Sunday, October 02, 2016

Gang Confronts 5 Friends, Robs Them At Gunpoint In Boystown; At Least 4 Others Robbed In LGBTQ Hood

At least six people were robbed in two separate muggings near Roscoe and Halsted in the heart of Boystown early Sunday. In one case, five people were surrounded and robbed by a group of offenders who brandished at least one handgun, police said.

One person is known to be in custody.

The unusually bold 5-on-5 robbery raises the number of people mugged in Boystown this weekend to at least 9, according to CWB Chicago's reporting of police activity.

Batten down the hatches, Cubs fans. You may be in for a miserable post-season.

Gang Targets Group Of Friends

Around 4:40 a.m., a group of five friends was surrounded by five or six men, one of whom pulled out a handgun, near the 700 block of West Roscoe Street, police said.

One of the robbers held the victims at gunpoint while another went through their pockets and collected valuables. Other attackers acted as lookouts and force.

Cops found one of the victims' phones on a suspect that police stopped around 5:30 a.m. in the 800 block of West Buckingham. That man was also carrying two other phones that officers suspect he does not own.  He was positively identified by a victim and is facing robbery charges.

Four or five other suspects remained at large this morning.

Another Robbed, Too

While police were handling that robbery, another man walked into the 19th district police station and reported that he had just been strong-arm robbed near Halsted and Roscoe.

The lone victim said that three men roughed him up and robbed him of an iPhone, a $100 bill, and his wallet around 5:25 a.m.

Offender Descriptions

The most recent victim described the offenders who robbed him as black men in their 20's. One wore an orange hoodie and had cornrows. Another wore a gray hoodie and jeans. The third wore a black hoodie and a mask, the victim said.

The victims of the first robbery said all of the offenders who surrounded them were black men. The one who was armed with a gun wore a red hoodie, stands about 6-feet tall, and has a slim build.

And the robber who collected the victim's valuables stood about 5'6" tall and wore a black hoodie.

"Huge Fight"

To be determined is what connection, if any, a third incident has with the robberies.

While officers were driving victims, witnesses, and the one captured offender to various locations around six a.m., they drove into the tail end of a large fight on Clark Street between School and Roscoe.

Four victims told the officers that they were assaulted by four people who fled south on Clark Street in a white car with Missouri license plates.

Other officers stopped the vehicle near Lake Shore Drive and Belmont around 6:10 a.m.

The car's occupants were arrested.

Rough Weekend

At least four other people fell victim to robbers in Boystown and the immediate area this weekend. CWB Chicago previously reported on these incidents:

Three men charged in the Melrose robbery
- At 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a 64-year-old retiree suffered a head injury during a robbery in the 700 block of West Melrose, about a block from his front door. Three men are charged in the case.

- A woman was robbed by a man who claimed to have a gun near Grace and Pine Grove at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The offender remains at large.

- A man was robbed at gunpoint of his bike, cash, and phone in the 3100 block of North Orchard around 7:50 a.m. yesterday.
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The next community policing meeting for Wrigleyville + Boystown is going to be at seven p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at the 19th District police station, 850 West Addison.

29 comments:

  1. Good job CPD for tracking down a bunch of these guys. If they're reading, I hope they know how much we appreciate their service!!!

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  2. The dirtbags will be circling en force for the playoffs. "Time to make some Benjamin's".

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    1. One more thing to consider, Home Land Security met with Clark street bar owners/managers about potential terrorist attacks, baseball in October in Chicago will be...

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    2. A friend with good seats expects to sell all four for over 10k each if they make the world series. Extra security please or some rich guys who buy the seats are going to be trickling down some wealth to our local thugs.

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  3. Think there will be any mention Monday from city hall about all this insanity? I don't. They treat the residents of Chicago like dirt. I can't stand them and they can all go to hell.

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    1. I'll be inviting some of these "officials" to go straight to hell, at the next CAPS meeting. It's insane to pay $25K+ in taxes each year, and for what? Certainly not a for a safe, protected neighborhood. Halsted is a shit-storm nowadays. I don't go anywhere after dark, and I'm leery even during the day. It's thug central and the thugs and thugettes have free unbridled reign over this once great neighborhood.

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  4. These same three guy tried to rob me too. I was parked in an alley off addison and saw them walking towards the rear of my car. In the rearview mirror, I saw the middle guy reach into the front of his pants for the gun. They were 10 feet away....I floored it and got away. Then called 911 and followed them for a block trying to help 911. None cops ever came!!!! Then I see this story and sure enough it is the same three down to the twisties in the hair. Glad they are caught......but wish the police have been there when I called.

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    1. Nice job staying alert. Head on a swivel. I was over on Halsted last weekend and got one of the hardest prison stares I have ever received, in broad daylight no less. I thought the guy was going to try and jump me on Halsted at 3-4 in the afternoon. He was just standing on the corner like that was his block staring everyone down. He was in front of a corner bar but even the bouncers were afraid of this guy.

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    2. Good that you got away .... but I'm not convinced being "parked in an alley off Addison" is a good idea, given the time of night these events went down.

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  5. Hopefully more victims will identify them and the Convictions for multiple counts of armed robbery and aggravated battery will put all three in prison for a very long time.

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  6. Sounds "entertaining". With guns too!

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  7. For those of your who still go to the Halsted strip bars - have those changed? Are they still busy? Do people there know what is going on or is it business as normal?

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    1. They are suffering for sure. It's dropped off a lot from 5 years ago. But none of the business will admit it. Some have changed hands or concepts. They are hoping on the Cubs to help. Even Clark Street bars are hurting when there are no games.

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    2. Have they changed? Take a stroll up/down Halsted between Belmont and Waveland. Look at all the empty store fronts, of places that used to be businesses but are no longer in business. Think back on certain bars, shops, and restaurants that used to be along Halsted. I know for a fact two bars (not part of the "empire" of bars owned by the same individual) are struggling. Restaurants are rarely at capacity, even on weekend nights. GayMart became Boystown Collectibles and eventually went under. That space is open now with no apparent interest from anyone. A major salon left Halsted. I can think of a few restaurants that closed, and I know of two or three that are absolutely struggling now. Nookies Tree used to be famous for being open 24/7; now take a look at their weekend hours. The little B&B on Halsted was recently sold and I understand that space is going to be re-zoned. Bus drivers on the #8 Halsted route have commented that they do not always feel safe along Halsted late at night: the intersections of Halsted/Roscoe and Halsted/Addison were specifically mentioned. Throngs of thugs hangout along Halsted at all hours of the night. One was standing on the corner by Tulip Halsted/Cornelia) recently just scowling at everyone who passed by. I have friends who won't come back to Chicago and to Boystown because they simply don't feel safe.The saddest part is that a great deal of time has passed since the problems appeared; nobody is doing anything about it; nobody seems to care; all we get from CAPS meetings and alderman email blasts and community forums is "we're looking into it" or "we're working closely with so-and-so on the matter," and it's become tiresome to even entertain a fantasy that anything will be done about it anytime soon. I'm really worried about a World Series potentially coming to Wrigley Field. Anyone who can afford those tickets likely has a lot of money to burn, and they will likely come to the neighborhood 100% unaware of the dangerous issues that are present.

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    3. Extremely true! I enjoyed the area for 10 years - but only during the summers when we returned from overseas. Just walking to the Whole Foods with kids at 7PM was an exercise in caution -- because of the guys you would see prowling around. Scary stuff when you are with 2 small children. I did the whole CCW thing but in the end the best move was to sell and simply stay overseas. It's simply much safer in Asia.

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    4. I've even been too afraid to go to SW for a little fun. Only go to Lakeview for my haircut now and am scared out of my mind going at 10:00 a.m.

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    5. Another factor is that as LGBTQ's have become more accepted, and thus more "mainstream", there is simply less of a need for "gay" bars. Younger gays, especially, feel less of a need to self - segregate in gay - specific gathering places. Twenty or thirty years ago, it was a really big deal to go to the gay bars on Halsted Street, now time is passing them by...

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  8. the huge fight went in front of my home on Newport between Clark and Halsted headed east. They were yelling and boxing it out boys and girls I was going to call police but it was just cruddy kids and none were damaging anything but them selves and calling police hell it takes a half hour for police

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    1. A half hour wait for the police would be nice on a good day. How about a 2 - 3 hour wait?

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    2. Just cruddy kids? Those same cruddy kids would kick the crap out of you if you happened to walk outside. Those cruddy "kids" have changed our entire neighborhood. I do not enjoy nor appreciate being a victim in my own house after a certain hour or always having to be en guard for fear of being attacked by what you call cruddy kids. I call them loud, obnoxious thugs and criminals or at least those who rub close elbows with them. Please...let's not write them off as simply kids. That's what gotten us into this mess in Lakeview and beyond.

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  9. Didn't you guys hear? The gay community is now acceptable targets for the millennial social justice movement. Justifiable losses, they call it in war, I think. Remember Pulse nightclub? No? Most gays don't either.

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  10. THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED (I'll get back shortly with updated lyrics....the music and title remains the same though)

    My daddy was a cop on the east side of Chicago
    Back in the U.S.A. back in the bad old days

    In the heat of a summer night
    In the land of the dollar bill
    When the town of Chicago died
    And they talk about it still
    When a man named Al Capone
    Tried to make that town his own
    And he called his gang to war
    With the forces of the law

    I heard my mama cry
    I heard her pray the night Chicago died
    Brother what a night it really was
    Brother what a fight it really was
    Glory be!
    I heard my mama cry
    I heard her pray the night Chicago died
    Brother what a night the people saw
    Brother what a fight the people saw
    Yes indeed!

    And the sound of the battle rang
    Through the streets of the old east side
    'Til the last of the hoodlum gang
    Had surrendered up or died
    There was shouting in the street
    And the sound of running feet
    And I asked someone who said
    "'Bout a hundred cops are dead!"

    I heard my mama cry
    I heard her pray the night Chicago died
    Brother what a night it really was
    Brother what a fight it really was
    Glory be!
    I heard my mama cry
    I heard her pray the night Chicago died
    Brother what a night the people saw
    Brother what a fight the people saw
    Yes indeed!

    And ther was no sound at all
    But the clock upon the wall
    Then the door burst open wide
    And my daddy stepped inside
    And he kissed my mama's face
    And he brushed her tears away

    The night Chicago died
    Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
    The night Chicago died
    Brother what a night the people saw
    Brother what a fight the people saw
    Yes indeed!

    The night Chicago died
    Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
    The night Chicago died
    Brother what a night it really was
    Brother what a fight it really was
    Glory be!

    The night Chicago died
    Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
    The night Chicago died
    Brother what a night the people saw
    Brother what a fight the people saw
    Yes indeed!



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  11. ...and yet on nearly every street there is a building going up replacing a tear-down.

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  12. Not only was the guy caught on Buckingham with phones, he had.........ecstasy on him too. Again, quit buying your drugs from them and they'll quit coming to your neighborhood.

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    1. Agree. Don't buy drugs.
      But very sadly - as almost all of the recent reports suggest - a few criminals might quit coming here. Very few.
      The majority of this scum comes because it's easy pickings, and damn little risk.
      Even if you do get caught - WTH. A few months away. You get free meals and street cred.

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