Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Worst Driver In Lakeview History Is Outta Prison — And Behind The Wheel In Boystown

Back in 2013, Kenzell Lesure made quite a splash in Lakeview.

That’s when video of then-19-year-old Lesure intentionally crashing a stolen SUV into several vehicles along Belmont Avenue went viral — it’s been seen more than 6.6 million times on YouTube.

Prosecutors charged Lesure with receiving-possessing a stolen vehicle, criminal damage to property, and aggravated assault.

Then, they handed him an incredible gift: They agreed to accept his guilty plea in exchange for just 30 months probation.

Lesure screwed that up. His probation was revoked and he wound up going to prison for the Lakeview incident in 2015. He was paroled in November.

Now, it looks like he’s back in the hood.

Chicago Police arrested Lesure Sunday evening after they allegedly found him in a crashed stolen car at Roscoe and Halsted.

Prosecutors charged Lesure with criminal trespass to a vehicle and a traffic violation.

The next day, Lesure received another fantastic gift from Illinois.

Prosecutors dropped the criminal trespass case in exchange for Lesure’s guilty plea on the traffic item.

That’s cool.

It just means that watching traffic in the neighborhood will be a lot more fun this summer.

Oh, one more thing.

Two people who saw the police activity on Sunday couldn’t help but notice that Lesure was sporting a Center on Halsted ID badge. (Crazy right?) And court records show that he lists the Howard Brown Health Center at 4025 N. Sheridan as his home.

Old Habits

2012 pic of Kenzell Lesure in the Center on Halsted CyberCenter | Facebook
Speaking of old habits that are hard to break: The Center on Halsted this week failed to show up in court for a criminal court case.

Just days after we reported that the Center had started appearing in court to face defendants who’ve been arrested and charged on its behalf, the LGBTQ service agency once again failed to appear.

Trespassing charges against Miara Davenport were dropped as a result, according to court records.

Incredibly, the failure to appear came exactly one week after the Center met behind closed doors with two alderman and the local police commander to address public safety issues. We’re told that Center reps agreed during that meeting to continue to appear at all court cases in which the firm or its employees are listed as victims.

That promise lasted a week.
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23 comments:

  1. Yeah, enough. The pile of anecdotal evidence grows that there's a correlation between the arrival and growth of those social service organizations and the decline of the quality of life in our neighborhood. If it is too late to send them away, it is never too late to oppose in *every* way those who enable and support them. We can start with those two aldermen.

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  2. The Governor can fix this or at least attempt immediate resolution. Individuals like this are a menace and do not deserve to be among law abiding citizens.

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  3. Why shouldn't he return to the neighborhood and commit the same crimes? The city of Chicago is more than happy to accommodate him and his behavior. Good riddance Chicago.

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  4. Look up Kenzell Lesure in face book looks like he works at steam works and luck horse shoe

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  5. As a gay man who has lived in this neighborhood for 18 years I am sickened by the antics and shenagans of Center of halsted. Never have I seen such trash in which they harbor and coddle criminals at that place. Enough is enough! This is not a coincidence any longer, every other day now this is a connection between a thug and this center on halsted. It's embarrassing to me that as a gay man this community allows this playground for scum to thrive, they are killing out neighborhood year after year and shame on all of us for standing here like idiots doing nothing!!!!! Wtf!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Boycott COH donors...that includes Walgreens, Whole Foods, Allstate, etc.

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    1. Better yet, start writing letters to, emailing, or calling their corporate offices and ask why they're donating money to a deadbeat social service organization. If COH doesn't want to do anything to benefit the neighborhood, we starve them of money.

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  7. Wish COH never existed. Just brings problems to the hood. Always has, always will.

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  8. you would have to write all the donors and send copies of these reports to back up your disapproval of COH inviting straight up career violent criminals/ urban terrorist and that our quality of life has suffered because of the criminals.

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  9. Did I correctly read this? You can now steal a car and not be charged with a crime as long as you admit to crashing it? The list of things one can do scot-free in Chicago is insane.

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    1. It's likely a plea. Offender takes a plea of guilty in exchange for time served, usually to a lesser charge. Officers are more than happy to agree and even request it because it makes them safer in lawsuits, even when they were injured in a battery by offender. I personally am always relieved when the offender took a plea, even if they walked with time served. Most will hate the police for this but when you see offenders treated like victims and those same offenders sue you civilly, well, you have a different appreciation for the small wins.

      If we actually prosecuted and punished criminals, this wouldn't be the case.

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  10. I'll bet Kenzell doesn't have Auto Insurance.

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  11. Water seeks it's own level. Just a matter of time before something heinous happens in the Center from one of their many "youths ". Karma.

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  12. Why should this guy ever change his behavior? Why shouldn't he steal a car whenever he feels like it and not think a thing of whatever damage he causes? How come this guy isn't made to pay restitution for all the damage he caused?

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  13. So when this habitual thug kills someone will the courts give him a hug, a cup of hot cocoa and a rainbow flag?

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  14. Boycott the corrupt City of Chicago- record population drop announced today....wonder why? It's stories like these....throw in the out of control taxes on virtually everything, lax sentences for crimes like the above. Plus the do-nothing Governor and bankrupt state of Illinois....lots more to add to this list!

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  15. 1 - There must be a way to bar people from being in front of the COH; maybe they can't be within 100 feet of the Center? Was that discussed with the Alderman?
    2 - Maybe the city can FINE the COH for not appearing in court cases?
    Something has to be done about the criminal element that hangs in / around COH....this is an embarassment...and I really don't feel safe going to Whole Foods with all these crazies in there.

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    1. I go to that whole foods regularly, and walk past it every day. I think this is a bit of an exaggeration. Although I do carry pepper spray, I think the odds of something bad happening still seem quite low, certainly low enough that I'm not going to be forced to change my habits.

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  16. COH translates to Criminals on Halsted. When one of these "youths" kills someone, the dynamic is going to change for COH.

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  17. To start, maybe COH, Whole Foods, Walgreens, Allstate, the aldermen, police commander, etc. can pitch in and get Kenzell some driving lessons.

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  18. This is the result of decades of clueless liberal policies, both in the state and local legislatures and in the judiciary. And it will continue until the bleeding heart do-gooders wake the hell up and start making changes courtesy of the ballot box.

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