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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18 comments:

  1. Though I am well-aware of the severity of their crimes, at least half the time I end up laughing at the mug shots they put up. These guys seem so pathetic, so ass-out, so desperate, I imagine them on the phone: "Hey, Mom...yeah, Chicago's great. Yep, still a loser!"

    I'm trying to remember the last time I heard a mention here about the Crib youth shelter that actually involved a youth rather than a kid in his 20s.

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  2. I thought the were down on their luck and just needed a place to sleep because they're "homeless" too.

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  3. Why the neighborhood hasn't protested and shut that place down...no clue. "Youth"ends at 18.

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  4. I wonder if a developer could make an offer on the crib and the church, tear is down and build an apartment or condo tower or hotel. Perhaps the Ricketts (the Cubs) could do this. I think the developer would get lots of community support and it would bring real estate tax or hotel tax revenue to the area.

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  5. There was a replica gun recovered on scene... that this little angel pulled from his wasteband...

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    1. Ah. No charges, though. Thank you for the info.

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    2. It was a Bebe gun

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  6. You know what else these two have in common...bad hair.

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  7. Burford looks like an upstanding young man on his Facebook profile. Don't think they allow Facebook in prison loser.

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  8. The first lad does not seem to qualify as "youth". Mr Buford doesn't either. What gives Crib?

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  9. "The Crib" is nothing but a sleepover for straight up violent career criminals. (filthy crib) and when I talk to crib administrators they say they put innocent minors down there WITH CAREER CRIMINALS HOW SICKING IS THAT !!!!!! HELLO CRIB you need to screen your clientele and refuse criminals from your programs, and they were old enough to go to an adult shelter not a kid shelter, you should of contacted these 2 parole officers. sick sick sick

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  10. This is sick the shelter crib is for kids these 2 are over the age of 19 and also are repeat violent career criminals, they have NO BUSINESS down in the basement of a kid shelter The crib is ran by mental cases that refuse to monitor/ sort out and remove high crime criminals and tell them they have to contact their parole officer where to stay. this is sick.

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  11. Good thing they go him before he got to the ferris wheel at Navy Pier!

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  12. To Managers at the Crib --
    What do you guys not understand here??
    These criminal idiots are enemies of the people who actually need your services. Criminal sociopaths don't want the same thing as the rest of us...including the decent people you should TRY TO serve.
    If you cannot identify them, protect their interests and serve them...then you should NOT BE IN THIS BUSINESS.
    Have some decency. If you subsidize crap, you get more of it. Duh!

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    1. Very well said. You perfectly convey the point that we often try to make — mixing known violent criminals with marginalized and at-risk youth is a terrible way to operate. Let's help the people who need it. And let's do it without exposing them to influences that may very quickly lead them down the wrong path.

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  13. For how much longer will Tunney promote and protect cesspools like the Crib & the Center. Something needs to change…

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  14. here is the problem with these charitable organizations. They do not screen their clients for adult age and if they have a long violent criminals history and prison record. The crib placed very dangerous prisoners of very adult age some times up to 34 years of age IN A SLEEPING ARRANGEMENT in the church basement These social feel good programs draw in too many super criminals to our neighborhood to just hang out and rob/ beat our tax paying law abiding citizens. The need to screen and refuse any FREE STUFF to criminals.

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  15. Ah yes, the 23 year old "youths" are at it again. May as well reframe the narrative and call them minors and totally remove their agency.

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