Thursday, February 23, 2017

Convicted Robber Batters Cops At Boystown Youth Shelter

Lakeview Lutheran Church, home of The Crib youth shelter; Lempkins (inset) | Google; Ill Dept Of Corrections
A 23-year-old man who’s on parole for a local robbery has been charged with battering and resisting police officers who responded to a call of a man with a gun inside The Crib youth shelter in Boystown.

A shelter staff member called 911 at 10:15 p.m. on February 7 to report seeing a man with a gun in the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church, 835 West Addison, where the shelter operates, according to city records.

When cops arrived, they were confronted by Darrien Lempkins, who proceeded to attack one of the officers. Police deployed pepper spray and detained Lempkins, their report said.

No gun was recovered.

At the time of The Crib incident, Lempkins was on parole for beating and robbing a man about a block from shelter on August 17, 2013, and then battering a police officer who tried to stop him nearby. As CWB Chicago reported at the time:
...at 12:58 [in] the 3500 block of N. Fremont Street, a witness reported seeing two offenders...beating a man on the ground. The caller said he could hear the victim screaming. 
The first officer on scene caught up with and detained at least one offender  on Cornelia Avenue, a short distance west of Halsted Street. Another suspect was taken into custody after officers apparently spotted him outside of Berlin nightclub, 954 W. Belmont.
A Samsung Galaxy cell phone was taken in the strong arm robbery, which is recorded under case #HW411123.
Lempkin was handed two five-year sentences to be served concurrently and was released on parole last September.

The state revoked his parole last week and sent him back to Stateville Correctional Center to serve out the balance of his original sentence.

A Cook County grand jury this week returned a true bill of three counts of aggravated battery of a police officer and one count of resisting police against Lempkins in connection with the February 7 incident.

Disturbing Pattern

Buford | Ill Dept of Corrections
In October, CWB Chicago reported that one of three men accused of beating and robbing a 64-year-old retiree in Boystown last autumn posted a video that showed him taking shelter at The Crib.

Like Lempkins, the man in our October report—Keyruni Buford—was also on parole for robbing another victim in Boystown at the time of his arrest last year. And, like Lempkins, Buford’s 2013 robbery took place about a block from The Crib’s front door.

Buford’s parole was revoked last month, and he was returned to the Lawrence Correctional Center to serve the remainder of his original six-year sentence, according to state records.
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