch battered two cops who tried to place him in custody during a street stop at the BP gas station, 1600 West Van Buren, on Wednesday morning.

Ironically, the Lakeview shooting happened almost directly behind another BP gas station at 1200 West Belmont.

“A Serious Danger To The Public”

Burch has a long, violent history of robbery, battery, and shootings according to federal court filings reviewed by CWB Chicago.

Burch's 2011 mugshot
In February 2008, he received a 139 day sentenced for punching a Chicago man repeatedly in the head and stealing his phone, federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

Two months later, Burch was charged with attempted murder after a man who was standing outside of a bar got beaten, slammed with a trash can lid, shot, and robbed in Chicago. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated battery and received a six-year sentence, the memorandum says.

Then, in May 2011—just two months after being paroled for the shooting—Burch was a passenger in a car that Chicago cops tried to pull over in the Edgewater neighborhood. The driver sped from the cops and Burch bailed out, dropping a handgun while cops chased him down.

Federal prosecutors took the case because Burch had felony convictions and the gun “had traveled in interstate commerce,” according to court records.

Burch faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the Edgewater case. He wound up getting 57 months, a $100 fine, and a lifetime ban on possessing weapons.

“Truly…A Wake Up Call”

Burch’s federal public defender laid out his story in her sentencing memorandum to the court:
[Burch] has a bullet lodged in his chest from a wound that he sustained after being shot in 2007.
His father left shortly after he was born and apart from a brief period from 2005-2006, he has had no contact with his father.  
There was no father figure or positive male model in Mr. Burch’s life for him to look up to, seek advice from, or learn from.
He has three brothers and all of them have been incarcerated at some point in their lives.  
This is the first time that Mr. Burch has been charged with a federal crime and it has truly been a wake up call for him. We can do better than to write Mr. Burch off. 
It is clear that steps must be taken to change so that he does not appear before this Court or any in the capacity of a defendant again. 
Yes, indeed.

Burch’s current home address was not immediately available. He lived in a Streeterville high-rise when federal charges were filed against him in 2011.

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41 comments:

  1. We are being taking over and your mayor lives less then 3 miles away.

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  2. Thats why I come here for the real news for the last 6 years. No one else reports the take over of Chicago. No one. Hillary said today that she will need to talk to the white people. Really? Are you fucking kidding me!

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    1. It's called Theater of the Absurd. It's played out daily in the MSM, college campuses, city halls across the country, and most definitely Washington.

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    2. And any coffee house in Andersonville or East Lakeview, particularly along Halsted or Broadway.

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    3. The Brazilification of America. Enjoy!

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  3. No one ever asks Crime In Boys Town if you guys were the alderman how would you begin to stop this? What plan would you deliver to city hall? This has to stop and it has to stop now.

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    1. Step number one...stop lying.
      Tell the truth
      - about the crime / rates
      - about the real number of cops
      - about where / how they're deployed

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    2. Step number two:
      Make sentencing meaningful. Especially for armed / violent crime.
      Add 'three strikes, you're out' provisions.

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    3. I was reading a CPD posting in which someone was caught shoplifting on Michigan Ave. (FB). After rampant crime anywhere N. of Roosevelt, someone actually had the nerve to say that there are too many officers on the Gold Coast; They should be sent South and West too.

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  4. He lived in a Streeterville high rise?

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    1. Special Section 8 voucher. Yep. You'd be very surprised how many of those vouchers are used in the downtown area. Look up the series in the Sun Times on those vouchers. A Woman had a 3 bedroom in the Aqua building! But hey, it's only our tax dollars.

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    2. If a developer gets fed/HUD dollars to build an apartment building, a % of the housing has to go to Section 8. How do you think some of the high-rises get built? Presidential Towers has subsidized/Section 8 housing. That's why you need to query the management company if your building has section 8.

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    3. Correct. Super vouchers are common....3-4x 100% allowable section 8 cap. Can someone explain to me if 100% means the maximum of something, how can a number exceed a maximum? My brain hurts.

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  5. If this web site ever goes away we will be doomed. There will be no one left minding the store.

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  6. Seems like he's got plenty of money to spend on tattoos. Wonder how that happened????

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  7. So he had no father lots of people don't and become criminals. Maybe more money spent on midnight basketball and other bullshit would have turned this jagoffs life around

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  8. I'm just waiting for some douche to comment that "society failed him."

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    1. Society failed him.
      Failed to keep him locked up where he belonged.
      Stupid society.

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  9. Surprised it wasn't a sox logo on his neck instead of the cubs. Between the hair and tats could he make himself any easier to identify? dumb criminals.

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    1. He's also got the olympic rings below that. I'm sure was just stealing stuff to fund his career as an olympic figure skater....

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  10. Sounds like his mother should be in prison.

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  11. His tattoos look like the guy who passed out drunk first and all of his friends wrote all over him. What a total douchebag.

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  12. Federal gun charges, yet he's out on parole? Good grief.

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    1. And notice a federal gun charge is worth 10 years in jail, while in Chicago/Cook County you can get 6 months?
      Who knows why the feds lessened the charges, maybe their jails are overcrowded too.

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  13. From an anonymous poster on Second City Cops regarding Chicago's crime problem:

    "Have heard that Juvenile DOC is at 20 % capacity. DOC says part of the reason it's so low is that a lot of the delinquents are at the new DOC facility here ib Chicago -the morgue. Seriously though , the whole juvenile system is bending over backwards to have no one in custody."

    So much for the crowded jails theory.

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  14. Raps in all districts now. Watch for 1000 more Cops to retire very early next year, you think it's bad now just wait. Hiring surge ? Bullshit, it takes months to screen and test recruits before they start the 6 month academy. There is a % that washes out during the process thereby reducing the pool of candidates. Maybe some hit the street and begin training cycles in 2018.

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  15. I don't think he was getting ready to turn his life around.

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  16. Please write Mr Burch off.

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  17. So, am I to understand there is an apartment in Streeterville for rent?

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    1. There are section 8 housings all through the city, and especially in the Gold Coast, downtown loop section of town. Did you know Presidential Towers has section 8/subsidized housing?

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  18. NEW news on the "Additional Cops" plan.
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    The original leak of a plan to 'hire 500' apparently didn't sell too well.
    SO -
    The new statement by Rahm last night says that there will be "a be a NET ADD of 970 officers by the end of 2018."
    Let's look at that.
    Likely there'll be 400-500 per year retiring during that period. Plus another 60+ per year moving / fired etc. That's at least 1250 out the door in the next 2 1/2 years.
    To make up the deficit, plus the "net add" of 970, we're looking at 2220 who make it through certification. At only a 10% wash out, and you're looking at initially hiring 2500 new recruits. 2500 actual real breathing people!
    NOW, brothers and sisters, here's the rub:
    There's about a 400 officer difference right now between actual force size of 12,100 and the 'budgeted' force size of 12,500. Depending on how slippery they play it, that net add of 970 might only be 570.
    ....IF it really happens at all.

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    1. Don't be too harsh. The recruits have to test and pass several tests. Not an easy thing to do for every single applicant. Then they have to pass a psych test. You cannot wholesale train 500 police officers at one time.

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  19. Wait, I remember when this was swept under the rug....."not random, drug involved, etc. etc."

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    1. Yep. We remember that, too. And the angry emails from people who talked to the alderman about it and how we were lying because it was a drug deal, not a robbery. Same shit different year.

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  20. "We can do better then to write Mr. Burch off." Why you ass whole! Hay Mr public defender if this guy attacked you or your family how would you fucking feel then. Now he has to be written off. And the tax payers will flip the bill to house him. Fucking moron. The entire court system is fucked up.

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    1. Just shows you how weak our Crook County justice system is. Or, as I'm beginning to think, the judges are on the take. Why did this guy get a slap on the wrist for all those convictions?

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    2. and a lifetime ban on possessing weapons.
      ^^
      How does the law enact a lifetime ban on weapons? How does that come about?

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    3. Now now. You should know that everyone gets an attorney (rich or poor) and this is the kind of thing that your public defender is supposed to say. Blame the judge/jury or even the DA (for lack of proper prosecution) but everyone has the right to the best defense they can get (afford). This is a basic right of the US system and doesn't exist in most countries.

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    4. Very true. God bless the U.S.A..... and God damn the people destroying our country.

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  21. Heard this dude was in court and a charge of attempted murder was added. Save his soul, yeah right

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