Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Suspect In Mugging Of Boystown Senior Crashed At Local "Youth Shelter", Had A Home, And Bullied The Homeless

One of three men accused of beating and robbing a 64-year-old man in Boystown last weekend mugged another person in Boystown 3 years ago, according to a CWB Chicago review of court and police records.

And Keyruni Buford’s Facebook posts show he has been spending some nights trawling Halsted Street and crashing at a local youth shelter, even though he had a home on the South Side.

What’s more, CWB Chicago has secured city records showing that Buford summoned police to The Crib youth shelter last month because—he said—a woman inside had robbed him.

Facebooked

Buford was released on parole in January, three years after robbing a Boystown resident in the 800 block of West Cornelia on the afternoon of February 21, 2013.

He returned home, landed a job, and smoked an enormous amount of pot, based on his social media presence.

Last Wednesday, just two days before being arrested for another robbery, Buford posted his prison intake photo.

“Man I hate these days in,” he wrote. “there is nun nice in there.”

Buford and friends riding to Boystown on the Red Line late Friday. 
Then, just after midnight Saturday, Keyruni Buford—hating his prison days—punched a senior citizen in the face three times, took the victim’s phone and reached into the man’s pants to take his wallet, according to court records.

Police say the victim's credit cards and cash were found on Buford. Two men arrested with him had the man's wallet and phone, cops said.

L to R: Mugshots of Buford; Vonsean Williams; and Damien Richardson.
Buford's final Facebook videos show him and two friends riding a northbound Red Line train just 45 minutes before this weekend's robbery.

"Homeless"

Posts leading up to Buford’s arrest show stops at various neighborhood service agencies, many of which insist that their clients do not contribute to crime in our area (and that residents who suggest otherwise are racist, homophobic, or any number of other labels).

But on August 28, Buford—a 23-year-old violent crime parolee with a perfectly comfortable home on the South Side—posted a video showing him getting off at the Addison Red Line station and smoking pot as he walks to Lakeview Lutheran Church, 835 West Addison, home of The Crib shelter. There, he walks down to the shelter entrance and knocks.

A couple of weeks later, Chicago police went to The Crib at 3:46 a.m. on September 17 because “Mr. Buford” said that “a female robbed him and tried to fight him…inside the youth shelter,” according to city records. No one was arrested.

In addition to the fact that Buford had an actual home, we have to wonder — would a legitimately homeless “youth” abuse and ridicule old homeless people? Buford has. On video. Twice.

In this video, Buford walks up to a homeless man who’s crashing next to a Loop planter. Buford checks twice to make sure that his friend is rolling video, then he pours an entire bottle of water on the man’s property.

The next night, Buford was walking and videoing in the Gold Coast when he hassled another homeless man near Oak and State.

Everyone we know wants to help people who need it, especially struggling kids. But Buford demonstrates the exact problem that so many people have asked The Crib and other agencies to address. He isn't a kid. He isn't homeless. He is, however, a convicted violent criminal who found something he needed in this neighborhood—a target rich environment and a place to crash for the night.

Wanderlust

Buford’s videos also show the flip side of a Boystown mystery. "Why," many people wonder, "do so many folks come to our neighborhood at night and just wander the streets for hours on end?"

While his videos don’t answer the “why,” they do demonstrate that Buford was a serial wanderer. For 15 to 20 minutes straight, he Facebooks as he walks circles around Boystown.

And a series of videos from early on September 4 show 19th district officers getting a handle on a street disturbance at Buckingham and Halsted.

Buford and a friend wander into traffic, tease a police paddy wagon, and yell out “12! 12! Gang members! Gang members!” as police arrive. “12” is slang for police.

A Blue Christmas

Two days before this weekend’s robbery, Buford looked forward to seeing his BFF, Milda Bartasiunnaite. Bartasiunnaite happens to be in prison for helping Buford with that 2013 robbery on Cornelia.

“Stay focused,” he wrote in a post to her, “when you come out…we both get our first holiday back home with our friend in family.”

Bartasiunnaite will be paroled three days before Thanksgiving.

Buford's jailed in lieu of $750,000 bail.

Gallery

Here are some photos and screen shots from Keyruni Buford's Facebook account that caught our eyes...




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51 comments:

  1. I am speechless. Great post CWB. Pretty much sums up what our neighborhood is dealing with.

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  2. These places are a treasure trove of criminals taking advantage of our neighborhood. They need to take accountability for harboring criminals pillaging our streets or be shuttered. They should be screened like a TSA security checkpoint upon entering if they want a free handout. I bet if he couldn't bring his pot or weapons inside he'd be more inclined to go to his HOME.

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  3. Posing in front of 3550 Lake Shore Drive flashing gang signs is another sum up of our new neighborhood.

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    1. That is very disturbing as I live one one block south of there.

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  4. Great investigating CWB. When I go to CAPS meetings I get told your useful page is a tabloid but I think not since TV stations also rairly message the exact same thing. I'm not good at speaking. So the people running the meeting walk all over what I say. Seems the CAPS meetings are there to tell the neighborhood and shut people up and only state their agenda for years. The community sitting there seems to want and be real nice to Tunney and Police and tell me to shut up when I try and state that we are down police from 2011 150+ in the neighborhood that criminals usually violently rob multiple victims and get away with too much of it. and the lets protect criminals rights, Tunney and police mentality has been a problem for over 20 years. and these shelters inviting violent career criminals. I wish I could speak better at the caps meetings.

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    1. Just stand up and speak. Don't let them run over you. Too many people are there backing you up and will jump to your defense. It is actually one of the issues I intend to address at tonight's meeting ... after last month's shit-storm of a CAPS meeting when constituents were told basically to fuck off by Tunney, etc. Tunney thinks he is God (or, Goddess) of Ward 44 but I beg to differ. He's useless, I say, useless. And he lies!! Imagine that, a politican who lies.

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    2. My friend, if you have a hard time speaking in public - get somebody to help you write out what you want to say.
      Rehearse it. Then get up and read it. NO shame in that. None!
      What counts is standing up.

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    3. Great Advice! Just being at the meeting gives you more power than you think. write down what you want to say and make sure it makes sense. you don't have to practice it, you aren't being graded. just say you wrote it down because you're not a professional, just a taxpaying voter.

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  5. When will the protesting start in front of these rat dens that house "troubled youth"?

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    1. Never. Nobody around there would want to be accused of voting for Trump and 1/2 the residents and businesses rely on these grants and tax write-offs to be able to afford to live there.

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    2. The Crib and COH are the problem. Their intent might have been good but it has only brought the criminals who take advantage into the neighborhood. CWB can you get Pam Zekman involved so something can be done? These grants need to stop and these places need to be closed down. Whole Foods prob pays the majority of the rent at the Center of Halsted. Maybe boycott that location.

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  6. Wow. Can't say enough about the light CWB shines on the devolution of lakeview. I can't imagine working at the Crib or COH and enabling this sort of creature, and being able to look at myself with any respect. Those services probably started with good intent, but they are being taken advantage of by guys like this, and in turn, so are we and our neighbors.

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  7. Why is the crib still here? Seems to be one of the big issues. A guy gets 3yrs for hurting a cat. Attacking a senior citizen this one will be back out in 3months. Good job to our court systems. They should write algorithms to take thier jobs. Cause they sux at it.

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  8. I know they weren't going swimming in that water fountain!

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  9. They were invited in...no end in sight with all the "help"offered. Good luck. THRILLED to not live next to the Sh*thole Center anymore.

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  10. Won't see reporting like this in the local papers. Wonder who he robbed to get that foreign currency from. One thing i would like to add his buddy vonsean is also a registered sex offender who works for six flags. Don't worry I'm sure these enterprising youth will be back on the streets in a few months thanks to our court system

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  11. It's long overdue for the mainstream media to pick up some of your jackpot pieces on the trash that's ruining Lakeview and some of big problems we have here. Kudos to all of you at CWB for continuing to work tirelessly at exposing the activities everyone else is too afraid to cover for fear of not being PC or not sucking up to corrupt politics.

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  12. If homeboy is such hot shit, why does he haveta take CTA?

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    1. Because that's what homeboys do. It's free and pretty much a guaranteed get away.
      Further questions?

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    2. no benz in this punks future.

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    3. Because it is an environment rich with prey.

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  13. So what kind of deal do you think this guys will make to be released back onto the street?

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  14. Don't forget this pic...should be revocation of probation for felon in possession:
    https://scontent-dft4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/12717596_10208153682415478_4419932441972325387_n.jpg?oh=1a2e074e085391bf00bb58801eb2c16e&oe=58AA2D84

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    1. wow. a gun in the belt. a Chicago hat on and the middle finger. he is what is wrong in our neighborhood and the entire city. pure filth. (BTW, note the well furnished room, his momma takes care of him, too bad his pathetic momma didn't raise him well)

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  15. Picking on defenseless homeless people.
    You piece of shit. You cowardly lowly little turd.
    I walked up as you pushed away from that sad sack at Oak & State. What a miserable f'kin piece of shit.
    So CRIB, what have you got to say here?
    Speak up. You're either part of the solution or you contribute to the problem. Speak up or you're just as cowardly.

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  16. Interesting. He has a thousand note used in Thailand. I assume he robbed someone. I don't think he is making trips to Thailand.

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    1. We sent that info with date, time, and location to the 19th district 24 hours before posting our story. They never responded.

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  17. Wtf is he doing with Thai money?

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    1. Those abundant "currency exchange" places raised my eyebrow the day I arrived in Chicago a decade ago.

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  18. lrbeukema@ameritech.net
    tedd@thenightministry.org

    You want a response from the Crib? Email the two people responsible for its gross mismanagement and lack of any accountability (contact info provided by alderman's office). Liala is the pastor of the Lakeview Lutheran Church and Ted is responsible for the Night Ministry side of things. Good luck getting a response of anything more than "we'll do all we can", if you get anything at all.

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  19. Aldermen don't care. The mayor doesn't care. Cops can only do so much with what they have. I hate to throw in the towel, but it's time to get out of this neighborhood, it's only going to get worse.

    How can someone be proud of a TV they stole and didn't work for? How can someone be proud of money they stole and didn't work for? How are these things that people brag about? "Hey, I broke into the house of someone who contributes to society and stole their possessions, look at how great I am." What a f'ed up culture that is.

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    1. "Aldermen don't care. The mayor doesn't care."

      You forgot something far more devastating: Half the voters don't care.

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  20. The real problem lies with the "social justice" industry which lives off federal and city grants. These racketeers are organized criminals in the true sense, and until tax payers wake up from their collectivist progressive foggy naps nothing will ever change. We're chumps, and the thugs know it.

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  21. Has the crib ever considered relocating to the south or west side?

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  22. No doubt he robbed some poor soul of the foreign note. What a POS. Chicago at its finest. How about Rahm getting on camera and saying these aren't Chicago values and we deplore people and actions like this - oh wait he won't do that because it will illustrate the disastrous mess he's made of Chicago with the policing policy deals he made with ACLU.

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  23. 3550 Lake Shore Dr. is a problem building, no? That address seems to pop up a lot regarding gang activity and violence. Any info on the owner/landlord and what, if anything, they're doing about problem tenants?

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    1. It's all condos, Einstein. There is no landlord.

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    2. Who woulda thunk?

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    3. It is the building at the corner of LSD and Addison. Unless things have changed since my sister moved to Fla 2 years ago, I don't think it is a "problem building." They are studio, 1 and 2 bedroom condos on LSD with a doorman, parking, etc., and is catty-corner from an underpass across lake shore drive to a popular park (an elderly woman was hit and had her purse snatched earlier this year and the offender ran into the underpass, IIRC). I think it is just the location with a lot of traffic.

      But I am certain the owners are happy about the visitors to their beautiful fountain.

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    4. I used to live in a high-end condo on Pine Grove near Irving Park, and we had occasional gang graffiti inside the building. It's important to understand gangsta culture has penetrated all levels of the socio-economic stratum. For some groups it's "cool" to either be in a gang or pretend you're in a gang. However, if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck--it's a duck.

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    5. 9/6 12:31
      Please do even THE most incomplete or cursory job of checking facts before posting here. Seriously.
      As the guys trolling for change say "Any little bit helps".

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  24. These photos are totally disgusting and I can't believe I share a country with such lowlife scum.

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  25. In case anyone wants to buy that stolen TV it's $120 according to his Facebook. And he's got kids, I'm sure they'll turn out well, he's a model citizen. This cycle will never end. He posts multiple photos flashing money but he's clearly broke (until he visits Lakeview and robs people). As I said before what a completely backwards culture that values possessions and money over hard work.

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  26. I wonde what that shithead is doin with thai baht notes in his hand?

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  27. I used to ive on Reta Avenue - just houses down from the Crib. Every day I woke-up, went to LVAC (gym), and went to the loop for work as a commodities broker. Paying about 80K in Federal taxes and a ton to IL and Cook County - and always surprised how many low-lifes were running around in my neighborhood. Enough was enough and I moved away for good. Sold the condo for the same money as I bought it 10 years ago.

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  28. remember all these high and violent criminals have been in prison and then they are funneled through Center On Halsted. If repeat trips to jail does not fix these criminals what would counselling at the Center do for these hardened criminals? How many times does the Center try and deal with hardened violent career criminals before they drop criminals from the programs. Or is it that Center On Halsted will always deal with this dangerous violent urban terrorist

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  29. Funny seeing that Thai Baht note - as we moved to Thailand from Lakeview last year. Living on a golf course in Rayong. I do wear my Cubs hat with pride here in sunny Thailand!

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  30. Seems Milda Bartasiunnaite was either at Loyola, or attended there. Quite the fall from grace.

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  31. Fine young man. Looks like alderman material. Probably favors additional taxes on grocery bags to help children and old people.

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